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Honor View 20 test: the smartphone that will pierce


After the notch, this is a new solution to smartphones with fewer and fewer borders that offers Honor. The brand Huawei group offers with its Honor View 20 a smartphone with a screen pierced but also very good features on paper. To know what it is worth to use, discover our complete test.

The Honor View 20

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Model Honor View 20
Version of the OS Android 9.0
Interface Emotion UI
Screen Size 6.4 inches
Definition 2310 x 1080 pixels
Pixel Density [19659008] 398 ppp
SoC Kirin 980 at 2.6GHz
Processor (CPU) ARMv8
Graphics Chip (GPU) Mali-G76
Internal Memory (Flash) 128 GB
MicroSD No
Digital Still Camera 48 Megapixel
Camera (front-panel) 25 Megapixels
Recording video 4K
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth 5.0 + ADP + aptX + LE
Networks LTE, HSPA, GSM
Supported bands 2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
SIM [19659008] 2x nano SIM
Ports (Inputs / Outputs) USB Type-C
Geolocation Yes
Battery 4000 mAh
Dimensions 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight 180 grams
Colors Red, Blue, Black
Price 549 €
Product sheet
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The first thing that comes to mind when you discover the Honor View 20 is the virtual absence of a border. With the exception of the chin of a little more than 5 mm, the screen almost touches all the edges of the smartphone, including the top, with borders of only 3 mm. For this, Honor did not integrate any notch or border, nor mechanical slider nor same secondary screen . The Huawei brand has indeed pierced the upper left corner of the screen to incorporate its photo sensor 4.5 mm in diameter.

The Honor View 20

A large screen in front

The result is a smartphone with a large 6.4-inch screen whose aesthetics are not spoiled by superfluous borders. In this, Honor follows the trend of current smartphones, aiming to reduce more and more borders. It is above all a matter of taste or comfort, but as much to clarify it immediately, I appreciate this aesthetic. What I ask above all to a smartphone is to display information. And for that, the more the space occupied by the screen is important on the surface of the smartphone, the more the design will tend to please me.

The screen of the Honor View 20

We can be reluctant that this type of design makes the device more fragile. This is partly true, although it has been several years since manufacturers use the same block of glass to cover the screen and the edges of the device. Fortunately, Honor has planned the blow to, as usual, provides a bumper silicone with Honor View 20.

On the aesthetic aspect of the hole, we will come back in more detail later, in the software part, but the hole is quite discreet and is quickly forgotten in use. Especially, when you hold your smartphone in landscape mode, the thumb will tend to hide the camera and so we lost very little display space on the screen.

The Honor View 20 [19659069] Finally, on the side of the buttons and connectors, there is a USB-C jack, a speaker and the microphone on the lower edge, the door for nano-SIM card and nanoSD on the left, the keys to turn on and on. volume on the right and the headphone jack on the top

A very flashy glass back

The second striking element on the Honor View 20 is its glass back. As on the Honor 10 the Honor 8X or the Honor 10 Lite the brand played on the reflections and here proposes a rather confusing design, but very Well done.

The light reflected on the back of the camera thus comes in “V” shapes as if to emphasize the name of the View range. Quite flashy, the result is still particularly striking, especially with color schemes. On the blue model that we could test, the blue is deeper and deeper as we approach the edges, with a much clearer shade in the center. In the center of the smartphone, we also note the fingerprint reader, rather well positioned to fall under the index, and the triple module photo positioned horizontally.

The back of the Honor View 20 [19659069] Overall, the Honor View 20 is a smartphone rather comfortable to take in hand, despite its fairly large size. The metal edges are pleasant to the touch, the rounded back facilitates the grip and despite the weight of 188 grams, the smartphone is relatively easy to use a hand.


As we have seen, the Honor View 20 has a large 6.4-inch screen. Using an IPS LCD panel, the screen is capable of displaying 1080 pixels by 2310, an unusual ratio of 19.25: 9 and a resolution of 398 pixels per inch. This is a resolution that is largely sufficient for a classical use – apart from virtual reality – so as not to be able to distinguish between two pixels and comfortably enjoy the reading of texts or videos.

At first sight, the display from Honor View 20 appears clearly blue. The contrast is rather average, especially in low-light conditions, but the smartphone is easy to read, even outdoors in daylight. Impressions that were confirmed by our probe test

The Honor View 20

With the basic setting, “bright” colors and “default” temperature, we were able to measure a brightness a fairly good maximum of 435 cd / m², the full spectrum of sRGB colors, a fairly average contrast of 1140: 1 and a very blue color temperature of 9200K. A result far superior to the reference temperature of white light at 6500K. Fortunately, you can get closer by switching to “normal” color mode in View 20’s display settings. The temperature then goes to 7500K. It is still possible to specify it using the dedicated menu in the smartphone.

Note also that Magic UI has a mode “comfort of the eyes” to reduce the blue light of the screen. This mode can be activated manually or at scheduled times to rest your eyes before going to bed. It is regrettable, however, that it is not possible to program it automatically at sunset, but that you have to enter a precise schedule.


The Honor View 20 is equipped with Android 9.0 Pie with the Magic UI overlay in version 2.0.1. At the time of our test, the smartphone was benefiting from the security update of January 2019. Difficult to be more up-to-date.

There are two major points to note about the Honor View 20 software compared to other smartphones of the brand. Its management of the hole in the screen first, but also its ROM Magic UI. If China has already known several smartphones with this interface – the Honor Magic and Magic 2 – it is the first time that it arrives in France.

A new Magic UI interface not so new

Honor had warned us when we could take in hand the View 20 : “Magic UI will now be the interface for the brand’s products “. It must be said that the transition did not have to be complicated

Indeed, at first sight, Magic UI looks like two drops of water to EMUI. Even application launcher, same interface, same quick settings, same status bar, same text font, same ability to configure an application drawer or reverse navigation keys. The same goes for navigation gestures, which can be integrated on the Honor View 20 and are identical to those already found on Honor or Huawei smartphones under Emotion UI. It’s hard to see how Magic UI is anything but EMUI with a mustache.

The only noticeable differences are to be found on the side of system application icons like Phone, Settings, Themes or Gallery, although it is mainly about color changes. In China, it seems that Magic UI goes even further, integrating many features related to artificial intelligence, using user data.

But for now, on the French version of Honor View 20, it would seem that Magic UI is only EMI with a mustache, or at least some colors and a different logo on the menu “About the telephone” .

Hole management in the screen

The hole in the screen is a novelty and it was necessary that the teams of Honor take care of this change of design. Surprisingly, the hole is fairly well managed in a software way.

Specifically, the camera is placed at the far left of the status bar. The system has adapted to this positioning simply to shift the notification icons a little further to the right. If, like a notch placed in the center of the screen, the hole occupies space on the icon, the system is ultimately less troublesome than the famous notch, even in the form of a drop of water

The Honor View 20 pierced screen

When the notch is positioned in the center, the status bar is divided in two, with the notification icons on the left, and the system icons on the left. right. This is not a problem most of the time, but to show that more notifications than the only ones displayed, the systems tend to add dots or ellipses instead of an icon, and this from else of the notch. Since nothing is displayed to the left of the hole, the View 20 has more room to display system notifications and icons in the status bar.

In classic applications, which keep the status bar visible, the Honor View 20 does not change anything. It may be regretted that the hole is not placed closer to the top edge of the phone. There he almost touches the bottom of the status bar. Note also that Honor has kept his menu “hide the notch” that blackens the status bar so that the camera is less conspicuous.

In games, the hole of the Honor View screen 20 is usually masked by the left thumb

It is in games or full-screen applications that the hole can potentially be awkward, but it is positioned in such a place that few applications display information. or ask you to support. In portrait mode, the upper-left corner is rarely used for tactile elements and in landscape mode, it is hidden by your left thumb. In order to represent you the location taken by the hole in the screen, here is an artist’s view on a part of PUBG Mobile, with proportions generally respected.

The hole is positioned at the bottom left when we hold the Honor View 20 in landscape mode


For playing media, whether video, music or games, the Honor View 20 has only one loudspeaker, positioned on the lower edge, to the right of the USB-C jack. The proposed sound is quite correct, with well-detailed treble provided you do not push the volume to the maximum. The bass, however, are to the absent subscribers and the volume can not be pushed to a very high power.

The headphone jack of the Honor View 20, on the upper edge

The Honor View 20 also has a jack helmet, on the upper edge. Once connected, you can access the “Huawei Listen Sounds” menu allowing you to customize the sound experience according to the type of headphones or an “automatic” profile, “3D audio”, ” natural “or” standard “. Basically, the sound is rather average, but by configuring the type of headphones on the model that is available, the Honor View 20 offers a much better sound quality, with more bass and more depth.

Finally, for the Bluetooth connection, note that Honor’s smartphone is compatible with the most used codecs, be it AAC, aptX, aptX HD, HWA or LDAC.


The Honor View 20 is the first smartphone on the market to ship the new IMX586 sensor from Sony. Specifically, it is capable of recording snapshots of 48 megapixels. But as the number of megapixels means nothing in the absolute, and can even be counterproductive, each photosite being smaller and capturing less light, Sony has done things cleanly with a large sensor.

The Dual Camera Honor View 20’s rear photo

The built-in photo sensor in the Honor View 20 is therefore 1/2 inch. While we are used to the sensors of 1 / 2.8 inch on the mid-range, as on the OnePlus 6T or 1 / 2.55 inch as on the Mi Mix 3, the sensor of the Honor View 20 is closer to what is found on high-end smartphones, even expert compact cameras, like the Sony RX100 and its one-inch sensor. Concretely, this larger format of the sensor should allow to capture more light and thus details. A quality that theoretically improves background blur, reduces motion blur or digital noise.

For the lens, there is an aperture of f / 1.8 with a focal length equivalent 26 mm. Note also that the back, the main sensor is supported by a camera TOF 3D . On the front, it’s a simple 24-megapixel camera with an aperture of f / 2.0 and an equivalent 25mm lens that takes care of selfies. Note also that by default the Honor View 20 does not capture pictures in 48 megapixels, but in 12 megapixels, which allows the camera to operate a zoom x2 without loss. The zoom is also disabled automatically when forced to capture images in 48 megapixels.

Exterior photos

Not surprisingly, the Honor View 20 is doing particularly well outdoors. We expected no less from a smartphone with such optics. It’s no surprise that he manages to restore the colors. Above all, the camera is particularly effective in managing high dynamics, managing to find in the light in the shadows and display shades even in the brightest areas like the sky. We will also appreciate the very good contrast management with well-marked details thanks to the precision of the sensor and the image processing solution of Huawei and Honor, as on the arch in the gallery below.

Photos in low light

Generally, it is in low light that smartphones have the most difficulty, because of the smallness of their photo sensor. Logically, this is where the Honor View 20, with its model of 1/2 inch should be noticed.

Overall, the smartphone of Honor offers shots particularly successful and clear, without much noise digital. As soon as the device can be maintained without much movement, this is where the smartphone does best, with bright images, much brighter than the naked eye, without even going through the camera. integrated “night shot” mode. This will allow you to capture images with a long exposure time to better manage even the very high dynamic ranges, especially to eliminate the halos of streetlights or allow to see inside buildings, when there is of light

From left to right, automatic mode and night mode:

If the Honor View 20 usually offers very good night shots even in automatic mode, a concern is still notable: the management of strong light sources. On many of our shots, a particularly important halo emanates from public lighting and comes across the photo. Too bad, both the photos are successful when it is not the case.

Selfies and portrait

For portraits, even indoors, the accuracy of the sensor of the Honor View 20 can capture snapshots with a good respect for colors and even a visible skin texture. We can nevertheless regret a management of the effect Bokeh quite random, the smartphone having sometimes difficult to cut the hair or the glasses.

For the selfies, the Honor View 20 is equipped with a 24 megapixel sensor on the front – the one that has just opened the screen

The selfie mode of the Honor View 20

Again, the camera is doing particularly well in high brightness, with good management of the back blur -plan or strong dynamic beaches in the background. Nevertheless, it has more trouble in low light, producing rather vague pictures that lack details.


The Honor View 20 is equipped with the Kirin 980 the same chip as the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. This is one of the most powerful processors on the market as we have seen on the tests of the two previous smartphones. With this SoC, Honor’s smartphone is available in two possible configurations: 6/128 GB or 8/256 GB. This is the second option, the most expensive, that we have been able to test.

The Honor View 20 s ‘draws particularly well in games

Logically, the Honor View 20 is doing without problems in the usual navigational tasks, to browse the Internet, consult social networks or walk in the settings of the smartphone. In games, it is also very fluid. PUBG launches with high suggested graphics with HD, high frame rate and anti-aliasing off. Not surprisingly, the FPS is very fluid under these conditions. We tried to increase the quality further by switching to HDR mode, Ultra frame rate, anti-aliasing off and graphic adjustment disabled. Here again, the Honor View 20 gets off to a flying start, without any slowing down.

On Fortnite, even more demanding in terms of resources, the game offers from the outset the high graphic quality with a frame rate of 30 FPS, the biggest on Android. Note that the mode “epic” was grayed out at the time of our test, and therefore not activatable. It should be, as is the case of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and it is probably an Epic server decision.

Honor View 20 (perf OFF) Honor View 20 (perf. ON) Honor View 10 Huawei Mate 20 (perf. ON) OnePlus 6T Samsung Galaxy S9
SoC Kirin 980 Kirin 980 Kirin 970 Kirin 980 Snapdragon 845 Exynos 9810
AnTuTu 7.x 277 167 305 953 ] not measured 300 645 297 132 242 627
PCMark 2.0 7,836 9,207 7,043 9,276 8,641 ] 5,418
3DMark Slingshot Extreme 3,665 4,250 2,927 4,254 4,738 3,244
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Graphics 3 737 4,265 2,961 4,261 5,257 3,532
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Physics 3,766 4,198 [19659138] 2,812 ] 4 228 3,521 2,525
GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen) 29/31 E PS 30/32 SPF 22/22 SPF 29/32 SPF 32/35 SPF 26/28 SPF
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen / offscreen) 59/43 SPF 59/88 SPF 55/64 SPF 60/87 SPF 59/83 SPF 57/73 SPF
Sequential Writable Reading / Writing 852 / 252 MB / s 847/249 MB / s 823/194 MB / s 833/196 MB / s 736/202 MB / s 820/204 MB / s
Random Read / Write 43.6k / 38.9k IOPS 45.6k / 35.3k IOPS 35.4k / 39.9k IOPS 40k / 40.5k IOPS [19659140] 35.4k / 5.6k IOPS 32.8k / 5.8k IOPS

Finally, a point regarding the storage of the smartphone. As we have seen, the Honor View 20 is available in two versions, 6/128 GB or 8/256 GB. In both cases, it is possible to have more storage by integrating a memory card. However, as on Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro it is in Nano Memory format and not microSD . Given the price of this format, around 80 euros for 128 GB, so it will be worth looking directly at the model 8/256 GB if you want to enjoy 256 GB of storage, rather than the 6/128 GB version with 128GB Nano Memory Card Storage.


The Honor View 20 is equipped with a large 4000 mAh battery. A battery that allowed him to hold 11:46 on our ViSer autonomy test. A high score, even if it is far from the 13:09 of Huawei Mate 20.

However, it is in use that the Honor View 20 bluffed me. I was able to use the smartphone for more than 50 hours before falling out of battery. On those 50 hours, the screen was turned on for more than 6:20 and I even played for several hours at Fortnite and PUBG Mobile, games rather demanding in terms of battery consumption.

The USB-C socket , on the back of the Honor View 20

The difference between our ViSer test and actual experience can be explained by the management of the battery when the View 20 is in standby. With the screen off, it tends to close all protocols and applications. If it allows him to lose only 2 to 3% of battery during the night, it also means that notifications will not be received regularly and we must expect an avalanche of alerts when the smartphone is awake. 19659211] For fast charging, the Honor View 20 comes with a 22.5W (4.5V and 5A) block. It can go from 2 to 57% in half an hour and reload the smartphone in whole in 1:23. A score there too very correct. Note, however, that the smartphone is not compatible with wireless charging Qi.

Network & Communications

The Honor View 20 is equipped with a drawer to integrate two nano-SIM cards or a nano card -SIM and a Huawei Nano Memory Card. Specifically, the smartphone is compatible with the B1 (2100 MHz), B3 (1800 MHz), B7 (2600 MHz), B20 (800 MHz) and B28 (700 MHz) bands, ie all the frequencies used for 4G. in France. No matter who your operator is, you should not have trouble picking up.

For calls, the Honor View 20 is doing very well. If your voice may seem significantly compressed for your interlocutor, it will not hurt to hear you thanks to the efficiency of noise filters, very effective in masking traffic noise.

There is also a Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, Wi-Fi 5 compatibility with triple-antenna for better wave hook-up and GPS compatibility, Galileo, Glonass and Beidou for geolocation

Pricing, Availability & Alternatives

The Honor View 20 is available today hui. Two configurations are proposed: 6/128 GB for 549 euros, or 8/256 GB for 649 euros. Note that the 8/256 GB model is only available in dark blue, and that the 6/128 GB version is available in two colors, light blue or black.

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549 €

At this price, the Honor View 20 faces several smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 now available at less than 600 euros, or the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and OnePlus 6T launched respectively at 529 and 559 euros.


OnePlus 6T

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