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Honor View 20 Test - Smartphone with hole in the display!

by 10. May 2019

In January Honor gave the (international) starting signal for the flagship smartphone "Honor View 20". Refreshingly new is the hole notch first used by Honor and the particularly high-resolution 48 megapixel main camera.

I attended the release event in Paris and have been able to test the smartphone thoroughly ever since. Whether the smartphone keeps its promises in everyday life, you will find out in the following review.

overview
Manufacturer/Model

Honor

Product

Honor View 20

Specifications

Processor and memory
CPU: Huawei Kirin 980
GPU: Mali-G76 GPU
RAM: 6GB / 8GB
Internal memory: 128GB / 256GB
Memory extension: no

Display
Type: LTPS
Diagonal: 6,4 inches
Resolution: 2.310 x 1.080 pixels

cameras
* Main Camera: 48 MP f / 1.8 + 3D
* Front camera: 25 MP f / 2.0

Network
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
LTE: Cat21

wireless
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 5.0
GPS: Yes

sensors
* Gravity sensor
* Ambient light sensor
* Proximity Sensor
*Gyroscope
*Compass
* Fingerprint Sensor

Accumulator
Battery: 4.000 mAh
Fast charge function: 22.5W
Qi store: no
Connection: USB-C, 3.5 mm

Other
Operating system: Magic UI 2.0 Android 9.0
Size: 75.4 156.9 x x 8.1 mm
Weight: 180g

Scope of delivery

1x smartphone
1x USB-C cable
1x charger
1x Silicone Protective Case
1x SIM needle

Foreword: Honor View 20

At the end of December, View 20 was released in China. In January, the powerful Kirin 980 smartphone was viewed on the CES 2019. Although until then everything was already known about the smartphone, Honor did not miss the View 20 on the 22. January in Paris again "global" to introduce.

Update 10. May 2019

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Design, workmanship and delivery

The Honor View 20 relies on a particularly unusual design. Especially the back of the 156,9 mm high, 75,4 mm wide and 8,1 mm thick smartphone immediately catches the eye. Available in a total of four different colors, the multilayer shimmers "Aurora Nano Design" back depending on the light.

The smartphone is set up as follows:

The front mostly takes the 6.4 inch display. With only 2,5 mm to the sides and maximum 5 mm to the lower case edge, Honor has kept the display margins and bezels extremely small. This impression is further enhanced by the hardened display glass with 2.5D curved finish.

Honor View 20 front

Instead of placing the selfie camera in a classic notch or extendable, Honor has integrated the front camera directly into the display. The circular recess with 4,5 mm diameter was placed in the upper left corner of the display. The speaker, the brightness and proximity sensor and the Notification LED were housed inconspicuously between the display and the edge of the case.

The housing frame is made of metal and is color matched to the back. On the left is the dual Nano SIM slot. Opposite the power button and volume rocker. The time-tested 3.5 mm audio jack remains true to Honor. The View 20 is located at the top, next to an IR transmitter and a noise-canceling microphone. The media speakers, main microphone and USB-C socket are located as usual within the lower frame side.

Honor View 20 backside

The anodized metal frame stylishly goes into the curved "Aurora Nano Design" back over. It consists of glass and has a multi-layered structure, which creates an interesting V-pattern depending on the viewing angle and the incidence of light. The smartphone is available in the standard colors "Sapphire Blue" and "Midnight Black" as well as the special colors "Red" and "Phantom Blue". In particular, the color red was created in collaboration with the Italian fashion label "Moschino", which gives the special edition two custom wallpaper.

Honor View 20 rear side

Other features of the back are the horizontally arranged 48 megapixel main camera with LED flash and "AI Vision" lettering, a circular fingerprint scanner and another "honor" lettering.

In terms of quality of workmanship plays the Honor View 20 in the upper league. The case does not creak and does not yield under pressure. All control buttons sit firmly in the case with a pleasant pressure point. Haptic, the smartphone is despite the glass back non-slip in the hand. Last but not least Scope of delivery, This includes a clear silicone protective case, an EU charging adapter, a USB-C data cable, a SIM tool and a quick start guide. A screen protector is already applied ex works.

Honor View 20 delivery

Display

The display is of the type LTPS and solves at an almost borderless diagonal of 6.4 inches with 2130 x 1080 pixels on. The Screen-to-Body ratio is Honor with a respectable 91.8%.

display measurement

Measured with the colorimeter, the panel comes to a maximum Luminance of 470 cd / m², In addition to the display edges, especially the upper edge of the display, the brightness deviates by up to 70 cd / m²! The measured Black Level is 0.47 cd / m², from which a rather average Contrast ratio of 1: 1000 results.

The measured in normal color mode Delta E deviation the average sRGB color space is 2.88 and maximum 6.62. The shades of gray are slightly turquoise. The View 3 maintains the DCI-P20 color space in vivid color mode with an average Delta E of 7.05 and a maximum of 11.32.

Display in everyday life

In everyday life, the display of the Honor View 20 presents itself as legible, but not outstanding. in the Standard color mode "Lively" The smartphone is comparatively cool with a strong color rendering. in the Color mode "Normal" the color reproduction is much warmer, but still tends to a slightly turquoise color.

The Readability in sunshine is average. Reflections are unavoidable in strong light. The viewing angle stability is good, so that the display remains readable even at oblique viewing angles. The color reproduction is only slightly distorted. In the dark, the display can be dimmed to a comfortable 1.5 cd / m².

Display settings and functions

The display settings allow manual and automatic brightness adjustment, the color mode can be defined by the profiles "Lively" and "Normal" and the color temperature can be adjusted by means of a color wheel. An eye-friendly night or reading mode can be activated according to schedule. Settings for the screen resolution allow a smart reduction of the display resolution to save power (FHD + to HD +).

Touchscreen

The touchscreen responds precisely and detects up to 10 simultaneous inputs. Ghost Touches did not occur in the test. A screen protector is already in the factory on the display. Unfortunately, this is not dirt-repellent, not very slippery and fingerprints are immediately visible.

Performance

Kirin 980

That works under the hood Kirin 980 SoC, which is also installed in Huawei's Mate 20 Series. The SoC produced in 7 nm method comes on 10x more transistors compared to a conventional 1.6 nm SoC. The Three tier architecture divided the SoC into two ultrafast and two highly efficient Cortex-A76 cores, as well as four Cortex-A55 cores. The Cortex-A76 cores are up to 75 percent more powerful and 58 percent more efficient than their predecessors. For a graphical performance increase of up to 46 percent with higher efficiency, the Mali-G76 GPU, The dual NPU of the SoC is responsible for the AI ​​tasks of the smartphone.

In order to cope with demanding multitasking, the Honor View 20 is also available 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4X memory fitted. Apps, movies and games can be found on the 128GB or optionally 256GB large data storage accommodate. There is no way to extend the data memory by means of a memory card.

Benchmark

As expected, the View 20 performs well in the benchmark. Using the example of AnTuTu Benchmarks, which in particular take into account the graphics performance, 277.215 points are achieved. This value is comparable to Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 845 processor, which is also used in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.

Outstanding is the Kirin 980 in the Geekbench Benchmark test. Especially in the single-core test, the processor is powerful and leaves the competition of Qualcomm with about 3274 points left. The multi-core test also achieves a particularly high score of 9724 points.

Im 3DMark Graphics test, the Mali-G76 GPU Kirin 980 but slightly behind the competition (Adreno 630 GPU). Benchmark values ​​are not everything! Let's take a look at how the hardware of the Honor View 20 beats in everyday life.

Performance in everyday life

Regarding his everyday performance, the View 20 leaves nothing to be desired. The user interface is fluid to use and animations are displayed without jerks. RAM and internal data storage work fast, which means apps start up in a timely manner. Several apps that are open at the same time do not sweat the smartphone so fast. With up to 8GB memory, previously opened apps can be retrieved from memory for a very long time. Only when rendering websites, the Kirin 980 smartphone has beaten the Qualcomm competition. Zar also renders web pages quickly and scrolls smoothly, but a smartphone with Snapdragon 845 is a tick faster!

Gaming

With the presentation of the Honor View 20 also stood Fortnite Mobile in the focus of the event. Buyers of the smartphone will receive, among other things, an exclusive skin for the game. Worth mentioning is that the View 20 is one of the first smartphones, the Fortnite Mobile with up to 60 FPS makes playable.

In the gaming test, the smartphone was allowed to face other mobile games. Games like PUBG Mobile or Asphalt 8 are fluently playable at the highest level of detail. Future appearing mobile games should pose no problem for the Kirin 980 SoC with Mali-G76 GPU. An unusually high heat development was not noticeable in the test. A simple Thermal Throttling There is still, even if this does not make itself felt in everyday life.

User Interface

The smartphone uses the newly introduced by Honor Magic UI 2.0that on Android 9 Pie based. Unlike Stock Android, the Magic UI interface is heavily modified. Numerous Huawei and Honor apps, but also social media apps like Facebook or Instagram are already pre-installed on the smartphone. Those who do not need this "bloatware" can uninstall most apps via the App Manager.

One of the main focuses of Magic UI is on smart AI functions. The camera app recognizes sights and even calculates calories when scanning foods. Magic UI is controlled by virtual buttons or swipe gestures.

Camera

A highlight of the Honor View 20 is the 48 Megapixel main camera, Was installed the very young (September 2018) Sony IMX 586 image sensor with a f / 1.8 aperture, In order to achieve impressive images despite 48 megapixels and a sensor size of 8 mm, pixels are effectively combined. An additional second sensor allows shooting with bokeh effect. The front camera solve with pride 25 Megapixel on.

Practical test of the main camera

Photo mode

The Sony IMX 586 sensor comes with a so-called "Quad Bayer matrix" Provided. 4 pixels share a common color filter, which reduces noise even at higher ISO. The pixel area quadruples, while reducing the resolution to 12 megapixels.

The photo-recording quality of the Honor View 20 is convincing. Especially at good lighting conditions Details are extracted neatly in 48 Megapixel mode. To the edges of the picture, however, the detail reproduction decreases. Even more distant objects appear distinctly blurred. As higher ISO values ​​are required, it is recommended to switch to 12 megapixel mode with pixel binning. This significantly improves the noise performance of the ½-inch sensor.

To compensate for the lower color resolution in 48 megapixel mode, the IMX 586 uses one Real Time Array Conversion, The color coordination is much brighter with 48 Megapixel. Saturated colors are achieved with 12 megapixels.

All full-resolution test shots can be found under this one link

Nachtaufnahmen

At night, the main camera of the View 20 unfortunately does not look too good. in the 12 megapixel mode Although recordings are still acceptable, they already show muddy textures and a certain image blur. in the 48 megapixel mode the picture deteriorates increasingly. Recordings are mushy, very noisy and mostly blurred.

Bokeh and AI

For bokeh recordings, the Honor View 20 is with a Portrait and Iris mode fitted. The portaitmodus is suitable as the name suggests for portraits. People are highlighted, the background blurs easily. In aperture mode you can adjust the blur. This mode is optimal for highlighting objects. People and objects are extracted as cleanly as possible in both modes. Smaller mistakes on difficult edges are not enough!

The Camera-AI offers numerous effects, filters and advanced recording modes. So there is one, among other things AI-scene detection, different background effects and one Ultra Clarity modethat enhances the contrast to bring out the details even better.

video mode

In video mode, the smartphone takes maximum 4K resolution at 30 images-per-second on. Besides H.264 also the newer H.265 codec is supported. A image stabilization is automatically active and electronically. The Slow motion allows shooting with up to 960 pictures-per-second at 720p, With a resolution of 1080p still proud 120 pictures per second are possible. The recording quality in video mode is appropriate, though that Microphone slightly tinny sounds.

Practical test of the front camera

Friends of selfies will enjoy using the View 20 front camera. The camera captures images with pleasant detail and pleasant color reproduction. With increasingly poor lighting conditions, image noise becomes visible and colors fade.

Especially worth mentioning are the many effect gimmicks, In addition to an AI scene detection, there are artificial exposure effects, a selection of Animojisthat can be placed over the face, numerous beauty filters and bokeh effects. Videos takes the front camera with maximum 1080p + resolution.

connectivity

Telephony

The Honor View 20 is a Dual-SIM Smartphone (Nano-SIM) with 4G LTE Support on both SIM slots. In the Global Version, the smartphone supports the mobile frequencies and bands commonly used in this country. Here is an overview:

  • mobile: B2, B3, B5, B8
  • WCDMA: B1, B2, B4, B5, B6, B8, B19
  • TDD LTE: B38, B40, B41
  • FDD LTE: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B19, B20, B28

The voice quality is good. Talks can be kept clean thanks to the noise reducing microphone. The quality of reception to the mobile network is neat. Functions like VoLTE and VoWiFi available.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

For wireless connections, the View is 20 with Dual AC WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 fitted. The transmission speeds in the WLAN are mediocre. Other smartphones themselves price range are connected much faster in the data transfer. When connecting to the Internet, however, this fact hardly makes itself felt. The signal strength and range are not objectionable in the WLAN, as well as with Bluetooth.

Audio

Unfortunately, the View 20 does not offer a stereo speaker. The built-in Mono speaker Thanks to the raised heights, it is very well suited for making calls in handsfree mode, but not so much for watching videos or listening to music. The maximum playback volume is pleasantly high without scratching. There are weaknesses in the basses, which were expected to be barely present.

Anyone who wants to listen to music or watch movies with the View 20 has several options. Despite USB-C connection, the smartphone is also with a 3.5 mm jack audio jack fitted. In the test, a 32 ohm headphones was connected. The playback volume through the 3.5 mm jack is not too loud, but still within an acceptable range. The sound quality convinces with good dynamics and clarity. For wireless connections, the Bluetooth 5.0 standard offers a largely lossless aptX Support.

GPS and sensors

The position is determined with the help of Dual-frequency GPS, In contrast to single-frequency GPS, two signals are received at different frequencies in order to ensure accurate position determination even in a few centimeters (in theory).

The GPS test shows the View 20 as a reliable navigation assistant. Outside, within seconds, a precise GPS fix with high satellite density takes place. When navigating through city and country, the GPS fix remained constant and without deviation. Even indoors, the smartphone finds within a few seconds to a few meters accurate GPS fix.

The others sensors includes a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor, a digital compass, a gravity sensor, and a gyroscope. A good and fast working Fingerprint scanner to safely unlock the smartphone is located on the back. In addition, the front camera is capable of the smartphone via face recognition to unlock. With a photo, the face recognition of the View 20 can not be outsmarted. Also available NFC, Secure payment with Google Pay is supported and works perfectly.

Accumulator

The battery has a capacity of 4.000 mAh, In everyday life, this is difficult to force to his knees. In normal use with some surfing, phone calls, a bit of YouTube and WhatsApp was tested in the test Duration of 2 days reached. Particularly interesting is the very low consumption in standby. Overnight, only 1-3% of the battery was lost.

Huawei Super Charge Function is also used in the Honor View 20. The quick charge function charges the smartphone with up to 22.5 Watts. To load the smartphone at 50% just 25 minutes are needed. A full load will take about 80 minutes. Unfortunately, Honor has decided not to download the smartphone wirelessly.

Price Comparison

You want to know where to buy the Honor View 20? In our price comparison we list the current offers of the most popular shops. All prices are checked and updated several times a day. Should a shop appear several times, it concerns the different warehouses of the dealer.

Price comparison - buy offer on Amazon
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Prices last updated on: 17. August 2019 20: 03

Final Words

Positive

►A nice design
►Good build quality
►High-performance hardware
►Notroid Android OS
►Exceptional display with hole notch
►Good camera equipment
►Good reception quality
►Very precise dual GPS
►NFC with mobile payment option
►Good battery life and fast charge

Negative

►Display stays behind competition
►No memory expansion option
►No international mobile phone support (eg USA)
►No IP rating
►No stereo speaker
►Camera in low light conditions

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Camera
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connectivity
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9.0
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Audio
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Accumulator
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Summary

The Honor View 20 is a true flagship smartphone that competes with models from Samsung, Xiaomi or OnePlus. Especially in terms of performance, battery life and camera quality, the View 20 looks great. The smartphone also offers a unique design feature with the new punch-hole Notch.

Nevertheless, the View 20 is not perfect. First of all to criticize is the display, which could tolerate a little more brightness. In addition, the competition uses colorful AMOLED panels, while Honor is "only" content with LTPS. Also to be considered is the renouncement of a Qi-Ladenfunktion, the missing memory extension possibility and missing water resistance.

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Thanks for the detailed review. I was not sure if I should get the View 20 or OP6T. Now that I've read this, they do not give much. Which one can you recommend? The design of this one I like much better but I do not want to give up performance.

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Do I understand that correctly, you can not root at Honor and flash any other ROM?

Phillip
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Hello, can I charge the smartphone contactlessly? LG

Freeed
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Does not work ... Is it also in the test?