- Page 1: Intro
- Page 2: Design
- Page 3: Display
- Page 4: Connectivity & Ports
- Page 5: Cameras
- Page 6: Software - Magic UI 2.0.1 with Android 9.0 Pie
- Page 7: Performance & Gaming
- Page 8: Battery & Charger
- Page 9: Wrapping up the HONOR View20 review
Software - Magic UI 2.0.1 with Android 9.0 Pie
By the name itself, I think it is pretty telling that the HONOR Magic UI is based on their Magic series of smartphone – which is meant to showcase their technological advances over the years. Without beating around the bush, the Magic UI 2.0 is essentially EMUI 9.0 that we have seen on the Mate 20 Pro.
Both of them are so similar here that I don’t actually see any discernible differences from a user’s perspective. The screen knocking gesture is still here – whereby you can knock twice to take a screenshot or knock and drag to take a custom sized screenshot.
One thing I do like is the fact that the HONOR View20 actually has a dedicated fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone. I honestly, personally still prefer a physical fingerprint scanner over under-display ones for its speed and reliability – and also the gesture. I enabled the option to slide down the fingerprint scanner to bring down the notification, and that is my all-time favorite gesture.
Then comes the IR blaster which HONOR also included an app called Smart Remote. There are quite a few devices that already works with the HONOR View20 out of the box, but not every device is compatible. Of course, you can download other apps to take advantage of the IR blaster as well. Some other apps can even “learn” and mimic your current remote control.
One funny thing to point out here is that the HONOR View20 does have the option to hide the notch. Not sure why anyone would want to hide the notch though, since it is small enough to be ignored.