The Honor View 20 is Honor’s first flagship smartphone for 2019, and similar to its past phones, it comes with high-end specs at a relatively affordable price tag. The phone was first launched in China a few days ago as the Honor V20 and then its global launch event happened in Paris, France on January 22, 2019. The Honor View 20 is turning out to be one of the best phones to have launched in the affordable high-end smartphone category. It not only has the right specs and pricing but also extremely flashy looks. Let us have a look at five reasons why it could be this year’s flagship killer.
1. Honor View 20’s Flashy Looks
The Honor View 20 has a glass-and-metal body, but that’s nothing new, even in budget and mid-range price segments. What’s new with the Honor View 20 is its V-shaped light reflections when the phone is tilted. The company is calling it the chevron pattern and it looks extremely cool. Moreover, the phone has a bezel-less screen at the front and a slim body. The Honor View 20 will surely turn a lot of heads.
2. Honor View 20’s Kirin 980 Processor
The Kirin 980 processor, which debuted with the Mate 20 series, has made its way to the Honor View 20. It is Huawei’s latest high-end processor that competes with the likes of Exynos 9820 and the Snapdragon 855. Going by its CPU and GPU performance, it is on par with the Snapdragon 855 in single-core performance and fully capable of playing back high-end gaming titles at 60fps. Honor even announced that Fortnite will run at 60fps on the View 20, and that’s the proof of View 20’s performance chops.
3. Honor View 20’s 48MP+3D TOF Rear Camera
The Honor View 20 has two imaging sensors at the rear: 48MP primary camera sensor and a 3D TOF (Time Of Flight) sensor. The Samsung ISOCELL GM1 camera sensor is not just chasing megapixels but it’s physically larger as well. Even though each pixel is just 0.8μm, with Samsung’s ‘Tetracell’ 4-in-1 native pixel binning technology creates 12MP images that are sharper, have more details and dynamic range, and exhibit lower noise. Auto HDR and always-on EIS are present for better images and videos. The 3D TOF camera sensor can map objects in 3D space by measuring the time taken by the infrared rays to bounce back from the object to the sensor, thereby allowing for better portrait images as well as AR apps and games.
4. Honor View 20’s 25MP Punch Hole Selfie Camera
The Honor View 20’s 25MP front-facing camera is placed inside a punch-hole on the display’s top left part, making it appear way less obtrusive than a conventional or a waterdrop notch. Be it using apps or watching videos, a punch hole selfie camera is much better and offers more immersive experience while using the screen.
5. Honor View 20’s 4000mAh Battery With 22.5W Fast Charging
To match its big, bezel-less screen, the View 20 also comes embedded with a 4000mAh battery. Going by the initial reviews, the phone easily lasts more than a day, even with heavy usage. Not only that, the View 20’s battery charges rapidly in just one hour with the included 22.5W fast charger. That’s not as fast as Huawei’s own 40W SuperCharge technology, but fast enough for most people.
6. Bonus Feature: Look Ma, Headphone Jack!
Yes, the Honor View 20 comes with a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack even though it has a bezel-less screen design and a large 4000mAh battery. So, what’s stopping brands like Apple, OnePlus, OPPO and Xiaomi from offering a headphone jack on their phones?