Honor View 20 Gets ViLTE Calling Support, Improved Camera Features with the Latest Update in India

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The Honor View 20 is receiving a new software update in India. This update comes bearing the build number 9.0.1.129 (C675E8R1P4). According to the changelog, the software update brings with it support for ViLTE, enhanced video call performance, improved electronic video stabilization and improved color reproduction in portrait mode when using rear camera, optimized touchscreen sensitivity, and Google’s February security patch.

What is ViLTE and Why Should I Care?

ViLTE is an acronym for Video over LTE, and this feature adds native video call support (using the 4G network) to your device. In simpler terms, with ViLTE, you can video call a mobile number without the need for a third-party application like Google Duo, WhatsApp, Messenger, etcetera. If your smartphone has ViLTE, you can just open your native phone application, and make a video call to another mobile number (provided that the person has ViLTE too). As the ViLTE eliminates the need for a third-party application, it theoretically should save battery power when you are making a video call. Currently, in India, only Jio network has ViLTE support, and the carrier offers this service free of cost with all its recharge plans.

Honor View 20: Price and Specifications

The Honor View 20 launched in India on 29th January with a price tag of INR 37,999 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage version, and INR 45,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage version. There are two color options to choose from – Blue and Black. The Honor View 20 is available to purchase exclusively from Amazon India and HiHonor Store.

The Honor View 20 is the first smartphone in the world to feature a 48MP rear camera. In addition to that, the device also has a 3D ToF camera on the back that calculates the distance between the phone and the surrounding objects to create a 3D map that aids in portrait images and AR. For selfies there is a 25MP camera. The Honor View 20 is one of the first devices to feature a punch-hole display. It is in fact, the first smartphone in India to bring the punch-hole display technology. Speaking of display, it is a 6.4-inch IPS LCD with Full HD+ resolution.

The Honor View 20 is powered by the Kirin 980 SoC from Huawei, which has four high-performance CPU cores, four power-efficient CPU cores, and Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. The smartphone runs on Android 9 Pie operating system with Magic UI 2 user interface customization. Internationally, the Honor View 20 is available in 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage options, but in India, the device comes in only the base (6GB RAM + 128GB storage) and the top-end (8GB RAM + 256GB storage) variant.

The Honor View 20 packs a 4000mAh battery that supports 22.5W quick charging. Internationally, the device comes with a 22.5W charger in the box, but it in India, it comes with an 18W charger in the box. Other features of the Honor View 20 that are worth noting include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, infrared port, and a glass back with a unique V-shaped pattern.