Customers that pre-order before June 20 receive a free Honor Watch Magic
At last month’s Honor 20 Series global launch event in London there were three phones announced by the Chinese manufacturer; the Honor 20 Pro, 20 Lite and the standard Honor 20, however, the last one was missing an all important official launch date. June 6 was originally expected, but that date came and went with no launch. Well it’s now been officially confirmed that the Honor 20 will be launching this month; Friday June 21st to be precise.
It will launch in the UK for £399 and will be available at Three, Amazon, Mobile Phones Direct, Very and Carphone Warehouse. Pre-orders are starting this week and if you pre-order by June 20, Honor will throw in an free Honor Watch Magic which normally retails at £179.99.
The Honor series of phones tends to sit slightly below Huawei’s flagship range, both in terms of spec and price but the Honor 20 still includes an impressive feature set and it’s great to see some of the features only recently normally reserved for high-end flagships, quickly make their way into the mid-range. A quad-lens camera is the standout feature, including a Sony 48 megapixel main camera, a 16 megapixel super-wide angle camera, a 2MP depth assist camera and a 2MP macro camera. Super Night Mode is another impressive feature, that genuinely does make a difference to photos taken at night or in poor lighting situations.
If you’re bored of black, grey and silver mobile phones, then you’ll be pleased to see Honor is injecting some colour into their range, as they did with the View 20. The Honor 20 is available in standard Midnight Black (which is quite a smart looking jet black) and Sapphire Blue, which is by far our favourite. Honor explained to us at the launch event some overly complicated layering manufacturing process that uses nanotechnology to produce the phone’s outer casing but all you really need to know is that it looks really cool when you move it in your hand and catches the light. Officially, Honor call the glass back ‘Dynamic Holographic’.
Honor considers itself as a ‘youth brand’, and with that recognises that plenty of young folk enjoy mobile gaming, in particular Fornite and PUBG. Supported by a Kirin 980 processor, the phone’s hardware and software has been optimised to ensure many of the most popular games play well on the device.
On the display side of things, the Honor 20 has a decent sized 6.26″ display that covers nearly all (91.7%) of the front of the phone, with a small punch hole for the selfie camera.
Audio is supported by Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound, powered by Histen 6.0. It’s the first time this sound tech has been used in a smartphone and should provide impressive audio through headphones and speakers, especially for gaming and watching movies.
We won’t pretend, after Apple and Samsung stealing all the headlines for so long, it’s nice to see some fresh new brands broaden our choice of mobile phones in the UK market.
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