May 21 was a busy day for Huawei-owned Honor who launched three new devices at an event in London. The three new handsets include the Honor 20, the Honor 20 Pro, and the Honor 20 Lite. Of these, the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Pro belong to the ‘affordable flagships’ category. This essentially means that these devices have near-flagship level hardware. To keep prices lower, however, they come with a few compromises like a lower resolution display, an LCD panel instead of an OLED, and most notably, lack of any sort of IP rating for ingress protection. The most expensive handset among the three new ones announced yesterday is the Honor 20 Pro which will retail for EUR 599. At the launch, Honor revealed that the Honor 20 Pro managed to achieve a score of 111 on popular image quality rating website DXOMark.
Honor 20 Pro Camera Setup: What Explains The High Score
If you take a look at the rankings page on DXOMark, you will notice that the Honor 20 Pro is right up there among the top camera phones. These include devices like the Huawei P30 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S10+, and the recently launched OnePlus 7 Pro. In fact, both the Honor 20 Pro and the OnePlus 7 Pro score 111 points – which is only marginally below the 112-mark achieved by the P30 Pro and the Galaxy S10+ both of which currently share the top spot.
Let us now delve into the camera hardware of the Honor 20 Pro. This phone features a quad camera setup at the rear. The primary sensor used on the handset is the 48-megapixel IMX 586 sensor from Sony that we have seen doing duty on the likes of the Honor View 20, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 series, and the ASUS Zenfone 6. What makes the Honor 20 Pro different, however, is its lens with a wide aperture of f/1.4. The primary lens also supports OIS with PDAF and laser autofocus. The quality sensor, along with the wide aperture, ensures that the image quality you get out of the phone is flagship grade. Honor also seems to have worked on the image processing algorithm, an area where we felt both Huawei and Honor trailed behind their peers.
The second camera on the device uses an 8-megapixel sensor that is mated to an 80mm lens with an aperture of f/2.4. This lens is used to achieve 3X lossless zoom. The camera can also zoom up to 30x using digital zoom.
Then we have a third sensor with 16-megapixel resolution and an ultra wide angle lens that offers a 117-degree FoV. The lens used with this sensor has an aperture of f/2.2.
Lastly, the Honor 20 Pro also gets a dedicated 2-megapixel sensor mated to an f/ 2.4 lens for macro shots.
What makes the Honor 20 Pro a powerful device for imaging is the cohesive manner in which this hardware comes together. The image samples posted by DXOMark in their Honor 20 Pro makes it amply clear that the device is on par with among the best out there. We will, however, reserve or judgment until we get hold if our own review unit.