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HONOR 20: Great Design and Camera Steal the Show (Tech Review)

Conclusion: The HONOR 20 fits the bill when it comes to living up to the standards of a flagship features on a budget. A capable camera, good battery backup and overall performance makes it a great buy

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FILE - A member of the media tries out new Huawei Honor 20 series of phones following their global launch in London, UK, May 21, 2019. VOA

By Krishna SinhaChaudhury

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei and its sub-brand HONOR have been putting up a brave fight against the ban imposed by the US. The handset player confirmed rolling out the next upgrade to Android OS “Android Q” for several of its devices last week that includes the newly-launched HONOR 20 series and Huawei’s flagship P30 Pro.

Huawei captured a double-digit share in the highly-concentrated premium market in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019 on the back of impeccable camera quality, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and superior-build quality of its flagship mate and P series that drove the growth, according to Counterpoint Research.

Its sub-brand’s HONOR 20 was launched alongside the premium HONOR 20 Pro and HONOR 20i which has relatively toned down specs than the other two devices in the series.

The HONOR 20 features top-line specs, including the proprietary Kirin 980 chipset (which fuels the flagship P30 Pro) alongside 6GB RAM and 128GB storage space for Rs 32,999. After using the smartphone for a few days, here is what we think of it.

The glass rear looked beautiful when it caught light; however, there wasn’t much difference between the Pro and the HONOR 20, albeit for the fact that the latter houses a smaller 3,750mAh battery than HONOR 20 Pro.

There’s a 6.2-inch screen with a punch hole selfie camera instead of a conventional notch. The front and rear are both glossy with an aluminium frame. The device feels comfortable, enough for single-handed use.

A refreshing change is the fingerprint scanner that’s placed on the side of the phone.

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Honor consists of the first in class dual camera with 16MP+2MP rear lens and 8MP front lens. Flickr

Camera performance was one of the high points of the device that makes use of 48MP primary sensor with a 16MP ultra wide lens, a dedicated depth-sensing lens and 2MP macro unit.

The camera picks up enough details on the subject with good dynamic range. It beat the beats out the OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera in terms of colour and saturation.

While shooting in low light, the camera used “Night mode” which is works like Google’s Night Sight that is use of software to brighten up the picture taken at night.

The 32MP selfie camera produced detailed and vivid portraits.

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For those accustomed to the company’s proprietary EMUI OS (based on Android) it won’t be a problem but fans of vanilla Android (Google Pixel) or OxygenOS (found in OnePlus phones) may find the software somewhat overwhelming.

The rear camera bump made the device wobbly when placed on a flat surface. The absence of water resistance was another disappointment.

Conclusion: The HONOR 20 fits the bill when it comes to living up to the standards of a flagship features on a budget. A capable camera, good battery backup and overall performance makes it a great buy. (IANS)

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Samsung Galaxy S11 To Introduce 8K Video Recording

Samsung plans to introduce 8K video recording support to its upcoming smartphone Galaxy S11

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Samsung will be introducing 8K video recording support to its upcoming smartphone Galaxy S11. Pixabay

South Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly planning to introduce 8K video recording support to its upcoming smartphone Galaxy S11.

A new code in the APK file (the Android app software file) for Samsung’s camera app suggests that Galaxy S11 lineup would support 8K video recording, XDA Developers reported on Sunday.

The Exynos 990 chipset, which is expected to power the international variants of the device, features 8K@30fps video decoding/encoding capabilities.

Additionally, Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 865 chip, which will power the US variants of the S11, is also expected to have enough horsepower to offer 8K video recording.

Earlier, famed leakster Ice Universe had claimed that the Galaxy S11 would not use the 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor that it launched earlier this year, but would instead utilise an upgraded second-generation sensor.

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S11 smartphone will be available in three screen sizes. Pixabay

Opting for a second-generation version of Samsung’s 108MP lens would also make sense, since the original version has on a Xiaomi handset first, so it won’t be a totally new thing by the time the Samsung Galaxy S11 launches.

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S11 smartphone will be available in three screen sizes – 6.4 or 6.2-inch being the smallest, mid-sized with 6.4-inch and 6.7-inch being the largest one.

Evan Blass also claimed that there would be five variants in total that all sport curved-edge displays.

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On the part of connectivity, the two small variants of the smartphone will come in 5G and LTE, whereas the largest 6.7-inch variant will be 5G only.

As per a recent report, Galaxy S11 would arrive in the third week of February 2020 and the launch event is said to take place in San Francisco. (IANS)