Honor View20 Review: The First Flagship Smartphone with a 48MP Camera

Honor View20 Review: The First Flagship Smartphone with a 48MP Camera

The Honor View20 has already been officially available in China (as the Honor V20) since late December, but now the device has been launched internationally in Europe as well. We got our first hands-on with the device at CES 2019. Now, our own TK Bay has published a video review on the XDA TV YouTube channel. The Honor View20 has a lot of unique features such as a 48MP rear camera joined by a 3D Time of Flight sensor, a 4.5mm punch hole for the 25MP front camera, a Kirin 980 chipset, and a 4,000mAh battery. Check out the video below to see TK’s thoughts on the View20 from Honor.

We’ll have a full camera review coming later, but we spent a lot of time with the View20 ahead of its launch event to see how its 48MP camera performs on the streets of Paris. We are choosing not to upload the original resolution photos here as to not significantly increase the page load time, so if you want to view the uncompressed photos you can do so here. We took a lot more photos than what we’re showing here, but again, we’ll have a full Honor View20 camera review at a later date.

Honor View20 Forums

For your reference, we have added the table we made that lists the specifications and features of the Honor View20.

Honor View20 Specifications and Features

DesignIn-screen camera (display hole), V shape color edge, Nano texture with aurora effect
Display6.4-inch 19.25:9 IPS LCD manufactured by AUO, BOE, CTC, or LG*; 2310×1080 (398ppi), 4.5mm display hole
91.82% screen-to-body ratio
Rear Cameras48MP Sony IMX586, f/1.8 lens, 1/2″ CMOS size, 0.8µm, Quad-Bayer pixel binning, 78-degree angle
Sony IMX316* 3D Time-of-Flight (TOF) sensor
LED flash
Video Recording: [email protected][email protected]
Slow Motion: [email protected]
Front Camera25MP Sony IMX576*, f/2.0, 27mm
Video Recording: [email protected]
Mobile PlatformCPU: 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 (2x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.6GHz, 2x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 1.92 GHz, 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @1.8 GHz)
GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
RAM6/8GB LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz
PortsUSB Type-C (3.1), 3.5mm headphone jack
ConnectivityDual SIM, Dual 4G VoLTE, 1.4Gbps Cat. 21 LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, A-GPS/GLONASS, NFC
Link Turbo, IR blaster
SecurityRear-mounted fingerprint-scanner
Battery4,000mAh, 4.5V/5A fast charging (22W Super Charge 1.0)
SoftwareHonor Magic UI 2.0.1 (Android 9 Pie)
Pricing6GB RAM + 128GB storage: €569/£499
8GB RAM + 256GB storage: €649/£579
Colors6GB RAM + 128GB storage: Midnight Black or Sapphire Blue
8GB RAM + 256GB storage: Phantom Red or Phantom Blue
AvailabilityEurope and Asia: France, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Portugal, UAE, Belgium, Malaysia, Netherlands

India: To be announced on January 29th.

Note: Huawei has stopped providing official bootloader unlock codes for its devices. Therefore, the bootloader of the Honor View20 cannot be unlocked, which means that users cannot root or install custom ROMs.

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Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman

I am the Editor-in-chief of XDA. In addition to breaking news on the Android OS and mobile devices, I manage all editorial and reviews content on the Portal. Tips/media inquiries: [email protected]