“The Honor View 20 is the successor to last year’s popular iteration View 10. Let’s see how they fare in a direct comparison”

Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor is known for its attractive budget-friendly options. But of late, the brand is upping its game in the flagship genre itself. The latest offering from the company’s stables is the best example of the same flaunting features such as punch-hole selfie shooter and a 48MP rear camera. Dubbed the Honor V20 (to be launched globally as the View 20), the device comes across as a worthy successor to the Honor View 10 (review). Don’t believe us? Read on ahead as we pit the handsets against each other. 

Design and display

While both smartphones have a metal unibody, the look and feel of the View 20 is much better than that of its predecessor. The phonemaker has used a 300nanometer, multi-layer super-micro pattern design on the back panel, called Light For Honor which more than makes up for the dullness of View 10’s rear. The devices differ in terms of the construction as well, with the View 10 featuring a metal body, while its successor offering a glass-sandwich design. 

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Both smartphones have a dual rear camera setup but with the View 20, the lenses don’t protrude as much and look more flush with the panel. The new smartphone also comes with a fingerprint reader at the back, instead of the front. Both phones sport a USB Type-C port at the bottom along with a speaker grille and 3.5mm headphone socket.

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For View 20’s display, Honor has tried to experiment with a new type of screen. Instead of using the ubiquitous notch, the company has made use of a small punch-hole on the top left corner to house the selfie camera. The All-View display is a 6.4-inch panel bearing a full HD+ resolution (1,080 x 2,310 pixels) with an aspect ratio of 19:25.9. While there’s small chin at the bottom, the handset achieves an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 91.82 percent. In comparison, the Honor View 10 has a smaller 5.99-inch screen with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio.

Hardware and software

The dual-SIM Honor View 20 is powered by Huawei’s latest 7nm octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB / 256GB in-built storage. There’s no option to expand the storage, however. In contrast, the Honor View 10 runs on the Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage onboard, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. 

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The View 20 ships with Android 9.0 Pie based Magic UI 2.0.1 out of the box. In addition to the regular features, it also comes with Link Turbo technology (the phone switches between data and Wi-Fi on its own), GPU Turbo 2.0 for extensive gaming sessions and an AI-based GPS tech with dual-band technology for more accurate positioning. On the other hand, the View 10 was Honor’s first AI-based smartphone and came with features such as 3D Facial Unlock technology, AI-accelerated translator and Smart Tips among others.

Camera and battery

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Honor has put in a lot of effort with View 20’s camera system, both on the front and rear. The hole-punch design on the front houses a 25MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture and a fixed focus. On the back, the handset sports a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor for capturing depth. It comes with all the usual features including 960fps slow-motion video recording, AI HDR, night scene, and portrait mode among others along with an LED flash. In comparison, the View 10 carries a 16MP RGB sensor and a secondary 20MP monochrome sensor at the back and a 13MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture on the front for capturing selfies.

Coming to the battery, while both smartphones support fast charging, the Honor View 20 houses a slightly larger 4,000mAh pack instead of the 3,750mAh pack on the View 10.

Closing thoughts

It’s evident that the Honor View 20 has made a significant improvement in all aspects compared to its predecessor. What makes it even more compelling offering is its price tag of RMB 2,999 (approx. Rs 30,000) for the base variant. The View 20 is set to launch in the country next month and will be available to buy exclusively via Amazon. If the handset is priced similarly in India, Honor could very well start the year 2019 on a strong note.