The Honor View 20 had a bit of an odd launch. In early December, Huawei teased the phone as its first phone with a hole punch display, revealing some, but not all of its specs.
Then, the company launched the Huawei Nova 4, which is a 6.4-inch smartphone with a hole punch display that comes in two main variants: One with a triple rear camera setup and a 48-megapixel sensor, and the other with a dual, 20-megapixel rear camera.
Now, the Honor View 20 is officially out, and even though it’s a different sub-brand, it sits somewhere in between the two Nova 4 variants.
The Honor View 20 has a 6.4-inch LCD screen, a Huawei Kirin 980 chip, a 48-megapixel rear camera coupled with a 3D TOF sensor, a 25-megapixel selfie camera, 6/8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of storage, a fingerprint scanner on the back and a 4,000mAh battery.
The main differences between this phone and the more powerful Nova 4 version are: A slightly more powerful processor, a bigger battery, but one less camera on the back. In terms of design, the phones are nearly identical on the front, but the View 20 has a horizontally laid-out camera setup on the back, in contrast to the Nova 4’s vertical cameras. The secondary sensor on the View 20 is used to capture depth and can be used to create “3D” photos or create three-dimensional avatars of people.
There are also a few design details that make the View 20 a bit different from other phones. First is the use of nanolithography technology to create an “invisible nano texture” on the phone’s body, that results in a gleaming V-shape gradient on the phone’s back. There’s also a Honor View 20 Moschino-branded variant if you’re into that sort of thing.
Software-wise, the View 20 will come with Android Pie coupled with the latest version of Huawei’s EMUI.
The Honor View 20 is available in China in red, blue and black, for the starting price of 2,999 CNY or $436. The maxed-out, 8GB/256GB model costs 3,999 CNY or $582. A global launch will follow on January 22 in Paris.