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Honor 20 vs Honor 10: An in-house competition

30 May 2019 5

The Chinese giant Huawei's subsidiary Honor took the stage in the UK to unveil the latest Honor 20 lineup. As expected the company launched two variants of Honor 20 lineup including Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. The Honor 20 is the new standard flagship offering whereas the Honor 20 Pro brings few extra special goodies with extra pricing. We already compared the Honor 20 Pro against the latest flagships killer OnePlus 7 Pro.

Today we will put the latest Honor 20 against its predecessor to know in detail what's changed in a year. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better understanding whether you should upgrade to the latest Honor 20 or stick to the older Honor 10. Undoubtedly the Honor 10 was one of the most striking phones announced by Honor. It brings all the special goodies to attract buyers who are looking for a premium phone with stylish looks at an affordable price tag.

The Honor 20 brought a number of upgrades. Without any further delay, let's find out how the latest Honor 20 stacks up against the predecessor Honor 10. Starting with the design as it is the first aspect buyers consider before making any choice.

73.97 x 154.25 x 7.87 mm
6.26 inches - 2340x1080 px
71.2 x 149.6 x 7.7 mm
5.84 inches - 2280x1080 px
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One of the key highlights of the Honor phones is stylish designing. With each new iteration, Honor brings upgraded design so their devices stand out amongst the crowd. The Honor 10 was quite stylish last year but with the Honor 20, the company opted trendy approach. Despite being one year old the Honor 10 design still looks new.

The Honor 20 has a full front-facing display with a punch-hole at the top left of the display. The only prominent bezel is at the bottom. On the other hand, the Honor 10 features a traditional notch at the top of the display which accompanies selfie snapper and other sensors. The Honor 10 bottom bezel is quite prominent as it has a physical home button with a fingerprint scanner below it. The fingerprint scanner on the Honor 20 is embedded on the right edge.

Like all the latest phones, both have a metal-clad sandwich design. The glass rear on both the phones is quite a shinny. On the rear side, the Honor 10 has dual cameras aligned horizontally at the top left corner whereas the Honor 20 has quad rear cameras aligned vertically at the top left corner.

In terms of dimensions are the Honor 20 measures at 154.25 x 73.97 x 7.87mm and weighs 174g. The Honor 10 is smaller, less wide and thicker at 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm. It also weighs 153g only. Both devices lack IP-ratings against water and dust-resistance. The Honor 10 retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack whereas the Honor 20 lacks the headphone jack instead it comes with Type-C port.


Thanks to almost full front-facing display the Honor 20 has a larger display as opposed to the predecessor. The Honor 20 features a 6.26-inches IPS LCD display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display pixels density is 412 pixels-per-inch. The Honor 10 is slightly smaller of 5.84-inches with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display pixels density is 432 pixels-per-inch.

On paper, the only difference of the Honor 20 is the larger display panel. However, due to the smaller display, the Honor 10 pixels density is better. Both the displays are vibrant and bright but lack the colors accuracy and deep blacks of the OLED display panel.


It is pretty much understandable the Honor 20 comes with the latest and powerful hardware whereas the Honor 10 rely on the last year's hardware. The Honor 20 is running on the Kirin Octa-core 980 SoC. The Octa-core chipset is accompanied with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. In terms of performance, the Honor 20 falls in the flagship category.

The Honor 10 is running on the last year's Octa-core Kirin 970 SoC. It was announced in late 2017 and was powering many premium Huawei and Honor phones in 2018. The base model was available with 4GB RAM whereas the top of the line model has 6GB RAM. In terms of native storage, the 4GB RAM model has 64GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 128GB native storage. Both the phones lack support for memory expansion via MicroSD. Due to being the latest phone the Honor 20 has definitely an upper hand in the performance department.

Specs Honor 20 Honor 10
Display 6.26-inches 5.84-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2280 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 Kirin 970
Storage 128GB Non-Expandable 64GB, 128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 48MP+16MP+2MP+2MP 16MP+24MP
Front camera 32MP 24MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No Yes
OS Android Pie Android Pie
Battery 3,750mAh 3,400mAh

The Honor 20 lights are kept on using a 3,750mAh battery cell. The company claims it can easily last one day on normal to heavy usage. The Honor 10 comes with a slightly smaller display of 3,400mAh. It was also one day runner. Overall the Honor 20 doesn't bring something extra ordinary in the battery section.


The cameras setup on the Honor 20 is certainly one of the key highlights of the new Honor flagship phone. The latest Honor 20 has quad rear cameras as opposed to the dual cameras setup on the predecessor. The Honor 20 primary snapper on the rear is a 48MP lens with f/1.8 aperture. The secondary snapper is an ultra wide-angle 16MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The third snapper on the rear is a 2MP depth-sensing module with f/2.4 aperture. Last but not the least you will get a 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture.

The Honor 10 primary snapper is a 16MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The secondary snapper on the rear is a 24MP monochrome sensor to capture shots in black and white. Apart from the difference in the cameras setup, the working of both the devices is different. The Honor 10 utilized both normal and monochrome sensor to capture the shots whereas the Honor 20 rely on different sensors to capture different kinds of shots. For instance, the wide-angle shots are captured using the ultra-wide-angle sensor. The depth-sensor assist in capturing portrait shots with a good level of bokeh effect.

In terms of versatility, the Honor 20 definitely has an upper hand due to a number of sensors. Both the phones come with a number of AI goodies to enhance the capturing experience. Up front, the selfie snapper of Honor 20 is a 32MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The Honor 10 comes with 24MP with f/2.0 aperture. Overall the cameras setup on the Honor 20 is more versatile and powerful than the predecessor.


The Honor 20 is available only in one configuration at a price tag of £399.99 in the UK. The Honor 10 base model was also available at a price tag of £399.99. However, being a year older it can be purchased at a much lower price tag around £280 in the UK and other regions. It is important to mention that the Honor 20 won't be officially released in the US.


With Honor 20, the company brought improvements in almost all departments. The Honor 20 takes lead with the stylish full front facing display with ultra-thin punch-hole display instead of a thick notch. The latest hardware, larger battery, and addition of two more cameras make it an attractive option. Both have LCD display panel. Well if you are looking to upgrade from Honor 10, the latest Honor 20 certainly looks quite solid.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Honor 20 vs Honor 10 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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