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The Huawei Honor View20 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the LG G7 ThinQ, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor View20 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Huawei Honor View20 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  LG G7 ThinQ 
Huawei Honor View 20 LG G7 ThinQ
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Excellence Score
50.6
42.3
Value for Money Score
58.5
53.7
Price ₹ 28,999 onwards ₹ 29,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2019 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2310 pixels (~ 398 pixels per inch) 1440x3120 pixels (~ 563 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features FullView Display, Camera Punch-hole IPS LCD, Dolby Vision (HDR10 compliant), Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Adreno 630
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 3D Camera 16MP + 16MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, TOF 3D Stereo Camera, Panorama, HDR 16MP: F/1.6 Aperture; Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), 16MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 107-degree Field of view, Laser Autofocus & PDAF, AI Cam, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama, Video HDR, AI and Super Bright Mode, Live Photo, Portrait Mode, Manual Mode, Film Effect, Auto Shot, Gesture Shot, Gesture Interval Shot, Gesture View, HDR10 Video Recording, Cine Effect, Point Zoom, Steady Record 2.0, Slow Motion, Time-lapse Video, Quick Snap
Secondary Camera 25MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR F/1.9 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Selfie Light, Beauty Shot
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.1 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 162 gmMedium
Width 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use 71.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes Yes, 18W Quick Charge 4.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 22.5W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Scratch Resistant (Gorilla Glass 5) Back Glass; Military Grade (MIL-STD-810G compliant); Wireless charging support; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration; Boombox Speaker with DTS:X 3D Sound; Hi-Fi Quad DAC; Super Far Field Voice Recognition
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely gorgeous aluminum and glass build, with a unique gradient finish - the Honor View 20's mesmerizing design draws you in - Huawei, Oppo and Vivo have created eye-catching colors and gradients in recent times, but still you would have never quite seen a finish like this
  • The stand out design feature however, is of course the punch hole front camera - this is the first phone to launch in India with this alternative, notch-less full-screen design - it works well in actual use, and will mostly make better sense than a more disruptive notch (it's certainly less obtrusive compared to standard notches when watching videos and playing games)
  • Fast, responsive fingerprint reader on the back
  • Very good 6.4-inch screen that feels truly edge-to-edge with it's razor-thin bezels and a notch-less design - all of which makes it an amazing device for watching widescreen video
  • Magic UI (basically EMUI with changed colors) is a pretty feature-rich skin
  • Packed with the killer HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset, the View 20 steamrolls through any task you throw at it, including the most complex games - in benchmarks too, it zooms past the Snapdragon 845 flagships
  • Great all-round camera experience across the board - comparable to the very best in the business including the Galaxy Note 9, the iPhone XS, the Pixel 3, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro - and significantly better than it's main competitor, the OnePlus 6T
  • This isn't your typical dual camera setup - rather than using two RGB camera sensors, the Honor View 20 uses a 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor behind an f/1.8 aperture lens combined with a second ToF or 'Time of Flight' sensor (which can 'see' in 3 dimensions)
  • The camera does especially well with details, thanks to it's super high megapixel count
  • There are also useful software modes like AI Ultra Clarity mode - a special selection that stitches multiple photos together to create a "best effort" compilation
  • The depth-sensing camera does enable one extra trick - you can select the Shaping mode (alongside beauty mode) for a slider that can make your subject appear thinner
  • The 25-megapixel front-facing camera is good too - especially with detail capture - portrait selfies are a bit over-processed though
  • There is also the AR Lens, similar to Apple's Animoji for iPhone
  • The overall video quality is on par with the flagships out there and even delivers more natural colors compared to some other phones - the videos appear to be smooth without any hiccups and there are no traces of noise
  • Has a headphone jack, which is a fast-disappearing thing among flagships
  • Very good battery life with a long-lived 4000mAh battery - you will able to get a day and a half with moderate use
  • Super fast charging: the included Huawei Super Charger pours 22.5W into the device and charges the phone up from a dead battery to 59% in 30 minutes, and reaches 94% in one hour
  • There are no 2 ways about it - the Honor View 20 is a truly flagship-grade device that can challenge the best in the industry, and it's price is just icing on the cake
  • When it comes to design, battery life, camera quality, and raw performance, the View 20 is right up there, competing for top honours (no pun intended)
  • Compared to the other excellent value-for-money flagship, the OnePlus 6T - while the 6T beats the View 20 for screen quality and software experience, the Honor impresses more in all other areas - OnePlus finally has a top-notch rival
  • With a phone like this priced far below the traditional high-end flagships, it's harder than ever to justify spending top dollar on a big-name handset
  • Simple, non-flashy, unibody glass design - looks fairly good in most colors, but this is not a phone that will stand-out
  • Narrow dimensions make it easy to grip
  • There’s a dedicated AI button on the left side of the phone - a single press launches Google Assistant, a double press launches you straight into Google Lens, and a long press on the key takes you straight into voice commands with Assistant - it’s a pretty intuitive system, and one that you are likely to quickly start using
  • IP68 water-resistance
  • Bright, modern, tall 6.1-inch display - the brightness maxes out at 1, 000 nits - making it ideal for outdoor use when a normal smartphone peaks at 500 or maybe 600 nits - the only comparable flagship phone is the Galaxy S9 Plus, which can reach similar brightness levels
  • LG's custom UI over Android is decent, and runs butter smooth given the hardware
  • The performance all-round is top-notch given the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 that rests inside - it compares closely to other flagship devices
  • Very good AI powered cameras on the rear and the front
  • The rear dual camera system takes wide-angle photos, recognises low-light situations to employ a 'Super Bright' mode to make photos and video four times as bright albeit at a reduced resolution, the bokeh shots come out well too - overall, the camera is not too far behind the best of the lot like the Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, or Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
  • The 8MP front-facing camera is pretty good too - it provides a crisp enough and adequately wide enough selfie shooter - when there is enough light, the detail is on par with the Samsung Galaxy S9 front-facing camera
  • Video recording is done well too, and the 'Super Bright' Mode is present here too
  • Another highlight is the loud 'Boombox' speaker - it’s plenty loud, and uses the entire phone to pump out rich bass - it's arguably the best speaker implementation on a flagship phone
  • The phone is also filled with some of the best audio specs, including DTS:X 3D Sound through any wired headphones, and a 32-bit HiFi Quad DAC with 50% reduced noise - you’re going to be able to hear the difference if you’re an audiophile
  • Supports fast charging, and wireless charging
  • On the whole, the LG G7 ThinQ is a largely risk-averse flagship smartphone that's meant to be smart, not flashy - to that, it's able to do justice, and is arguably LG's best phone in years - it will likely compete well in the market as a cheaper flagship alternative to the Galaxy S9 series, being one step behind it only in the camera department - although it will also face tough competition on the other end from even cheaper flagships like the OnePlus 6
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • While the phone does look striking - the bright and shiny chevrons may not be to all tastes
  • The punch hole might not be preferred by everyone - especially people who are OCD about symmetry
  • Unlike other flagships though, it's not an AMOLED display, so there are no deep blacks here - this is the only major area where the View 20 is behind the leading flagships
  • It's of course not as simple and clean as say stock Android, or OnePlus's OxygenOS skin
  • The only things missing compared to other top-end flagships are wireless charging and an IP water-resistant rating on the phone, but at this price it's hard to argue with the overall value you are getting
  • Face unlock is a little on the sluggish side
  • Battery capacity is decent (will last the day with moderate use), but could have been better, considering the competition
Expert Reviews
  1. A truly flagship-grade device...excels in almost every aspect without breaking the bank
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A fantastic rival to OnePlus
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The first standout phone of 2019
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A tantalizing package for the price
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Marks a sensational start for Honor in 2019...It’s a great buy
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A great flagship smartphone to buy with almost no compromises
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Stands out compared to its notched competitors
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The trendiest value flagship
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Sports a number of impressive features...definitely gives OnePlus something to think about
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. I am actually amazed by what Honor has accomplished here
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. A brave antidote to more expensive Android flagships
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. One of the best affordable flagships you can buy..earns an enthusiastic thumbs-up from us
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  21. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  26. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. Deserves a solid recommendation
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A flagship phone worth owning
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Does everything right except excite you
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. LG’s best flagship smartphone in years if all you care about are the basics
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. From a pure value point of view, the G7+ Thinq is hard to beat
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Challenges the conventional thinking that a premium flagship has to come with a premium price tag
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. In particular, the LG G7+ ThinQ will appeal to users who are looking for better audio on their smartphones
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. A worthy contender, among flagships
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Comes very close to being a great phone
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Close to greatness in parts, the LG G7 feels like it needed a bit more time on the drawing board
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Probably the most sensible product from LG in a long time
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The G7+ Thinq will not blow you away, but is a solid alternative to the OnePlus 6
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A feature packed alternative to the OnePlus 6
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Unless you’re specifically looking for the phone with the best sound, I probably wouldn’t recommend the LG G7 Thinq as your first option
    pcworld.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Definitely worth considering over other pricey devices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
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  20. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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