Huawei’s sub-brand Honor releases many phones in many regions every year and we see most of them hit UK shores. From £99 up to around £580 its handsets cover a range of needs and budgets. We rate them as some of the best cheap and mid-range phones on the market.
Previously we thought the company’s next major phone would be called the Honor 11, the successor to the Honor 10. But Honor has now confirmed the phone will be the Honor 20 and launch in London on 21 May - before it launches in China.
It'll likely be very similar to the Huawei P30 but potentially will pack four cameras like the P30 Pro given the date on the invite is a sum containing only the number 4. We're also expecting a Pro version of the phone for the first time, and maybe even a Lite, as Honor has been careful to refer to the 'Honor 20 Series' in its teases about the upcoming launch event.
Don’t confuse the Honor 20 with the Honor View 20, which was launched globally in January 2019 and is a higher-end phone that starts at £499.
The first phone from the series is already here: read our Honor 20 Lite review for more details.
When is the Honor 20 coming out?
Honor has a habit of announcing phones in China a month or so before a European launch, so it's a surprise that it has confirmed the 21 May London launch will be before the Chinese event.
The sum at the foot of the invitation equals 5/21 - 21 May.
We received the above media invite from Honor, and will be there on the day to report on the new phones.
How much will the Honor 20 cost?
Honor might stick to its pricing structure and sell the Honor 20 in the UK for £399. This is the price of the Honor 10.
A while ago, a specs leak from Slashleaks indicated there could be three models of the Honor 20:
- 6GB + 128GB – 2999 Yuan – approx. £329
- 8GB + 128GB – 3399 Yuan – approx. £379
- 8GB + 256GB – 3799 Yuan – approx. £429
We now know, thanks to info from Honor itself that there will be the Honor 20 itself, plus a Pro model. It won't confirm prices until 21 May but hinted that they will be in the range of $450-650. This means that the Honor 20 could be more expensive than the Honor 10, with the Pro model likely to be of Honor's most expensive phones to date.
What specs will the Honor 20 have?
In a teaser ahead of the launch proper, Honor has revealed some of the upcoming specs for the two phones:
- 6.26in screen
- 91.6% screen to body ratio
- 4.5mm in-screen camera
- Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
- Glass back with "Triple 3D Mesh"
- Aluminium frame
This means the leaked specs from Slashleaks weren't correct, stating the phone would have a 6.1in screen with a dewdrop notch. But Honor has gone for a punch-hole selfie camera. And given that 91.6% screen-to-body ratio the phone itself shouldn't be as large as you might think, with very slim bezels.
Honor also talks of an "L" shaped camera assembly which allows more room for a battery, so expect a decent capacity
Here are the other leaked specs which may or may not be accurate:
- Kirin 980 processor
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB storage
- 48 + 20 + 8Mp rear cameras including 3x optical zoom
- 32Mp selfie camera
- 3650mAh battery
- 22.5W SuperCharge
The use of a Kirin 980 processor has now been confirmed by a Geekbench database listing for the upcoming phone, in which the Honor 20 recorded 9709 points multi-core, and 3278 points single-core.
Look carefully and you'll spot that in addition to the triple rear camera lenses there's a smaller ToF depth sensor lens. Pair this up with the leaked specifications and you’ve got 48Mp, 20Mp and 8Mp sensors (with 3x optical zoom), together with the ToF, for camera specs that sit somewhere between the Huawei P30 and the P30 Pro.
The P30 has a 6.1in OLED screen, but we now know that this is smaller than the 6.26in display on the Honor 20 and 20 Pro. We can also see from the leaked specs that the battery is 3650mAh and fast charging will be 22.5W, which is also the exact same as the Huawei P30.
Honor supplied us with these design images of the phone, although they don't really give a whole lot away apart from the seeming absence of a headphone jack, which you get on the Honor 20 Lite.
The Honor View 20 had one of the first hole-punch cameras in the top left corner of the display rather than a central notch. The 20 and 20 Pro may opt for the same, and the rumoured 32Mp selfie camera is likely the same unit from the P30.
The Honor 20 will almost certainly be a top-spec phone that costs a lot less than its Huawei counterpart. This is always the case, but the Honor phones do look different, often with more curves in the body and no doubt a vibrant royal blue colour option.
In the teaser press release we received from Honor it talks more about Triple 3D Mesh: "The Dynamic Holographic glassback was made in a two-staged process made possible by HONOR’s industry-first Triple 3D Mesh technology. The depth layer is created using a precise technique. It is embedded with millions of miniature prisms that resemble pieces of diamonds.
Upon completion of this intricate process, the designers combine it with two other surfaces: the first layer is the glass layer, while the second layer is coated in the hue of upcoming HONOR 20 colors to be revealed at the launch event on May 21. The outcome is a depth-inducing optical effect that makes the HONOR 20 Series stand out from its predecessors."
We also know that, as with the View 20, there will be a partnership with fashion brand Moschino. Honor has already teased that partnership in an official image that seems to show off a red model of the device:
When we have more information on it we’ll let you know.