With almost a year of presence on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is no longer offered at the same price as its launch. A few euros, it now comes to position on the same price bracket as the Honor View 20, fresh out. The high-end smartphone of the Korean manufacturer is it still large to compete with the new flagships of this beginning of the year? Using our detailed comparison, find out which of the two is the best smartphone.
Very different from its predecessor, this Honor View 20 comes on the market with serious arguments: performance similar to the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, impressive autonomy and especially a clearly original design. Indeed, it was the first smartphone to offer a screen pierced in France. Although visuals have allowed us to see that Samsung will adopt the same method to bypass the notch with its next flagship, the Galaxy S9 will remain in the minds as a refractory to this mode that has turned the aesthetic of smartphones in 2018.
For a budget of less than 600 euros, which of the two smartphones should you choose?
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The question arises: what is the best smartphone between a Honor View 20 and a Samsung Galaxy S9? Design, performance, photo, autonomy … Discover our detailed comparison between the two smartphones!
Honor View 20
Samsung Galaxy S9
2310 x 1080 pixels
2960 x 1440 pixels
Kirin 980 at 2.6GHz
Exynos 9810 at 2.7GHz
Graphics Chip (GPU)
Internal memory (flash)
64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
5.0 + ADP + aptX + LE
5.0 + 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), 700 MHz (B28)
2x nano SIM
2x nano SIM
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm
147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
Red, Blue, Black
White, Black, Gray, Purple
Design: originality above all
The Honor View 20 is adorned with a totally original design and unpublished in France. The screen is borderless on all sides with a particularly thin chin and a punch at the top left of the camera to conceal the front camera. An alternative more discreet than the notch and does not interfere with the use, either vertically or horizontally, especially for playing or watching videos. On the back, its reflections are the most beautiful effect, although some of you will find it surely a little too kitschy. We find the camera positioned at the top left, the finger print sensor at the finger and the Honor logo at the bottom.
The aesthetic codes have had time to change in (almost) a year and it is therefore quite normal that we find a very different design on the side of the Galaxy S9. The resemblance to the S8 is striking, but that's not a bad thing. At least it has the merit of offering a screen that is not spoiled by any notch or hole in the screen, and that means a lot for some of you. Turning the phone, there is a beautiful glass cover in which is arranged in the middle of the back: a square-shaped photo sensor, a flash and a heart rate sensor on the right of the latter.
The design of the Samsung Galaxy S9 is not at all bad and offers a visual experience that is not obstructed, but the Honor View 20 arrives with a touch of originality that makes its small effect in 2019.
Screen: Super AMOLED
Honor has chosen to incorporate a 6.4-inch LCD IPS panel with a full HD + resolution of 2310 x 1080 pixels for its new 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 its lack of contrast.
Renowned for the quality of its screens, Samsung naturally equips its Galaxy S9 with one of the best slabs on the market. The 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display (6.2 inches for the S9 Plus) with a Quad HD + definition of 2960 x 1440 pixels is still a reference at the beginning of 2019 (well, until the presentation of the S10 on February 20). The contrast is infinite, the colors are faithful and authentic, the brightness is at the top: nothing can be blamed.
Although the Honor View 20's screen is perfect for everyday use, it's still hard to beat Samsung on its playground, even a year or so after the release of the Galaxy S9.
Software: One UI and its novelties
At the beginning of 2019, the Honor View 20 natively embeds the new version of the Google OS (Android 9.0 Pie) with the overlay Magic UI, and not EMUI as is customary with smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer. Nevertheless, the regulars will be far from lost since it is finally only a copy of the famous interface, with the same architecture, the same customization options and almost the same icons. It remains to be seen if this interface will follow a path different from Emotion UI in the next updates.
Samsung introduced its new One UI interface based on Android 9.0 Pie last December and is already available on the Galaxy S9. This interface brings a real youthfulness to the devices of the Korean manufacturer, as well as its lot of novelties more than welcome. We note the navigation more intuitive (by gestures and one-handed), the new icons or the new management of notifications. In short, we leave the word to Omar for his top 3 things he prefers on One UI.
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Even if the two smartphones of this versus give the opportunity to discover the new version of Android (with all the new features that come with), the two interfaces are very different in their philosophy. Unlike Magic UI which is for the moment only a simple copy of EMUI, One UI has the merit of proposing a radical change with Samsung Experience, and that's what we like.
Performances: Kirin 980 (perf OFF and ON)
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 Huawei 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 read the game of Epic Games in 60 fps, a real feat.
On the other side, found inside the Samsung Galaxy S9 Exynos 9810 SoC supported by 4 GB of RAM (6 GB for the S9 Plus). A little lower than the Kirin 980, it still offers high performance that make him a high-end smartphone still highly recommendable, especially since it is now more affordable than its release. Whether at stake or browsing the Internet, the user experience is very fluid everyday.
Honor View 20 (perf OFF) Honor View 20 (perf) Samsung Galaxy S9
SoCKirin 980Kirin 980Exynos 9810
AnTuTu 7.x277 167305 953242 627
Whether Honor View 20's "Perf" mode is on or off, it performs much better than the Galaxy S9. This difference will be observed more on the greedy games, because the user experience of the two smartphones wants to be perfectly fluid everyday.
Photo: * The Camera Reimagined *
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.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 also has a single sensor, but 12 megapixels. This is associated with a lens whose aperture opens physically at f / 1.5 or f / 2.4, which was his main selling point at his exit. At the moment, photos are always excellent, regardless of the conditions in which they can be put to the test. Although it does not benefit from the software enhancements of Note 9, the Korean smartphone can boast of being still an excellent photophone in 2019.
The results are even better with the S9 Plus and its dual sensor module.
The number of megapixels is not everything, and the Galaxy S9 proves it very well. Samsung is able to offer sustainable technology over time, which surpasses even newcomers to the market. Chapeau!
Battery: 4000 mAh, the base!
For his new flagship, Honor has opted for a battery with a large capacity and it is a very good choice on his part. Its 4000 mAh allow it to easily place at the top of the basket of smartphones to recommend for their autonomy. The phone can easily hold for two full days or longer if your usage is moderate. Its fast charge allows it to go from 0 to 100% in 1 hour and 23 minutes.
On the other hand, Samsung has only rarely been praised for the endurance of its products. With a battery of 3000 mAh for the S9 and 3500 mAh for the S9 Plus, as well as Quad HD + screens too much greedy, neither version can claim to compete with the endurance of Honor View 20. It is usually quite difficult to hold more than a full day … Regarding the quick charge system, it will take about an hour and a half to go from 0% to 100%. This is a little more than for his challenger, but we must take into account that the S9 is compatible with the wireless charge.
According to our test on Viser, the Honor View 20 held 11 hours and 46 minutes while the Samsung Galaxy S9 held only 8 hours. A real gap separates the two smartphones, but it remains to know if you prefer to have a less enduring device, but compatible with the wireless charge.
Conclusion: which is the best smartphone?
The Honor View 20 is a very good smartphone. He manages in all areas, without ever being bad, but we would have liked a smartphone from the batch of early 2019 literally crushes a smartphone of the old generation. However, this is absolutely not the case. The Galaxy S9 still manages to follow the new flagship and it's simply a real feat on the part of Samsung (which is definitely not the leader for nothing).
If after this comparison, you still hesitate, go take a look at our complete tests:
Price and availability
The new Honor View 20 is available at 549 euros for its 6/128 GB version and 649 euros for the 8/256 GB model.
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Released for a year now, we usually find the Samsung Galaxy S9 around 500 euros, depending on the model.
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