We lately have been a part of a media group visiting Hong Kong for the announcement of the brand new Honor View 20. You’ll have learn our preliminary Honor View 20 launch protection on the time, but when not, the gist of the cellphone is that it guarantees full-view display, with only a punch-hole digital camera on the higher left, and a 48 Megapixel digital camera backed by a big sensor.
This displays the place the battle strains for 2019 are going to be: we already know that Chinese language firms see the full-view show as an incredible innovation demonstrator. Samsung was in a position to hold Xiaomi, and Honor/Huawei at bay with very skinny bezels, however that they had introduced their very own full-view screens after we attended the San Francisco SDC (Samsung Developer Convention) the place their foldable cellphone tech was proven.
You possibly can verify the design from our hands-on photographs and evaluate them with the advertising and marketing photos. The principle distinction is that the advertising and marketing photographs make the “V” sample within the again rather more obvious than you’d typically see it. However it’s good that the V shouldn’t be all the time in your face and we have been in a position to see it clearly in sure lighting circumstances.
Honor has constructed an optical V-pattern by etching totally different sorts of sample within the back-cover glass construction on the microscopic degree. It’s a very cool method. Sadly, the engineers requested us to not take photos that present the etching. Perhaps they’ll reveal it later.
The rear digital camera setup particularly, with the primary digital camera being on the upper-left and the remainder of the digital camera meeting being separated. Technically, it is because of the truth that the first digital camera sensor is so huge that the entire module is 2X thicker than a daily digital camera module to protect a correct focal size and sensor protection.
The chassis is eight.1mm thick and comparatively giant basically to accommodate each the 4000 mAh battery and the bigger rear digital camera module. It’s not a nasty trade-off on the Honor View 20 worth level ($450 6GB/128GB, $580 8GB/256GB, estimated), however we already know that high-end telephones should content material with a smaller footprint for even higher specs.
The Honor View 20 has a three.5mm audio connector, and that’s nice as a result of, regardless of all the thrill that OEMs tried to make, each single shopper survey exhibits that 70%-80% of customers like the three.5mm port.
On high of that, the “USB-C to three.5mm” adaptors have enormous compatibility points, which implies that the adapter you bought for one cellphone may not work with one other. In truth, none of those connectors labored on one other cellphone in our workplace.
Sadly, the Honor View 20 shouldn’t be licensed with an IP ranking. We all know that the certification itself is considerably costly and that within the high-mid vary market, there aren’t a whole lot of IP-rated telephones anyway, so it’s laborious in charge Honor if hardly anybody else does it at that worth, ultimately for 2018-2019 telephones.
Lastly, there’s no help for storage extensions, by way of microSD or nano-SD. Since customers can go for 128GB or 256GB at buy time, and because the handset could be very inexpensive (for this degree of tech), Honor believes that it may hold customers completely happy, even with out storage extension.
Digital camera: Megapixels are significant once more
Honor’s transfer to a 48-Megapixel Sony IMX586 CMOS sensor supplies a big sensing floor, and will, in idea, collect extra gentle, which will increase the possibility for higher images. That stated, the Mate 20 Professional sensor continues to be ~30% bigger in accordance with our estimates.
Similar to the P20 Professional sensor, it makes use of a Quad-Bayer RGB sample, which is a intelligent setup that can be utilized for 3 foremost situations:
Excessive particulars in daylight (48 MP)Excessive dynamic vary in daylight (12-24 MP)Excessive sensitivity in low-light (12 MP), just like pixel-binning
All situations are frequent and if the software program is intelligent sufficient, it may decide one in every of these modes and make the most effective of it. In follow and by default, the digital camera is about in 12 Megapixel, which is the decision at which all three situations will be dealt with. You possibly can swap to 48 MP mode, however some choices, equivalent to zooming might be turned OFF.
Wanting on the digital camera information of the Honor View 20, we fee it as essentially the most highly effective digital camera hardware in its class (~$450). Honor has actually eliminated the gloves and intends to provide a run for his or her cash to the most effective digital camera telephones available on the market.
IMPORTANT: We’ve got printed an much more detailed assessment of the Honor View 20 Digital camera, through which it yields a rating of 150 in our Uber-G Digital camera IQ assessments.
Digital camera picture high quality
We are going to publish a extra in-depth take a look at of the digital camera as a result of it’s a subject in itself, however the backside line is that the Honor View 20 brings unprecedented digital camera efficiency at this worth vary.
“UNPRECEDENTED CAMERA PERFORMANCE AT THIS PRICE”
We suspected that the newest batch of digital camera sensors from Sony would make Megapixel significant once more, and that’s luckily true. Though the efficiency doesn’t scale linearly with the megapixel enhance, the Honor View 20’s zoom capabilities can almost match these of a 2X optical zoom such because the Galaxy Be aware 9 – in daylight circumstances.
When in comparison with telephones in its class, just like the OnePlus 6, the Honor View 20’s zoom capabilities come far forward. There isn’t a query about it.
In low-light, the Honor View 20 digital camera delivers significantly better shade rendering and sharpness than the View 10. In night time photographs the Honor View 20 simply outpaces same-class opponents to compete with telephones such because the Oneplus 6T or the Google Pixel three.
Nevertheless, it falls in need of equalling or beating the Huawei P20 Professional and Mate 20 Professional in low-light images. After all, Honor has built-in the Evening Mode inherited from the Mate 20 Professional, and it really works in the same manner.
“IN NIGHT PHOTOS THE HONOR VIEW 20 EASILY OUTPACES SAME-CLASS COMPETITORS TO COMPETE WITH PHONES SUCH AS THE ONEPLUS 6T OR THE GOOGLE PIXEL three”
Different digital camera options
The digital camera software program advantages from each the trickling know-how coming from the Huawei P20 Professional / Mate 20 Professional and from the superior Digital camera AI that Honor launched with the Honor 10. For instance, there’s an AI Extremely-Readability mode that can shoot many 48 MP frames to compose a closing picture with decrease noise and better particulars.
A Evening Mode does one thing comparable however utilizing a number of exposures with the intention to expose darkish areas in an almost night-vision model. There’s a 720p/960 FPS video mode (we expect, utilizing interpolated frames, tbd), identical to on the Mate 20 Professional.
Main digital camera sensor: Sony IMX586
The Sony IMX586 Sensor may also seize full-resolution photographs at 30FPS, and seize 4K/90FPS video, together with 720p/480FPS slow-mo video, with out cropping. Which might be the sensor’s capabilities, and we will’t affirm that the cellphone can truly push it to its limits. We already know that 2019 will see a “high-megapixel battle” as a result of Samsung has additionally launched 48MP and 36MP sensors.
Utilizing pixel-binning, these high-megapixel sensors can in idea seize extra detailed photos in daylight, and merge pixels at night time (right down to 12MP) to extend gentle sensitivity. It is a smart strategy that we anticipate extra OEMs to observe — if the outcomes are pretty much as good as anticipated. LG has pioneered pixel-binning, and Huawei has confirmed that it may very well be put to good use.
Curiously, the second digital camera is neither a telephoto lens or an ultrawide lens, however a TOF (time of flight) sensor. Its job is to calculate the space between the sensor and the atmosphere to create a depth map, which can be utilized for Bokeh (background blur) or 3D-scanning. It’s a cousin of the sort of applied sciences utilized in Kinect, and a substitute for utilizing a secondary full-on digital camera module to do the identical job.
TOF is an attention-grabbing alternative and doubtlessly a value optimization, however it does have some drawbacks: the infrared gentle used will be overwhelmed by ambient lighting (just like the Solar.), and also you naturally lose out on the potential efficiency of a 3X optical or ultrawide digital camera modules. That stated, in daylight picture, the excessive megapixel rely might flip into a great sensor-crop lossless zoom.
Selfie digital camera
The Selfie digital camera if a 25 Megapixel f/2.zero that has a max. Decision of 5760×4304. In the mean time, the spotlight about it’s how laborious it was for Honor to put the digital camera into the punch-hole show.
As a result of Honor makes use of an LCD display within the View 20, there are extra layers to cope with than with an OLED display, and Honor has proven us the way it took many makes an attempt earlier than discovering a drilling method which preserves the structural integrity of the LCD panel. The trick was to drill solely 2 out of 18 layers.
There was some debate about the place to put the punch-hole. Higher-left, middle and upper-right have been mentioned, and from user-surveys, it was decided that the upper-left was the most effective place. Curiously Samsung has chosen the identical location for the Samsung A8s which was introduced hours after the View 20.
Nevertheless, The Galaxy S10 leaks present the punch-hole on the upper-right, which Honor says it may very well be distracting when gaming in panorama mode. It is a matter of non-public preferences, however one factor is for certain: the middle place was disliked by most individuals.
Punch-hole apart, the show’s major high quality is to be a full-view one. The standard appeared fairly good, however on the Premium worth level and utilizing LCD know-how, we all know that dearer handsets could have higher screens.
For instance, the Black Ranges are clearly inferior to an OLED show, however even inside IPS LCDs, this display has comparatively seen gentle bleeding. Which means that black colours come out as darkish gray. It’s not an issue for everyday use, however in case you watch a darkish film at night time, OLED will look higher.
In our lab, we have now measured the brightness at ~520 NITs, which is excellent, however in need of the 700-800 NITs that the most effective smartphone shows can attain nowadays. From an financial viewpoint, there are constraints that even Huawei/Honor should cope with, like everybody else, and inside its class, that is nice.
The colour gamut doesn’t appear nice, however we’ll have to substantiate how a lot of the sRGB shade house this display can cowl. The show’s efficiency is probably the one crack within the armor of this handset, however it appears that it’s the worth to pay to get the full-view design.
Simply as anticipated, the Honor View 20 Kirin 980 processor, lifts it within the high league with a efficiency that matches the Huawei Mate 20 Professional. Which means that its CPU rating on a take a look at like Geekbench four multi-thread is barely above a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
In the case of graphics, Snapdragon 845 retains a bonus in most benchmarks, though Kirin 980 positively brings high-end efficiency into the ~$450 market. In the case of gaming, the Honor View 20 is ~30% quicker than the Honor View 10.
In the case of efficiency/worth, the Honor View 20 brings an incredible efficiency for the value and does extraordinarily properly and ranks properly above even the everyday value-oriented telephones such because the OnePlus 6T, not to mention high-end telephones such because the Galaxy S9 and naturally the Apple XS.
Solely the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 ranks higher due to its ultra-low worth of ~$315, which is unbelievable for a Snapdragon 845 handset. However to realize that worth, the Pocophone F1 is significantly underpowered in the case of the digital camera, and the Honor View 20 has no downside crushing it in any digital camera aspect by aspect (in order for you a devoted article about this, drop a remark!).
Additionally don’t miss our article about GPU Turbo, Honor’s graphics optimization software program.
“three.5X FASTER CHARGING THAN THE IPHONE XS MAX”
With a battery capability of 4000 mAh, the Honor View stands tall amongst telephones in its class, but in addition towards high-end telephones just like the iPhone XS Max which has ~17% much less battery, however prices considerably extra.
In our assessments, the Honor View 20 performs precisely like Honor stated it might: it may cost 55% of the battery in ~30mn, which makes it one of many fastest-charging handsets at 77 Mah/mn. That’s three.5X quicker charging than Apple’s iPhone XS Max out of the field, quicker than the Galaxy S9/S9+/Be aware 9.
Conclusion: look ahead to the value in your market
The Honor View 20 is the primary salvo of a brand new battle for the full-view display and high-Megapixel digital camera which we anticipate to final properly into 2019. The battle strains are clear, and this handset units the bar by way of design and efficiency for telephones in its class. At 2999 Yuan, the Honor View 20 worth is simply unimaginable.
Honor has thrown a whole lot of assets within the major digital camera, betting that a single digital camera module with a 48 Megapixel sensor might carry out very properly, even with zoom. Our digital camera assessments present that the funding has paid off, and the View 20 can attain close to the efficiency of a 2X optical zoom.
“THE HONOR VIEW 20 VALUE IS JUST INCREDIBLE”
Clearly, lots relies on the value. As of now, there’s a enormous worth distinction for a way a lot this cellphone retails at in China (2999 Yuan, or ~$440 USD) and Europe (550 Eur, or ~625 USD). We based mostly our evaluation on a $450-$500 worth level for an eventual availability within the USA.
When it comes to efficiency (velocity, digital camera), if the Honor View 20’s must be priced across the Oneplus 6 (~$490) to make it a simple purchase advice. Because it goes above that nearer ~$650, the value-proposition will shrink, and it’ll rely in your private preferences.
In the mean time, we have now not seen imports, and there isn’t a dependable road worth but. Wanting again at Honor View 10, costs within the USA needs to be decrease than Europe.
General product ranking: 9.5/10