Honor 20 vs OnePlus 7: which one wins the affordable flagship challenge?

The Honor 20 challenges the OnePlus 7 and offers more value for money with its quad camera setup, better front camera and faster charging battery. The Honor handset is currently being sold at Rs 24,999, while the OnePlus 7 retails at Rs 29,999. Moreover, the Honor 20 is all set to hit Amazon soon, and with its arrival on the e-commerce website, a limited-time discount of Rs 2,000 will be applied from November 26th to November 29th. This will bring its price down to Rs 22,999. It’s this drop in price that has compelled us to revisit these two handsets, and compare their features to see which one comes out on top.

Design and display

Both the phones make use of the familiar glass sandwich design with an aluminum frame binding the two surfaces. On the rear surface of the Honor 20, you’ll find a vertically aligned quad camera setup, whereas the OnePlus 7 only has a dual camera setup on the back.

The Honor 20 features a convenient side-mounted fingerprint sensor

It’s no surprise that both the phones come with Type-C ports for charging and audio, but things are a little different in the fingerprint scanner department. The Honor 20’s fingerprint scanner has been conveniently embedded into its power button on the side, while the one on the OnePlus 7 is placed underneath its display. The front is where the Honor 20 shines in terms of looks, with its full-screen surface that’s adorned by a punch-hole to house the front camera. The OnePlus 7 takes a more conventional approach with its front camera, placing it inside a waterdrop notch.

The OnePlus 7 features a waterdrop notch display

Speaking about their displays, there’s a 15.9cm (6.26-inch) IPS LCD panel sitting on the front surface of the Honor handset. As for the OnePlus 7, it houses a 16.28cm (6.41-inch) Optic AMOLED display. Both these panels grab full HD+ resolutions of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels each.

Hardware and software

The Honor 20 is powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 chipset

At the heart of the Honor 20 is the Kirin 980 chipset, which is an ultra-advanced 7nm SoC that’s highlighted by its 2.6GHz octa-core processor to provide top-notch graphical performance during your gaming sessions. Speaking of gaming, the Honor device has been equipped with GPU Turbo 3.0 technology, which drastically reduces lag even when you’re playing high-end multiplayer games like PUBG Mobile. The OnePlus 7 on the other hand, ships with a Snapdragon 855 chipset, housing a 2.84GHz octa-core CPU and an Adreno 640 GPU. Both devices come with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.

The OnePlus 7 features Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC

Magic 2.1 (upgradable to Magic UI 3.0, as per a recent announcement) is the current Android-based software interface the Honor 20 uses. This is a feature-packed interface that includes several important and useful apps that come pre-loaded. Take the Ride Mode app for instance, which is a special mode to use when riding a bike, or the Optimizer app, which lets you manage and clean internal storage. And then there’s also Digital Balance, which lets you monitor your phone usage statistics, set app time limits and view screen times. All this and plenty more define the Magic 2.1 software onboard. The OnePlus 7 runs Oxygen OS 10, which is mostly focused on letting you customise the tiny details in the interface.


While the Honor 20 comes with a quad camera setup at the back, the OnePlus 7 features dual rear cameras

The Honor 20, with its quad camera setup, gives you plenty more versatility compared to the OnePlus 7. Firstly, you get a 48MP main camera with a wide-angle lens, which captures stunning details in your images. Then you get a 16MP ultra wide-angle camera for snapping large vistas with unique perspectives. There’s also a 2MP macro camera, which lets you get as close as 4cm to your subject to capture the minutest of details. And lastly, there’s the 2MP depth sensor meant for clicking portrait shots. The OnePlus 7’s dual camera setup includes a 48MP main camera and a 5MP depth sensor. And while the Honor 20 comes with a 32MP selfie camera, the OnePlus 7 makes do with a 16MP one.


The Honor 20 features 22.5W fast charging tech

A 3,750mAh battery makes its way onto the Honor 20, whereas the OnePlus 7 carries a 3,700mAh cell. Both have fast charging standards onboard. The Honor 20, additionally, brings advanced battery management that extends the usage for a few extra hours.


The Honor 20’s offer price and overall better specs makes it the better affordable flagship in this comparison

The Honor 20’s arrival on Amazon spells great news for those looking to purchase an all-round handset. With its special launch offer price of Rs 22,999, it’s a deal you shouldn’t miss. Even after November 30th, its regular price of 24,999 is still more affordable than the OnePlus 7, which is being sold at Rs 29,999. Taking into account the price difference, plus the quad cameras, higher-resolution front camera, Kirin 980 with GPU Turbo 3.0 technology and last but not the least – comfortable screen unlock placed on the power button, the Honor 20 comes out as the better affordable flagship among the two.