Honor View 20 review: Gorgeous, affordable and out of reach

Honor View 20 review: Gorgeous, affordable and out of reach
Honor View 20 review: Gorgeous, affordable and out of reach

Honor’s usual wheelhouse is budget telephones that punch above their weight. The Honor View 20 is another proposal what can achieve if it goes all-out with tech and high-end specs and will it compete with the Samsung Galaxy S10, Huawei P30, Nokia 9?

Honor has designed”flagships” ahead of – the View 10 and Honor 10 spring to mind – but nothing quite like this. In the View 20, the company joins a 48-megapixel camera, 4000mAh battery, 6.4-inch screen along with also the ultra-fast Kirin 980 chip. All for #499.

Honor View 20 – Design

I would not believe 2018 a strong year for telephone design. The issues served up from the lead to a mishmash.

Honor formerly tried to steer clear from the elite with the Magic 2 (accessible only in China). The design of The device used a sliding body when not in use to hide camera. Moving onwards, this apparatus was replaced to your View 20 – and the results are improved.

Rather than a notch cut-out a third of the way along the screen’s top edge, or concealing away detectors, cameras and microphones, the View 20 includes one, much smaller hole punched to the top-left corner of the apparatus. It is in which the selfie camera resideswith the mic sitting in a lip above the display.

It’s a clever solution – one which will likely be replicated numerous times in the forthcoming months, most of all by the Samsung Galaxy S10 – because it provides a bezel-less appearance without impacting device usability. This is commonplace with phones like this although yes, a chin stays at the bottom of the handset.

Honor’s thoughtful design continues around the rear of the unit too. Here you will see a glass covering, whose laser-etched”V” pattern beneath catches the light and reflects beautifully. Sitting between the glass back front is a metal rim, adding a sturdy finish.

Impressively, there is enough space here for either a headset jack (a rarity in 2018, let alone 2019) and an IR blaster for controlling a tv. The Honor View 20 lacks some official water-resistance, however. It also foregoes QI wireless something you would expect to see supported given the glass of the phone back. I presume that was omitted to guarantee the View 20 stays as cheap as possible.

What I enjoy most about the plan, however, is exactly how narrow and easy the phone is to hold. Though things could be achieved one-handed the sides that are curved slide comfortably into your hand. Yes, reaching to the corners is difficult, but the device doesn’t feel at XS Max or even Google Pixel 3 XL.


Taking up an impressive 91 percent (roughly 91.82%, if you would like to be exact ) of the front part of the Honor View 20, the 6.4-inch display stretches out from virtually corner to corner without a top notch to distract your perspective. The only interruption is the tiny spot that’s the camera. It looks excellent.

The screen quality itself is decent, also; comfortably competing with similarly priced telephones. Honor’s opted to get an LCD panel and colours do not offer the exact same pop as people on the OnePlus 6T. The possible reason for sticking with LCD has been that the deficiency of OLED panels with this hole-punch camera (Samsung makes you, but that’s probably being kept for its Galaxy S10) and, clearly, the general extra cost associated with OLED.

Still, it’s an attractive display: crisp, colourful and, above all, bright. The 1080p resolution is more than adequate to ensure individual pixels won’t be seen, and while there is no HDR (high dynamic range) service, media still has good definition between colours.