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Honor View20 Singapore Launch: A Hole New World (S$699)

It is common knowledge that Huawei offshoot e-brand Honor has been a large part of the group’s meteoric success in 2018 – notably overtaking Apple in aggregate sales figures. Rebranded, redesigned and reinvigorated with new technology, the Honor View20 was launched in Paris days ago.

Today, it arrives in Singapore – counting itself amongst the first blockbuster mobile devices to hit its shores. With a captivating and original design featuring an all-screen form factor with a hole-punch cutout for the 25-megapixel selfie camera, the Honor View20 is powered by the lauded 7nm process Kirin 980 AI chipset, which features intelligent dual NPUs onboard. It also features a Liquid Cooling System, AI triple-antenna Wi-Fi that ensures strong connectivity even with different hand positions.

The Honor View20 has a large capacity 4,000mAh battery, along with large capacity storage (128GB/256GB) and RAM (6GB/8GB).

Honor’s new branding on the View20 above. The lower-tier Honor 10 Lite (SGD 288) below still sports the old Honor logo. Image: Ian Ling

A 6.4-inch Full View LCD display elaborates on the hole-punch design, with a 4.5-mm transparent cutout made by advanced lithography processes allowing a custom-made 3.05mm camera lens to fit within. Pushing the edges of the screens to the edges and eliminating the need for a notch allows the Honor View20 to reach an astounding 91.8% screen-to-body ratio. Additionally, the liquid crystal display is not cut out like on its competitors.

Nanolithography is used to create the remarkable nano texture adorning the back of the View20. With a bold, V-shaped colour gradient, the View20 is constructed from metal and glass, with a 3D curved body for greater comfort and elegance.

The main and 3D camera, along with V-shaped nano texture on the back. Image: Ian Ling

With a 48-megapixel front-facing camera with a large 1/2-inch CMOS Sony IMX586 sensor sports 1.6um pixels for superior low light performance with a Clarity mode enabled by onboard AI. Several 48-megapixel photographs are taken instantaneously, and the sharpest details collated to form a single true 48-megapixel photograph. This gives unrivalled sharpness even when zoomed in. The AI super night shot mode works with image stabilisation to ensure great low-light performance, even when zoomed in.

An additional 3D time of flight (TOF) camera enables users to scan their surroundings for upcoming 3D applications, or even enhance videos by processing spatial data. By sensing body movements, the camera is able to perform real time motion capture, enabling capabilities like motion inputs for games, or to create 3D motion stickers that track and mimic physical motions in real time for a digital dance partner.

The cutout on the Honor View 20. Image: Honor

Honor has collaborated with National Geographic, with endorsements from National Geographic photographer Robbie Shone. The brand has also collaborated with Italian fashion brand Moschino to produce a Moschino Honor View20, along with unique embossed cases and custom-made accessories. Lastly, in partnership with Epic Games, the users of the View20 will have exclusive access to the Honor Guard outfit within hit mobile title Fortnite.

The Moschino Honor View20 will feature custom Moschino wallpapers. Image: Ian Ling

The Honor View20 is available in Phantom Red and Phantom Blue, and will retail in Singapore at SGD 699 for the 6GB RAM / 28GB storage version, and SGD 829 for the Moschino 8GB RAM / 256GB storage version. Purchasers of the 256GB Honor View20 will be entitled to the Honor Watch Magic at a special price of SGD 99 (u.p. SGD 199), while the 128GB model will entitle buyers to the Honor Watch Dream at SGD 29 (u.p. SGD 59).

The Honor View20 in Phantom Blue and Phantom Red. Image: Honor.


Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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