Honor View 20 review: Pretty and (mostly) premium

Of course, not everyone will get the chance to use one. Honor, if you’re not familiar, is a brand built and owned by Huawei, the Chinese electronics giant that’s currently facing serious legal pressure from the United States government. Huawei’s plans to bring the Honor View 20 to the US were pretty nebulous even before those lawsuits were filed, and at this point, we’d be surprised if this phone made an official appearance in North America anytime soon. That’s too bad. Smartphone makers of all stripes are busy making premium devices with more reasonable price tags, but few of them pack the allure and technical savvy that the View 20 does.

Hardware & Design

We’re suckers for pretty hardware, and the View 20 definitely fits the bill. It doesn’t take long for the phone’s design to suck you in, either: the first thing you’ll notice is the phone’s gleaming glass back, engineered so that light refracts in a signature V pattern. I’m a fan (especially of the red model Honor didn’t give us), though I can see how it would come off a little gaudy to some. Say what you will about Huawei, but few smartphone makers are as ambitious when it comes to crafting new finishes. That glass back also houses the snappy rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a whopper of a dual camera.

And of course, we need to talk about this display. The race is on to eliminate the dead space around smartphone screens, and if 2018 was the year of the notch, 2019 is gearing up to be the year of the hole-punch. The cut-out houses a 25-megapixel front-facing camera and, like notches before it, you’ll almost certainly stop noticing it before long. And naturally, it takes up much less space than a “traditional” notch — having a screen that stretches entirely across the phone’s face is worth the mild weirdness of seeing a hole cut out of a corner.

It helps that Huawei has generally done a good job making sure the camera hole never really gets in the way. Icons that pop up in the notification bar are shifted slightly to the right, and in general, the software here is smart enough to keep the hole from obscuring crucial UI elements. If it turns out the hole really isn’t your thing, though, it can be obscured entirely with a black bar.

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2019-02-09 17:30:00 – Source:engadget.com