First, with the Honor 20th, you get Google’s mobile services (GMS) right out of the box. This means you get the standard pre-installed GMS applications, such as Google Search, Google Chrome, Google Map, YouTube and the very important Google Play Store. Let’s see what else the Honor 20 has to offer.
Honour 20th Phantom Blue
Does the Honor 20th send a smartphone with GMS?
The short answer is YES. Once installed you will have direct access to Google Search, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Drive, YT Music, Movies & TV, Duet, Photo Documents, Sheets, Slides and Calendar. During installation, especially when you log in to Gmail, you will be prompted to install the Google files and back up your device with Google Drive. The most important thing, however, is access to the Google Play Store, which allows you to install all applications published there. With access to the main applications of Google Mobile Services and many others, you can no longer get Android phones.
Google Services menu item under Settings
It depends on when the phone was placed on the market and when the US government imposed the trade ban. In May 2019, the government forbade companies from working with Huawei and Honor, blocking access to Google’s mobile services and updates. The Honor 20, the Honor 20 for and with him the Honor 20 was released on the 21st. May 2019 announced in China. This phone and other Huawei and Honor smartphones released in May 2019 or earlier will have access to the services of Google Play Store, Google Wizard and updates.
Honor smartphones with MSG support include Honor 9x, Honor 9x lite, Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 and Honor 20e. The Honor 9x Pro, which was launched later, has no GMS access and must rely on Huawei’s application gallery, phone clone and backup recovery option.
Honour 20 vs. Honours 20
The Honor 20 is the budgetary version of the Honor 20. Compared to the two phones, the shortened version of the Honor 20e has a slower processor, less RAM and storage, a lower resolution camera, no macro lens and a smaller battery. It also has a slightly smaller screen, with a dew pattern, to catch the camera from the front. The Honor 20 uses a pinhole screen. In terms of price, the Honor 20th is 44% cheaper than the Honor 20th, almost half the price of his brother or sister. To compare the specifications of the two smartphones, see the table below.
|Honour 20||Honor the 20th.|
|Kind of screen||Pinhole||Dewdrop|
|Build||Glass front and rear, metal frame||Glass front, back and plastic frame|
|Display format||6.26 IPS 2340 x 1080 Pixel||6.21 LTPS 2340 x 1080 Pixel|
|CPU||Kirin 980||Kirin 710F|
|Memes||6 GB RAM||4 GB RAM|
|Storage||ROM 128GB||64GB ROM|
|Front camera||32MP f2.0||8 megapixels f2.0|
|Rear camera||4 : 48MP F/1.8 + 16MP F/2.2 + 2MP F/2.4 + 2MP F/2.2||Triple: 24MP F/1.8 + 8MP F/2.4 + 2MP F/2.4 PDAF|
|Link||802.11bgnac dual band, BT5.0+BLE||802.11bgn 2.4G WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2+BLE|
|Weight||174 grams.||164 grams.|
|Thickness||7.9 mm||Eight millimeters.|
|OS||Android 9||Android 9 + EMUI 9.1|
Honour 20th vs. Honour 9X Lite
To find out more about features and pricing, let’s see how the Honor 20th compares to the Honor 9X Lite. Both phones are powered by the same mid-range Kirin 710F chip with 4GB RAM. The differences are that the Honor 9X Lite has a larger 6.5-inch screen, but a horrible iPhone such as notch, a double storage capacity of 128GB, dual-band WiFi support and a larger battery of 3,750 mAh. However, the Honor 20e has an advantage over the Honor 9X Lite with an extra wide-angle lens for the triple rear camera configuration. The Honor 9X Lite is only equipped with a double rear view camera.
Honour 9X light emerald green
|Honor the 20th.||Honour 9X Lite|
|Kind of screen||Dewdrop||Note:|
|Build||Glass front, back and plastic frame||Glass front, back and plastic frame|
|Display format||6.21 IPS LTPS 2340 x 1080 Pixel||6.5-inch IPS LCD|
|CPU||Kirin 710F||Kirin 710F|
|Memes||4 GB RAM||4 GB RAM|
|Storage||64GB ROM||ROM 128GB|
|Front camera||8MP F/2.0||8MP F/2.0|
|Rear camera||Triple: 24MP F/1.8 + 8MP F/2.4 + 2MP F/2.4 PDAF||Double: 48MP F/1.8, 2MP F/2.4|
|Link||802.11bgn 2.4G WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2+BLE||802.11bgnac Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2+BLE|
|Battery||3400 mAh||3759 mAh|
|Weight||164 grams.||188 grams|
|Thickness||Eight millimeters.||7.8 mm|
|OS||Android 9 + EMUI 9.1||Android P+EMUI 9.1 Lite|
Now that we know where the Honor 20th is, let’s take a look at the phone.
20th – detailed overview
The mid-range Honor 20th smartphone provides access to the heart of Google’s mobile services (GMS) with a few offerings. It is powered by the 12 nm Kirin 710F chip and runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.1. The hardware and software are a bit outdated, but they work well together and offer high speed and free memory to run multiple applications at the same time.
What’s in Box?
At first glance, the phone comes in a nice package that offers sufficient protection. It is also well designed with plastic covers, cable ties and various compartments for the phone itself, documentation, charger and charging cable. When stickers are placed on the front of the display and on the back to show functions and instructions, they can easily be removed by means of a screw lock. See the photo gallery below for unpacking.
The honor of 20 years in a box
Opening of a box with 20th certificates of merit
The 20 years of tribute dismantled side by side
First 20th ready for download
It even comes with a transparent silicone case that protects the plastic back without significantly increasing the thickness of the phone. To protect the screen from scratches, a special screen protector made of glass foil is also applied. These are things you don’t have to worry about from day one. You don’t have to search long for a suitable cover and you can easily buy hard glass film from a third party supplier to protect, apply and repair the screen.
- The Honor 20th smartphone in a plastic case
- 10W USB charger and charging cable
- Transparent silicone housing in a plastic case
- Screen protector made of glass or protective film applied to the screen
- Ejection pin for Sim slot
- Documentation : Quick Start Guide and Warranty Information Brochures
Honour 20 Midnight Black
Initial configuration and update
The first time you start, you need to go through a few steps before you can open the start screen. It’s the standard for smartphones these days. Just follow the on-screen instructions until you have completed all the necessary steps, from basic settings, updates, software agreements and connections. Below you will find the complete steps of the Honor 20th initiative.
- Charge the unit with the power button.
- Home screen and language selection
- Selected region
- term of compliance
- Ability to import data from any of the following devices to your phone: another Android, iPhone or iPad (iOS), Huawei cloud backup, Google cloud backup, or skip if you configure it as a new phone. The last option would be our choice.
- Connect to a wireless network. Add the network settings here.
- Sign in to your Google Account with your Gmail account and password or create a new Google Account.
- Consistency with Google services, including the ability to back up Google Drive for easy recovery.
- Set up Google Wizard with Google and learn your voice.
- Connect to Huawei Cloud, AppGallery, Find my phone, Health and more.
- Wizard to protect your device by setting the following options: Fingerprint identification, face unlock and password to prevent unauthorized access and unlock the phone.
- Set up advanced services such as WiFi+ to automatically switch from WiFi to mobile data, turn WiFi on or off and discover your location. In addition, there is a weather service with location information and HiSearch for online and local search, including camera image search.
- Participation in the User Experience Enhancement Program
- Enable Night Update to receive automatic software updates with a notification before the update is installed.
- Download and install the software update if available. We should have downloaded and installed the 18.104.22.1680 update (see image below).
- Reboot to install the REIU update
- Finish installing updates and go to the home screen.
- You can access the phone settings and Android system notifications to further customise your phone, for example. For example, select a theme, set a background or follow the on-screen instructions.
The update of the 20th edition of Honour is now available
The 12 nm Kirin 710F chip features an octa-core processor with four powerful Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and four efficient Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. It is connected to the Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. In terms of RAM and storage, it has over 4 GB of RAM and a standard 64 GB read-only memory. Together, they provide a responsive user experience: fast application loading and switching, fast web browsing, and smooth streaming video playback.
Geekbench5 Ere20e Result
1. 20th Geekbench 5 Benchmark Score
Geekbench 5 has placed the processor at 333 and 1343 points for single and multi-core processors respectively. In the OpenCL-ranking he could score 1.021 points. We switched to power mode under the battery settings before performing these reference tests. In terms of performance, this places the phone between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S8. In terms of multi-core performance, it falls between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8, which are all respectable smartphones, flagships of their time. In OpenCL computer benchmarks, performance is comparable to the mid-range but more expensive Samsung Galaxy A71 based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 (see below).
Samsung Galaxy A71
2. Honour 20th 3DMarkBenchmark results
Also in the performance section we performed the 3DMark test, Sling Shot Extreme, and as expected the Honor 20th got an average score of 1080. The average value for all Android devices is 2140. The Sling Shot Extreme is a stimulating reference. It runs OpenGL ES 3.1 with a score of 989, but what’s really impressive is that it exceeds 72% of the phones in this test.
In case you’re wondering: The Honor 20th scored 1502 points on the standard sling shot. This value is better than 56% of the results obtained with all other devices. Note that the phone is called Huawei Honor 10i in the 3DMark application. We were unable to perform other tests such as Wild Life and Wild Life Stress Test because they require Android 10 or higher.
Result of the SlingShot operation
Extreme pendulum score
3. 20th Benchmark Pass Mark
Finally, we achieved the following results with version 3 of the Passmark.com mobile performance test. The total system average is 5,463 points. Three important measures: Processor on a respectable 198964, memory on 13633 and RAM on 26336. In terms of GPU performance, the Honor scored 20th 8423 in 2D graphics tests and 1747 in 3D graphics tests. The values are scaled according to V2.
Result of the PassMark V2 mobile benchmark
4. Honorary 20th AnTu v8 reference result
Although we didn’t run the AnTu v8 benchmark on the device itself, it scored according to nanoreview.net in 196298 in their list of smartphones with the Kirin 710F. These are mainly mid-range devices from Huawei and Honor. It ranks second just below the Honor 30i, but far surpasses all other Huawei and Honor phones, including the Honor 9X Lite in eighth place. You can learn more about the benchmark in nano review.
Nano relief on Kirin 710F
The phone is very thin, measuring just 8mm, and its footprint is not much different from the iPhone XR, which is 154.8mm high and 73.6mm wide. But don’t forget that the phone is equipped with a large 6.21 inch screen. The iPhone XR is 150.9 mm high and 75.7 mm wide and has a 6.1-inch screen. The current iPhone 12 is 146.8 mm high and 71.5 mm wide, but has a 6.1-inch screen. Good size. Not too big or too high, so you have difficulty reaching part of the screen with one hand. Plus, it fits comfortably in your pocket without coming out.
At the back, the triple lens camera and flash are aligned from top to bottom to the left, while the fingerprint sensor is located in the center of the phone. At the bottom of the phone you will find a 3.5 mm audio jack, charging port and speaker, in that order from left to right. The on/off and volume keys are located at the right edge of the phone. The plastic back is a bit of a magnet for fingerprints, especially on our midnight black model. It probably won’t be as visible with the phantom blue version. The transparent silicone tube did not help, because it also suffers from stains.
The IPS display offers high sharpness and clarity. He’s got a dewdrop I like better than the big, ugly cut in the apple. This is a 6.21 inch screen that is actually full screen, at the edges, with the exception of a slightly larger chin strap (bottom). This gives the Honor 20e a screen to body ratio of more than 90%. In terms of detail and colour, the IPS panel gives you a Full HD+ resolution with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. Watching Full HD 1080p video on your screen is pure fun.
We see a slightly subdued area on the screen near the bottom panel and around the dew drip notch. It’s only clear if you have a completely blank past. The screen is unaffected and you can hardly notice it while watching streaming videos on your favorite YouTube channel.
The color is vibrant, the movement is fairly smooth and shockproof, and you can easily adjust the brightness when looking outside. By default, the video is played in mailbox mode, but you can pinch and zoom to get a full picture. However, you will notice a dewdrop if you do this. Elsewhere, the display is certified by TÜV Rheinland, which means it reduces blue light emissions to protect vision and prevent stress, especially when used in low-light conditions.
We recommend setting the bed mode under Settings > Display > Eye comfort and using the blue light filter on a schedule. You can also set the sleep mode under Settings > Digital Well-being and Parental Controls. Set the snooze time to turn off the phone and set the screen to gray level.
The display of the Honor 20e is covered with a protective glass foil. So there was no need to look around or have trouble applying the exhibition. The only negative point is that our glass foil is placed a bit out of the middle, but you only notice that when you look closely. What’s more, the side-by-side display and gestures instead of the three navigation buttons allow you to really feel the edge of the glass as you move from the edges (left, right or down) to the centre.
The three-lens rear camera with AI really jumps out and steals the show here. We had so much fun taking pictures on the phone. The main shooter is a 24-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens (F/1.8) and a Quadra-CFA sensor that can record video at 480 frames per second, exceptional night shots and an ISO increase of 1.8 microns. If you shoot
The second camera is an 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens of 17mm and an aperture of F/2.4. This allows you to capture ultra-wide images, such as landscapes or even close-up portraits. The effective angle is 120 degrees. If you are shooting with an ultra-wide-angle lens, do not be afraid if the image in the frame suffers from a fisheye effect. This is corrected by the camera software.
The third camera, a 2-megapixel sensor with F/2.4, is a phased autofocus (PDAF) camera. This allows you to quickly and accurately focus on your subject and shoot sharper with the main camera and wide-angle lens.
In the next article we will go deeper into the operation of the camera. Here are some of the Super Night Shots taken with the Honor 20th.
Night scenes from the film Portrait
As for the standalone camera, the single AI shooter makes a beautiful portrait with a choice of different bokeh effects. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to keep the camera stable for low-light shooting while refining the image.
There is a disclaimer for facial disclosure and specific facial recognition settings. There is a disclaimer for the first one. Based on the basic image, with only one front camera, you can unlock the phone by a person or something, which is less secure than a model, a PIN code and a password. Facial recognition also works poorly in low light, long distances or different viewing angles. With regard to the specific Face Detection setting, you can activate the Pick up to wake up function; under the right conditions, the device will automatically wake up with Face Detection and a connection will be established. We don’t have a problem using the face release. We could quickly unlock the device and had to drag and drop it, like an iPhone, to access the home screen.
Thanks to the pick-up to wake up function and facial recognition, you can quickly unlock the phone by simply lifting the handset and looking at the display.
An alternative to unlocking the face is to scan and register your fingerprints. Since the sensor is located on the back of the phone, you can quickly get used to selecting your phone and naturally placing your index finger on the sensor to unlock the phone. This works even better with the included transparent housing, because you can quickly feel and locate the sensor through the hole in the housing. It’s my favorite way to unlock my phone. Unlike unlocking the face, you don’t have to slide your finger up to access the Home screen. Instead, when you pick up the handset and place your finger on the sensor, you switch directly to the home screen.
With average use, the battery will last a day and a half, even when turned on. This is confirmed on the onboard battery settings page, which has a full charge of 35 hours. This value decreases to 33 hours and 15 minutes when entering low-power mode and increases to 43 hours and 50 minutes when the low-power mode is selected.
It does not allow fast charging, but with the included 10W charger and USB cable, the battery is ready to be reused in less than 2 hours. Our only disappointment is the use of the microUSB 2.0 port for data loading and transfer. There is no reversible C-type USB port and no cable. For this price you can’t complain.
There’s a lot to love about the Honor20e. You may not get 5G connectivity or WiFi 6 are features reserved for leading smartphones, but it’s still a draw. The camera works better than expected. Low brightness helps in super-night mode, but only if the subject remains relatively still. The clear, high-resolution display delivers crisp, clear images and smooth video playback. Overall, the phone works better than expected, with excellent battery life. In addition, dual-SIM support with the ability to add a microSD card is a bonus. For this price, you can’t go wrong. If you need a full interpreter, you’ll get the Honor 20th, your bank account will thank you.
- Triple rear view camera, excellent night scene function
- Good performance
- Impressive shots with front and rear cameras
- Good battery performance
- Incredible value with GMS support
- Storage can be more
- No quick charge, but still a full charge in less than 2 hours.
- Plastic frame and rear wall
- Always with the microUSB 2.0 port.
- No dual-band WiFi
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