“At a starting price of Rs 37,999, Honor View 20 is taking the fight straight to the OnePlus 6T”

For quite some time now, OnePlus has been reigning the Rs 30K to Rs 40K price bracket in the Indian smartphone market with its loaded offerings. There have been brands in the past, who tried to challenge the dominance of OnePlus but none could succeed. The latest company to challenge the dominion of OnePlus is Huawei‘s sub-brand, Honor. The phonemaker recently launched its latest flagship — the Honor View 20 (review) in India. And with a starting price of Rs 37,999 it’s pretty evident that Honor View 20 is going right after the OnePlus 6T (review). Wondering if the latest smartphone can steal the crown from OnePlus 6T? Let’s find out in this comparison. 

Design and display

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Starting with the design, OnePlus happens to be a staunch believer in the adage that goes, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. Which is why, the OnePlus 6T features the same glass sandwich design as its predecessor with curved edges on the rear with the addition of a waterdrop notch on the front. Honor on the other hand, has always been on the forefront when it comes to the aesthetics department, and the View 20 is no exception.  The device also comes with a premium glass sandwich design but with the unique Aurora Nanotexture design on the back. What makes the design unique is that when the light hits the smartphone at an angle, there is a distinct V-shaped pattern that looks rather attractive. Moreover, the Honor offering happens to be the first in India to come with a punch-hole display to accommodate the selfie camera.

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Speaking of the display, the Honor View 20 comes with a 6.4-inch IPS panel with full-HD+ resolution and 91.82 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display piercing is completely unobtrusive and makes for an immersive viewing experience. The OnePlus 6T, in comparison, features a more conventional waterdrop notch on top of the screen that measures a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED screen with full-HD+ resolution (1,080 x 2,340 pixels) and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The AMOLED panel on the OnePlus handset is definitely a better choice than the IPS panel on the Honor View 20, but that doesn’t mean that the latter is far behind. Moreover, the 6T lacks the wow factor of the punch-hole display. 

Hardware and software

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In the core specs department, the OnePlus 6T comes powered by the last-generation flagship Qualcomm SoC, Snapdragon 845, with RAM options of up to 10GB (for the McLaren Edition) and up to 256GB storage. In contrast, the Honor View 20 features the latest HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor from Huawei backed by up to 8-gigs of RAM and 256GB of storage. The View 20 gets an upper hand over the 6T as it comes with Dual Neural Processing Units (NPU) accompanying the SoC and GPU Turbo 2.0 to aid in gaming performance. The overall performance is further enhanced by the presence of the liquid cooling technology, which keeps thermals in check and ensures optimal performance in return.

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The OnePlus 6T has an edge when it comes to the software department as it runs the Oxygen OS based on the Android 9 Pie. The custom skin has been well-appreciated by users and critics alike. The Honor View 20 also gets Android Pie as the base software but that’s layered with the Magic UI 2.0, which comes with tons of features, animations and some bloatware. While OnePlus is known for rolling out the software updates regularly and frequently, Honor’s update schedule isn’t as swift.

As for security, the OnePlus 6T flaunts and under-display fingerprint scanner and possibly the fastest face unlock in the business. However, the under-display fingerprint scanner on the handset is a first-gen technology and still needs to be ironed. As opposed to that, the Honor View 20 also ships with the face unlock feature, alongside the conventional but extremely fast and accurate rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Camera and battery

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Both the Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T flaunt dual cameras on their back. The OnePlus 6T features a 16-megapixel primary shooter accompanied by a secondary 20-megapixel shooter and dual LED flash. The Honor View 20 on the other hand, comes out ahead in this department thanks to technically advanced setup. The dual-camera module on the back features a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 main sensor and a 3D ToF lens on the rear. The main camera offers standard modes like portrait, night, slow-mo, and time-lapse, the same as the OnePlus 6T. The secondary snapper enables features like AR, 3D motion-controlled gaming, AI calorie counting, and 3D shaping, which is an advantage over the OnePlus’ offering. Moreover, the Honor View 20 also has the presence of AI scene detection and other AI-backed features, thanks to the Dual NPU. The Honor View 20 also races ahead in terms of selfies, as it comes with capable a 25-megapixel shooter embedded in the display piercing up front. The selfies shooter also gets the backing of Honor’s AI and machine learning algorithms to further enhance the results. In comparison, the OnePlus 6T offers a 16-megapixel shooter up front.

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Lastly, the batteries on these smartphones are not really poles apart but if we really have to nitpick, OnePlus 6T once again loses to the Honor offering. The Honor View 20 has been equipped with a massive 4,000mAh battery with 4.5V/ 5A fast charging support. The OnePlus flagship ships with a slightly smaller 3,700mAh battery with Dash Charging, which is known for its speed. However, if you opt for the McLaren Edition of the device, you get Warp Charge, which is a 30W technology that OnePlus claims can charge 50 percent in 20 minutes and 100 percent in one hour. 

Closing thoughts

Safe to say that both the OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20 are neck to neck when it comes to the specs, however, Honor View 20 comes out ahead in terms of the new-generation technologies as well as the AI-enabled features. While OnePlus purists may swear by the raw power and vanilla Android experience that 6T delivers, buyers may find themselves leaning towards a more attractive and cutting-edge package that is Honor View 20. Which one would you go for? Let us know in the comment box below.