While 2018 was all about minimizing the notch size and increasing the screen to body ratio Honor has brought an innovative way to hide the notch at the start of 2019. Honor, a Huawei’s sub brand, has launched it’s new phone Honor View 20 with the Punch hole display or the camera in the hole, literally. We know you are excited to know more about the Punch hole display but let’s start with the specifications first.
The Honor View 20 has a metallic finish with a exclusive texture on it’s back which gives a V shaped texture on reflecting light, the smartphone will be available in three attractive shades namely Red, Magic Black and Sea Blue. It comes with 6.4 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with a screen to body ratio of 85.7% and a resolution of 1080 × 2310 pixels. The Honor View 20 comes with Android 9.0 i.e pie out of the box and has the Magic UI skin slapped over it which Honor claims to upgrade soon but for now has all the same features as any other Honor device.
The Honor View 20 is packed with Hisilicon Kirin 980 chipset with an octacore CPU. The Qualcomm snapdragon 855 beats the Kirin 980 in some areas like extreme CPU core setup and slightly higher clock speeds and better graphics, the Kirin 980 doesn’t lag behind by much and competes almost equally to the snapdragon 855. The Honor View 20 comes in two variants. The base variant comes with 128 GB internal storage and 6/8 GB of RAM while the upgraded variant comes with 256 GB of internal storage and 8 GB of RAM. The smartphone still has a 3.5 mm jack but doesn’t have a micro SD card slot which means you will have to rely on the internal storage which doesn’t seem to be a problem with the hefty specifications. It comes with 4000 mAh battery which the company claims to give a video playback of 15 hours, music playback upto 150 hours and 3G calls upto 25 hours. The chipset supports fast charging which the company claims to go up to 50% in the little time of 30 minutes. The USB 3.1 port is a Type C 1.0 reversible connector for hassle free plugging in.
The Honor View 20 sports a 48 MP AI powered back camera with LED flash, physical aperture of F 1.8, PDAF focus and a 3D sensor. The back camera can record videos upto 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps and 720p@960fps. The front camera is a 25 MP shooter which again is AI powered and does support face unlock along with other AI powered effects like bokeh mode and can record videos upto 1080p@30fps. For a brilliant top notch photography experience the View 20 camera comes with ISO control, HDR, Auto zoom, touch to focus and face detection. The phone is designed to click amazing pictures with a resolution of 8000 × 6000 pixels.
Talking about connectivity the phone supports GSM, HSPA, LTE, Volte, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth and has the Accelerometer, Gyroscope, compass, proximity sensor and a rear mounted fingerprint sensor bundled with it.
Coming back to the exclusive punch hole display as the company calls it, most apps just treat it like a normal notch like on any other phone and just don’t extend behind it. You can chose to extend an application behind the notch and the notch doesn’t seem to hinder the usage. Though most applications aren’t adapted to this yet but with more phones coming up by Samsung where it’s called the O infinity display apps will soon adapt to it.
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