Huawei’s subsidiary Honor launched its latest smartphone Honor V20 in China. The Honor V20 is the first smartphone in its stable to deliver a punch-hole display, which debuted in its parent company’s Nova 4 device earlier this month. The Samsung A8s also debuted with a similar display which it calls as ‘Infinity O’ screen. Rumours have it that even the next generation iPhone might sport a hole in the display, which however should be taken with a grain of salt.
The Honor V20 sports a generous 6.4-inch Full HD+ IPS panel which covers 96% of the NTSC colour gamut. The punch-hole camera cut out at the top of the screen is just 4.5 mm in diameter. This coupled with the non-existent bezels provides an astounding 91.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. The handset boasts of a metal frame sandwiched by glass on both sides. The rear glass comes with a unique ‘V’ shaped gradient celebrating its V-series roots. The fingerprint sensor is housed in the glass back.
At the heart is the latest chipset developed in-house by Huawei. The octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC (System on Chip) is the flagship silicon built on the 7 nm process. Apple was the first to bring out the industry’s first 7 nm chipset A12 Bionic that does duty on the iPhone XS and XS Max. The Honor V20 comes equipped with up to 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 256 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage but misses out on a microSD card slot.
On the photography front, the V20 gets a 25-megapixel f/2.0 aperture selfie camera that sits in the display hole. On the rear, you get horizontally stacked dual camera sensors and led flash. The primary 48-megapixel camera boasts of Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.8 aperture and comes with 4-in-1 light fusion for low-light photography. The secondary sensor is a ToF (Time of Flight), which apart from capturing depth information aids in creating 3D avatars of users and for gesture recognition while gaming. It also gets camera features such as 960 fps slo-mo video recording, AIS, Fun AR, AI scenes, and Time-lapse.
Connectivity features include Link Turbo technology which seamlessly switches between Wi-Fi and mobile data to provide uninterrupted internet connection to the user. Apart from that, the phone also offers dual 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi , Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS (L1 + L5 dual band), NFC, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm audio jack.
The Honor V20 runs on EMUI 9.0 based on Android Pie 9.0. Underneath is a 4000 mAh battery, which coupled with the 7nm processor should work throughout the day with intense usage. It also supports 22.5 watt charger with fast charging technology.
The Honor V20 comes in black, blue and red options. It is priced at 2999 yuan (Rs 31,000 approx.) for the 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage variant, 3499 Yuan (Rs 35,500 approx.) for the 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage variant. The top of the line Moschino Edition with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage would make you poorer by 3999 yuan (Rs. 41,000). It is available for order from today and goes on sale in China from December 28. Global launch is set to happen on January 22 and is likely to carry the Honor View 20 moniker.