We just 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 screen, 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 corporations see the full-view show as an amazing innovation demonstrator. Samsung was capable of maintain Xiaomi, and Honor/Huawei at bay with very skinny bezels, however they’d 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 test the design from our hands-on photographs and evaluate them with the advertising footage. The principle distinction is that the advertising photographs make the “V” sample within the again way more obvious than you’d typically see it. Nevertheless it’s good that the V just isn’t all the time in your face and we have been capable of 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 stage. It’s a very cool approach. Sadly, the engineers requested us to not take footage that present the etching. Perhaps they’ll reveal it later.
The rear digital camera setup particularly, with the principle 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 large 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 massive 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 need to 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 prime of that, the “USB-C to three.5mm” adaptors have big compatibility points, which signifies that the adapter you bought for one cellphone won’t work with one other. The truth is, none of those connectors labored on one other cellphone in our workplace.
Sadly, the Honor View 20 just isn’t 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 variety of IP-rated telephones anyway, so it’s exhausting responsible Honor if hardly anybody else does it at that worth, eventually for 2018-2019 telephones.
Lastly, there’s no help for storage extensions, by means of microSD or nano-SD. Since customers can go for 128GB or 256GB at buy time, and because the handset may be very reasonably priced (for this stage of tech), Honor believes that it may maintain customers pleased, 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 may, in concept, collect extra gentle, which will increase the prospect for higher pictures. That stated, the Mate 20 Professional sensor remains to be ~30% bigger in line 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), much like pixel-binning
All situations are widespread and if the software program is intelligent sufficient, it may decide one in all these modes and make one of the best of it. In observe and by default, the digital camera is ready in 12 Megapixel, which is the decision at which all three situations might be dealt with. You possibly can swap to 48 MP mode, however some choices, resembling zooming shall be turned OFF.
Wanting on the digital camera knowledge of the Honor View 20, we fee it as probably the most highly effective digital camera in its class (~$450). Honor has actually eliminated the gloves and intends to provide a run for his or her cash to one of the best digital camera telephones in the marketplace.
Digital camera picture high quality
We are going to publish a extra in-depth check 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 most recent 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 practically match these of a 2X optical zoom such because the Galaxy Observe 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 evening photographs the Honor View 20 simply outpaces same-class opponents to compete with telephones such because the Oneplus 6T or the Google Pixel three.
Nonetheless, it falls wanting equalling or beating the Huawei P20 Professional and Mate 20 Professional in low-light pictures. In fact, Honor has built-in the Evening Mode inherited from the Mate 20 Professional, and it really works in the same approach.
“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 expertise 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 may shoot many 48 MP frames to compose a last picture with decrease noise and better particulars.
A Evening Mode does one thing comparable however utilizing a number of exposures with a purpose to expose darkish areas in an practically night-vision model. There’s a 720p/960 FPS video mode (we predict, utilizing interpolated frames, tbd), similar to on the Mate 20 Professional.
Major digital camera sensor: Sony IMX586
The Sony IMX586 Sensor may 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 really push it to its limits. We already know that 2019 will see a “high-megapixel warfare” as a result of Samsung has additionally launched 48MP and 36MP sensors.
Utilizing pixel-binning, these high-megapixel sensors can in concept seize extra detailed footage in daylight, and merge pixels at evening (right down to 12MP) to extend gentle sensitivity. It is a wise method that we count on extra OEMs to observe — if the outcomes are nearly as good as anticipated. LG has pioneered pixel-binning, and Huawei has confirmed that it may very well be put to good use.
Apparently, 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 surroundings 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 fascinating alternative and doubtlessly a price optimization, nevertheless it does have some drawbacks: the infrared gentle used might 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 depend 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 meanwhile, the spotlight about it’s how exhausting 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 screen within the View 20, there are extra layers to cope with than with an OLED display screen, and Honor has proven us the way it took many makes an attempt earlier than discovering a drilling approach 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, heart and upper-right have been mentioned, and from user-surveys, it was decided that the upper-left was one of the best place. Apparently Samsung has chosen the identical location for the Samsung A8s which was introduced hours after the View 20.
Nonetheless, 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 private preferences, however one factor is for positive: 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 expertise, we all know that costlier handsets may have higher screens.
For instance, the Black Ranges are clearly inferior to an OLED show, however even inside IPS LCDs, this display screen has comparatively seen gentle bleeding. Which means black colours come out as darkish gray. It’s not an issue for day after day use, however in the event you watch a darkish film at evening, OLED will look higher.
In our lab, we have now measured the brightness at ~520 NITs, which is superb, however wanting the 700-800 NITs that one of the best smartphone shows can attain as of late. From an financial standpoint, there are constraints that even Huawei/Honor need to 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 area this display screen can cowl. The show’s efficiency is probably the one crack within the armor of this handset, nevertheless 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 prime league with a efficiency that matches the Huawei Mate 20 Professional. Which means its CPU rating on a check like Geekbench four multi-thread is barely above a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
With regards to graphics, Snapdragon 845 retains a bonus in most benchmarks, though Kirin 980 positively brings high-end efficiency into the ~$450 market. With regards to gaming, the Honor View 20 is ~30% sooner than the Honor View 10.
With regards to efficiency/worth, the Honor View 20 brings a tremendous efficiency for the worth and does extraordinarily nicely and ranks nicely above even the standard 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 attain that worth, the Pocophone F1 is severely underpowered in terms of the digital camera, and the Honor View 20 has no downside crushing it in any digital camera facet by facet (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 additionally in opposition to 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 could: 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 sooner charging than Apple’s iPhone XS Max out of the field, sooner than the Galaxy S9/S9+/Observe 9.
Conclusion: look ahead to the worth in your market
The Honor View 20 is the primary salvo of a brand new battle for the full-view display screen and high-Megapixel digital camera which we count on to final nicely into 2019. The battle strains are clear, and this handset units the bar when it comes to design and efficiency for telephones in its class. At 2999 Yuan, the Honor View 20 worth is simply unbelievable.
Honor has thrown a variety of assets within the major digital camera, betting single digital camera module with a 48 Megapixel sensor might carry out very nicely, 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, quite a bit will depend on the worth. As of now, there’s a big 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 (pace, 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 meanwhile, we have now not seen imports, and there isn’t a dependable avenue worth but. Wanting again at Honor View 10, costs within the USA ought to be decrease than Europe.
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General product ranking: 9.5/10
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