Honor View 20 Review – A Great Mid-Range Phone

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Honor View 20 Camera:

 

The View 20 has a dual-camera setup located at the back of the phone. There’s a high-resolution 48MP Sony IMX586 camera.

 

Then there’s a ToF (time of flight) 3D camera which is used for capturing depth in photos and for AR games and apps.

 

The View 20 does not support Google’s ARCore app, as a result of this the phone crashed when I tried to run a few of these apps.

 

Some ARCore apps may prompt you to install the latest version of ARCore. However, the View 20 is not compatible.

 

Is this Honor’s fault or Google’s fault? Who knows, but hopefully, this problem will get fixed in the near future.

 

Where Honor has a bit more control, the primary camera takes excellent photos and it has quite a bit of great features.

 

However, if you just point and shoot photos without modifying the settings in the camera app the camera will take 12MP photos rather than 48MP photos.

 

When you shoot a photo with the View 20 every pixel in the final photo is formed by four pixels on the camera sensor.

 

This process is known as pixel binning, the Sony IMX586 camera was made to work in conjunction with this process because the sensor pixels are 0.8 microns across.

 

The View 20’s camera has great dynamic range and there’s also an AI scene mode which has the ability to recognize the subject and modify the settings to match it.

 

In some of the other smartphones on the market, this caused an oversaturation of color.

 

However, on the View 20, there’s much less saturation and this feature has more of an effect on shadows and mid-tones rather than color.

 

As a direct result of this, AI photos have a more natural look and feel to them in comparison to those from some of the older mid-range Honor phones.

 

With the AI mode, the image noise reduction is more intense, this keeps noise at a minimum.

 

When you switch between 12MP and 48MP the photos show just how much the View 20 relies on processing instead of camera hardware.

 

It’s hard to notice the difference in the photo quality between the two. The reason for this is, when you shoot a photo at the full sensor resolution the View 20 was made to produce a good photo.

 

But when you take the View 20 out of the box it does not have RAW photo capture.

 

RAW photos are photos that are taken the way the sensor sees them before the noise reduction has been applied.

 

One of the best ways to get photos with less processing is to use one of the AI modes called 48MP AI Clarity.

 

This will take a few seconds to merge multiple shots together in an attempt to capture more detail in the photo.

 

It’s great to use this mode when taking photos that you plan on getting printed.

 

When shooting photos at night, there is a multi-exposure mode. This is similar to the super night mode which debuted in the Huawei P20 Pro.

 

For best results when shooting photos in this mode you must hold the phone still for a few seconds before taking the shot.

 

If you shake the phone while taking the shot, there will be some noise in the photo.

 

However, if you do it right, you will get a high-quality photo with great dynamic range that shows lots of detail.

 

If you take photos in a darker setting while using the multi-exposure mode you will get a photo with slightly more detail.

 

However, the dynamic range will not be as good, but taking photos this way is a much faster process.

 

Nevertheless, if you shoot photos in a darker setting in either mode, the photo quality will be good.

 

That’s great considering that this is a mid-range phone, but this phone does not have optical image stabilization or an ultra-wide camera as some of the premium Huawei/Honor phones.

 

Even though the View 20 has 2x zoom, it relies on the excess of pixels in the main camera rather than a 2x lens.

 

The View 20 does a great job when shooting video. Videos can be shot up to 1080p at 60fps or 4K at 30fps.

 

When shooting videos there is a great software-based stabilization to neutralize handshaking.

 

You can shoot slow-mo videos at 120fps, 240fps, and 960fps at 720p.

 

The 24MP selfie camera takes great photos in different conditions. It uses a pixel-binning technique that’s similar to the primary camera.

 

The overall performance of the cameras on this phone are solid.

 

Honor View 20 Software:

 

The View 20 runs on the Android 9.0 operating system with Magic UI 2.0 on top. This is Honor’s version of the EMUI software that’s used in Huawei phones the both of them are very similar.

 

The app drawer on this phone is not a standard feature, however, you can get it by going into the settings menu.

 

The UI has a clean look and feel to it because Honor does not have too many of its content on the home screen.

 

When it comes to the pre-installed apps, there is a little Honor bloatware on the phone which include a backup tool, a voice recorder, Huawei Pay, and a weather app.

 

Huawei Pay is Honor’s alternative to Google Pay. The View 20 has a Huawei AppGallery this is a Google Play alternative that most people would prefer not to have.

 

The Honor Store seems like part of the Honor website. Overall, the UI is extremely clean and user-friendly.

 

Honor View 20 Battery Life:

 

This phone has a massive 4,000mAh battery and the battery life is great. The battery life on the View 20 will last for almost 2 days of moderate use.

 

The View 20 uses Huawei’s SuperCharge technology for charging. This is exclusive to Huawei phones, this technology increases the voltage and current to max out the charge speed.

 

When charging the battery, it goes from 0% to 70% in 36 minutes and to fully charge the battery takes 1 hour and 12 minutes, that’s extremely fast.

 

The View 20 does not have wireless charging capabilities because this is a mid-range phone and Honor had to make sacrifices such as this to be able to keep the cost down.

 

Performance:

 

The View 20 comes equipped with the HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor. This is the same processor that’s used in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

 

This processor has eight cores, however, it splits them into three groups instead of two.

 

There are two Cortex-A76 performance cores which are clocked at 1.92GHz, two A76s clocked at 2.66GHz, and four Cortex-A55 clocked at 1.8GHz. This makes the View 20 an extremely efficient phone.

 

My Final Thought:

 

The quality of mid-range phones has improved significantly within the past few years and Honor raised the bar even higher with the release of the View 20.

 

If you’re looking for a mid-range phone with great overall performance, you should consider getting the Honor View 20.

 

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