- 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
Performance & Gaming
In terms of performance, the HONOR View20 is definitely a smartphone that packs the latest and greatest hardware available. The specs of the HONOR View20 are as below:
- 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with 2310×1080 pixels in resolution with circular cutout notch
- HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset
- 2×2.26GHz Cortex-A76 + 2×1.92GHz Cortex-A76 + 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A55
- Mali-G76 MP10 GPU
- 10 GPU cores at 720MHz
- 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage (no expandable memory card slot)
- 4,000mAh battery
- Android 9.0 Pie with Magic UI 2.0.1
Just like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro with EMUI 9.0, the HONOR View20 with Magic UI 2.0 also comes with different performance modes – which actually makes a huge difference in benchmarks particularly on Antutu. While we have seen smartphones like the ROG Phone reaching 300k points on Antutu, it is quite inconsistently. The HONOR View20 can reach beyond 300k points in Antutu by just turning on performance mode.
Let us first show you how the HONOR View20 competes against its competition with performance mode turned off and on.
In the benchmark scores, we can see that the performance mode unleashes the CPU and GPU’s performance. Upon further inspection, the performance mode actually increased the GPU performance by a huge margin as shown on 3DMark, VRMark, and Geekbench scores for graphics. When we broke down Antutu benchmark score to its individual score, we can see that the graphics performance increased by 12%.
The one thing that HONOR always touts since the HONOR Play is GPU Turbo. This one feature is touted to be the literal game changer as it uses AI to lift some burden off the GPU, hence saving battery. Kind of like how NVIDIA uses AI to take advantage of DLSS.
We tested all of these games with performance mode turned off.
Let’s start off with Honkai Impact 3. It can play the game with the highest possible settings, with the Honkai Impact 3’s “God Kiana” character causing a barely noticeable frame rate drop when casting her ultimate skill. Other than that, it is completely smooth sailing.
Then Asphalt 9, obviously it has no issues here. However, the cars still look jagged as there is technically no anti-aliasing for this game.
As for PUBG Mobile, I am very impressed that the Kirin 980 chipset is now supported out of the box – unlike the Mate 20 Pro during the launch. The game recommended the highest settings (obviously) and I played the game at a very smooth frame rate with zero issues. The best thing is that the game itself looks so beautiful that I couldn’t even see my enemies as the scenery of Sanhok is too beautiful.
Currently, GPU Turbo is in its second iteration – and PUBG Mobile is one of them those games that are supported by GPU Turbo 2.0.