Honor took advantage of the quiet around the holidays to make a lot of noise with the Honor View 20, their 2019 flagship.
Announced in China under the name Honor V20, this smartphone will definitely make your ears perk up when you hear about the camera: it’s the 48 MP Sony IMX586, the world’s largest camera sensor announced in summer and yet still oddly missing from a lot of flagships.
Paired with a 3D ToF (Time of Flight) sensor at the back, the 48 MP IMX586 is also joined by a 25 MP shooter at the front, housed in a cutout, not a notch, as the trend dictates.
However, the cutout doesn’t actually means there’s a big round hole in the screen. Instead, Honor positioned the camera under a light guide plate, so the liquid crystal layer didn’t drill through the whole screen and users don’t have to fear the high risk of breakage if the Honor V20 takes a tumble. An in-display fingerprint reader wasn’t possible, so you’ll find that unlocking scanner on the back, in its usual position.
Honor didn’t save the big number for the cameras alone. The 6.4-inch 1080p display with 19.25:9 ratio is powered by a 4,000 mAh with 22.5W SuperCharge support. Near that massive battery you’ll find the powerful Kirin 980 paired with 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB / 256 GB of storage with a microSD slot for more space.
The Huawei V20 runs Android 9.0 and comes with the EMUI skin and all the Huawei features like GPU Turbo or Super Night View Mode. Oh, and for those wanting a portable PC, it also doubles as that. With support for Huawei’s desktop mode, it’s easy to connect it to a monitor, mouse and keyboard.
Launching in China on December 28, the Honor V20 will be available in red, black and blue starting at around $435 for the 6 GB model, around $506 for full specs and going up to $580 for the Honor x Moschino extra-fashionable version.
In other regions, Honor will announce the launch date and price on January 22nd so you still have time to see CES 2019’s major announcements before picking your next smartphone.