After the Honor 10 Lite, Honor has launched its next major smartphone in India in the very first month of 2019. This time, it’s the Honor View 20 flagship smartphone which recently saw its global launch in Paris. This is an important flagship from Honor as it is the company’s first phone to sport a hole punch display, which is all set to go mainstream this year.
The View 20 offers a bunch of new and unique features apart from the display hole. It is also the first phone in the world to offer a 48MP camera. The View 20 touts a large battery and a unique glass back design, among other things. The View 20 will look to take on the OnePlus 6T in the premium mid-range segment. Here’s what you need to know about the new Honor flagship.
Honor View 20 specifications
Display: The Honor View 20 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (2310×1080) AllView display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Processor: It gets an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset which is based on a 7nm process and comes with Dual NPU and GPU Turbo 2.0
RAM: The phone is offered with 6GB and 8GB of RAM
Internal storage: The 6GB RAM variant will come with 128GB of internal storage, while the 8GB RAM version comes with 256GB of inbuilt storage
Rear camera: The Honor View 20 comes with 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor and a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera
Front camera: The View 20 sports a 25MP selfie snapper housed in the display hole
Battery: The Honor View 20 houses a 4,000mAh battery with support for fast charging
Software: It ships with Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top.
Honor View 20 features
— The Honor View 20 is the company’s first smartphone with a display hole. Like the Infinity-O display on the Galaxy A8s, the All-View display on the View 20 gets a small, circular cutout on the top left corner to house the selfie camera. This means the View 20 does not come with a notch of any kind. The hole measures 4.5mm in diameter and Honor has designed the UI to utilize the display hole in intuitive ways.
— The company has also given the View 20 a unique design on the back. The glass panel comes with a unique chevron finish with a V-shaped pattern that shimmers and runs down the back. This has been accomplished through a nanolaser coating process and the intensity of it varies depending on how the light hits the surface.
— Apart from the punch hole display, the View 20 also highlights a 48MP rear camera with AI support. Honor has used a Sony IMX586 CMOS sensor that will use pixel binning technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into one to offer a large 1.6-micron pixel. The Kirin 980 chipset will offer a 48MP AI HDR mode to offer high definition images. There is a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board that can be used to obtain depth information.
— The camera is also heavily backed by AI and is capable of recognizing over 30 categories. The View 20 also gets a 25MP front-facing camera housed in the punch hole on the display. The flagship also offers a TOF (Time of Flight) camera on the back which is used for 3D depth sensing.
— Powering the Honor View 20 is an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset with Dual NPU. This is the same chipset that powers the Huawei Mate 20 Pro as well. The Kirin 980 is Huawei’s first 7nm-based processor that offers a significant bump in performance and improved power efficiency compared to its predecessor. The Dual NPU offers advanced AI and machine learning computation as well as GPU Turbo 2.0 which reduces jitter rate and lag while playing games.
Honor View 20 price in India and availability
The View 20 has a starting price of Rs 37,999 the 6GB + 128GB configuration. There is a higher variant as well with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage which has been priced at Rs 45,999. The View 20 will go on sale on Amazon India and Honor’s website starting Wednesday, January 30 at 12 pm. The flagship will also be available offline via Reliance Digital in February. Customers who have pre-booked the View 20 by paying Rs 1,000 will also get a free pair of Honor Bluetooth earphones worth Rs 2,999.