There's been a lot of hype over the HONOR View20 even before its official launch, and it's not hard to see why. Having already won 10 awards during CES 2019, there has to be a reason why the View20 is getting a lot of attention the way it is now. With us getting our hands on the unit, we discover what is it about the smartphone that continues to attract attention.
Eye catching design
The HONOR View20 may look generic at first glance, especially since it comes with the usual blue, black and red variety. But with further inspection you'll notice the gorgeous V shape chrome cover, giving it a stylish and modern look to what appears generic. It's pretty clever in a way, showing how looks can be deceiving.
The smartphone is also light and nice to hold, fitting perfectly in my palm and isn't slippery at all. Definitely a plus for me.
The screen itself is impressive where it has a punch-hole display, the first type for all something you can expect to be a trend in the upcoming smartphone designs. With the camera being a punch-hole, watching videos in a wider screen means the camera would barely get in the way. Even so the View20 shrinks the video a little bit to ensure the camera is not seen, yet I found no issue watching it bigger and the camera doesn't get in the way much seeing how small it is. They definitely did things right by putting the camera on the bottom left
A powerful camera
Of course, the biggest attraction for the View20 is in its 48MP camera that also has AI functions. It is able to recognise the kind of pictures you're taking; be it text, sceneries or even a selfie. On top of that, the camera not only has a beauty level for selfie fans, it also has a slimming level too. Just be careful when using it or else you'll look rather odd and lanky.
The camera's night shots are also really good, though take note that you need to be still for a few seconds in order to take the best shot.
There are also some awesome features to look out for such as the camera acting similar to the Kinect or the PlayStation 4 camera, in which you can play games by just waving your hands in front of the camera. You will need a special dock, and there are limited games that you can play on the smartphone as there's limited apps that enable such forms of gaming. But Huawei is most definitely looking into more games that you can do this with.
If gaming isn't your thing, the View20 is also capable to count the calories in the food pictures you take, as well as find items similar to what the camera is pointing at for you to either look out further, or even to buy online. Just don’t expect it to get it completely right if they’re not generally known items, as so far the camera could barely recognise the strange French meatloaf I had and thought it was an omelette, and the figurine I tried to look for came up with something completely different when looking for similar items
Is that it?
Other than that, the View20 functions just like every other Huawei and HONOR phone if you've ever had one. Its processor is the Huawei Kirin 980, which is an incredibly powerful processor thus far, but with plenty of other powerful smartphones even in the Huawei line, it may seem like nothing new. Battery wise it does a pretty good job and lasts for over a day even with an hour plus of gaming with 4,000mAh, and charging is pretty fast too.
Audio-wise don't expect much. It only has one side speaker and the audio quality is good but not great. So don't expect surround sound quality when watching movies or videos on this.
Overall the HONOR View20 is worth looking into due to its powerful camera that has the potential to do a lot more than you would expect from smartphone cameras, as well as the punch-hole design. While it still lacks in some small areas, it's definitely a smartphone that's aiming towards a brighter future.