Honor is a smartphone brand which is owned by Huawei. In this Honor View 20 review, I will tell you everything you need to know about this phone.
The View 20 is a mid-range phone that’s targeted to people who are on a budget. This phone was one of the first mid-range phones of 2019.
The View 20 has 256GB of internal storage, a 48MP primary camera, and a punch-hole display screen.
This is a different phone in comparison to the other mid-range phone we’ve seen from Honor in the past.
The predecessors to the View 20 looked and functioned like mid-range phones. Even though this phone lacks some of the features of the Huawei P30 Pro, it still looks and feels like a high-end premium phone.
Honor View 20 Specs:
This phone comes equipped with a 6.5-inch display screen which has a 1080 x 2310 resolution and it has a small punch hole that’s embedded in the display screen which houses the 25MP selfie camera.
The View 20 is powered by the Huawei Kirin 980 SoC processor and it has 128GB of non-expandable internal storage and 6GB of RAM.
The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system with Magic UI skin on top. The View 20 has a massive 4000mAh battery and it comes with a 40W charger in the box.
This is a dual SIM phone which has two Nano SIM slots. The View 20 also features a 48MP primary camera and a time of flight 3D camera.
The dimensions of the View 20 are 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1mm (HWD) and it weighs 180g.
The Huawei and Honor phones offer great value in comparison to other non-Chinese brands.
Honor phones are comparable to OnePlus phones, both manufacturers are Chinese and they both offer great value in their phones.
The View 20 is the first smartphone to feature a punch-hole display screen. This is a great alternative to a notch.
I prefer the punch hole because it’s less intrusive, the selfie camera is embedded in the display screen and it sits behind a 4.5mm transparent circle.
This phone also has a fingerprint scanner but it’s not embedded into the display screen. It’s located at the back of the phone.
This may have been done to make the phone more affordable. The View 20 also has an IR blaster and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
More and more smartphone manufacturers have been getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack but it’s something that many smartphone users still appreciate using.
You can use your favorite wired headphones on the View 20 without using an adapter.
Honor View 20 Design:
The View 20 is an attractive phone, as I stated earlier, this is a mid-range phone which has the look and feel of a premium phone.
The glossy glass back was engineered to allow light to refract in a V pattern, this is extremely unique and attractive.
This may be the beginning of a new trend that we will see from other smartphone manufacturers in the future.
Located at the back of the phone you will find a dual-camera setup and a fingerprint scanner.
The View 20 has thin bezels and a punch-hole in the display screen which houses the selfie camera.
The punch hole in the display screen occupies significantly less space than a notch. When using this phone you will never feel as though the punch hole is in the way.
All the icons that appear in the notification bar have been moved slightly to the right.
Regardless of what you’re doing on the phone, the punch hole in the display screen will not ruin your experience.
However, if the punch hole bothers you and you would prefer not to see it, you can hide it with a black bar.
The View 20, is nicely designed and it’s easy to handle, the edges of this phone are a little thicker in comparison to that of its competition.
This is due to the 3.5mm headphone jack being present on this phone.
There is a single speaker which is relatively loud, however, this phone does not have wireless charging capabilities and it’s not water-resistant.
I’m fine with that because these things are normally reserved for the more expensive premium phones.
If you plan on getting a mid-range phone and saving some money, you have to be willing to accept these compromises.
Honor View 20 Display Screen:
The View 20 comes with a 6.4-inch LCD display screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2310 with 398 ppi.
This is not the best display screen by any means, nevertheless, it looks sharp and it has lots of rich and vivid colors, it has a wide color gamut display.
When you compare an LCD display screen to that of an OLED display screen. There’s generally more brightness reduction when viewing an LCD display screen at an angle and the contrast is not as good.
It would have been better if this phone had an OLED display screen instead. However, this display screen isn’t terrible by any means.
The punch hole draws quite a bit of interest in regards to this phone because this is the first phone to feature it.
Honor did a great job with the implementation of this and the size is perfect. The 4.5mm circle and the placement on the display screen are excellent.
If you’re someone who enjoys playing video games, the punch hole will not be too much of a problem because this area is usually covered by your thumbs anyway.
But if you’re using an app that has not been optimized for this display screen it will block the punch hole.
However, if you dislike the punch hole you can cover it with a black bar, but that space will still be used for notifications.