Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor View20 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Huawei Honor View20 (6GB RAM, 128GB).

Huawei Honor View20 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Huawei Honor View 20 Nokia 7.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
54.1
47.7
Value for Money Score
52.2
55.9
Price ₹ 37,999 onwards ₹ 29,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2019 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.18 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2310 pixels (~ 398 pixels per inch) 1080x2244 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features FullView Display, Camera Punch-hole FullView Display, IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.6 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #38 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Adreno 616
RAM 6 GB 6 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 13MP + 12MP
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 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, Zeiss Optics, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 25MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9µm Pixel Size
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 400 GB
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 180 gmMedium
Width 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3500 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
Included Fast Charger Yes, 22.5W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration NFC; Noise Filtration
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
  • In recent times, HMD has launched some exquisite smartphones this year that all exude style and class - the Nokia 8.1 is no different - it's an elegantly designed device that comes with a glass and metal design - the front and back of the Nokia 8.1 get 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection - and the glass subtly curves on the edges and seamlessly blends into the aluminium frame
  • The frame itself is a solid Series 6000 aluminium with diamond cut, chiseled edges
  • Overall, the Nokia 8.1 is built like a tank - and the material quality as well as the fit and finish are excellent - every part of it feels completely solid, right down to the thick metal SIM tray and the power and volume buttons - the body doesn't twist or flex even slightly
  • Excellent, vivid, sharp, tall display with HDR10-support - which means you can stream HDR content on supported platforms like Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube - and you will get some pretty amazing colour reproduction
  • Being an Android One device, you get simple, clean stock Android similar to Pixel devices, along with a promise for Android updates for at least 2 years - there is also basically zero bloatware
  • Slick, butter smooth performance with the new Snapdragon 710, that's just a notch below the Snapdragon 800 series flagships - in real-life use, you will only be able to notice any difference from flagships in the most high-end games
  • Very good dual camera setup on the rear - take some very good images, especially in daylight conditions - you will get very good detail and vibrant colours - the camera is also quick to lock focus and fun to use - live Bokeh shots too come out looking great
  • Videos are crisp and sharp too, again especially so in daylight - and optical image stabilisation definitely makes a difference
  • The front camera is pretty good too, in all sort of lighting conditions, and has a good portrait mode as well
  • Overall, the camera experience on the Nokia 8.1 is right up there with the very best in this price bracket
  • Good speaker - sound through the single mono speaker is very loud, and is not too harsh or tinny
  • Good battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use and more
  • Fast charging support
  • The Nokia 8.1 is undoubtedly a strong new choice in the mid-range - it does not rely on gimmicks or fads to try and woo you - at its core, this is a phone that focuses on the essentials and delivers a great camera, good performance, excellent battery life and an absolutely clean build of Android with a promise of long-term support - for people who are looking for an uncluttered software experience and fast updates, the Nokia 8.1 will be an excellent, reliable choice
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
  • The display notch is quite wide
  • Low light performance from the rear cameras, for both stills and videos, is decent, but could have been a little bit better
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. Solid mid-range device
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There is a lot to like about the Nokia 8.1, but most of the things that give it its appeal can also be found in phones that cost much less
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. This is a phone that focusses on the essentials...offers tremendous value-for-money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Gets almost everything right...In case you prefer brand trust and software over the latest tech and powerful hardware, then the Nokia 8.1 is the kind of device you would like in your pocket
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A true Android flagship killer... Nokia is ending the year on a bang
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A marvellous mid-range smartphone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. A great phone that nails the fundamentals
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. As close to a flagship phone as it gets...And to top it off, HMD has priced the Nokia 8.1 at an incredibly competitive price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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