Honor’s usual wheelhouse is funding phones that punch above their weight. The Honor View 20 is another proposal if it goes ashore with high-end specs and top-end tech what can achieve and will it compete with the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S10, Huawei P30, Nokia 9?
Honor has designed”flagships” ahead of – the View 10 and Honor 10 spring to mind – but nothing quite like this. In the View 20, the company joins a 48-megapixel camera, 4000mAh battery, 6.4-inch display along with also the ultra-fast Kirin 980 chip. All for #499.
Honor View 20 – Layout
I would not consider 2018 a strong year for telephone layout. The difficulties served up by the notched-screen lead to a mishmash.
Honor previously tried to steer away from the notch with the Magic 2 (accessible only in China). The device’s design employed a body to conceal the camera when not in use. This device has been replaced to your View 20 – and the results are noticeably better.
Instead of a notch cut-out a third of the way across the display’s top edge, or concealing away sensors, radios and cameras, the View 20 includes one, much smaller hole punched into the top-left corner of this apparatus. It’s where the selfie camera resideswith the microphone sitting in a tiny lip over the screen.
It is a smart solution – one which will probably be replicated a lot of times in the forthcoming months, most of all by the Samsung Galaxy S10 – since it gives a bezel-less appearance without affecting device usability. This is commonplace with mobiles like this although yes, there stays a chin at the base of the handset.
Honor’s thoughtful design continues around the rear of the unit as well. Here you’ll see a glass covering, whose laser-etched”V” pattern beneath catches the light and reflects beautifully. Sitting between the glass back and front is a rigid metallic rim, including a solid end.
Impressively, there’s enough space for either a headset jack (a rarity in 2018, let alone 2019) along with an IR blaster for controlling a television. The Honor View 20 lacks some official water-resistance. It also foregoes QI wireless charging, something you’d expect to see supported given the glass of the phone back. I presume that was omitted to guarantee the View 20 stays as affordable as possible.
What I enjoy most about the plan, however, is exactly how narrow and simple the phone is to hold. While most things can be achieved one-handed, the curved sides slide comfortably into your hand. Yes, reaching directly to the corners is hard, but the device doesn’t feel at Google Pixel 3 XL or even all awkward in the method of this iPhone XS Max.
Taking up an impressive 91% (roughly 91.82 percent, if you would like to be exact ) of the front of the Honor View 20, the 6.4-inch display stretches from almost corner to corner without a notch to distract your perspective. The only interruption is the small spot that is the front camera. It seems excellent.
The display quality itself is decent, also; comfortably competing with similarly priced phones. Honor’s preferred over OLED, which means blacks aren’t quite as deep for an LCD panel and colors do not offer the same pop as those on the OnePlus 6T. The likely reason for sticking with LCD was the lack of OLED panels on this hole-punch camera (Samsung makes one, but that’s likely being kept for its Galaxy S10) and, of course, the general extra cost associated with OLED.
Still, it’s an attractive screen: crisp, colorful and, above all, bright. The 1080p resolution is more than sufficient to make sure individual pixels will not be viewed, and while there is no HDR (high dynamic range) service, media still has great correlation between colors.