View 20-The 48MP smartphone from Honor

Huawei is slowly holding a firm grip in the smartphone market with new innovations in technology. The P20 pro was the first smartphone to be launched with triple cameras. Recently Huawei launched the Mate 20 Pro with the legendary Kirin 980(world’s first mobile processor fabricated on 7nm), then came the Nova 4 which is probably the first smartphone to launch with a hole in a display for a front-facing camera(the A8s was the first to be announced with this technology). But this one, the Honor View 20 (also called as Honor V20) follows the trend of higher MP cameras from Huawei’s P20 Pro with a mind-boggling 48 MP rear camera. It was launched in China on the 26th of December, 2018 on Wednesday. So, without further adieu, let us dive into its specifications.

The View 20 is powered by Hi-Silicon Kirin 980

Hisilicon Kirin 980 from Huawei

The 7nm Hi-Silicon Kirin 980 SoC consists of 2 Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.6Ghz, 2 Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 1.92Ghz and 4 Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8Ghz. The 980 on the View 20 is coupled with a powerful Mali G76-MP10 GPU which caps at a maximum frequency of 750Mhz and incorporates new dual-neural processor designed for AI acceleration.

The same processor was seen on Huawei’s Mate 20 and Magic 2 and both of them performed quite well. So, we can keep high expectations from the View 20 as well. To sustain the peak performance of the CPU and GPU Huawei has thrown in a liquid cooling system which they are calling a Nine cooling technology since it contains a nine-layer thermal design. The cooling pipe is supposed to be of PC grade as claimed by Huawei that would increase heat dissipation by up to 40% and would reduce the overall temperature by 10 degrees Celcius. It would help the View 20 to stay cool even during intensive and demanding applications and games.

On the other hand, Huawei’s own GPU Turbo 2.0 pushes the Mali G76-MP10 GPU’s performance to newer heights and also helps it to be better optimized for graphics intensive games like PUBG.

The view 20 sports a hole punched in the display

honor view 20 with a punched hole for camera

The Honor View 20 sports a 6.4 inch full HD+ TFT LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The company claims that the device has approximately 91.8% screen to body ratio with a circular cut-out in the display itself for the selfie camera (top left) of width 4.5 mm like the Nova 4.

A complete aluminium design with a gradient finish glass-back is seen on the View 20. The device runs Magic UI 2.0 based on top of Android 9.0 Pie.

A whopping 48MP rear camera

back side of honor view 20 with a 48MP primary camera

The View 20 is the world’s first smartphone to sport a 48MP camera. This 48MP shooter is an AI ultra-clarity lens with a Sony IMX56 sensor and has the world’s first ultra-compact pixel size of 0.8μm without losing the clarity even with a high zoom.

Honor has introduced a new Night mode with the View 20 in comparison to Google’s Night Sight called the AIS Super Night Shot which is supposed to click excellent pictures even under drastically low lighting conditions. The sensor also supports a 960 fps Super Slo-Mo at 720p.

The secondary rear camera is a 3D Time Of Flight (TOF) sensor with a 78-degree field of view to capture the depth of an object. It’s also used for removing and replacing backgrounds from objects, slimming subjects in photographs and creating 3D avatars of users.

The front selfie camera of the Honor View 20 is placed in a finely engineered cut-out in the display. It’s a 25MP, f/2.0 fixed focus sensor with AI, Slow Motion and time-lapse capabilities.

Battery and other specs of the view 20

The View 20comes with 3 variants; 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB and a special Moschino Edition with 8GB ram and 256GB onboard storage. The device has no option for expandable storage via micro SD card. But it supports Nano memory expansion for which only Nano memory cards manufactured by Huawei can be used. The memory used in all the variants is LPDDR4 memory and the Storage is UFS 2.1. The View 20 has a quite large 4000mAh battery which could be charged rapidly via the Type-C port and the device supports 22W fast charging.

Other specs include Huawei’s latest Triple-Antenna Wi-Fi technology which prevents the Wi-Fi and other connectivity signals from weakening when the hands cover the receiver while intensive gaming sessions, thus, providing improved internet speeds for games like PUBG.

Another interesting feature of the View 20 is the Link Turbo Wi-Fi+4G technology which allows faster download speeds. The technology is based on the fact that when one connectivity signal is bad, the phone will automatically switch to its alternative connectivity without interrupting gaming or other tasks. It even enables the user to get blazing fast download speeds by using the combined speeds of Wi-Fi and 4G at the same time

Global launch and pricing of the view 20

The global launch of the Honor View 20 is to be held on 22nd January in Paris. The 6GB/128GB variant is priced at 2999 Yuan (435$ or Rs 30,600) and the 8GB/128GB at 3499 Yuan (510$ or Rs 35,700). The special Moschino Edition 8GB/256GB at 3999 Yuan (580$ or Rs 40,800)

What do you think of the Honor View 20?  Do you consider it to be a good smartphone priced aggressively or do you consider it to be a decent device which is slightly overpriced? Let us know in the comment section below.

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