We not too long ago have been a part of a media group visiting Hong Kong for the announcement of the brand new Honor View 20. You might have learn our preliminary Honor View 20 launch protection on the time, but when not, the gist of the telephone is that it guarantees full-view display, with only a punch-hole digital camera on the higher left, and a 48 Megapixel digital camera backed by a big sensor.

This displays the place the battle traces for 2019 are going to be: we already know that Chinese language firms see the full-view show as an excellent innovation demonstrator. Samsung was capable of hold Xiaomi, and Honor/Huawei at bay with very skinny bezels, however that they had introduced their very own full-view screens once we attended the San Francisco SDC (Samsung Developer Convention) the place their foldable telephone tech was proven.

Industrial Design

You may verify the design from our hands-on images and evaluate them with the advertising photos. The principle distinction is that the advertising images make the “V” sample within the again way more obvious than you’d usually see it. Nevertheless it’s good that the V isn’t all the time in your face and we have been capable of see it clearly in sure lighting circumstances.

Honor has constructed an optical V-pattern by etching completely different sorts of sample within the back-cover glass construction on the microscopic degree. It’s a extremely cool approach. Sadly, the engineers requested us to not take photos that present the etching. Possibly they’ll reveal it later.

The rear digital camera setup specifically, with the principle digital camera being on the upper-left and the remainder of the digital camera meeting being separated. Technically, it is because of the truth that the first digital camera sensor is so massive that the entire module is 2X thicker than an everyday digital camera module to protect a correct focal size and sensor protection.

The chassis is eight.1mm thick and comparatively giant usually to accommodate each the 4000 mAh battery and the bigger rear digital camera module. It’s not a nasty trade-off on the Honor View 20 value level ($450 6GB/128GB, $580 8GB/256GB, estimated), however we already know that high-end telephones should content material with a smaller footprint for even higher specs.

The Honor View 20 has a three.5mm audio connector, and that’s nice as a result of, regardless of all the excitement that OEMs tried to make, each single shopper survey exhibits that 70%-80% of customers like the three.5mm port.

On prime of that, the “USB-C to three.5mm” adaptors have big compatibility points, which signifies that the adapter you bought for one telephone may not work with one other. In truth, none of those connectors labored on one other telephone in our workplace.

Sadly, the Honor View 20 isn’t licensed with an IP ranking. We all know that the certification itself is considerably costly and that within the high-mid vary market, there aren’t plenty of IP-rated telephones anyway, so it’s onerous guilty Honor if hardly anybody else does it at that value, ultimately for 2018-2019 telephones.

Lastly, there’s no help for storage extensions, by microSD or nano-SD. Since customers can go for 128GB or 256GB at buy time, and because the handset may be very inexpensive (for this degree of tech), Honor believes that it could possibly hold customers glad, even with out storage extension.

Digital camera: Megapixels are significant once more

Honor’s transfer to a 48-Megapixel Sony IMX586 CMOS sensor offers a big sensing floor, and may, in concept, collect extra mild, which will increase the prospect for higher pictures. That mentioned, the Mate 20 Professional sensor continues to be ~30% bigger in response to our estimates.

Similar to the P20 Professional sensor, it makes use of a Quad-Bayer RGB sample, which is a intelligent setup that can be utilized for 3 primary situations:

Excessive particulars in daylight (48 MP)Excessive dynamic vary in daylight (12-24 MP)Excessive sensitivity in low-light (12 MP), just like pixel-binning

All situations are frequent and if the software program is intelligent sufficient, it could possibly decide considered one of these modes and make the perfect of it. In apply and by default, the digital camera is ready in 12 Megapixel, which is the decision at which all three situations may be dealt with. You may change to 48 MP mode, however some choices, similar to zooming can be turned OFF.

Wanting on the digital camera knowledge of the Honor View 20, we price it as probably the most highly effective digital camera in its class (~$450). Honor has actually eliminated the gloves and intends to present a run for his or her cash to the perfect digital camera telephones available on the market.

IMPORTANT: We’ve revealed an much more detailed evaluation of the Honor View 20 Digital camera, during which it yields a rating of 150 in our Uber-G Digital camera IQ checks.

Digital camera picture high quality

We’ll publish a extra in-depth check of the digital camera as a result of it’s a subject in itself, however the backside line is that the Honor View 20 brings unprecedented digital camera efficiency at this value vary.

“UNPRECEDENTED CAMERA PERFORMANCE AT THIS PRICE”

Zoom pictures

We suspected that the newest batch of digital camera sensors from Sony would make Megapixel significant once more, and that’s fortuitously true. Though the efficiency doesn’t scale linearly with the megapixel improve, the Honor View 20’s zoom capabilities can almost match these of a 2X optical zoom such because the Galaxy Word 9 – in daylight circumstances.

When in comparison with telephones in its class, just like the OnePlus 6, the Honor View 20’s zoom capabilities come far forward. There isn’t any query about it.

Night time Images

In low-light, the Honor View 20 digital camera delivers significantly better coloration rendering and sharpness than the View 10. In evening images the Honor View 20 simply outpaces same-class rivals to compete with telephones such because the Oneplus 6T or the Google Pixel three.

Nevertheless, it falls in need of equalling or beating the Huawei P20 Professional and Mate 20 Professional in low-light pictures. In fact, Honor has built-in the Night time Mode inherited from the Mate 20 Professional, and it really works in an identical approach.

“IN NIGHT PHOTOS THE HONOR VIEW 20 EASILY OUTPACES SAME-CLASS COMPETITORS TO COMPETE WITH PHONES SUCH AS THE ONEPLUS 6T OR THE GOOGLE PIXEL three”

Different digital camera options

The digital camera software program advantages from each the trickling expertise coming from the Huawei P20 Professional / Mate 20 Professional and from the superior Digital camera AI that Honor launched with the Honor 10. For instance, there’s an AI Extremely-Readability mode that may shoot many 48 MP frames to compose a ultimate picture with decrease noise and better particulars.

A Night time Mode does one thing comparable however utilizing a number of exposures with a purpose to expose darkish areas in an almost night-vision fashion. There’s a 720p/960 FPS video mode (we predict, utilizing interpolated frames, tbd), similar to on the Mate 20 Professional.

Main digital camera sensor: Sony IMX586

The Sony IMX586 Sensor can even seize full-resolution images at 30FPS, and seize 4K/90FPS video, together with 720p/480FPS slow-mo video, with out cropping. Which can be the sensor’s capabilities, and we will’t verify that the telephone can really push it to its limits. We already know that 2019 will see a “high-megapixel battle” as a result of Samsung has additionally launched 48MP and 36MP sensors.

Utilizing pixel-binning, these high-megapixel sensors can in concept seize extra detailed photos in daylight, and merge pixels at evening (right down to 12MP) to extend mild sensitivity. This can be a wise method that we count on extra OEMs to comply with — if the outcomes are pretty much as good as anticipated. LG has pioneered pixel-binning, and Huawei has confirmed that it could possibly be put to good use.

Apparently, the second digital camera is neither a telephoto lens or an ultrawide lens, however a TOF (time of flight) sensor. Its job is to calculate the gap between the sensor and the setting to create a depth map, which can be utilized for Bokeh (background blur) or 3D-scanning. It’s a cousin of the form of applied sciences utilized in Kinect, and an alternative choice to utilizing a secondary full-on digital camera module to do the identical job.

TOF is an fascinating alternative and doubtlessly a price optimization, nevertheless it does have some drawbacks: the infrared mild used may be overwhelmed by ambient lighting (just like the Solar.), and also you naturally lose out on the potential efficiency of a 3X optical or ultrawide digital camera modules. That mentioned, in daylight picture, the excessive megapixel rely may flip into sensor-crop lossless zoom.

Selfie digital camera

The Selfie digital camera if a 25 Megapixel f/2.zero that has a max. Decision of 5760×4304. In the mean time, the spotlight about it’s how onerous it was for Honor to put the digital camera into the punch-hole show.

As a result of Honor makes use of an LCD display within the View 20, there are extra layers to take care of than with an OLED display, and Honor has proven us the way it took many makes an attempt earlier than discovering a drilling approach which preserves the structural integrity of the LCD panel. The trick was to drill solely 2 out of 18 layers.

There was some debate about the place to put the punch-hole. Higher-left, heart and upper-right have been mentioned, and from user-surveys, it was decided that the upper-left was the perfect place. Apparently Samsung has chosen the identical location for the Samsung A8s which was introduced hours after the View 20.

Nevertheless, The Galaxy S10 leaks present the punch-hole on the upper-right, which Honor says it could possibly be distracting when gaming in panorama mode. This can be a matter of private preferences, however one factor is for certain: the middle place was disliked by most individuals.

Show

Punch-hole apart, the show’s major high quality is to be a full-view one. The standard appeared fairly good, however on the Premium value level and utilizing LCD expertise, we all know that costlier handsets may have higher screens.

For instance, the Black Ranges are clearly not so good as an OLED show, however even inside IPS LCDs, this display has comparatively seen mild bleeding. Which means that black colours come out as darkish gray. It’s not an issue for everyday use, however for those who watch a darkish film at evening, OLED will look higher.

In our lab, we’ve measured the brightness at ~520 NITs, which is superb, however in need of the 700-800 NITs that the perfect smartphone shows can attain today. From an financial viewpoint, there are constraints that even Huawei/Honor should take care of, like everybody else, and inside its class, that is nice.

The colour gamut doesn’t appear nice, however we’ll have to substantiate how a lot of the sRGB coloration house this display can cowl. The show’s efficiency is maybe the one crack within the armor of this handset, nevertheless it appears that it’s the value to pay to get the full-view design.

Efficiency

Simply as anticipated, the Honor View 20 Kirin 980 processor, lifts it within the prime league with a efficiency that matches the Huawei Mate 20 Professional. Which means that its CPU rating on a check like Geekbench four multi-thread is barely above a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

In terms of graphics, Snapdragon 845 retains a bonus in most benchmarks, though Kirin 980 undoubtedly brings high-end efficiency into the ~$450 market. In terms of gaming, the Honor View 20 is ~30% quicker than the Honor View 10.

In terms of efficiency/value, the Honor View 20 brings an incredible efficiency for the worth and does extraordinarily effectively and ranks effectively above even the standard value-oriented telephones such because the OnePlus 6T, not to mention high-end telephones such because the Galaxy S9 and naturally the Apple XS.

Solely the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 ranks higher due to its ultra-low value of ~$315, which is unbelievable for a Snapdragon 845 handset. However to attain that value, the Pocophone F1 is severely underpowered on the subject of the digital camera, and the Honor View 20 has no downside crushing it in any digital camera facet by facet (if you’d like a devoted article about this, drop a remark!).

Additionally don’t miss our article about GPU Turbo, Honor’s graphics optimization software program.

Battery

“three.5X FASTER CHARGING THAN THE IPHONE XS MAX”

With a battery capability of 4000 mAh, the Honor View stands tall amongst telephones in its class, but additionally in opposition to high-end telephones just like the iPhone XS Max which has ~17% much less battery, however prices considerably extra.

In our checks, the Honor View 20 performs precisely like Honor mentioned it could: it could possibly cost 55% of the battery in ~30mn, which makes it one of many fastest-charging handsets at 77 Mah/mn. That’s three.5X quicker charging than Apple’s iPhone XS Max out of the field, quicker than the Galaxy S9/S9+/Word 9.

Conclusion: look ahead to the worth in your market

The Honor View 20 is the primary salvo of a brand new battle for the full-view display and high-Megapixel digital camera which we count on to final effectively into 2019. The battle traces are clear, and this handset units the bar when it comes to design and efficiency for telephones in its class. At 2999 Yuan, the Honor View 20 worth is simply unimaginable.

Honor has thrown plenty of assets within the major digital camera, betting that a single digital camera module with a 48 Megapixel sensor may carry out very effectively, even with zoom. Our digital camera checks present that the funding has paid off, and the View 20 can attain close to the efficiency of a 2X optical zoom.

“THE HONOR VIEW 20 VALUE IS JUST INCREDIBLE”

Clearly, so much depends upon the worth. As of now, there’s a big value distinction for the way a lot this telephone retails at in China (2999 Yuan, or ~$440 USD) and Europe (550 Eur, or ~625 USD). We based mostly our evaluation on a $450-$500 value level for an eventual availability within the USA.

By way of efficiency (velocity, digital camera), if the Honor View 20’s must be priced across the Oneplus 6 (~$490) to make it a straightforward purchase advice. Because it goes above that nearer ~$650, the value-proposition will shrink, and it’ll rely in your private preferences.

In the mean time, we’ve not seen imports, and there isn’t a dependable road value but. Wanting again at Honor View 10, costs within the USA must be decrease than Europe.

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General product ranking: 9.5/10

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