The Huawei subsidiary Honor is intended to reach customers in particular who attach great importance to a good price-performance ratio when purchasing their smartphones. The Honor 20S presented here is intended to be a low-cost alternative to the company’s high-end devices.
The Honor 20S offers a 6.26 inch display with Full HD+ resolution (1,080 x 2,340 pixels) and a screen-to-body ratio of 84.2 percent. The design and size of the smartphone are identical to the Honor 20. The in-display front camera with 32 megapixel sensor is also located unchanged in the upper left corner.
The camera equipment is very good for a mid-range smartphone. The main camera with 48 megapixel resolution (aperture f/1.8) still allows decent photos even in poor lighting conditions, but with a pixel size of 0.8 micrometers it can’t quite keep up with current top models. In addition, the Honor 20S has an ultra-wide angle lens with 8 megapixels resolution and a macro lens with 2 megapixels resolution. A depth camera, which the Honor 20 has, was dispensed with for cost reasons. Due to the lack of depth information, photos with a bokeh effect cannot be taken in the same quality with the Honor 20S.
The Kirin 810 processor from Huawei belongs to the upper middle class and should offer more than sufficient performance for the majority of users. Depending on the model, the Honor 20S has 6 or 8 GB RAM, the 128 GB internal memory can also be expanded via a microSD card. Like the more expensive Honor 20, the battery is 20 3,750 mAh large, but “only” charges with 20 watts instead of 22.5 watts.
Android 9 Pie is used as the operating system, but Honor has strongly modified it with the Magic UI surface in version 2.1.1. Due to the current conflict between China and the USA, which also affects Huawei and Honor, it is still unclear whether the smartphone can use Google services.
In China, the smartphone is now available for 240 Euro. Whether the fee 20S comes also in Germany on the market is still unclear. Sales prices between 300 and 350 euro are expected here in Germany.