• Review: Honor View 20

    By Samantha Watson , January 25, 2019 - Leave a comment

    If you’re ready for the timely death of the notch, then you’re definitely in the right place, as we look closely at Honor’s latest device; the Honor View 20.

    Now, Honor have become renowned for providing exceptional value for money, but with some stunning photography capabilities and a striking design, this can truly be considered a flagship product.

    The Honor View 20 is now shipping from Clove with either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage in Phantom Blue, Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue, so head to our website to check that out!

    Design and Display

    Honor have become synonymous with providing some really striking devices and as you can see here, the Honor View 20 is certainly no different.

    Now, there’s clearly one thing that needs to be addressed first, and that’s the in-screen, 0-shaped front camera cut out in the top corner. The Honor View 20 is one of the first devices to come with an in-screen camera and here at Clove, we absolutely love it.

    Honor have achieved this really effectively by making part of the display transparent, enabling the hole to be as small as possible. Indeed, Honor’s engineers have reassured us that a particular glue dispersion tech has been used to affix the camera to the display, meaning that it’s possible to repair a broken screen without needing a new front camera module.

    The obvious benefit to this is the sheer amount of display that this lends the device. Notches have been the topic of much debate and we know that many of you hate them, but their benefits are clear. But what the in-screen cut out does is blow this out the water by providing a tiny 4.5mm hole that gives more display for a better design and a cleaner look. In fact, the Honor View 20 comes with a massive 91.8% screen to body ratio that barely interferes with full-screen games in landscape and we’ve really, really enjoyed it.

    The screen itself is an impressive 6.4-inch Full HD LCD display which, coupled with a 1080 x 2310-pixel resolution, provides some really bright and vivid colours.

    If that wasn’t enough, then the rear of the device is equally as striking and is one of our favourite designs in the last few months. The back cover is absolutely dazzling and comes with a unique chevron-like pattern. As you can see here, the trademark V shape becomes visible when light shines on it from different angles.

    The 8.1mm aluminium frame makes the handset feel very rigid and premium which compliments the curved sides very well to make it incredibly easy to use the device one-handed.

    The fingerprint scanner to the rear has been very quick and responsive for us and the device comes in Midnight Black, Phantom Blue and Sapphire Blue.

    • 4.55mm in-screen, O-shaped front camera cut out
    • 91.8% screen-to-body ratio
    • 6.4-inch Full HD LCD display
    • 1080 x 2310-pixel resolution
    • Unique chevron pattern to rear
    • 8.1mm aluminium frame
    • Rear fingerprint scanner
    • Midnight Black, Phantom Blue & Sapphire Blue

     

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    Camera

    As a sub-brand of Huawei, you may be expecting a lot of the camera setup of the Honor View 20 and good news; you’re not wrong!

    Indeed, the Honor View 20 is the first device to be fitted with an ultra-high quality 48MP rear camera that is a SONY IMX 586 CMOS sensor with a fast f/1.8 aperture. This combines with the devices Kirin 980 processor to offer impressive multi-frame image processing.

    Now, rather than featuring a secondary lens, the Honor View 20 instead has a 3D Time of Flight sensor that is utilised solely to detect depth. This makes it possible to manipulate certain parts of your image separately to make instant adjustments and is really effective when applied to shots for things like blurred background in Portrait Mode.

    The AI Tech of the device is also very impressive and can recognise multiple scenes at the same time, for example greenery, buildings and blue sky all at once. AI Ultra Clarity mode also works to create an AI-enabled high definition 48MP image by taking multiple 48MP shots and combining them for greater clarity.

    If selfies are more your thing, then the Honor View 20 comes with an impressive 25MP front camera with an f/2.0 aperture that can be adjusted with professional type lighting or by applying AR filters. The standard AI features for bokeh and beauty are installed, and we’ve been very impressed with the results.

    • 48MP Sony IMX 586 CMOS rear sensor
    • f/1.8 aperture
    • Secondary 3D Time of Flight sensor
    • AI technology
    • 25MP front camera
    • f/2.0 aperture

     

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    Performance

    The Honor View 20 comes with the same HiSilicon Kirin 980 octacore processor that is fitted in the Mate 20 Pro. This is a fast and efficient chipset meaning that you should experience no issues with frame rates or lag.

    So, what’s new?

    Well, the Honor View 20 incorporates a feature called Link Turbo which combines 4G and Wi-Fi capabilities for faster downloads. The device decides automatically which technology should be used, taking latency into account, but unfortunately, we haven’t had too much time to test this out for ourselves.

    Alongside this, Honor have created a new liquid cooling system that combines both hardware and software for improved thermal performance. An ultra-thin heat tube draws heat away from the SoC, camera, battery and charging chip and into a multi-layered heat spreader made of composite materials.

    The large 4000mAh will get you through a day and possibly even two without any problems and comes with support for 22.5 Watt SuperCharge via USB-C to get you back up and running in no time. There is no microSD slot or IP rating, however the Honor View 20 does come fitted with that trusty headphone jack.

    • HiSilicon Kirin 980 octa-core processor
    • Link Turbo
    • Unique Liquid Cooling System
    • 4000mAh battery
    • 22.5W SuperCharge
    • 3.5mm headphone jack
    • No IP rating

    The Honor View 20 is now available from Clove with 128GB of internal memory and 6GB RAM in Midnight Black or Sapphire Blue for £499. Alternatively, the 256GB variant with 8GB is available in Phantom Blue for £599.

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    Samantha Watson

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