Honor unveils high-end View 20 smartphone complete with 48MP rear camera

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At a preview event in London’s Soho Square today, Tech Digest took an exclusive glimpse at the latest high-end smartphone from Huawei sub-brand Honor. 

Dubbed the View 20 and due to be officially launched for European markets in Paris on January 22nd, it is expected to retail for well under £500 (the Chinese price starts at around £350). Three colours will be available in the UK: phantom blue, midnight black and sapphire blue. There will also be two main specification variants, a 6GB model with 128GB of storage and an 8GB model with 256GB of storage. 

At 6.4 inches, screen size is fairly large and very widescreen (19.25:9 to be precise). What’s more screen to body ratio is an impressive 91.8% because of the ‘notchless’ design, or what some people are calling the hole punch display (as there is a ‘hole’ for the 25MP front facing camera).

Indeed photography seems to be a key focus of the View 20 with an impressive 48MP rear camera and shedloads of AI photography options – 60 scenarios across 1500 categories. Also on board is Semantic Image Segmentation so the camera’s AI can identify different elements within the picture and act accordingly, ie the sky and someone’s face. 

Although reasonably slim (just 8.1mm thick), first impressions are that the phone is quite hefty too. That’s probably because of the large 4000 mAh battery which can charge up to 55% in 30 minutes. Boasting a Kirin 980 processor, which promises a 75% improvement on CPU performance, the View 20 also offers a number of other features.

This includes a whole host of AI functions such as an AI translator and AI video editor for eliminating shake when filming. Also included is Honor’s bespoke Voice Assistant (although you can obviously use Google Assistant if you prefer). 

Although we haven’t had chance to fully review the View 20 yet you can see our first impressions video on YouTube below. Further details – including price – will be announced on January 22nd when the phone officially launches. 

Chris Price