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Honor 20 Pro Review

Honor's most ambitious phone yet, the 20 Pro packs quad cameras onto the rear and a 32Mp selfie camera in a tiny punch-hole in the screen. We put this top-of-the-range contender through its paces.
Should I Buy The Honor 20 Pro?
The Honor 20 Pro goes all out on cameras, and it's a great choice if you love taking selfies in particular. We don't yet know the UK price (it's 599 €), but it should undercut the Huawei P30 and OnePlus 7 Pro, making it decent value.

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What The Huawei-Google Spat Means For You

Huawei's addition to the US trade blocklist has been temporarily lifted, allowing Google, Intel, Qualcomm and others to do business with the phone maker once again. We explain how the news affects existing customers.

Huawei's future outside China is looking a little shaky right now following Google's decision to comply with President Trump's ruling over the company, which saw it added to the US trade blocklist. Google vowed to no longer support Huawei (or sub-brand Honor) phones and tablets, meaning future devices would not be able to run Google apps and services.


Following Google's announcement, chip makers such as Intel and Qualcomm also committed to stop supplying parts to Huawei until further notice, also sparking fears for its laptop business.

The US ban has now been temporarily lifted - but only until 19 August. Here's how it might affect you after this date.

What This Means For Existing Huawei And Honor Devices
If you've already bought a Huawei or Honor phone, tablet or other device there really is no cause for concern because nothing is about to change: Google is committed to providing continued support for these devices.

It said: "For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices."

What is not clear is whether this will extend to new features, such as those provided by upcoming Android Q.

Huawei has also made an official statement on the news: "Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android's key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.

"Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.

"We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally."

What This Means For Future Huawei And Honor Devices
While the above applies to every Huawei or Honor device that is on sale right now, it's less clear what will happen with upcoming devices.

The timing is poor for Honor, which is due to launch the new Honor 20 today, but it assures us that this phone is unaffected since it has already passed certification. We presume the same is true for the recently announced Huawei Mate 20 X 5G and foldable Mate X.

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It doesn't bode well for the Huawei Mate 30, however, not slated for release until October. The Mate 30 could still run a version of Android, since it is open-source software, but without access to Google Play or Google apps such as YouTube and Maps.

Since the upcoming phone is expected to use Huawei's own Kirin processor, the shunning from Qualcomm shouldn't be of major concern. However, the company does use chips from other sources such as Intel for its laptops.


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