At a special event in Paris today, Huawei sub-brand Honor took the wraps off the View 20 for international markets. The phone was initially made official for China back in December. And now it's finally on its way to other countries.
The View 20 comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD touchscreen with a punch-hole selfie camera design and a great 85.7% screen-to-body ratio, according to our calculations. It's powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset, currently Huawei's top of the line SoC, also found inside the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.
The Honor View 20 pairs it with 6/8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of storage that isn't expandable. On the rear you get a huge 1/2" 48 MP main camera sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 0.8µm pixel size, alongside a TOF 3D stereo camera. The camera can do 4-in-1 pixel binning which Honor calls "superpixels", and it has "Artificial Image Stabilization" on board, features which work together to enable AIS Super Night Shot, because a version of Night Mode is essential on a flagship smartphone in this day and age.
The TOF 3D camera enables depth sensing, skeletal tracking, as well as real-time motion capture. You can also play 3D motion games "like never before". Additionally, real-time video retouching is available, as the 3D cam separates the subject from the background with multiple retouch levels to choose from.
In the punch-hole in the screen, which has a 4.5mm diameter, is a 25 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Honor View 20 has a 4,000 mAh battery that charges at 5V/4.5A, going from 0 to 55% in just 30 minutes. The phone runs Android 9 Pie with Magic UI 2 on top. There's a 3.5mm headphone jack on board, and the fingerprint sensor is on the back, because the LCD technology used for the screen doesn't allow for an under-display scanner.
Speaking of the back, it comes with a unique gradient rear glass panel that has a V that changes colors as you look at it from different angles. The View 20 has dual-band GPS as well as triple Wi-Fi antennas for better connectivity than most of its rivals.
The device will become available starting tomorrow, January 23, in France, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Finland, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Portugal, the UAE, India, Belgium, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. It may not launch in all these markets at the same time, however.
You can buy one in red, blue, and black. In Europe you'll pay €569 or £499 for the model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you want the special edition co-designed with fashion brand Moschino, which comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, you'll need to part with €649 or £579 of your hard earned cash.
If you're interested to learn more about the Honor View 20, don't miss our hands-on review.
I got my View 20 on the 26th Jan, I really like it but it just feels like something is missing which makes me want to go back to samsung and pay the premium prices
£500 is a competitive price, the only competition in this price range is OnePlus, and their device loses in almost every area against this View 20 This will sell like hot cakes