Honor releases many phones in many regions every year, covering a wide range of needs and budgets. We rate them as some of the best cheap and mid-range phones on the market. Today Honor launched its latest flagship: the Honor 20.

It's notable not only for being a high-value flagship, and for sounding a bit like the Honor View 20, which was announced in January, but because Huawei and sub-brand Honor is all over the news right now.

Thankfully, this one had been certified before Google and various chipmakers decided to pull the rug from underneath its parent company company Huawei. And so the Honor 20 is not affected by any of this and has full access to Android, Google Play and other Google apps.

When is the Honor 20 coming out?

  • Honor 20: 21 June 2019
  • Honor 20 Pro: 1 August 2019

This is the first time Honor has launched a series of phones, and the Honor 20 Lite is already on sale, having launched at the end of April.

The Honor 20 can now be bought from Carphone Warehouse and Three and should be available from AmazonO2 and Argos very shortly.

Meanwhile the Honor 20 Pro is due out on 1 August and will be available from the same retailers.

How much does the Honor 20 cost?

The Lite model costs £249 in the UK, and the Honor 20 cost £399. Then the Pro model is a decent jump up to £549.

Honor 20 release date, price, specs

What are the specs of the Honor 20 and 20 Pro?

These are very similar phones, but there are some key differences as you can see below. The colour names for the 20 Pro are rather confusing. Phantom Blue is a greenish colour, which fades to black at the edges, and Phantom Black has a deep purple hue and also fades to black at the edges.

These are the key specs for each phone:

  Honor 20 Honor 20 Pro
Operating System Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie
Display 6.26in 2340x1080, LCD, 412ppi 6.26in 2340x1080, LCD, 412ppi
Processor Kirin 980 processor Kirin 980 processor
Memory 6GB 8GB
Storage 128GB 256GB
MicroSD No No
Main camera 48Mp, f/1.8, OIS + 16Mp Ultra Wide, f/2.2 + 2Mp Depth assist + 2Mp macro 48Mp, f/1.4, OIS + 16Mp Ultra Wide, f/2.2 + 8Mp. f/2.4, OIS 3x telephoto + 2Mp macro
Selfie camera 32Mp, f/2.0 32Mp, f/2.0
WiFi 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
LTE 4G 4G
GPS Yes   Yes
Sim dual Nano-SIM dual Nano-SIM
Battery 3750mAh, 22.5W Super Charge 4000mAH, 22.5W Super Charge
NFC Yes   Yes
Ports USB-C USB-C
Dimensions 154.3mm x 74mm x 7.9mm 154.6mm x 74mm x 8.5mm
Weight 174g 182g
Colours Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue Phantom Blue (the green one), Phantom Black (the purple one)

Where the Pro model typically has a larger screen these days, Honor has sensibly kept it the same size as the regular model. Both are identical in resolution and technology, and both have the same 32Mp selfie camera in the top-left corner.

Internals are largely the same too, the only differences being more RAM and storage in the Pro version.

It’s rear cameras where the major differences lie: both have 16Mp ultra-wide and 2Mp macro cameras, but the Pro has a 3x telephoto where the Honor 20 has a depth sensor. Also, while the 48Mp main sensor is the same on both phones, there’s an f/1.4 lens on the Pro but an f/1.8 on the regular phone.

Honor 20 Pro specs, price

As with the Huawei P30, you get a 5x lossless hybrid zoom which gets extra detail from the 48Mp main sensor.

But both phones have the same long-exposure night mode, which works with both the main camera and ultra-wide one.

A few features which they don’t have include:

  • Headphone jack
  • Water-resistance
  • Wireless charging

Check out our Honor 20 Pro  and Honor 20 Lite reviews for more details, as well as our comparisons: Honor 20 vs Honor 10 and Honor 20 Pro vs Huawei P30.