Contrary to how gloomy the things stand for parent company Huawei right now, Honor seems all set to launch its flagship Honor 20-series for global markets at a keynote event in London later tonight. And soon after, Honor will bring the Honor 20-series to India – on June 11 to be precise. Ahead of the Honor 20-series’ India launch, Honor has confirmed that the series will be available for buying from Flipkart adding that it will “present a more diverse product portfolio for Honor users across the country.”
The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are expected, although Honor may also bring the Honor 20 Lite to India – which has already been launched in China.
Honor has been hyping the Honor 20-series cameras, suggesting the series will focus a great deal on photography – especially low light photography.
“We are happy to announce our partnership with Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce portal for our upcoming Honor 20 series. Flipkart has been our long-standing partner in selling our key products in India. With this association, we will reach out to a larger set of audience across the country. The Honor 20 series comes packed with the most powerful camera, aesthetic design and performance that will enhance the lives of our consumers” Suhail Tariq, who is CMO, Honor India said in a statement.
Both the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are rumored to come with quad rear cameras. The Pro variant is of course expected to kick things up a notch, but the vanilla Honor 20 will be also not very far behind if rumor mills are anything to go by.
The Honor 20 will reportedly come with a 6.26-inch 1080p+ IPS LCD display with a punch-hole – like the Honor View 20. The phone is said to be powered by Huawei’s top-of-the-line Kirin 980 processor paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Battery capacity is said to be 3,750mAh and the phone will also reportedly support Super Charge (50 per cent charge in 30 minutes).
Speaking of cameras, the Honor 20 will reportedly come with four rear cameras – a 48MP camera with Sony IMX586 sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide camera with 117-degree field-of-view, and two 2MP sensors, one for macros and another for depth sensing. On the front, the Honor 20 is said to come with a 32MP camera.
As for the Honor 20 Pro, it is expected to cram a bigger battery and more RAM/storage - and, in a first for any smartphone, a 48MP camera with an astounding f/1.4 aperture.
The Honor View 20 was the first phone to spark the megapixel debate. It was also the first phone in India with a punch-hole design. With the Honor 20-series, Honor will be looking to continue the momentum.
The Honor View 20 was very aggressively priced in India and something similar will be expected from the Honor 20-series as well.
The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro will be coming at a time when Huawei is facing the heat for its alleged role in spying for the Chinese government. The US government has blacklisted Huawei – one of the repercussions to that was Google recently pulling all ‘business’ ties pertaining to Android with Huawei. Qualcomm and Intel have also done the same with regards to hardware properties. Although the US government has given Huawei a temporary 90-day relief, the company has also made its intentions clear – it is building its own version of Android, and it can make its own hardware. Some of that will eventually trickle down to all-things Honor as well.