Honor View 20 Review, Specifications, Price

Hey guys, what is up? Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei has released the View 20 to start off the year.

Being a flagship phone, it comes with some features that should be able to catch our attention, prices that I must say are better than some other flagship devices out there.

This is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and today, I will be talking about the Honor View 20.

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With that being said, let’s get to it.

Key Features

  • Magic UI 2.0 with Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • 6.4 inch 1080 x 2310 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU
  • Mali-G76 MP10
  • 6GB / 8GB RAM
  • 128GB / 256GB Internal Storage
  • 25MP Front Camera and 48 MP+TOF 3D sensor Rear Camera
  • 4000mAh non-removable battery
  • Dual SIM

Design

The back of the phone is the most eye-catching thing about the phone. It has a shiny radiant glass design that gives a “V” shape as it reflects light.

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It would be insanely hard to not show off this design by covering it with a case. I would be “making a call” on the phone all day just to show it off.

It is an all glass build device and the amount of work put on the back is quite impressive. But it has an aluminum frame though.

While we’re still on the back of the phone, you get to notice the horizontally placed dual camera and a LED flash and right under is the fingerprint sensor.

Coming to the front, the first thing you will also notice is the placement of the selfie camera.

Over the years, many ways have been implemented to give phone users a maximum display experience while placing elements in ways that aren’t intrusive.

On the Honor View 20, a really good job has been done. A cut out is made on the top left of the display panel, and the selfie camera is placed there.

This is a really good design because notifications are not affected when they come in (unlike phones with notches).

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The left side of the phone has the SIM card slot, on the right side are the volume and power buttons and they are in easy to reach positions.

At the top you get a 3.5mm headphone jack and an infrared blaster beside it.

Sounds from the headphone jack come out accurate but have an average level of loudness.

Getting to the bottom, the USB Type-C connector and the speaker are placed. Although the speaker is reported to be really nice and loud, you may have issues with it while gaming or watching videos cause you will be covering it and obstructing the sound.

The overall design is simple, very good in the hand and where it takes its stand compared to some flagship devices is by having a headphone jack *cough**cough**OnePlus 6T*cough**cough*. Whoa, I really should see a doctor, I must be coming down with something.

You also get the phone in four colors which are Saphire Blue, Phantom Blue, Phantom Red, Midnight Black.

Display

The View 20 doesn’t have a super impressive display but it gets the job done. One of the things that you will not find good about it (especially if you’re always outdoors) is that the brightness outdoors or under direct sunlight is not so good.

You do get an average and visible outdoor display but it can’t be compared to some really good devices with impressive displays out there.

The 6.4 inch screen is large enough for some insane experience when it comes to gaming and video watching.

It has a screen to body ratio of 85.7%, this is not surprising, I mean looking at the phone, bezels have been really slimmed down.

The View 20 comes with an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 2310 pixels. Images come out clear and detailed. Viewing angles are also impressive.

Although you’ll notice a bit of color distortion around the selfie camera, I was able to gather that it is intentionally that way so the brightness from the display doesn’t interfere with your selfies. So don’t worry, you’re in good hands.

The display on the phone is decent, only problem I see here is the fact that outdoor brightness isn’t that impressive, but overall, it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Cameras

The cameras on the View 20 do a really good job in terms of sharpness, noise reduction, night mode quality and few other things. First of all, the selfie camera.

The selfie camera is a single 25 Megapixel shooter. Before we get into details about how pictures turn out, let’s talk about other things you can do with the selfie camera.

Unlocking your phone by scanning your face isn’t a new thing, the View 20 supports face recognition to do that, only problem is that it is not a 3D scanner but a 2D. This is not very safe because it can be bypassed with a picture or video of the face of the owner of the phone.

It will be best to just stick with the fingerprint scanner or setting a password.

Another feature of the selfie camera is that it makes sure some notifications don’t show their contents when the phone is locked unless it “sees” that you’re the owner of the phone after scanning your face.

Scanning is fast enough so don’t worry, you won’t have to wait 10 years just to check notifications.

Okay, so, photos taken with the selfie camera are pretty good. They come out detailed, but sometimes get a bit bright. That just increases skin fairness but overall, photos are pretty good.

The camera also supports recording videos in 1080p at 30 frames per second, there is a little bit of destabilization here but it is not very noticeable.

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On the back is the dual camera, here you’re not getting a typical combination but a 48 Megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor and a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor.

The 48 Megapixel sensor takes really good photos and converts them to a much better and detailed 12 Megapixel photo. You can force the phone to shoot pictures in 48 Megapixels but they usually come out a bit noisy.

The ToF sensor makes the camera see in three dimensions and gives it features like scanning objects in 3D and using infrared light for advanced depth.

It works really well in low light situations to give a better result.

The 48 Megapixel camera does well overall (in the 12 Megapixel mode) as pictures appear really good with great dynamic range. Color and sharpness are also great.

You get an option to use the Ultra AI Clarity mode, but it takes some time to shoot pictures. The Ultra AI Clarity option automatically selects the best resolution for a picture to give you a superb result.

Night mode also works really well, but it also takes some time to take photos. Just like most phones, with night mode, it’s better to stay still and also take pictures of objects that aren’t moving, else they come out blurry.

Portrait mode is also supported, here the background gets blurred out while the object in focus is, well, focused on. The ToF sensor works here by scanning the subject so the background gets blurred.

Video recording is also impressive but loses a bit of stabilization as well, but just like the selfie camera, it is not highly noticeable.

You can record videos in different modes such as 2160p at 30 frames a second, 1080p at 30 and 60 frames a second you can also get slow motion videos in 720p at 960 frames a second and in 1080p at 120 frames a second.

Performance

The View 20 does really well in performance, it comes with Magic UI 2.0 on top Android 9.0 (Pie). On the Operating System, you get Gesture Navigation.

I recently found out that one of the reasons we have Gesture Navigation is just so we can have a full display experience…. aww yeah, research.

Gesture Navigation is slowly taking over Android devices and it may take some time for newbies (like me) to get used to, but once you are, it’s hard to revert back to buttons.

For those that don’t know how Gesture Navigation works, after activating, you get to swipe inwards from both sides of the screen to go “back”, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go “home” and swipe up and hold to see “recent apps”.

Magic UI also supports split screen mode. This enables you to run two apps at the same time. You could be surfing the internet while watching videos on YouTube at the same time.

You can also use the phone on your computer as an On the Go Desktop Machine. Here the phone acts as a touch pad (or mouse) and runs apps it has on a desktop. Pretty cool.

High-end games run super smooth on the View 20, all thanks to the impressive HiSilicon Kirin 980 Chipset that comes with the phone.

It has a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU to handle graphics and an impressive Octa-core CPU that has a clock speed of 2.6GHz.

Overall performance is great as the phone runs really smooth and lags are close to nonexistent.

Other features like fingerprint scanning, camera start-up and switching between apps are also very fast from all I’ve found out.

Memory

I always start up with RAM after talking about performance just so I can talk more about how well a phone handles carrying out tasks.

The View 20 does really well by having a 6GB of RAM version and an 8GB of RAM version.

On both versions, you’ll get a smooth multitasking experience, apps will not or almost never get terminated due to the phone needing to conserve memory.

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Gaming is also aided here as both RAM versions will give you an impressive experience without lags.

When it comes to internal storage, you get two options, a 128GB version or a 256GB version.

The difference between them is that the 128GB of internal storage comes in 6GB and 8GB of RAM while the 256GB version only comes in the 8GB of RAM.

The View 20 doesn’t have an SD card slot so there’s no way to expand storage space. Good thing you have those storage options to choose from.

Battery

Having a phone with all of these abilities and features in terms of performance requires a lot of battery life cause you’re going to always be on the phone, unless you’re a light user.

Yes, the phone has an impressive battery, it is a 4,000mAh non-removable Li-Po battery.

With it, you will be getting a full day of use with heavy to moderate usage. Light users will go for days without charging.

When it gets low, charging the battery to 50% takes only 30 minutes (someday in the future, someone is going to read this and say “30 minutes to get to 50% ha, man phones were horrible in the past.”)

Anyway, yeah, the View 20 supports fast charging.

To sum it up, you won’t be having a problem if you’re concerned about battery life, the Honor View 20 will give you a lot of time on the phone without you thinking about your charger.

Connectivity

The phone supports 4G LTE, 3G, 2G for internet speed.

With 5G slowly rolling out, I just feel bad that this phone might not really get looked at for long. It has a lot of great qualities but super-fast internet will definitely turn a lot of heads.

It also comes with Bluetooth V5.0, WiFi, Infrared, USB 3.1 Type-C etc. It doesn’t have an FM radio.

Price

The 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage costs $435

The 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage costs $510

The 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage costs $580

Sadly, the Honor View 20 isn’t available in the United States yet.

Check current prices on Amazon.

Please note that prices may vary from time to time.

Conclusion

That’s a lot to cover for a phone, but for those prices, it is worth it.

Although the only thing I can say I don’t like about the phone is that the brightness is not so good outdoors, I think everything else is really good.

From the beautiful design on the back, the superb cameras, battery life and speed in carrying out tasks, the phone is just awesome.

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This falls in my list of recommended phones, so if you can afford it, go ahead and get it.


Okay guys, that’s it for the Honor View 20, if you have any suggestions or questions, leave them in the comment section.

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