The Honor View 20 is set to land on Indian shores soon. The international variant of the Honor V20 will make its global debut at a press event in Paris on January 22, and the Indian launch is scheduled a week later on January 29. The Honor View 20 is the first smartphone from the Chinese smartphone giant with a selfie camera display hole and a 48-megapixel rear camera sensor. We got to spend some time with the phone before the official launch and here are our initial impressions.
The notch is a very divisive design trend, and is a product of necessity to facilitate the tall, narrow bordered smartphones of today. Smartphone manufactures have come up with innovative solutions to eliminate the notch such as pop-up front cameras, dual displays, and sliding smartphones. The latest such attempt involves a display hole for the selfie camera, a design which has already been embraced by Samsung and Huawei. In fact, Honor timed the announcement of the V20 — the Chinese variant of the View 20 — specifically to beat Samsung to the game, which launched its first smartphone with a selfie camera display hole, the Galaxy A8s, within hours of the event.
The textured back has a laser etched reflective V pattern, which looks extremely chic and stylish. Blue has become Honor’s signature colour and the View 20 is also offered in a sleek Sapphire Blue variant. There are two other shades on offer — Red, and Black, which look slightly more sober.
Thanks to the selfie camera display hole and the subsequent lack of a notch, the front fascia is dominated by the 6.4-inch full-HD+ IPS display. While the term bezel-less is thrown around quite liberally, this smartphone truly comes close to that description. First-party apps accommodate the display hole, which is good to see. We were quite pleased with the display in the limited time we used the smartphone. Colours are vivid and punchy, viewing angles are top-notch, and the display is bright enough for outdoor use. As usual, a final verdict will have to wait till we can analyse the smartphone in detail.
The retail box we received contains a transparent TPU case of mediocre quality, a 40W fast charger, and a USB Type-C cable. This is not the official Indian retail box, so the contents might wary when the phone launches in India on November 29. We do hope Honor bundles a decent pair of earphones with their flagship smartphone.
The single loudspeaker, primary microphone, and USB Type-C port can be found at the bottom of the smartphone, with the 3.5mm jack and secondary microphone located up top. The lack of stereo speakers is disappointing in a high-end smartphone, and the solitary speaker lacks warmth. The right edge houses the volume rocker, and power button, and the dual-SIM tray resides on the left panel.