Review of the smartphone Honor View 20: good-bye, bangs, goodbye
In the family tree of smartphones, Huawei/Honor to get lost easier than in the pedigree of some of the Habsburgs, only some smartphones, bearing the title of leader, can be counted two or three from each of the brands. Have Honor under this title annually goes “number” model (at the time of publishing this Honor 10), which is then in this position shifts the smartphone series of View – with the most urgent platform and best practices applied in the main smartphone of the Chinese company –
Magic smartphone, however, never went beyond the Chinese market, so that it is Honor View 20 can be considered the official international flagship of the brand, whose deliverance from the hateful “monobrow” your path is one of the first devices with a hole in the corner of the screen where inscribed frontalka. Officially the first two smartphones with a similar steel solution Huawei nova 4 and Samsung Galaxy A8s, but View 20 is not that far behind.
This is not the only advantage of a fresh gadget. It is based on the most powerful platform Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 with a special cooling system, equipped with rear dual camera with the main module, the claimed resolution which is as much as 48 megapixels, has three Wi-Fi antennas and dual-frequency GPS module, and some superpowers associated with additional 3D camera.
|Honor View 20||Honor 10||Xiaomi Mi 8||OnePlus 6T||Oppo RX17 Pro|
|Display||6.4 inch, IPS,
2310 × 1080 pixels, 398 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.84 inch, IPS,
2280 × 1080 pixels, 432 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.21 inches, AMOLED, 2246 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6.41 inch, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.4 inch, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass (version unknown)||Corning Gorilla Glass (version unknown)||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 6||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 980: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex A76, 2.6 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex A76, frequency of 1.92 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A55, 1.8 GHz); architecture HiAI||HiSilicon Kirin 970: Quad core ARM Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz; architecture HiAI||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710: dual core Kryo 360 Gold, 2.2 GHz + six cores Kryo 360 Silver, 1.7 GHz|
|Graphics controller||ARM Mali-G76 MP10, 720 MHz||ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 850 MHz||Adreno 630, 710 MHz||Adreno 630, 710 MHz||Adreno 616, 750 MHz|
|RAM||6/8 GB||4 GB||6 GB||6/8/10 GB||6 GB|
|Flash memory||128/256 GB||64/128 GB||64/128/256 GB||128/256 GB||128 GB|
|Memory card support||No||No||No||No||There|
|Connectors||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||UMTS 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||WCDMA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat.16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66, 71||LTE Cat.15 (up to 800 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||5.0||4.2 (aptX HD)||5.0||5.0||5.0|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|Fingerprint scanner||There||There||There||There, on the screen||There, on the screen|
|The main camera||Double module, 48 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 3D-TOF-camera, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Dual module, 24 + 16 MP, ƒ/1,8, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization (main camera)||Double module, 16 + 20 MP, ƒ/1,7 + ƒ/1,7, hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module, 12 + 20 MP, ƒ/1,5-2,4 + ƒ/2.6, the phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash|
|Front camera||25 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||24 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||20 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||25 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus|
|Food||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 14,06 W·h (3700 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 14,06 W·h (3700 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||156,9 × 75,4 × 8.1 mm||149,6 × 71,2 × 7.7 mm||154,9 × 74,8 × 7.6 mm||157,5 × 74,8 × 8.2 mm||157,6 × 74,6 × 7.9 mm|
|Weight||180 grams||153 grams||175 grams||185 grams||183 grams|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie shell EMUI||Android 8.1 Oreo, shell EMUI||Android 8.1.0 Oreo, shell MIUI||Android 9.0 Pie shell OxygenOS||Android 8.1 Oreo, shell ColorOS|
|Current price||37 990 rubles for the version 6/128 GB 44 990 rubles for the version 8/256 GB||24 990 rubles for the version 4/64 GB, 25 700 rubles for the version 4/128 GB||27 490 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 28 990 rubles for the version 6/128 GB 28 150 rubles for the version 6/256 GB||35 260 rubles for the version 6/128 GB, 37 800 rubles for the version 8/128 GB 45 250 rubles for the version 8/256 GB||49 990 rubles|
Appearance, ergonomics and software
First cutout in the middle of the status bar appeared in September 2017 with the release of iPhone X. it Seems to be a little more than a year, and this technique of increasing the useful area of the screen being copied by all, became very annoying. It is not surprising that the producers gradually began to look for various options to reject “monopoly”, while somehow trying to keep the ratio of the area of the screen area of the front panel as high as possible.
Methods, in principle, many: you can make different variants of the sliding smartphone (Vivo NEX, X, OPPO Find, Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX, Honor Magic2), insert the second screen on the rear panel (Vivo NEX Dual Display, the nubia X) or to move the “frontalka” cut in some other area. The latter option is used in Honor View 20. The lens, in fact, are built right into the display – and he also eats off a small portion of the status bar, but it is not as strongly evident as in the mobile neck, even very small, as, for example, Huawei Mate 20 or OnePlus 6T. At first glance this black hole in the upper left corner of the screen, it may cut eyes, but, first, you get used to that, and secondly, the decision in any case fresh overexposed the neckline.
The classic display format for a modern smartphone of high status: the diagonal of 6.4 inches, the aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Frame as the minimum side and top and bottom. But about its complete lack of official “bezremontnoy” to say still not worth it. Besides, despite all the tricks, the screen itself is not getting smaller – View 20 much larger than 10 Honor, is a hefty smartphone with which one hand can work only with the help of different software above like offset reduced desktop to one of the corners.
The back panel is made from polished glass — all in the tradition of Honor (founded almost three years ago, in the eighth version), the back of the smartphone can be used as a colored mirror. The personality of the model underlines the special finish in the form of a V — make sure nobody forgot that you do not just Honor, and the eldest of them. N identification of the brand, incidentally, is also spelled out in the back – and a fresh font, the last rebranding late last year. The light shimmers on the smartphone very nice – this time as something special. It is necessary to tell and about once again used a gradient color – also looks good. View 20, may not be the most beautiful smartphone in the world (stout), but it is clearly in the list of contenders for this title.
The back is curved towards the edges to keep the smartphone is quite comfortable. But all typical for glass gadgets with curved edges the claims relevant here, the device is slippery and easy to drop from wet hands, as he tries to crawl away with a not-flat surface. Be careful and use case (a simple transparent included).
Honor View 20 is available in two colors – blue and black. There is also a version Honor View 20, produced in collaboration (or, as it is now possible to say collaboration) with fashion house Moschino – it is presented in red and blue colors and has special Wallpapers and themes, as well as increased memory (8/256 GB). It is such a visited us on the test, but without the preset Wallpaper Moschino.
Faces made of aluminum, covered with plastic inserts for the correct operation of the multiple antennas, and sensors. Functional elements are no surprises: there are mini-Jack and USB Type-C and a fingerprint scanner, located on the old rear panel.
The scanner is capacitive, it works very quickly – he surpasses all modern screen sensors. Of the shortcomings can be noted is that inability to unlock the phone with one hand when he’s lying on the table. But you can look into the abyss, its front camera – the abyss stares back at you in response and tries to recognize your face. She does this quite successfully, but additional means of recognition like building a 3D model or scan of the retina is not being used, that is, some people will need your photo to unlock the phone.
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The operating system uses Android 9.0 Pie with a proprietary shell Magic UI 2.0.1. This version of the traditional shell for Huawei EMUI designed specifically for smartphones Honor. I’m talking about it read more was told in the review Magic2 Honor, but in the international version, it is almost indistinguishable from EMUI – except that the theme and Wallpaper of the other, is applications Huawei here installed apps Honor. In China, it is integrated in a very smart voice assistant YoYo, who is close friends with different Chinese services, and is able at a very high level to recognize the voice of the owner. When he will appear in Russia and will reveal the potential of Magic UI is unknown. Without it, it’s a pretty simple, unobtrusive, but the Packed branded apps (in my opinion – with a surplus) shell, with a pre-search “Yandex” on the second screen built into the notification bar “Alice” and browser “Yandex” as the main. Almost “Yandex.Phone” (healthy person).
Someone may have questions about how entered the hole in the shell, Android had just used to cut, and there is a new trend. I hasten to answer them and to dispel doubts, no problems, in applications it just fits in the status bar and does not interfere with the perception of information from the screen. The problems can be in games, but quite rare: the distribution of the cut interface is created with a pre-defined free zone from the edge of the screen, where as possible “Bang” and a hole for the camera as here.
Display and sound
Creating the smartphone middle class (okay, the “upper middle class”), which exceeds the capacity and partially the functionality of last year’s flagship Huawei P20 Pro, the manufacturer had to sacrifice anything – otherwise we would obtain a full internal competitor for already gradually passing from the scene of the gadget from the past season and a fresh Mate 20/20 Mate Pro, which is based on the same platform Kirin 980. That something was the display – is already common to all flagship OLED includes an LCD screen with IPS-matrix.
Diagonal made up 6.4 inch, resolution – 2310 × 1080 pixels with a pixel density of 398 ppi. Detailing is not a limit that can be seen on 4K video. When reading and viewing the photos, no problems will arise. Matrix quality is the viewing angles available, when you reject a look at a serious angle slightly lose contrast, but it is not distorted in color. The touch cover responds to 10 simultaneous touches. But the oleophobic coating is not very usual for such a sin smartphones Huawei or Honor. On the smartphone by default, the pasted protective film – it is better not to remove as long as possible. Defenseless screen easily zalamyvayutsya and scrubbed pretty hard.
The measured maximum brightness level is 447 CD/m2 – average for an LCD matrix, count on a great comfort in using a smartphone on a Sunny day on the street can not. The image can be seen, the display is not blind, but keep the full color, he can not.
Contrast – 1171:1. It is quite common for IPS.
In the settings screen you can enable the protection of view (the mode of maximum warm colors), and change the resolution or font size and adjust the color – choose between two profiles (normal and bright) or set the necessary color temperature. I measured the color in two pre-defined profiles, no individual adjustment of temperature. From the other settings screen note the ability to fill the status bar in black, typical for smartphones with a cutout, not frontalka-in-hole. But if you are annoying black circle in the corner, you can get rid of it in this simple way.
Normally, the color gamma of 2.05 is – stable curves in dark colors, gamma drops significantly in the light. Curve color temperature stable, holding around 7 700 K. the Average deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide variety of colour shades) is 3.57 at the upper limit of normal of 3.00. However, this result is better than in the average hospital. Color gamut equal to sRGB. The screen in this mode is very well configured, but you can improve the situation slightly podrihtovali manually color temperature.
In the bright mode, 20 Honor View expands color gamut – sRGB to DCI-P3, increases the color temperature (the line is uneven, jumping from 8 200 to 11 000 K), the accuracy can not speak – the average deviation of Delta E on the scale of the Color Checker is of 7.42. The picture is frankly cold, dense, but very far from natural.
Sound Honor View 20, all good, but without gloss. One of the advantages noted the presence of mini-Jack to the holders of wired headphones to use the adapter and you can even listen with them music while charging your smartphone! Unprecedented luxury in these times. With broadcast quality sound on the wire will be fine – though not prohibitive, I slightly lacked detail and power reserve. If in any case you get out of the wired world – there is aptX support for HD. Mono speaker located on the lower faces, its volume is enough to keep you from missing a call or heard that broadcasts a regular blogger on Youtube. Listen to music or watch movies without resorting to headphones or external speakers, not too nice.