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8.5/10
Informr score
The Huawei Honor View 20 currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 66 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

In terms of raw value, the Honor View 20 has plenty to offer as long as you can overlook the load of bloatware pre-installed on the phone and don’t need the absolute best camera available.

What's good

  • Bold design
  • Hole-punch camera
  • Stellar performance
  • Plenty of storage
  • Exceptional battery life
  • Good (but not great) camera

What's bad

  • No microSD support
  • No waterproofing
  • Lots of bloatware

As the budget-conscious sister brand of Huawei, Honor is known for packing tons of value into an affordable package. With their latest release -- the Honor View 20 -- Honor is aiming to take the mid-tier pricing throne. But the market is packed with compelling options, so is their latest release worth picking up? Let’s see what reviewers are saying…

Design

The phone features an aluminum chassis with a glass rear panel. While this is a common theme in the past year, Honor puts a new spin on the design with a shimmering V in the rear glass panel. Reviews were split with some loving the unique look and others thinking the phone was too flashy.

Regardless of how you feel about the looks, the glass back makes for a slippery phone.

Express.co.uk noted, “... during our time with the View 20 it habitually fell off completely flat surfaces when placed on them for a significant period of time.”

You’ll want to use the clear case the phone ships with or plan to pick one up.

Display

Heading around front, you’re greeted with minimal bezels and a large 6.4-inch, 1080-by-2310 pixel IPS display. Instead of the now-trendy notch at the top, the screen uses a “hole-punch” design with the front camera embedded in the upper-left corner of the screen.

The hole-punch design received praise from most reviewers with many noting that they barely noticed the camera was there after a few minutes.

The viewing experience pleased by did not wow most reviewers. The IPS display cannot complete with OLED panels in terms of contrast and the 1080p resolution was sharp enough to highlight details but wasn’t anything special or innovative. Otherwise, colors, brightness, and viewing angles all received high marks.

Performance

Powered by Huawei’s own 2.6GHz Kirin 980 processor with 6 or 8GB of RAM, the phone blew benchmarks out of the water. Even the 6GB model ran silky smooth for reviewers. Multitasking, heavy gaming, and other resource-intensive tasks shouldn’t be a problem.

Mashable says, “... the View 20 is like a bullet train compared to other Android phones, which are like the slow subway.”

Software

Reviews dipped when talking about the phone’s software. While reviewers like that the phone ships with Android 9.0 Pie, some weren’t as impressed with Huawei’s Magic UI. They felt customizations were heavy-handed. And while you can install most of the pre-loaded apps, reviewers thought the phone shipped with too much bloatware.

Storage

Depending on the variant on the phone you choose, you’ll enjoy either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage -- more than enough for most. And that’s good considering the phone doesn’t support microSD cards, unlike many other Android devices.

Cameras

On paper, the Honor View 20’s 48MP rear camera with a 3D TOF sensor sounds like an absolute beast. But in reviews, results are less impressive. While it’s not a bad camera, it didn’t blow reviewers away. Some found the camera interface frustrating while others noticed the phone struggled to capture fine details.

While the AI-assisted 48MP mode took stunning shots, it required holding the phone still for 2 or more seconds -- a limitation that will prevent you from using the feature often.

Around front, the phone features a 24MP lens. The detail of selfies and portraits impressed reviewers but many found low-light performance lacking.

Neowin highlights this mixed opinion, saying, “The Honor View 20 really has a phenomenal camera, especially considering the price, but I'll still take the Huawei Mate 20 Pro given the choice.”

Battery Life

Fortunately, opinions improve for battery life. The phone includes a 4,000mAh battery with USB Type C fast charging. While there is no wireless charging, the phone offers two days of light-to-moderate usage on a single charge.

Audio

If you’re planning to play games, watch movies, or stream music, the single speaker provides a basic experience while the 3.5mm headphone jack makes it easy to slip on your favorite headphones and immerse yourself in the experience.

The Takeaway

Overall, the phone receives mostly positive marks from reviewers. Many consider it a legitimate rival to the best mid-tier phones on the market -- including the OnePlus 6T.

Mashable sums up opinions well, saying, “... the surprisingly good View 20 is the phone with the potential to put the company on the global map and let it stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other mobile giants.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.6 GHz
Screen Size
6.4"
Camera
41+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


T3

The Honor View 20 is, overall, the best mid-range smartphone on the market today. Flagship calibre internals, strong camera system, and an immersive 6.4-inch screen deliver a truly fantastic experience, albeit with a few caveats.

- Robert Jones, T3
Photography Blog

If you’re looking for a new phone and want something which has a high performing camera, but don’t want to necessarily spend big bucks on something at the top end of the market, the Honor View 20 makes for an excellent compromise – without too much in the way of sacrifice.

- Amy Davies, Photography Blog
Talk Android

The Honor View 20 represents stonking great value, bringing a gorgeous design, extraordinary battery life, and an impressive camera to market for £499 ($650) for the 6GB/128GB variant, and £579 for the 8GB/256GB model reviewed here. You would never guess that the Honor View 20 doesn’t cost a thousan...

- Peter Holden, Talk Android
Techaeris

The build quality is excellent and the display is beautiful for an LCD. It performs amazingly well and the camera is top notch, even though it has way too many options. Battery life is great, and I think the price is right giving you plenty of value. Overall, the Honor View 20 is a great device and,...

- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
SlashGear

It’s not perfect, though, and those looking for a better camera experience might want to save up for a more expensive handset. Overall, the Honor View 20 makes a pretty compelling offer of a mobile companion that can get you through the day and more, provided you don’t expect too much from it as far...

- JC Torres, SlashGear


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Screen Size
6.4"

The Huawei Honor View 20's screen size is 6.4 inches with 1080 x 2310 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.6 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
41+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 41+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1560 minutes.

Honor View 20 Specs

Overview
Release date January 22, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.6 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Unknown
Languages English, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty -
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1560 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Magic Night Black, Sea Blue, Phantom Blue, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.69 x 7.54 x 0.81 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2310 pixels
Pixel density 398 pixels
Size 6.4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, All-View Display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
41+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, TOF 3D stereo camera, Dual camera feature, HDR, gyro-EIS
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
HDR, f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei Honor V20

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