Honor View 20 or V20 officially announced – 48MP Camera, Punch-hole display

Honor View 20

After long staying in rumors, speculations and teasers too, the Honor View 20 is now official in China. Dubbed as Honor V20 or the Glory V20 in China, the phone is already set to launch globally on January 22nd.

Even though it carries a massive 48MP rear-camera, the most important feature of Honor View 20 remains to be the punch-hole display to host the front-facing camera. The kind of display that replaces the unwelcomed notch design on Android phones. We’ll see if this could actually impress Android users in days to come, as Samsung has is also bringing the Galaxy A8s with the similar display.

Honor View 20 is going to be among the very first flagship phones of 2019. However, it packs in a lot of other things too for the first time in the industry. Well not very first time, Huawei Nova 4 got it first. Such as the in-screen/punch-hole camera and the massive 48MP camera. Just count in the glossy laser-etched glass pattern on the back too. It reflects under varying lighting engles with a V-shape, probably to refer to the V-series.

Honor View 20 Laser-Etched Rear Panel

The phone features a punch-hole display with a small hole on the corner of the 6.4-inch screen to host the front camera. It is an IPS display with 1080p resolution with a weirdly tall aspect ratio of 19.25:9. Well after that traditional 16:9, all those taller full view screens have awkward, weird, and non-standard aspect ratios. So be with it as long as you like it.

The Honor View 20 is powered by Kirin 980 flagship processor and will come in two primary memory configurations – 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. There is an additional Moschino edition with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage making a total of three variants.

Honor View 20 Punch-Hole

Just as according to the speculations, the main camera houses the 48-megapixel Sony’s IMX586 sensor with f/1.8 lens aperture. This high resolution sensor is not that large as we have seen in Nokia 1020 and Nokia 808 PureView years ago. It’s a 1/2-inch type CMOS sensor which had to accommodate smaller pixels size of 0.8µm. The system allows pixel binning technology and comes with Super Night Mode for HDR 12 night shots. On the front there is a 25-megapixel camera in the punch-hole on top left corner of the screen.

The main camera comes along with an additional 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor that allows 3D body shaping. One example would be to take perfectly aligned full-body shots, that you would never get from a mobile phone. If you ever heard about image distortion caused by lenses? that’s what system will fix.

Honor View 20 ToF Sensor

The primary function of the ToF sensor is to identify and track bone information. That in turn, with the help of powerful Kirin 980 processor, will be used with the on-board AR engine.

The Honor View 20 features Link Turbo function that can use both the WiFi and the data connection simultaneously to give you a combined speed limit of the two.

Running Android 9 Pie, the Honor View 20 will feature EMUI software layer on top. With the triple WiFi antenna, the phone packs with a 4000 mAh battery and comes with 4.5V/5A (or 22.5W) SuperCharge support. According to company’s claims, the phone will charge 55% in 30 minutes.


Pricing and Availability

Arriving in three colors, red, blue and black, the base model with 6GB+128GB configuration costs CNY 2,999 (or $435), while the upper model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage costs CNY 3,499 (or $510). Moschino, the third one, with 8GB/256GB config will cost CNY 3,999 ($580).

The Honor View 20 will hit the shelves in China from December 28th. The global availability and pricing will be announced later on January 22nd in Paris.

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