8.5/10
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The Huawei Honor View 20 currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 56 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...


Android Headlines

For the price, it’s going to be hard to find much better than the HONOR View20. HONOR has outfitted the View20 with cutting-edge specs and performance, a cutting-edge camera experience with a brand new generation Sony sensor and more megapixels than you can shake a stick at, as well as an OS built u...

- Nick Sutrich, Android Headlines
Android Headlines

HONOR has put together what could arguably be called the best camera experience on the market when it comes to providing incredible quality at a true value. HONOR has, once again, shown that a good experience isn’t one that costs an arm and a leg, but cost savings also means that some things had to...

- Nick Sutrich, Android Headlines
Android Headlines

Utilizing many of the best features from more expensive phones, HONOR has crafted a device that looks and feels premium in every way, and delivers an incredibly solid user experience that’s worthy of the term “flagship”.

- Nick Sutrich, Android Headlines
Android Authority

This device turned out to be a pleasure to use. It captured a surprising amount of detail. Furthermore, you can expect super sharp images, well-tuned colors, amazing low-light capabilities, natural bokeh in portrait mode, and a clean app.

- Edgar Cervantes, Android Authority
Mashable

Honor's View 20 is another great example of how lesser known phone makers are aggressively cornering Apple and Samsung on design and pricing.

- Raymond Wong, Mashable


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Huawei released the Honor View 20 on January 22, 2019.


The Honor View 20 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Huawei Honor View 20 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Huawei backs up the Honor View 20 with a parts & labour warranty.


If your Honor View 20 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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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, UK, India
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 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 Flash Memory 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Unknown
Languages English, Chinese
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & 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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates 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
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
41+ megapixels
Dual lens
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
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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Critic Reviews


Android Headlines

One of the best values on the market today

from Android Headlines

For the price, it’s going to be hard to find much better than the HONOR View20. HONOR has outfitted the View20 with cutting-edge specs and performance, a cutting-edge camera experience with a brand new generation Sony sensor and more megapixels than you can shake a stick at, as well as an OS bu...More

For the price, it’s going to be hard to find much better than the HONOR View20. HONOR has outfitted the View20 with cutting-edge specs and performance, a cutting-edge camera experience with a brand new generation Sony sensor and more megapixels than you can shake a stick at, as well as an OS built upon Android 9 Pie that’s got plenty of features for even the most demanding consumers.

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Android Headlines

No such thing as 'too many pixels'

from Android Headlines

HONOR has put together what could arguably be called the best camera experience on the market when it comes to providing incredible quality at a true value. HONOR has, once again, shown that a good experience isn’t one that costs an arm and a leg, but cost savings also means that some things ha...More

HONOR has put together what could arguably be called the best camera experience on the market when it comes to providing incredible quality at a true value. HONOR has, once again, shown that a good experience isn’t one that costs an arm and a leg, but cost savings also means that some things had to make the cut. Ultimately though, the core experience is as good as you’ll find right now, and it’s only in a few areas where the View20 falls shy of the mark while excelling wildly at the vast, vast majority of every other benchmark we set.

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Android Headlines

An incredible mashup of cutting-edge technologies for a phenomenal price

from Android Headlines

Utilizing many of the best features from more expensive phones, HONOR has crafted a device that looks and feels premium in every way, and delivers an incredibly solid user experience that’s worthy of the term “flagship”.

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Utilizing many of the best features from more expensive phones, HONOR has crafted a device that looks and feels premium in every way, and delivers an incredibly solid user experience that’s worthy of the term “flagship”.

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Android Authority

An awesome camera phone

from Android Authority

This device turned out to be a pleasure to use. It captured a surprising amount of detail. Furthermore, you can expect super sharp images, well-tuned colors, amazing low-light capabilities, natural bokeh in portrait mode, and a clean app.

Read full review

This device turned out to be a pleasure to use. It captured a surprising amount of detail. Furthermore, you can expect super sharp images, well-tuned colors, amazing low-light capabilities, natural bokeh in portrait mode, and a clean app.

Read full review

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Mashable

Come for the hole-punch display, stay for the value

from Mashable

Honor's View 20 is another great example of how lesser known phone makers are aggressively cornering Apple and Samsung on design and pricing.

Read full review

Honor's View 20 is another great example of how lesser known phone makers are aggressively cornering Apple and Samsung on design and pricing.

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Notebookcheck

A flagship smartphone at a reasonable price

from Notebookcheck

The Honor View 20 is a fantastic smartphone with an excellent camera, forward-thinking design and enough performance to match the most powerful of modern flagships.

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The Honor View 20 is a fantastic smartphone with an excellent camera, forward-thinking design and enough performance to match the most powerful of modern flagships.

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Daily Express

The new budget smartphone champion

from Daily Express

While the hardware makes a few notable compromises such as the use of an LCD panel over an AMOLED, it certainly makes up for them with its increased screen-to-body ratio, supreme battery life and capable camera. Moreover, the handset also offers flagship performance that is speedier than any othe...More

While the hardware makes a few notable compromises such as the use of an LCD panel over an AMOLED, it certainly makes up for them with its increased screen-to-body ratio, supreme battery life and capable camera. Moreover, the handset also offers flagship performance that is speedier than any other Android phone running Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset.

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Neowin

An awesome device

from Neowin

It has a 48-megapixel camera, so you can get lots of lossless zoom. I do think that it would work better with a secondary zoom lens, but for the price, it's pretty amazing. The hole-punch display is nice too, given that there's no obtrusive notch. If you're located in a region where the Honor Vi...More

It has a 48-megapixel camera, so you can get lots of lossless zoom. I do think that it would work better with a secondary zoom lens, but for the price, it's pretty amazing. The hole-punch display is nice too, given that there's no obtrusive notch. If you're located in a region where the Honor View 20 is easily available, you definitely can't go wrong with this device.

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Engadget

Gorgeous, affordable and out of reach

from Engadget

It's beautifully built, packs some serious horsepower, and that hole-punch display offers a taste of the near-future — that's not a bad package for $600. Sure, Huawei's sometimes-amateurish futzing with Android Pie means it isn't a great choice for Google purists (those folks would be better se...More

It's beautifully built, packs some serious horsepower, and that hole-punch display offers a taste of the near-future — that's not a bad package for $600. Sure, Huawei's sometimes-amateurish futzing with Android Pie means it isn't a great choice for Google purists (those folks would be better served by a Pixel 3 or a OnePlus 6T) and most of the time that oft-hyped camera is good, not great. If you live in a part of the world that hasn't completely blacklisted Huawei hardware, the View 20 is a worthy, if not astounding, option.

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Mirror

A solid choice

from Mirror

I like the design, it's different and the thin screen bezels are very becoming for any phone. The cameras both seem solid. Their massive megapixel counts aren't a reason alone, but the results from the phone are good. Although £500 isn't cheap it's also not expensive for the kind of hardware you're getting here.


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I like the design, it's different and the thin screen bezels are very becoming for any phone. The cameras both seem solid. Their massive megapixel counts aren't a reason alone, but the results from the phone are good. Although £500 isn't cheap it's also not expensive for the kind of hardware you're getting here.


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