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Honor 20i Review: Honor challenges this phone to be better than Xiaomi, Realme and Samsung

Honor 20i  Review: Honor challenge better than Xiaomi, Realme and Samsung

Honor 20i
Honor 20i


Through this Honor 20i phone, the company wants to challenge the dominance of brands like Xiaomi, Realme and Samsung. The Rs 14,999 Honor 20i comes with highly capable cameras and software with many features.All these features of Honor 20i comes with a flashy body.

If you are willing to ignore the controversy surrounding Huawei and Honor in the Android smartphone market, then Honor 20i on paper seems to be a powerful mid-range smartphone.  How is Honor 20i performance in common use?  Let's know ...

Honor 20i : Design

Honor 20i comes with a polycarbonate rear panel. Gradient design issued here. Honor claims that 3D photolithography process has been used to get such a finish in the Honor 20i phone. We have reviewed the phantom blue variant of the Honor 20i phone. It comes with Royal Blue shade at the top and the impression of bright purple color is seen at the bottom of Honor 20iThere is also a Phantom Red and Midnight Black variant of Honor 20i. The Midnight Black variant does not have a dual tone finish.  The rim used to connect the rear and front panel of Honor 20i is made of plastic and comes with a glossy finish.


Honor 20i Design
Honor 20i Design


The grip of Honor 20i is good due to the curved edges.  But the Honor 20i phone slips form the hands.  Fingerprints fall easily on the glossy surface of the rear panel of Honor 20i.  It is also not insulated from scratch marks.  We found that the middle part of the rear panel was flexing. In Honor 20i  ,power and volume buttons are on the right.  It is easy to access them.  The hybrid dual-sim tray is on the top of Honor 20i.  Here you will be able to use two nano sim cards or one sim and microSD card simultaneously.  The 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-USB port have got space at the bottom of Honor 20i.

Triple rear camera setup available in Honor 20i comes with a raised design in a vertical position.  But it is not too much.  The Honor 20i has fingerprint sensor which is slightly inward so that the fingers reach it easily.  We have no complaints about Honor 20i, the speed of fingerprint recognition.  It is also accurate. There is no problem in using this Honor 20i phone with one hand. The Honor 20i phone feels thin due to the edges, while it is not.  Except for the problem of flakes on the rear panel, the Honor 20i gives a very solid feel.  Talking about design, Honor 20i will be liked for those users who want gradient design and punchy colors.

Honor 20i : Specification and Software

Honor 20i has a 6.21-inch full-HD + (1080 x 2340 pixels) display, with 19.5: 9 aspect ratios. The screen to body ratio of Honor 20i is 90 percent. The pixel density of the panel is 415 PPI.  It has received TUV Rhineland certification to reduce blue light emission. This Honor 20i phone of Honor has used Huawei's Octa-core Kirin 710 processor.  Clock speed is 2.2 GHz. 4 GB RAM has been provided for Jugalbandi. Honor 20i's inbuilt storage is 128 GB and it is possible to use a microSD card up to 512 GB if needed.


Honor 20i Specification
Honor 20i Specification


The rear of the Honor 20i has three rear cameras - a 24-megapixel primary sensor with F / 1.8 aperture, a 2-megapixel depth sensor with F / 2.4 aperture, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera.  The front panel of Honor 20i has a 32-megapixel sensor with F / 2.0 aperture. The Honor 20i phone has a 3,400 mAh battery to make it live. There is a 10 watt charger to charge it.  In addition to the Honor 20i phone in the retail box, a charger, a micro-USB cable, SIM ejector, TPU cover and some important documents will be found.

Talking about the software, Honor 20i will run on EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie. EMUI 9.0.1 comes with many features and customizations. Apps like Honor Club, Hycare, Honor Store, App Gallery and Phone Clone will be pre-installed in the Honor 20i phone. Ride mode, SOS, recorder, flashlight are also part of the Honor 20i phone as an app.

Third party apps like Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Netflix, Camera 360 and Wego Video are also pre-installed in Honor 20i.  Some of these apps also send disturbing notifications. The good thing is that they can be gotten rid of. You will also get a digital balance.  There is also a bedtime feature.

Honor 20i : Display and Performance

Honor 20i has a 6.21-inch full-HD + (1080 x 2340 pixels) screen. It will be known for crisp content and vibrant colors.  Honor 20i viewing angles are good. The level of brightness is also sufficient. We did not have to take it above 80 percent even in sunlight. Over saturated colors come from the panel of Honor 20i.  In comparison, the level of detail in the Honor 20 display is also better.


Honor 20i Display
Honor 20i Display


We found that the temperature of Honor 20i display is slightly warm by default.  But you can choose it in 'Vivid' color mode by going to the display settings of Honor 20i. Apart from this, there is also an option to control the display temperature of Honor 20iThe Smart Resolution feature of Honor 20i automatically tones down the full-HD + resolution to HD + to reduce battery consumption. For improve the reading experience  Honor 20i also has a reading mode.  This gives the display a yellow tint. The Honor 20i phone has not received Widevine L1 DRM certification. This means that users will not be able to view content in HD resolution on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

Talking about performance of Honor 20i, the Kirin 710 used in Honor 20i is a reliable processor.  The Honor 20i phone never slowed down in common use.  Even if there are 10-15 apps running in the background. Switching between apps was very smooth.  Swipe-based navigation ran without interruption.

Talking about gaming, the Honor 20i runs on PUBG Mobile Medium graphics settings. Asphalt 9: Legends also ran without a frame rate drop. However, in games with powerful graphics, we occasionally encountered input lag. The Honor 20i phone's vibration feedback is extremely aggressive.  There is no way to reduce it.

Honor 20i : Camera and Battery life

Honor 20i is one of the few smartphones available under Rs 15,000 that comes with three rear cameras.  Great macro shots can be taken from the Honor 20i phone. The Honor 20i phone took many beautiful close-up shots. There was no shortage of detail in these and Colors also became vibrant captures. However, we have seen better depth control and edge detection in the cameras of Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro.


Honor 20i Camera
Honor 20i Camera


In daylight, the Honor 20i phone takes slightly more saturated photos. These pictures look good on the Honor 20i phone.  But the lack of detail and sharpness is evident on the big screen of Honor 20i.  Enabling AI mode helps dynamic range and also boosts colors.

In more light, the dynamic range of the Honor 20i phone lags. It often captured soft and washed out colors. When the ambient light was better, the camera captured the photos with decent sharpness and depth of field on Honor 20iThe portrait mode in the camera app of Honor 20i did a good job of highlighting the focused object. Edge detection was also good of Honor 20i. But background blur was often an unknown. The good thing is that we did not face the problem of focus lock.

The 32-megapixel front camera of Honor 20i captures bright selfie. There is no shortage of detail in them.  However, when using an indoor camera, the Honor 20i works as whitening and it slightly dulls the background elements.  Edge detection in portrait selfie was not correct. You will get features in Honor 20i such as portrait lightning effects, AR lenses, live filters and background filters. Wide-angle sensors of Honor 20i work well for capturing wide frames.

The Honor 20i phone has night mode for low-light photography. But it does not give very impressive results. The Night mode of Honor 20i enhances colors in low-light conditions. Enhances the edge of objects.  But the pictures which are captured from Honor 20i, see a lot of noise and granny texture.  Night mode does not work with selfie cameras.


Honor 20i Performance
Honor 20i Performance


In aperture mode of Honor 20i, users can change the point of focus with the help of depth sensor. In addition, the blur effect can be adjusted. With the Honor 20i you will be able to record full-HD video at the rate of 60 frames per second. As far as quality is concerned, the camera of Honor 20i struggles to lock focus. But due to lack of stabilization, videos are captured with jerks.

Talking about battery life, Honor 20i's 3,400 mAh battery supported the whole day.  During this time we used the Honor 20i phone for social media, web browsing, listening to songs on wireless headphones for about two hours, occasional phone calls and 45 minutes of gaming.  Many times, the Honor 20i phone's battery could not run for a day even after playing more games. Honor 20i's Power saving and ultra saving modes are fully effective in reducing battery consumption.

Honor 20i : Decision

Honor 20i seems to be a capable handset, but at times it does not seem as capable as a cheap phone. When it comes to performance, the Honor 20i phone does not have any problem in daily use. Gaming also does not disappoint in Honor 20i. The EMUI is equipped with many features.

Honor 20i gave mixed results in the camera department.  There are many features for users to use.  But in performance, it is slightly weaker than its rivals, especially in Night Mode and Portrait Mode.

Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro at a low price are a bargain. They come with better build quality, better cameras and strong performance.  The recently launched Vivo Z1 Pro is also a good option. Its price is Rs 14,990.

You can also think about Oppo K1 which comes with capable hardware and reliable performance.  And this phone also has an in-display fingerprint sensor.  Honor 20i is not the best option today, priced at Rs 14,999.

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