Honor 20i Review
Honor 20i is the latest mid-range smartphone of Honor Brand. Through this phone, the company wants to challenge the dominance of brands like Xiaomi, Realme, and Samsung. The Honor 20i of Rs 14,999 comes with highly capable cameras and much work-rich software. All of these features are part of a flashy body.
If you are ready to ignore the Android smartphone market and ignore the dispute related to Honor, then Honor 20I is a smart mid-range smartphone by paper. How is its performance in common use? Let’s know …
Honor 20i Design
Honor comes with a 20-inch polycarbonate rear panel. Gradient design is used here. Honor claims that the 3D photolithography process has been used to get such a finish in the phone. We have reviewed the phantom blue variants of the phone. At the top it comes with the Royal Blue Shade and when it goes down Bright purple color appears.
Phantom Red and Midnight Black Variants of Honor 20i is also there. Midnight black variants do not have dual tone finishes. The rim is made of plastic used to connect the rear and front panel and it comes with a glossy finish.
Grip is good because of the curved edges. But the phone slips in the hands. Fingerprints fall easily on the glossy surfaces of the rear panel. It does not remain untouched by scratches. We found that the middle part of the rear panel was flexing.
Power and volume buttons are on the right side It’s easy to get access. The hybrid dual-sim tray is at the top. Here you will be able to simultaneously use two Nano SIM cards or a SIM and MicroSD card. 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-USB port got a place on the lower part.
The triple rear camera setup present in a vertical position comes with the emergency. But this is not very much. The fingerprint sensor is slightly inward. Our finger reached this easily. We have no complaints with the speed of fingerprint recognition. It is also accurate.
This phone does not have trouble using one hand. Due to the edges, the phone seems slim, while it is not so. Except for Flex’s problem on the rear panel, the Honor 20i offers a very solid feeling. Talk about design, it will be useful to those users who want Gradient Design and Painted Colors.
Honor 20i Specification and Software
Honor 20 Eye has a 6.21 inch full-HD + (1080×2340 pixels) display, with 19.5: 9 aspect ratios. Screen to body ratio is 90 percent. The pixel density of the panel is 415 ppi. To reduce Blue Light emission, it got TUV Rheinland certification.
In this phone of Honor Huwa’s Octa-Core Kirin 710 processor has been used. 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 MicroSD card up to 512 GB if needed.
On the back side of Honor 20i, there are three rear cameras – a 24-megapixel primary sensor with F / 1.8 spare, 2-megapixel depth sensor with F / 2.4 aperture and 8-megapixel wide-angle camera. The front panel has a 32-megapixel sensor with F / 2.0 aperture.
There is a battery of 3,400 mAh for the phone. There is a 10-watt charger to charge it. In the retail box, besides a phone, a charger, a micro-USB cable, sim ejector, TPU cover and some essential papers will be available.
Talking about the software, Honor 20i will run on EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie. Our Review Unit was running on May 2019 Android security patches. EMUI 9.0.1 comes with many features and customization.
Apps like Honor Club, Hike, Honor Store, App Gallery, and Phone Clone will be pre-installed. Ride mode, SOS, recorder, torch are also part of the phone as an app.
Third party apps like Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Netflix, Camera 360 and Vigo Video are also pre-installed. Some of these apps also send annoying notifications. The good thing is that they can be rid of them. You will also get a digital balance. There is also a bedtime feature.
Honor 20i display and performance
Honor 20 Eye has a 6.21-inch Full-HD + (1080×2340 pixels) screen. It will be known for Crisp content and Vibrant colors. Viewing angles are good. The brightness level is also sufficient. Even in sunlight, we did not have to take it upwards of 80 percent.
Overorchanted colors come from the panel of Honor 20i. Compared to this, the level of detail in the Honor 20 display is even better.
We found that the Honor 20 Eye Display is a bit warmer in the compressor default. But you can go to display settings and select it in ‘Vivid’ color mode. Apart from this, there is also the option of controlling the display of the display.
To reduce battery consumption, the Smart Resolution feature automatically tones down the full-HD + resolution to HD +. Honor 20i also has a reading mode to improve the reading experience. This gives a yellow tint to the display.
The phone has not received the Widevine L1 DRM certification. This means that users will not be able to see content in HD resolution on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
Speaking about the performance, the Kirin 710, used in Honor 20 Eye, is a reliable processor. In general use, the phone never slowed down. Whether the 10-15 app is not running in the background. Switching between apps was extremely smoother. Navigation based on swipe without any interruption.
Talking about gaming, PUBG Mobile runs on Media Graphics Settings in Honor 20i. Asphalt 9: Legends also run without frame rate drop. However, we had occasionally encountered an input lag in a game with powerful graphics.
Honor 20i Camera and Battery Life
Honor is one of the few select smartphones found in less than 20 I, less than Rs 15,000, which comes with three rear cameras. Great macro shots can be taken from the phone. The phone got many beautiful close-up shots. There was no lack of detail in this and Colors also got Vibrant Capture. However, we have seen better depth control and edge detection in the camera of Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro.
In the light of day, the phone takes a slightly surreptitious photograph. These photos look good on the phone. But lack of detail and sharpness on the big screen is obvious. Dynamic range helps in enabling AI mode and colors are also boosted.
The dynamic range of the phone lags in more light. It often captures soft and washed out colors. When Ambient Lite is better, the camera captures photos with fine Sharpness and Deep of the Field.
Portrait mode in the camera app did a great job highlighting the focused object. Edge Detection was also great. But background blur was often uninstalled. It is good that our face did not come with the problem of focus lock.
The 32-megapixel front camera captures Bright Selfie. There is no lack of detail in this. However, the use of indoor camera works as Honor 20i whitening and it makes the background elements slightly depressed. Edge Detection was not right in Portrait Selfie.
You will find features like Portrait Lightning Effects, AR Lenses, Live Filters, and Background Filters. The wide-angle sensor works well to capture the wide frame.
The phone has night mode for low-light photography. But it does not make very impressive results. Knight mode of Honor 20i brings color to the colors under low-light conditions. Inhaled the Edge of Objects. But the photos that capture are very much seen in the knees and the grainy texture. Night mode does not work with a selfie camera.
With the help of user depth sensor in aperture mode, the point of focus can be changed. Apart from this, the blur effect can be adjusted.
From Honor 20i, you will be able to record full HD video at a rate of 60 frames per second. As far as quality is concerned, the camera tries to lock the focus. But due to no stabilization, the video is captured with a jerk.
Speaking of Battery Life, a 3,400 mAh battery of Honor 20i, along with a whole day, In the meantime, we used the phone to use social media, web browsing, listening to songs about two hours on wireless headphones, occasionally for phone calls and 45 minutes of gaming. Many times, the phone’s battery was not able to run throughout the day even after playing a lot of games.
In our video loop test, the Honor 20I took 15 hours and 11 minutes. The charger in the retail box takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery. Power saving and ultra-saving mode are fully effective in reducing battery consumption.