Huawei Honor View20 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 37,999 onwards

launchJan, 2019

68.4

excellence score

61.6

value for money score

 Please note that Huawei is currently embroiled in a US imposed ban, that might affect their ability to provide future Google Android updates in a timely fashion
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Design

  • 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
  • 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

Display

  • 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
  • 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

Software

  • Magic UI (basically EMUI with changed colors) is a pretty feature-rich skin
  • It's of course not as simple and clean as say stock Android, or OnePlus's OxygenOS skin

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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

Audio

  • Has a headphone jack, which is a fast-disappearing thing among flagships

Battery

  • 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

Verdict

  • 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
  • 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

Expert Reviews

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  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 »
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Huawei Honor View20 (6GB RAM, 128GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.4 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2310 pixels (~ 398 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • FullView Display
  • Camera Punch-hole
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Infrared Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.6 GHz, Octa Core, HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G76 MP10
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Dimensions
Weight180 gm
Thickness8.1 mm
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 3D Camera
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 48MP: 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF
  • TOF 3D Stereo Camera
  • Panorama
  • HDR
Secondary Camera25MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes

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