Honor View 20 review
AI processor and 48MP camera
Our Honor View 20 review looks at this exciting new smartphone. Honor has delivered high-end features on every aspect of this device. From the amazing All-view display with an in-screen camera to the 48MP AI rear camera.
Unique design and in-screen selfie camera
The Honor View 20 has an amazing All-View -inch Full HD display. There is no wide bezel for the sensors and no notch either. The View 20 has an in-screen selfie camera, this punch-hole design gives you an immersive all-screen look. This new way of placing the front camera is set to become the norm in smartphones and after using the device you can see why. The small punch-hole camera lens soon becomes almost invisible when watching videos or gaming, you forget it’s there and enjoy all of the space on the display.
This Honor smartphone has been designed with a unique retro design on the back. The slightly curved back has been made using a special nano-texture coating. A specialised manufacturing technique layers on the colour and includes a chevron design. The multi-layer application gives the look of movement within the pattern when the phone catches the light.
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The Honor View 20s is available in Phantom Blue, Midnight Black and Phantom Red. The phone weighs 180g and measuring 8.1mm thick. While it may not be the lightest phone on the market, those extra grams give you extra-special phone features.
Under the hood is a Kirin 980 AI processor. The RAM depends on which model you choose with the 256GB one sporting 8GB RAM and a 128GB model which can have 6GB or 8GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
World's first mobile 7nm AI processor
The Honor View 20 draws you in with its incredible looks but the performance will simply blow you away. The latest Kirin 980 processor is the world's first 7nm chip used in a smartphone. It contains 6.9 billion transistors, which means you get a smooth performance and super energy efficiency.
Compared to the previous processor, this new chip delivers:
75% better CPU performance
58% CPU energy efficiency increase
46% faster GPU performance
178% improved GPU power efficiency
The Honor View 20 has a fingerprint sensor placed on the back, this is in a natural position and the responsive sensor and will wake the phone quickly when you pick it up.
The onboard memory can’t be expanded but the highly intelligent AI processor and large capacity of built-in memory will provide everything you should need.
Magic UI 2
The phone has Android 9.0 on board giving you lots of familiar apps and content. The manufacturer has added their own Magic UI overlay to the Honor View 20. This user interface uses the AI processor with deep learning to become familiar with how you use the phone and manages the power and apps to suit this.
Some features of this UI include:
AI calorie counting
Using the TOF 3D camera the Honor View 20 can calculate calories in the foods you eat, simply snap a photo and the phone will let you know the calorie content.
AI Dual Frequency GPS
This advanced GPS using AI technology is 10 times more accurate than traditional GPS positioning. This dual frequency system allows you to track workouts or find your location much more accurately and works particularly well in urban areas and cities.
GPU Turbo 2.0 and 3D Motion controlled gaming
The Honor View 20 is a mobile gamer dream with advanced gaming technology and extra features. An innovative liquid cooling system keeps the device cool for maximum gaming performance. Triple Wi-Fi antennas will keep your phone connected to online gaming for lag-free action.
GPU Turbo 2.0 gives a full-frame gaming experience without lag and uses the power of the AI processor for amazing games performance.
Another gaming feature is the 3D Motion control gaming options. This allows you to connect your smartphone to a TV and use it as the games console and motion controller for playing on the big screen.
Camera & Video
48MP AI Camera
The rear camera on the Honor View 20 is one of the best ever seen on a smartphone. This high-definition Sony IMX 586 sensor has a resolution of 48-megapixels. AI technology is used to recognise over 1500 different visuals and adjusts the settings in super-quick time so you get a perfect shot.
The 1/2-inch CMOS sensor and advanced AI HDR features make sure each shot contains amazing detail. Nighttime and low light shots are simply incredible with this phone.
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An Ultra Clarity mode uses the Kirk 980 AI processors dual NPU and dual-ISP to capture every detail. This mode is perfect for taking shots at a distance or high point.
AIS Super Night Shot will capture those nights out or night cityscapes perfectly. Artificial Image Stabilisation and 4-in-1 superpixels capture everything in an instant.
The camera includes TOF 3D technology, this can be used for depth sensing and real-time motion capture. This can also be used for real-time editing of video as the 3D camera separates you from the background so you can do multiple levels of retouching in a video.
The selfie camera is a superb 25MP lens with f/2.0 aperture and HDR capture. There are lots of editing and beauty modes to retouch images before sharing them.
The Honor View 20 has a 4,000mAh battery with efficient power handling thanks to the AI processor. As the phone learns the apps you use and when you are most active it will manage background tasks and phone settings to make sure you have all the power you need.
When it does come time to plug in and recharge the 4.5V/5A charger delivers up to 55% battery power in just 30 mins. Overall the battery offers up to:
Music playback - 130 hours
Talk time - 25 hours
Video playback - 15 hours
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Written by: Carmel Brown