With its premium appearance, the Honor View 20 is a smartphone that is very close to the best flagships on the market, but being more affordable than the competition. Is this tariff difference really justified? This is what we will try to discover by comparing it to the P20 Pro, the former flagship manufacturer Huawei. Using our detailed comparison, find out which of the two is the best smartphone today.
Being the first smartphone with a screen pierced in France, the Honor View 20 has managed to make an impression, just like the Huawei P20 Pro had done with its triple sensor in its time. Although these two technologies are not comparable, we can nevertheless affirm that they both pioneered a specific field in France. Some common points are undeniable coming from the same house (EMUI, Kirin, etc.), but they are nevertheless sold with hundreds of euros difference (even if the difference is less important now). Does the Honor View 20 have the arguments to backstop the P20 Pro? Does the student surpass the master?
A question then arises: what is the best smartphone between a Honor View 20 and a Huawei P20 Pro? Design, performance, photo, autonomy … Discover our detailed comparison between the two smartphones!
Honor View 20
Huawei P20 Pro
2310 x 1080 pixels
2240 x 1080 pixels
Kirin 980 at 2.6GHz
Kirin 970 at 2.36GHz
Graphics Chip (GPU)
Internal memory (flash)
1:20 Megapixel Sensor, 2: 8 Megapixel Sensor
5.0 + ADP + aptX + LE
4.2 + A2DP + LE
LTE, HSPA, GSM
LTE, HSPA, GSM
2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
2x nano SIM
2x nano SIM
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm
155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm
Red, Blue, Black
Blue, Black, Purple
Design: to be bold
The Honor View 20 stands out with a flashy design, even kitsch for some, but daring. First, it offers a borderless screen on all sides (including a particularly thin chin) with a hole in the screen to hide a front camera. A unique concept in France (until the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 March 8) which is an effective and discreet solution to bypass the notch. Whether upright to browse the Internet or horizontally to play or watch videos, this little punch does not interfere with the use of the smartphone and it's a good point. Back is the apotheosis: its reflections are simply the most beautiful effect.
Marketed shortly after the iPhone X, the Huawei P20 Pro is also want to be borderless … with the same problem as its competitor. Of course I'm talking about the notch, this technological constraint that has appeared on the majority of smartphones in the batch of 2018. That being said, this is not a bad point for all that, because the design of this former flagship has beautiful finishes, with rounded edges and a well distributed weight for a pleasant grip (but a little slippery). His chin is very present despite his desire to be borderless, but its thickness is justified by the fingerprint sensor in front. A rare item today since the appearance of the sensor under the screen, but will delight those who often use their smartphone when it is placed on a desk, or other. Turning the phone, we notice a glass back with a rather elegant effect, even if we regret that the photo module protrudes slightly from the hull.
With all these smartphones that are similar to each other in 2019, we must admit that the Huawei P20 Pro today lacks a bit of originality to win this battle, even if it is a premium smartphone very well finished. Honor has tried to go off the beaten track by proposing an original and original design, the bet of daring is clearly successful.
Screen: OLED, it's stronger than you
Honor has chosen to incorporate a 6.4-inch LCD IPS panel with a full HD + resolution of 2310 x 1080 pixels for its latest flagship. We would obviously prefer to take advantage of the OLED technology on this price range, but it does not mean that the screen is bad. We appreciate its high brightness to easily adapt to all situations (even in bright sunlight), but we regret nevertheless its lack of contrast.
On the other side, Huawei has equipped its old flagship with a sumptuous 6.1-inch OLED panel with a definition of Full HD + 2240 x 1080 pixels. Perfectly balanced, it knows how to attract the eye of its user everyday with beautiful colors, good contrasts and a high brightness, where everything is adjustable (hair close) in the settings. If you are allergic to the notch, note that it never comes cut the least content and is quickly forgotten thanks to the deep blacks of OLED technology.
In the face of OLED technology, an LCD IPS display is unlikely to win. We regret that the Honor View 20 does not equip for a fee of around 600 euros.
Software: Magic EMUI?
The Honor View 20 natively embeds the new version of the Google OS (Android 9.0 Pie) with the overlay Magic UI, a variant of EMUI to differentiate Huawei devices stamped. For now, the regulars will be far from lost because it is finally only a copy of the famous interface, with the same architecture, the same customization options and almost the same icons. However, Honor has announced his firm willingness to follow a different path of Emotion UI in future updates. Wait and see.
Although the P20 Pro only offered Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1 on its way out, it has recently updated itself with the new version of the EMUI 9 interface based on Android 9.0 Pie. Not surprisingly, this new version brings a breath of fresh air to Huawei's phone thanks to all the new features of the Google OS, including gesture navigation for example. A good point for software monitoring, even if it is far from exemplary.
Unfortunately, the two interfaces (Magic UI and EMUI) are so similar at the moment that it is difficult to say which one offers the best user experience. For now, we will have to wait for the next updates to see real changes.
Performances: Kirin 970 + 10
With its Kirin 980 and 6 GB of RAM, the Honor View 20 is simply one of the most powerful Android smartphones on the market (alongside the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro). This excellent configuration allows you to enjoy a user experience perfectly fluid everyday and run all the most greedy games available on the Play Store, without ever hiccups. For fans of Fortnite, note that this View 20 is (for now) the only Android smartphone in France to play the game of Epic Games in 60 fps, a real feat.
As part of the older generation of smartphones, the P20 Pro is equipped with Kirin 970, with also 6 GB of RAM. Obviously, he is not able to run Fortnite at 60 frames per second, but the game gourmet Epic Games still runs very well on it. The user experience is as fluid as it was in the first hour and it is a pleasure to note that Huawei's smartphone has not aged a bit to offer today a very good performance on a daily basis.
Huawei P20 Pro Honor 20 (perf OFF) Honor View 20 (perf ON)
SoCKirin 970Kirin 980Kirin 980
AnTuTu 7.x209 894277 167305 953
Impossible to deny it: the gap widens between two SoCs of a different generation. But in reality, the Honor View 20 and the Huawei P20 Pro are currently as fluent as the other, where the obsolescence of the Kirin 970 will be demonstrated much later, but especially not now.
Photo: triple sensor, even a year later
Honor has chosen to integrate a single 48 megapixel sensor on the back of its View 20. In 1/2 inch format, it captures more light for a very convincing result. The details are fine, the colors are close to reality and the entire dynamic range is pretty well restored. Nevertheless, the smartphone is struggling with strong light sources, and that's a shame. Finally, a TOF 3D sensor completes the whole, but its usefulness has not really been shown yet.
Like it or not, the P20 Pro is known for its excellent photo performance thanks to its triple sensor. Today, it has clearly become an example to follow for many builders. While some of them offer outstanding performance with a single sensor (such as Pixel 3 and Xperia XZ3), others do not hesitate to multiply to improve the quality of their devices, as is the case of Samsung with its new Galaxy S10 or Nokia with its PureView.
Almost a year after the commercialization of the P20 Pro: its 8 + 20 + 40 megapixel photo module still makes it one of the best camera phones on the market in 2019, no matter the current competition. It was rated 10/10 in our test at its release, and Maxime de FrAndroid would change this note for nothing in the world, even after several months of use.
The P20 Pro's triple photo sensor module is undoubtedly a reference in the field, to the point that it is difficult to dethrone for new entrants. Although the integration of the 48 megapixel sensor in 1/2 inch format is commendable, Honor can not reach the ankle of Huawei's smartphone with its View 20.
Battery: for the premium side of the wireless charge
For its View 20, Honor has opted for a battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh. A wise choice that places it easily at the top of the smartphone basket to recommend for their autonomy. The phone can easily hold for two full days or longer if your usage is moderate. As for its fast charge, it allows it to go from 0 to 100% in 1 hour and 23 minutes.
As for the P20 Pro, it has the same battery capacity as the View 20, ie 4000 mAh. Again, the former flagship of Huawei is considered a monster of autonomy and can also easily hold more than two days depending on your use. In the long run, builders' updates (and the barbaric use of their owners) often tend to decrease the endurance of the phone, but this is not the case here at all. Compatible with the manufacturer's Supercharge, it goes from 27% to 72% in just 30 minutes, just over an hour to fully recharge.
In terms of autonomy, the two smartphones are very similar: 4000 mAh and compatible fast charge. Nevertheless, without the wireless charge, the Honor View 20 is less premium than a P20 Pro.
Conclusion: which is the best smartphone?
In the result of this versus, we find ourselves in the same mixed position as when comparing the View 20 vs Galaxy S9. The latest smartphone Honor is very good, he excels in some areas (including with its unique design and its very high performance), but can not really shine to make us forget the smartphones of the older generation. Being an affordable high-end, the View 20 had to make concessions (OLED, photo part, wireless charge, etc.) that prove it is difficult to fully achieve this premium side, even if it creates perfectly the illusion on a daily basis.
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Price and availability
The Honor View 20 is available at 549 euros for its 6/128 GB version and 649 euros for the 8/256 GB model.
Where to buy the Honor View 20 at the best price?
Since its release, the Huawei P20 Pro has dropped significantly. It is now around 600 euros, according to resellers.
Where to buy Huawei P20 Pro at the best price?