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Honor View20 Vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro Vs Huawei P20 Pro

With the release of the Honor View20 which can shoot 48MP images, we thought we'd put it to the test against two other smart shooters that have scored well in our reviews.

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1/200 sec | f/4.5 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800

Huawei, and their more budget-friendly line Honor, have been making waves in the Android smartphone market for a while now and with the introduction of a 48MP Honor smartphone (Honor View20), they're definitely not a brand that's stepping out of the spotlight any time soon. 

Their smartphones are particularly well known for having really good cameras built into them and as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei P20 Pro and the latest Honor View20 have all scored well in our reviews, we thought we'd put the three devices head-to-head to see which of Huawei's/Honor's smartphones really does take the best photos. 

We have to say that you probably won't be disappointed with any of the three smartphones as they all offer good specs and plenty of creative shooting possibilities that will certainly keep the majority of people very happy.

Let's have a look at how the specs for each smartphone line-up before moving on to find how the smartphones compare when capturing the same photos. There's also a comparison specifications table at the end so you can see the specs for each smartphone side-by-side. 

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Features Huawei Mate 20 Pro Huawei P20 Pro Honor View20
Rear Camera Leica Triple Cameras (20MP Ultra Wide, 40MP Standard, 8MP Telephoto) Leica Triple Cameras (20MP B&W, 40MP Standard, 8MP Telephoto) Single 48MP Camera
Front Camera 24MP f/2.0 24MP f/2.0 25MP f/2.0 
Screen 6.39inch curved OLED screen, 3120x1440 6.1inch FullHD+ 2240x1080 HDR10 6.4inch, 2310x1080 FHD+
ISO Range ISO50 to ISO102400 ISO50 to ISO6400 ISO50 to ISO102400
Portrait Mode  Yes Yes Yes
Aperture Mode  Yes Yes Yes
Pro Mode Yes Yes Yes
Optical Zoom 5X 3X No
Max Aperture  f/1.8 - f/2.4 f/1.6 - f/2.4 f/1.8
Video 4K 4K 4K
Weight 189g 180g 180g
Size 157.8x72.3x8.6mm 155x73.9x7.8mm 156.9x75.4x8.1mm
Battery 4200mAh 4000mAh 4000mAh
Price  £880 £599 £499


Photo Comparison 

Mate20Pro Building | 1/307 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 50
Huawei Mate20 Pro 
P20Pro Building | 1/338 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 50
Huawei P20 Pro 
View20 48 Clarity | 1/237 sec | f/1.8 | 4.8 mm | ISO 50
Honor View20 


Even though it's a little oversharpened, the Huawei Mate20 Pro has captured, we think, the best result. Colours are accurate and everything just pops that little bit better from the frame. The Honor View20 isn't far behind, it's just a little soft in places and the P20 Pro hasn't captured a bad photo, it's just not quite as good as the other two with it looking a little HDR. 

Winning Order: 1. Mate20 Pro, 2. Honor View20, 3. P20 Pro. 


Mate20Pro Architecture | 1/199 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 50
Huawei Mate20 Pro 
P20Pro Building2 | 1/495 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 50
Huawei P20 Pro 
Building | 1/121 sec | f/1.8 | 4.8 mm | ISO 50
Honor View20 


3 smartphones producing 3 rather different results and we have to say, we prefer the Huawei Mate20 Pro's shot overall. Detail may be lost in the sky, which has been washed out, but overall, the brightness and clarity of the shot is much better. Colour accuracy isn't bad either with only the sky letting the photo down. The Huawei P20 Pro image is a little underexposed but colours are accurate and the photo captured with the Honor View20 is, again, a little underexposed but colours are good. 

Winning Order: 1. Mate20 Pro, 2. Honor View20, 3. P20 Pro. 


Mate20Pro 1x | 1/232 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 50
Huawei Mate20 Pro 
P20Pro 1X | 1/332 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 50
Huawei P20 Pro 
View20 1x | 1/240 sec | f/1.8 | 4.8 mm | ISO 50
Honor View20 


There's a pattern occurring with the Mate20 Pro capturing the prefered shot but once again, it is a little over sharp. The Honor View20 has done a good job, it's just lacking a little bit of sharpness/detail in comparison and the P20 Pro has, again, given the image an HDR feel which some may like but it's not as true-to-life as the other results are. 

Winning Order: 1. Mate20 Pro, 2. Honor View20, 3. P20 Pro. 


Mate20Pro Selfie Bokeh Beauty | 1/132 sec | f/2.0 | 3.4 mm | ISO 50
Huawei Mate20 Pro Selfie Bokeh Beauty 
P20Pro Selfie Bokeh and Beauty Mode | 1/125 sec | f/2.0 | 3.4 mm | ISO 50
Huawei P20 Pro Selfie Bokeh Beauty 
View20 Bokeh Beauty | 1/117 sec | f/2.0 | 3.9 mm | ISO 50
Honor View20 Selfie Bokeh Beauty 
Mate20Pro Selfie | 1/100 sec | f/2.0 | 3.4 mm | ISO 80
Huawei Mate20 Pro Selfie 
P20Pro Selfie | 1/100 sec | f/2.0 | 3.4 mm | ISO 80
Huawei P20 Pro Selfie
View20 Selfie | 1/100 sec | f/2.0 | 3.9 mm | ISO 100
Honor View20 Selfie  


All three smartphones do a decent job at capturing a selfie but the P20 Pro selfies are a little darker than the other two and the results from the Honor View20 are much brighter, almost too bright. Overall, we like the balance of the images captured with the Mate20 Pro but they do all have slight clipping issues in the bokeh examples. 

Winning Order: 1. Mate20 Pro, 2. Honor View20, 3. P20 Pro. 


Church Door | 1/100 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 160
Huawei Mate20 Pro
Church Door | 1/50 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Huawei P20 Pro
48MP Door | 1/100 sec | f/1.8 | 4.8 mm | ISO 125
Honor View20


Click on the above images to view the large versions and you can see sharpening going on in the P20 Pro shot and there are aberrations in the image captured with the Honor View20, which, in comparison with the other two images is quite soft. The image captured with the Mate20 Pro is also a little over sharp but gives the best overall result. 

Winning Order: 1. Mate20 Pro, 2. P20 Pro, 3. View20. 


AWB Mixed Light 40mp | 1/155 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 200

Huawei Mate20 Pro AWB Mixed Light

AWB Mixed Light 40mp | 1/155 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 200

Huawei P20 Pro AWB Mixed Light

AWB Mixed | 1/100 sec | f/1.8 | 4.8 mm | ISO 100

Honor View20 AWB Mixed Light


The auto white balance option on all three smartphones does a decent job with the image captured on the Honor View20 just appearing a little darker than the other two images. 

Winning Order: 1. Mate20 Pro and P20 Pro, 3. View20. 


1/1054 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 1600
Huawei Mate20 Pro ISO1600
ISO1600 40mp IMG 20180426 132239 | 1/1050 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 1600
Huawei P20 Pro ISO1600
ISO 1600 | 1/1029 sec | f/1.8 | 4.8 mm | ISO 1600
Honor View20 ISO1600


All three smartphones have a good ISO range but when you start to work your way up through the numbers, the P20 Pro and View20 do start to struggle in comparison to the Huawei Mate20 Pro. Zoom in on the grey bar and you can see noise appearing in the image captured with the Huawei P20 Pro and noise is even more present in the image captured with the Honor View20 with colour artefacts really taking hold and detail starting to fall off. 

Winning Order: 1. Mate20 Pro, 2. P20 Pro, 3. View20. 


More Sample Photos


Huawei Mate20 Pro Sample Photos


Huawei P20 Pro Sample Photos


Huawei Honor View20 Sample Photos


Video Quality 



Huawei Mate20 Pro - 4K video uses electronic image stabilisation, making video much more stable than without, although there can be some weird distortion at the edges as you pan and move the phone around. Focus was disappointing, particularly when using the 3x telephoto camera - where it simply refused to focus correctly on a number of occasions. The wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle cameras performed much better, but care needs to be taken to ensure the focus is correct. The 4K videos often used different frame rates, which will be frustrating if you want to combine a number of different videos later. 

You can record FullHD video at 60 or 30fps. High-speed video is available, recording FullHD video at 120fps, or 720p video at 240 or 960fps. The selfie, front-facing camera can record FullHD video.



Huawei P20 Pro The camera will record 4K UHD video at 30fps (37-39mbps), FullHD video at 60fps (25mbps), FullHD video at 120fps (slow-mo), and super slow-mo at 960fps at a reduced resolution of 720p. The video mode uses the main 40mp camera, and you can't select the other cameras.

If you want to switch on electronic image stabilisation, then you need to record at a reduced resolution and frame rate, of FullHD and 30fps. Video quality is good, although it's a shame that stabilisation isn't better when using the 4K video mode. The highest resolution video available using the selfie camera is FullHD+.



Honor View20 - 4K UHD video can be captured at 30fps along with a super slow-motion mode that captures footage at 960fps. There's also a 1080p video option available that shoots at 30fps. There's no optical stabilisation but the AI stabilisation does a good job at smoothing footage when shooting handheld. 


  Huawei Mate20 Pro Huawei P20 Pro Honor View20
4K Video Yes Yes Yes
Full HD Video Yes  Yes Yes
Stabilisation  Electronic apart from on the telephoto lens Electronic  AI Electronic
Slow-Motion Video  Yes Yes Yes



The Huawei Mate20 Pro has a 4200mAh battery while the other two smartphones have a 4000mAh battery built-in. 



  • Huawei Mate20 Pro: Kirin 980
  • Huawei P20 Pro:  Kirin 970
  • Honor View20: Kirin 980


Size & Weight

  • Huawei Mate20 Pro: 157.8mm x 72.3mm x 8.6mm
  • Huawei P20 Pro: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm
  • Honor View20: 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1mm




1/250 sec | f/5.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800




Huawei Mate20 Pro: 

"Overall, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a true flagship smartphone, pushing the boundaries of what's considered possible with a smartphone, with a stylish design, in-screen fingerprint reader, face recognition, 3D scanning, impressive battery life, extremely fast processor, plenty of storage and more. With three cameras it offers a variety of shooting possibilities, and will certainly keep the majority of people very impressed."


Huawei P20 Pro:  

"On first impressions, and as long as you don't look at the photos in too much detail, the P20 Pro produces reasonable results. The ability to shoot photos with a 7-second exposure handheld when taking night photos, is quite breathtaking, as long as you don't mind the soft image that you get. If you're more serious about photography and do want to spend time editing photos or use them for something more important, then you get better images from the alternative smartphones mentioned, albeit without the same number of cameras. Overall, the Huawei P20 Pro offers four different cameras, but doesn't quite deliver a great camera experience from all four of them."


Honor View20: 

"The Honor View20 will grab the attention of photographers with the headline '48-megapixel camera' and rightly so, it's a pretty cool thing to see in a smartphone.

Overall, image quality is good (both 48MP and 12MP) with an accurate reproduction of colours (even in dull conditions) and the night mode is particularly impressive as you don't even need a tripod (thanks to a clever night scene mode)! Selfies look great and portraits, particularly with a bit of bokeh, are excellent. 

The design is great, particularly with the cool nanolithography and the screen is a really decent size, even more so with the cutout camera rather than a top-notch taking up room.

If you're looking for a smartphone that's full of camera features, is a reasonable price and is capable of taking really good photos - have a look at this one."



Our Pick: Huawei Mate20 Pro 

Huawei Mate20 Pro (11)

We couldn't really finish the comparison without picking a favourite and in all honesty, we'd be happy to spend money on any of the devices but for image quality, we'd choose the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

You do, of course, need to spend a bit more money but if you want to be able to capture a wide variety of scenes and subjects accurately, this device (overall) gives the best results. 

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a true flagship smartphone and one we're still using now several months after its release. 


Comparison Table

Huawei Mate20 ProHuawei P20 ProHuawei Honor View20
Front Camera
Pixels24Mp (Megapixels)No Data25Mp (Megapixels)
Max Aperturef/2No Dataf/2
Smartphone Cameras
Smartphone Cameras
  • Ultra Wide-Angle
  • Wide-Angle (Standard)
  • Telephoto
  • Wide-Angle (Standard)
  • Telephoto
  • Monochrome
  • Wide-Angle (Standard)
  • Depth (Bokeh)
Additional CamerasNo DataNo DataNo Data
Max Aperturef/1.8 - f/2.4f/1.6 - f/2.4f/1.8
35mm equivalent16mm - 81mm27mm - 80mm27mm
Optical Zoom5x3x0x
Image Sensor
Pixels40Mp (Megapixels)40Mp (Megapixels)48Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)728072968000
Pixels (H)545654726000
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)No Data
Sensor Size1/1.7inch1/1.7inch1/2inch
Sensor Size (width)No DataNo DataNo Data
Sensor Size (height)No DataNo DataNo Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
    LCD Monitor
    LCD Monitor6.39in6.1in6.4in
    Screen resolutionWQHD+ 3120x14402240x1080px1080x2310
    Touch ScreenYesYesYes
    Focusing modes
    • Autofocus
    • Face Detection
    • Manual
    • Spot
    • Multi
    • Centre
    • Touch AF
    • Autofocus
    • Spot
    • Face Detection
    • AF Tracking
    • Multi
    • Centre
    • Touch AF
    • Autofocus
    Exposure Control
    Shutter speeds shortest1/4000secNo DataNo Data
    Shutter speeds longest30secNo DataNo Data
    ISO sensitivity50 - 10240050 - 640050 - 102400
    Movie modeYesYesYes
    Video Resolution
    • 4K
    • 1920x1080 FullHD
    • 1280x720 HD 720p
    • 4K
    • 1920x1080 FullHD
    • 1920x1080 FullHD
    • 1280x720 HD 720p
    • 4K
    Video FPSNo Data30fps30fps, 960fps high-speed
    Stereo SoundNo DataYesNo Data
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationYesYesYes
    Internal Memory6000MB6000MBNo Data
    Power Source
    Battery Type4200mAh4000mAh4000mAh
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsNo DataNo DataNo Data
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