Honor, the subsidiary of Huawei, is launching the Honor View 20, a smartphone with a front camera directly under the display glass. The dual main camera is also impressive. We have now received the Honor View 20 for our review in the editorial office.

Honor View 20 – Unboxing

The Honor View 20 comes with a power plug, a USB Type-C cable, a user manual, warranty card and a case.

Honor View 20 specifications

  • Processor: 7nm Huawei Kirin 980 Dual NPU AI Chipset
  • CPU: 64 bit, octa core with 2 x 2.6 GHz, 2 x 1.92 GHz and 4 x 1.8 GHz
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
  • Display: IPS-LCD display with 6.4 inches
  • Display resolution: 2310 x 1080 pixels, 398 PPI pixel density
  • Camera: 48 MP + 3D dual rear camera, 25 MP front camera with display flash
  • Aperture: f1.8 main camera, f2.0 front camera
  • Interfaces: WLAN, LTE, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, digital compass (magnetometer), fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
  • RAM: 6 GB or 8 GB
  • ROM: 128 256 GB
  • Navigation: Galileo, Glonass, GPS
  • Battery: 4000 mAH, Li.-Polymer
  • SIM: Dual SIM, Nano Sim
  • Special features: Magic UI 2.0.1, Face Unlock, fingerprint sensor
  • Size: 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 millimeters
  • Weight: 180g

Honor View 20 – appearance

The Honor View 20 in Midnight Black has a high-gloss black back made of glass, which is also very susceptible to fingerprints. Depending on the incidence of light, arrows shimmer on the back. On the back is the dual rear camera with 3D mode at the top left and the lettering AI-Vision right next to it. The fingerprint sensor is installed below the camera. The NFC field is located around the fingerprint sensor and the AI-Vision lettering. The Honor lettering can be seen at the bottom.

The volume rocker and the power button are located on the right side of the top view. The port for the USB Type-C cable is located at the bottom of the screen. The 3.5 mm jack connection is attached to the top.

The display is completely embedded in the frame. There is no transition to be felt. The front camera is embedded in a hole at the top left. The display itself has no notch.

The smartphone lies comfortably in the hand and thanks to the protective cover provided, it is also well protected from scratches.

Honor View 20 operating system

The Honor View 20 is delivered with the current Android 9 and the user interface Magic UI 2.0.1. The security update is from January 1, 2019

Honor View 20 setup

To set up, you start the smartphone and set your national language. After clicking the Start Now button, you agree to the Honor Magic UI Terms of Use. Then insert the SIM card and import the data from your old device. You also connect the smartphone to your WLAN. Then the search for updates takes place and your e-mail is entered. After signing in, you can still set up the Google Assistant and create a Huawei ID to access the Huawei Cloud, App Gallery, Themes, Video, Music and Find My Phone. Now you enter the device protection (fingerprint, face unlock or password) and you can take part in a program to improve user-friendliness.

Honor View 20 display

The display of the Honor View 20 is a 6.4 inch IPS LCD display with a display resolution of 2310 x 1080p and a pixel density of 398 ppi. With the 19: 9 format, the display takes up almost the entire front, except for the small camera recess at the top. The camera recess or notch can be hidden in the settings so that the camera disappears behind a black bar and thus reduces the display. The display colors are natural and strong. The color temperature can also be adjusted again in the settings.

To the right of the camera recess is the information for WLAN and notifications. The battery indicator and the time display are on the far right.

Honor View 20 settings

In the Honor’s settings, you will first find various suggestions such as do not disturb mode or pay faster with Google. Since the settings of an android are almost everywhere similar, we will only briefly discuss the Honor-specific ones here. The device connection option includes Huawei Beam and Huawei Share as well as Easy Projection for wireless projection and transmission of data.

Numerous existing Honor backgrounds can be selected under the start screen and background. The number of steps can also be shown on the display. You can use the Display option to change the screen resolution or adjust the colors. With the Battery category, you have the option of optimizing battery usage. You can put the smartphone in performance mode, power saving or ultra power saving. App starts and background execution can also be managed. With Digital Balance, you can manage your screen time. In the additional settings you have the option to allow HiSuite HDB to connect your smartphone with HDB to the PC without using the USB debugging mode. With the intelligent support, you receive the familiar accessibility aids such as TalkBack, reading aloud or text-to-speech. HiTouch is also available, a kind of visual shopping like with Google Lens. One-handed operation can also be activated here by reducing the screen view or moving the keyboard.

There is also gesture control with motion controls and ankle controls. This means that you can take screenshots or activate apps by tapping on the display. You can also split the screen by drawing a line on the display with your ankle. The gesture / ankle control works without any problems.

There is also the so-called NaviDot on the Magic surface. This remains constantly visible after activation and is used as a button to switch back to home app. It can be moved to any position by tapping it.

Honor View 20 – sound

The sound and the understanding when telephoning were without any abnormalities. The call quality is normal and good.

Only a mono speaker is installed here for music playback, which plays the music, but a little more bass would be desirable.

Honor View 20 camera

The Honor View 20 comes with a remarkable dual main camera with a 48 MP sensor (Sony IMX586) and a second 3D sensor especially for the bokeh effect in portraits. The Sony sensor combines 4 pixels into one. By default, however, the camera is set to 12 MP images, which are better exposed by combining the pixels than with a full 48 MP. When switching to 48 MP, the more light is available, the better the images. Image noise in twilight is also low.

However, one must note: the larger the image, the sooner the memory will run out than with the standard 12 MP setting. The 48 MP can be used with and without KI (AI Ultra Clarity) and bring the user detailed and sharp photos. With Ultra Clarity, the View 20 combines several images into one in order to present you with the best possible image result. The standard photos with 12 MP are also razor-sharp in daylight and not too noisy in twilight.

With the 25 MP front camera you create your selfies, which can be improved with AI. Various light reflections can also be conjured up with hearts.

In the camera settings, for example, you can specify that a picture should be taken as soon as a smile is recognized. Audio control is also possible, which means that as soon as the word Cheese is said, a photo is taken. A recording can also be made when the smartphone detects a certain volume.

Recordings can also be made when the camera detects movement. With the AI ​​function, the subject is highlighted by adjusting the colors.

The night mode ensures better exposure at night and the AR motif function offers various backgrounds that can be added to your photo. Some of these are accompanied by music and many other gimmicks. Perfect for the Instagram generation.

Honor View 20 battery

A 4000 mHA battery is built into the Honor View 20. This creates a very good performance of almost two days with normal use. Thanks to Quick Charge, but without QI charging, the battery is quickly recharged.

Honor View 20 – AnTuTu

Total: 277401, CPU: 103577, GPU: 100558, UX: 60925, MEM: 12341

Honor View 20 – conclusion

The Honor View 20 is a very well-made smartphone and is available from Idealo at a price from 479.90 euros. It offers you a great performance without jerks and a great camera that creates great pictures with and without the use of AI. On the negative side, QI charging is not possible despite the glass back. There is also no headset included with the smartphone and there is also no IP protection certification against water and dust.

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