Final week Honor offered its new flagship 2019: the Honor View20. The brand new flagship telephone is the successor of View10 from final 12 months, a brand new section entry within the regular formation of Honor. The View collection is characterised by the truth that she has adopted minimalist bezel designs in full display early. Final 12 months's View10 was one of many first gadgets to offer widescreen 18: 9 side ratio screens, whereas this 12 months's new View20 enhances the screen-to-body ratio by introducing a entrance digicam set-up for pinhole cameras ,
Whereas the view-in-display digicam setup of the View20 is actually the primary eye-catching design characteristic, Honor additionally positions the View20 as a particular digicam telephone because it's one of many first digicam sensors with 48-MP cameras Sony's new IMX586 ,
First let's evaluate the specs of the View20:
Honor View collection
2x Cortex-A76 at 2.60 GHz
2x Cortex-A76 at 1.92 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 at 1.80 GHz
4x Cortex-A73 at 2.36 GHz
4x Cortex-A53 at 1.80 GHz
Mali G76MP10 @ 720 MHz
Mali G72MP12 at 746 MHz
6/eight GB LPDDR4X
four/6 GB LPDDR4X
6.four "1080 x 2340 (19.5: 9)
5.99 "1080 x 2160 (18: 9)
48MP Sony IMX586
1/2 "sensor with zero.eight μm pixels
1: 1.eight lens
TOF 3D sensor
20MP B & W (2x zoom perform)
25 MPf / 2.zero
I / O
three.5 mm Headphone Jack
three.5 mm Headphone jack
802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.zero LE + NFC
Splashing water, water, mud resistance
1x Nano SIM
Within the coronary heart of the telephone, we discover the model new Kirin 980 SoC from HiSilicon. The technique of Huawei / Honor chipset is to develop flagship SoCs that aren’t solely used of their flagship high-end gadgets, however are additionally transitioning to extra reasonably priced fashions, as the brand new View20 demonstrates. By way of CPU efficiency, the Kirin 980 achieves high marks because it has seen an excellent efficiency inside the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Professional which we reviewed two months in the past. The identical efficiency can be offered within the new View20, which signifies that we will anticipate wonderful efficiency and wonderful power effectivity from the telephone, and greater than the opposite 2019 flagship telephones.
One efficiency side of the View20 that enhances the Mate 20 is its sturdy GPU efficiency: By incorporating a thicker heatpipe, the SoC can now preserve peak GPU efficiency in nearly any workload and temperature atmosphere.
The brand new View20 will increase foremost reminiscence and storage capability in comparison with its predecessor: We now see a 6GB / 128GB mannequin as a fundamental configuration, whereas Honor additionally presents a high-selling 8GB / 256GB model. The pricing on the time of writing was not identified but, and we are going to replace the article after the official launch occasion.
The View20 is characterised by a virtually bezel-free design and a full-screen show. The telephone's information sheet sounds extremely massive at 6.four inches (6.three inches) in diameter – nevertheless, attributable to its prolonged side ratio of 19.5: 9, the precise system continues to be solely 75.4mm extensive, a width the final The 12 months has turn out to be more and more fashionable, most if not all phone corporations.
I discovered the show of the View20 comparatively "okey" – it's terrific and never unhealthy both. The 1080p decision is ample for most individuals, however this isn’t the densest out there show. The distinction ratio can be good for an LCD, however disappointing had been the off-axis angles, that are extra subordinate. Though the View20 is within the value vary, say OnePlus 6 / 6T, it’s positively behind the OLED competitors and even the higher-quality LCD competitors, akin to the newest Mate 20 from Huawei.
The rear of the View20 includes a distinctive "V-shaped" reflective glass again. This has been performed deliberately to present the system a defining look that’s not out there anyplace else. On the again we additionally discover a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
In fact, the opposite defining characteristic of the telephone is once more the entrance hole-in-display digicam setup. The View20 is just not the primary system with this characteristic, however it is likely one of the first non-Samsung primarily based cellphones to make use of the brand new expertise. Honor is especially happy with the scale achieved with the View20, because the digicam's gap is smaller in diameter than what Samsung had achieved with the A8.
The digicam's gap cutout is a substitute for show notches and represents a technological intermediate step on the way in which to the purpose of true full-screen gadgets. There are just a few telephones that may declare this right now, with Honor's personal Magic 2 being certainly one of them however they’ve slightly cumbersome shifting mechanical components which might be regressive when it comes to weight and ruggedness of the gadgets.
By default, the View20 software program merely ignores the outlet cutout and solely strikes across the notification icons. Full-screen purposes of their commonplace mode have no idea the hole both. Alternatively, the software program could also be set as much as include a darkened high of the telephone and never use that space in full-screen purposes.
Functions that apply shade areas to the notification space additionally work nice – right here the notification bar mechanically hides the digicam gap when it's darkened. That is the default conduct of the telephone, however as I stated, it will probably at all times be this fashion (with added rounded corners).
On the backside of the telephone, you'll discover a USB-C port and the telephone's mono speaker.
The highest is characterised by an IR emitter, an ambient gentle sensor and the controversial three.5mm headphone jack. The product group of Good on Honor to resolve to maintain this characteristic!
Lastly, refer again to the again of the telephone. The opposite key characteristic of the View20 is the truth that it is likely one of the first telephones to characteristic Sony's new 48MP IMX586 digicam sensor. Huawei is just not new to high-MP sensors as a result of we noticed the customized 40MP unit on each the P20 Professional and the Mate 20 Professional final 12 months. The View20's sensor, though of upper decision, is definitely smaller than the 1 / 1.7-inch module present in Huawei's gadgets talked about above, which is 1/2. The bigger decision for a smaller sensor is achieved by lowering the pixel pitch of the sensor from 1 μm to zero.eight μm. Moreover, the pixel array is organized in a Quad-Bayer setup:
Which means that the bodily shade filters of the digicam sensor solely have an efficient decision of 12 MP. Sony's sensor ISP can get a digital 48 MP end result from the sensor by putting the subpixel information beneath the logical pixels. It must be famous that this technique would lead to an efficient enhance in spatial decision of solely as much as half to 48 MP, and the precise outcomes can be clearer anyplace within the vary of a real 27 MP Bayer sensor.
The View20's secondary digicam sensor is a bizarre one: it's a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor that may act as a 3D sensor. Presently, the issue with this module is that Honor is used for very restricted functions and at the moment solely the 3D movement management of a selected recreation is displayed. It could have been good if the telephone had had at the least some sort of demo utility exhibiting the uncooked enter of what the TOF sensor truly sees, as this could have been a pleasant expertise have a look at the out there . Honor says it’ll proceed to work on software program use circumstances sooner or later and replace the telephone's firmware over time to make higher use of the TOF sensor.