The "1-Minute" Review
VerdictIn 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.
- Bold design
- Hole-punch camera
- Stellar performance
- Plenty of storage
- Exceptional battery life
- Good (but not great) camera
- 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…
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
What the Critics Are Saying...
- Robert Jones, T3
The Honor View 20 is, overall, the best mid-range smartphone on the market today. Flagship calibre internals, strong camera system, and an immersive 6.4-inch screen deliver a truly fantastic experience, albeit with a few caveats.
- Amy Davies, Photography Blog
If you’re looking for a new phone and want something which has a high performing camera, but don’t want to necessarily spend big bucks on something at the top end of the market, the Honor View 20 makes for an excellent compromise – without too much in the way of sacrifice.
- Peter Holden, Talk Android
The Honor View 20 represents stonking great value, bringing a gorgeous design, extraordinary battery life, and an impressive camera to market for £499 ($650) for the 6GB/128GB variant, and £579 for the 8GB/256GB model reviewed here. You would never guess that the Honor View 20 doesn’t cost a thousan...
- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
The build quality is excellent and the display is beautiful for an LCD. It performs amazingly well and the camera is top notch, even though it has way too many options. Battery life is great, and I think the price is right giving you plenty of value. Overall, the Honor View 20 is a great device and,...
- JC Torres, SlashGear
It’s not perfect, though, and those looking for a better camera experience might want to save up for a more expensive handset. Overall, the Honor View 20 makes a pretty compelling offer of a mobile companion that can get you through the day and more, provided you don’t expect too much from it as far...
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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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