For those who are following our Facebook page, you might have already seen us posting pictures of the HONOR View20 already. Slated for the global release on 22nd January 2018, we were lucky enough to get an early access to have a look at what the HONOR View20 really brings to the table.
First off, let’s talk about the specs of the HONOR View20. The specs of this device is already available since it is already launched in China.
- 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2310×1080 pixels in resolution with circular notch
- HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset
- 2×2.6GHz Cortex-A76 + 2×1.92GHz Cortex-A76 + 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A55
- Mali-G76 MP10 GPU with 10x720MHz cores
- 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 128GB or 256GB internal storage
- 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.8 aperture lens
- TOF 3D camera
- 25MP f/2.0 selfie camera
- 4,000mAh battery with 5V/4.5A charger
- Android 9.0 Pie with Magic UI 2.0
Looking at the specs itself, the HONOR View20 is obviously HONOR’s brand new top-of-the-line flagship device. Equipped with the latest and greatest HiSilicon chipset – the Kirin 980 that is only found in the Huawei Mate20 series thus far, it indicates that the HONOR View20 means serious business.
With that much performance, the HONOR View20 als comes with something that they’re calling NINE cooling system whereby it has 9 layers of 3D heat dissipating materials to disperse heat over a larger surface area as fast as possible. Obviously, it comes with GPU Turbo 2.0 as well
Other than pure performance, the HONOR View20 is also one of the first smartphones to have a dedicated 3D TOF camera. From our initial test, we found out that the 3D TOF camera is working fantastically well. HONOR Malaysia assured us that when the device is available for sale, the 3D TOF camera features will be available right away.
HONOR already has a few features made specifically to take advantage of the 3D TOF camera – like a dart game that was demonstrated. The portrait mode in the camera app has also been updated to have another feature called “body shaping” whereby it literally changes your body shape thanks to the help of the 3D TOF camera.
While on the subject of camera, the Sony IMX586 sensor on the HONOR View20 has a humongous 0.8µm pixel size and it has another feature where it combines 4 pixels into one large 1.6µm pixel. It reduces the megapixel count from 48MP to 12MP – but it makes night images bright as the day.
The HONOR View20 also comes in a total of 4 different colors and they all have a special aurora nanotexture that produces a colorful “V” shaped reflection when shined at different angle. This is the world’s first smartphone to have such a design – and I have to say, it looks absolutely gorgeous.
Unfortunately, there were only 3 different colors available for us today. We have the Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, and also the Phantom Blue. The Phantom Blue and Sapphire Blue might look the same, but actually there is a red hue around the edges of the Phantom Blue.
Last but definitely not the least – the under-screen selfie camera. I don’t really know what to call this type of notch, so let’s go with under-screen selfie camera. HONOR View20 actually did it very well as the entire selfie camera is parked at the far left corner of the screen. The cutout is so small that the punchout itself is the entire camera itself.
Here’s a bonus: the HONOR View20 comes with a 3.5mm audio jack at the top. Hurray! 🙌