The Honor View 20 has arrived in India, and it’s the first one in India to feature the new punch hole display. It’s a brand new Honor View 20 which has a punch hole display or a camera in all display of 48-megapixel camera a 3D camera. So, there’s a lot to talk about –
Brief Description: –
The Honor View 20 gives us a glimpse of the design trends that we can expect in smartphones in 2019. The highlight is the hole in the display here that features the front camera that means the notch has gone and instead we have a hole in the screen which does look better than the huge notches and is more practical than the slider phones.
I prefer the hole in the display design I mean everything looks better and more immersive with usual apps and games and even videos. It’s not all positive though while most people in our office like this new design some did find it a little weird and honestly I did take a short time to get to used to it.
Also, I would have preferred the hole in the centre because great symmetry but here this is the first punch full display phone and overall I certainly like this design.
The Honor has optimised the status bar to make sure nothing overlaps the holes, but some apps that take up the full screen have UI elements that overlap the hole. For instance in Asphalt 9 parts of some UI elements get hidden, but it’s not a problem, to be honest especially because the camera hole is pretty small so kudos to Honor for that.
There’s no problem while playing PUBG either but once you forced the full-screen modern PUBG It works fine, and no controls get hidden by the camera.
As of now, punch hole design hasn’t created any issues for me, but I’ll have a better idea once I’ve used the phone extensively. And look even if some apps have problems with the hole I’m sure developers will optimise their apps like the date for the notch.
Because let’s be honest we’re going to see a lot of force this year with this punch hole display design, and I mean the Galaxy S10 should come with infinity or display which is a fancy name by Samsung for the punch hole design.
Design & Display: –
Coming back to the Honor View 20, the punch hole design results in an almost bezel-less display. The bezels are narrow all around, and there is a small chin at the bottom but it’s pretty small I’m not complaining. The display of View 20 seems great, and it’s a huge 6.4-inch IPS full HD Plus display which does not look huge tanks bezel-less design.
This is the phone that does not seem very big anyway the Full HD Plus display seems nice and vibrant. It’s no AMOLED but its beautiful LCD display. I think that’s beautiful is the back here. The Honor View 20 has a glass and metal design that looks premium. It also has a cooling V-shape pattern effect that reflects light differently at a different angle, and it seems pretty good.
Apart from that, there is a fingerprint scanner here, the USB-C Port on the bottom, the IR blaster and the headphone jack on the top. Now, the headphone jack is always good to see you on a high-end phone like the View 20, and it’s also a rarity. So, the Honor View 20 is a premium looking smartphone with the latest punch hole design, but another highlight of the phone is the 48-megapixel camera.
There’s a 48-megapixel f/1.8 primary Sony IMX 586 sensor along with the 3D time of flight sensor for portrait mode and a whole lot of things which I’ll talk about later. The View 20 photos look good to be it in the usual mode and be it in the Portrait mode.
You can also shoot photos in 12-megapixel resolution or the 48-megapixel resolution. And when the phone seems to take good pictures in both the resolution. It’s clear that the 48-megapixel images have a lot more detail in comparison to the 12-megapixel shot.
On the Video, The Honor View 20 has 4K at 30fps support, and there’s EIS which works while shooting in 1080p.
Now, coming to the camera hole in the front, it’s 25-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera, and it’s nothing different than your usual front cameras.
Overall, the cameras on the Honor View 20 seem promising and I like the phone has all the camera modes and features from the Mate 20 Pro like the night mode, the video camera effects, like colour background blur etc.
Talking about the 3D Time-Of-flight sensor along with the fact that it helps the Honor View 20 take better Portrait shots. It can also be used for real-time scanning and animation of 3D objects, AR gaming and lot more. I’ll talk more about it in full review.
Processor & Memory: –
Apart from that the punch hole display and the 48-megapixel camera the Honor View 20 packs in everything you’d expect from a premium high-end smartphone.
First of all, it has the flagship 7nm Kirin 980 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB storage. We have the 6GB of RAM version of the phone and so far its been smooth and fast. The phone also has GPU turbo 2.0 and AI smart cooling which uses a combo of AI, and the heat tube for improved terminal performs.
Software & UI: –
There’s also new UI on the Honor View 20, the V20 comes with the new magic UI on top of Android Pi and I know it’s the same as EMUI, but Honor has promised that there will be significant changes in the future developments of the Magic UI.
Anyway like EMUI, Magic UI has all the features you can think of, but there are a couple of cool features. Firstly, there’s a digital balance which is Honor’s equivalent of digital well-being features. And there’s an easy projection which is similar to the DEX mode in the Note 9, but here you don’t need cable or anything as it works wirelessly. All you need to do is connect the View 20 to a TV or a Monitor on the same network, and you’ll see a PC like UI.
Now you can use the V20 as a trackpad to navigate and use different apps in the list of mode. It’s pretty cool, and in my brief usage, it worked well, so I’m impressed.
Battery & Connectivity: –
Honor View 20 comes with a huge 4000-mAh battery which should be good enough. It comes with Huawei 40-watt supercharged charger so it should charge super fast too like the Mate 20 Pro.
Apart from that the View 20 features dual frequency GPS and a triple Antenna Wi-Fi system which should improve connectivity.
Overall, the Honor View 20 has to be one of the most impressive smartphones coming from the Honor. The design is premium, it has the latest trend in the form of the attractive punch hole display design, it has a massive 48-megapixel camera that seems pretty capable, it has flagship specs a large battery and superfast charged, and it is attractive back.
It is clear that the Honor has a premium and capable smartphone in the form of the View 20 and if price right this could be a great success for the company.
At the time of writing the Article we do know the Indian price of View 20, but according to the Chinese price this should be priced somewhere around rupees 30 to 35,000, and I think that’s an excellent price for the Honor View 20. Having said that the Honor View 20 competes with the perfect OnePlus 6T.