Kunzum Seven-Point Summary: Honor View 20

View 20--1After launching the View 20 internationally last year, Honor has introduced the device in India. The flagship phone has got the brand a lot of attention, thanks to its multiple USPs. The one of a kind display, the high on megapixel-count camera, and not to forget, the powerful processor have all been making waves in the smartphone sea.

But just how well does it do? Here’s the Kunzum Seven Point Summary:

Packing a punch-hole display
One of the biggest USPs of the Honor View 20 is present right up front on the display of the device. The smartphone comes with a 6.4 inches full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2310 pixels. Routine enough for a high-end device?

Well, what is not routine is the secondary camera placement on the display. In the world of notches and all the hatred for them, Honor has come up with what the company calls a punch-hole display. Here, instead of a notch or even a drop notch, you get a small black dot on the top left-hand side of the display, which is the secondary camera with the display around it as well.

And if you hate this packed punch too (say while watching films or playing games), then you can simply hide it with a bezel, an option available in the settings. The display is bright, colourful and responsive, and thanks to the sheer size of that display, watching movies and playing games is an absolute pleasure. 

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The Honor-ary glass back
A sapphire blue glass back, often with a unique pattern, defines Honor’s design for smartphones. The View 20 is no different. The smartphone comes in three different colour variants but the View 20 looks the most distinct and Honor-ish, in the sapphire blue colour which has pretty much become the brand’s defining shade.

And for the unique pattern, the company has come up with a “V”, that appears on the back when the phone is held at a certain angle, in line with the name of the phone. The back adds style to the phone and will definitely turn heads. That said, it attracts smudges and fingerprints like a flame attracts moths. Honor provides you with a case in the box but that only makes the smartphone look really inexpensive and ordinary, taking away all the glamour. You will need both your hands at work to use this one steadily (it is a bit on the bigger side), but thanks to the rather thick metal frame, the device comes with a good grip. 

Smooth sailing performer
The Honor View 20 is powered by one of the most powerful in-house processors by Huawei, the HiSilicon Kirin 980. On paper, this is supposed to be a better processor than the very popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. This is bundled up with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.

As expected from the processor, the smartphone sails through even the roughest of performance waves smoothly. It was no surprise that multitasking and casual gaming were a treat on the device and so was high-end gaming. Games like PUB-G and Asphalt Xtreme played well on the phone and apart from a few occasional lags and a slight heating up, we did not have any complaints from the phone. The View 20 has missed out on stereo speakers, which is a small negative and affects the gaming and movie watching experience. But then we never really had a moment of weakness from the phone, when it came to performance. 

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It’s raining megapixels
Along with getting a punch-hole display in the market, Honor has also brought back the high-megapixel count camera sensor, a trend that we think, will soon pick up. The View 20 comes with a dual primary camera where the main sensor brings 48 megapixel resolution with f/ 1.8 aperture to the party, while the secondary sensor is just a time of flight (ToF) 3D sensor to improve the device’s AR capabilities.

Even though it brings to the table that big a megapixel count, and an AI mode that automatically identifies scenes and changes settings, the camera of the View 20 is a mixed bag. It delivers stunning detail, especially in well-lit environments but often oversaturates colours. So you end up with slightly warmer colours as compared to the real ones — you will get extra bright red and orange and green, staring back at you on the screen. Turning off the AI mode makes things better, though.

Low-light performance of the phone is average, but improves slightly when you turn to Night mode on the phone. In close-up photographs too, we found the phone taking a lot of time to focus on the subject. It comes with a 25 megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The selfie camera is the opposite of the rear camera — not the greatest when it comes to details but it handles colours well.

The camera app also reminded us a bit of the iPhone camera app with 1x and 2x Zooming option and the Motion Picture mode, that were awfully similar to Optical Zoom option on the iPhone and Live Photo mode on the device. All in all, the View 20 has a very good camera but do not expect it to give sleepless nights to the Pixel 3, the iPhone XS or even its own sister, the Mate 20 Pro.

Blooming big battery
One of the most impressive performers on the View 20 is the battery. The phone packs a 4,000 mAh battery and comes with support for Fast Charging. We do not know if we have to thank the OS or the processor or the combination of both, or the sheer size of the battery but the 4,000 mAh battery on the View 20 can easily power through a day of heavy duty work, including continuous video streaming, talk time, games and multitasking.

The phone can easily last a day and half when used moderately. Plus it comes with fast charging support which can give you a couple of hours worth of battery life in 10-15 minutes. That’s pretty awesome for a high-end phone. 

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On top of its OS game
With the base of Pie and the topping of Magic UI, the Honor View 20 is really on top its OS game. The device is powered by Android’s latest version, Android 9.0 (Pie) and is topped with Honor’s in-house Magic 2.0 UI. Although it is very different from the interface of a stock Android phone, the UI is still pretty clean and clutter-free.

Thanks to the layer of Magic UI, the phone has a lot of customisation options and some very useful third party apps. But the apps are well organised and the customisations are not in your face. So, one can easily ignore them, if one wishes. We like.

Another one of those flagship killers?
Priced at Rs. 37,999 the Honor View 20 hovers over the territory of the OnePlus 6T. It has managed to place itself right in the middle of the OnePlus’ mastered price segment, and while the two phones will be compared, it is actually a very different phone from the one that claims to Never Settle, with a far greater stress on design and camera. Yes, we will be comparing both of them, but until that happens, this is a great option for anyone who wants a phone that looks different and comes with a very good camera.

Traveller’s Tip: Battery life is very important in phones with big and high resolution displays because the displays often drain battery very fast. If you are looking for good battery on any phone with a larger than 6-inch display, and with a resolution of and above full HD, we recommend going for something with around 4000 mAh battery. Anything lower will only last you a day or so at the most.

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