A brand new affordable flagship made its debut just a few hours ago. Its name is Vivo iQOO Neo and it is a very atypical midrange device as it is equipped with a flagship chipset from 2018. That is why it represents a very interesting choice for everyone who wants high performances at the lowest price. But there are also other last-gen devices you can choose if you desire a high speed and smoothness. The latest from Huawei and Xiaomi are the Redmi K20 Pro and the Honor 20. Does the price difference justify their purchase or the affordable iQOO Neo is a better choice? This comparison will let you find out.
Vivo iQOO Neo vs Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro vs Huawei Honor 20
|Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro||Vivo iQOO Neo||Huawei Honor 20|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm, 191 g||159.5 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm||154.3 x 74 x 7.9 mm, 174 g|
|DISPLAY||6.39 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), Super AMOLED||6.38 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), OLED||6.26 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa-core 2.84 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz||Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 980, octa-core 2.6 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB||6 GB RAM, 128 GB||6 GB RAM, 128 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 9 Pie, MIUI||Android 9 Pie, Funtouch OS||Android 9 Pie, EMUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 48 + 13 + 8 MP, f/1.8, f/2.4 and f/2.4||Triple 13 + 13 + 2 MP, f/1.8, f/2.2 and f/2.4
12 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Quad 48 + 16 + 2 + 2 MP, f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4
32 MP f/2.0 front camera
|BATTERY||4000 mAh, fast charging 27W with Quick Charge 4.0||4500 mAh, fast charging 22.5W||3750 mAh, fast charging 22.5W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot|
As the Vivo iQOO Neo is a classic phone with a waterdrop design, Redmi K20 Pro and Honor 20 are way more interesting if we talk about aesthetics. The former is equipped with a pop-up front camera which allows the presence of very narrow bezels around the display, even though the display is notch-less. The latter has a punch-hole design, so a front camera inside a hole in the display. The rear side of the Redmi K20 Pro looks more suggestive to me due to its liquid finish, but a lot of people may prefer the Honor 20 due to its most compact size.
There is no challenge here: Redmi K20 Pro wins the display comparison. The Honor 20 has a classic IPS display that you can find on most of the midrange phones. The Vivo iQOO has an AMOLED display, but just an average color accuracy. Redmi K20 Pro is much more accurate when it comes to color reproduction, and it is HDR10-compliant. Further, it has no notch and it sounds amazing. It is even protected by Gorilla Glass 5, so it is a more resistant panel.
Besides having the best display, Redmi K20 Pro also wins the hardware comparison. Its processor is definitely more powerful as it is a 2019 Snapdragon 855 chipset and it is paired with up to 8 GB of RAM. Vivo iQOO Neo has an old-gen Snapdragon 845 chipset, so there is no chance it can reach its rival. Honor 20 has a Kirin 980 which is less powerful than Snapdragon 855, and it only comes with 6 GB of RAM even in its most expensive variant. The story would be different if we talked about the Honor 20 Pro, but that is another handset.
If we exclude the processor, Vivo iQOO Neo is essentially a midrange and it does not feature a really impressive camera. The situation changes when it comes to Redmi K20 Pro and Honor 20 which come with impressive rear departments. Honor 20 is my favorite one with its dedicated macro camera and its amazing 32 MP selfie camera, but Redmi K20 Pro is still an awesome camera phone which is more or less at the same level when it comes to photo quality.
Finally, a side on which Vivo iQOO Neo wins: battery life. Due to its huge 4500 mAh unit, Vivo iQOO Neo will probably last more on a single charge with most of the usage patterns. But the Redmi K20 Pro charges faster thanks to a 27W power. Honor 20 is the most disappointing one with a just 3750 mAh capacity for its battery.
Vivo iQOO is the most affordable: it starts from just €230/$260 in China. Redmi K20 Pro starts from €350/$395 in China, while Honor 20 costs €500/$565 on the global market. Overall Redmi K20 Pro is the most balanced phone and I would spend those €120 more to get it as it offers a better SoC and better cameras.
Vivo iQOO Neo vs Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro vs Huawei Honor 20: PRO and CONS
Huawei Honor 20
- Punch-hole display
- Great cameras
- Worldwide availability
- IPS display
Redmi K20 Pro
- Very original design
- Good display
- Best performance
- Great cameras
- UD fingerprint reader
- Faster charging technology
- Nothing particular
Vivo iQOO Neo
- Huge battery
- UD fingerprint reader
- Worse cameras