Honor 20i vs TCL 20L: What is the better phone?

Honor 20i came in 2019 and TCL 20L came in 2021. Both of them are also in the budget category. Here, we compare Honor 20i vs TCL 20L to assist you in choosing the best handset.

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Honor 20iTCL 20L
Pros
Pros
  • Lower weight
  • Ultrawide camera
  • Higher quality main camera
  • Ultrawide camera
  • Higher performance chipset
  • Higher battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
Cons
  • No OLED display
  • Smaller battery
  • No fast charging
  • No Bluetooth 5
  • No USB Type-C
  • Higher weight
  • No OLED display

Honor 20i vs TCL 20L: Specifications

Honor 20iTCL 20L
CHIPSET
CHIPSETKirin 710
Snapdragon 662
CPU
CPUOcta-core
Octa-core
GPU
GPUMali-G51 MP4
Adreno 610
RAM
RAM4GB or 6GB4GB or 6GB
STORAGE
STORAGE64GB, 128GB, or 256GB
MicroSD
128GB
MicroSD
DISPLAY
DISPLAYIPS LCD
6.21 inches
1080 x 2340
415 ppi
IPS LCD
6.67 inches
1080 x 2400
395 ppi
REAR CAMERA
REAR CAMERA24 MP main
8 MP ultrawide
2 MP depth
1080p@60fps
48 MP main
8 MP ultrawide
2 MP macro
2 MP depth
1080p@60fps
FRONT CAMERA
FRONT CAMERA32 MP selfie
1080p@30fps
16 MP selfie
1080p@60fps
BATTERY
BATTERY3400 mAh
5000 mAh
Fast Charging

Honor 20i vs TCL 20L: Design

Honor 20i is 154.8 x 73.6 x 8 mm in size, while the dimension of TCL 20L is 166.2 x 76.9 x 9.1 mm. Both handsets, thus, are big. Consequently, they are both harder to use with a single hand.

Honor 20i weighs 164 g, and that of the TCL 20L is 199 g. Honor's phone, hence, has a weight less than TCL's phone.

Both phones only have a budget-grade build and use glass as the front material and plastic for the back and the frame.

The bezel-less designs make both handsets stylish looking. Each has a bigger screen to body ratio, too.

The two phones do not have water resistance. Both of them are thus less durable, and we must be careful in the proximity of the water bodies.

Honor 20i is available in colors of Gradient Blue, Magic Night Black, and Gradient red, and TCL 20L can be found in Eclipse Black and Luna Blue shades.

The overall build quality of both the Honor 20i and TCL 20L is comparable and we can consider it a tie.

Honor 20i vs TCL 20L: Display

Honor 20i has a 6.21-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and 415 ppi density. On the other hand, TCL 20L comes with a 6.67-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and 395 ppi density.

Honor 20i display also has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. TCL 20L display, on the other hand, has an aspect ratio of 20:9.

High-quality videos look wonderful on both phone's high-resolution displays. Each has sharp colors as well and gives great visuals for gaming.

Honor 20i has a small notch at the top of the display for the front-facing camera. On the other hand, the display of the TCL 20L comes with a small hole-punch. However, both of them are not a distraction for most of the users.

The displays of both phones have similar quality. Therefore, we can consider this a tie.

Honor 20i vs TCL 20L: Camera

Rear camera

Honor 20i has a 24 MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.8, an 8 MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.4, and a 2 MP depth camera with an aperture of f/2.4. On the other hand, TCL 20L features a 48 MP main camera with an aperture of f/2.0, an 8 MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.2, a 2 MP depth camera with an aperture of f/2.4, and a 2 MP macro camera with an aperture of f/2.4.

TCL 20L primary camera provides higher quality compared with the Honor 20i primary camera. It delivers excellent colors and sharper details. With pleasant colors, the daytime images also look better.

The main cameras of both phones come with phase detection autofocus. As a result, both of them provide faster focusing.

The main cameras of both phones support HDR to provide a wider color gamut.

The ultrawide cameras of both phones provide a wider field of view. As a result, we can easily take wider landscape photos with both of them.

The depth cameras of both phones capture the depth information for the portrait mode. Thanks to these cameras, both phones provide the bokeh effect for the portrait photos.

Each phone can capture 1080p videos at 60fps from the main cameras.

Overall, TCL 20L comes with a better rear camera setup than the Honor 20i.

Front camera

Honor 20i comes with a 32 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0. On the other hand, TCL 20L has a 16 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2.

Selfie cameras of both phones also have an HDR mode.

Honor's phone can record 1080p selfie videos at 30fps. On the other hand, TCL's phone can record 1080p selfie videos at 60fps.

Honor 20i vs TCL 20L: Performance

Honor 20i comes with the Kirin 710 chipset. It has an Octa-core CPU. On the other hand, TCL 20L features the Snapdragon 662 chipset. It also has an Octa-core CPU. However, the CPU of the Snapdragon 662 has a slightly higher processing power than the CPU of the Kirin 710.

The chipset of the Honor 20i comes with the Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. The chipset of the TCL 20L, on the other hand, uses the Adreno 610 GPU. Adreno 610 also has a better graphics performance than the Mali-G51 MP4.

The following diagram shows the AnTuTu V9 performance benchmarks for the two phones.

Honor 20i

190988

TCL 20L

203639

Each phone has a moderate CPU and GPU performance. Therefore, they both support gaming at decent quality levels. Each also works well for day-to-day use.

Both phones feature either 4GB or 6GB of RAM.

Honor 20i also comes with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage, whereas TCL 20L comes with 128GB of storage. They both also support expandable storage.

Thanks to the faster chipset, TCL 20L has a slightly better performance than the Honor 20i.

Honor 20i vs TCL 20L: Battery and charging

Honor 20i comes with a 3400 mAh battery compared to the 5000 mAh battery of the TCL 20L. Thanks to the larger battery, TCL's phone also has a better battery life.

TCL's phone also features fast charging support.

Sound comparison

Both phones have a 3.5 mm headphone jack and we can easily use our own headphones with both of them.

Furthermore, both phones only have a single speaker and therefore they both don't provide stereo sound.

Software and additional features comparison

Honor 20i comes with Android 9.0. On the other hand, TCL 20L comes with Android 11.

Honor 20i has a capacitive fingerprint scanner at the back. On the other hand, TCL 20L features a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor. Both these sensors are responsive and accurate.

TCL's phone has Bluetooth 5.0. Therefore, it has better support for the latest Bluetooth devices. However, Honor's phone only has Bluetooth 4.2. As a result, it only provides limited support for the Bluetooth 5.0 devices.

Honor's phone comes with a micro USB port. On the other hand, TCL's phone has a newer USB-C port.

Conclusion

TCL 20L is the winner in this comparison. As a result, if you want to get a phone that comes with a higher performance chipset, a higher quality main camera, a macro camera, better battery life, and fast charging, TCL 20L is the better choice. It also comes with Bluetooth 5 and a USB Type-C port. However, Honor 20i has a lower weight. Therefore, Honor 20i is also a worthy choice.