Goodbye notch, hello punch hole displays? 2018 was the year of the notch, and it looks as though 2019 will be the year of a more streamlined (and less obnoxious) patch forward. After previous entries including the Samsung Galaxy A8s and the Nova 4, Huawei has stepped up to the plate with the Honor View 20.
The Honor View 20 makes use of a hole in the top left corner of its display for the 25MP selfie camera. This asymmetric design feature takes up less screen real estate than a center display notch, but it does look rather odd sitting off to the corner by itself. With that being said, the Full HD display measures 6.4-inches and features a tall 19.25:9 aspect ratio. Given its mid-range positioning, you won't find an OLED panel here; instead it's an LCD.
With that being said, the Honor View 20 does pack in Huawei's potent Kirin 980 SoC, which is a 7nm design using Cortex-A76 cores. The SoC also incorporates a powerful Mali-G76 GPU and dual neural processing units (NPU) to aid in on-device AI operations. The Kirin 980 in the Honor View 20 can be paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, while customers will be able to choose from 128GB or 256GB of RAM.
On the back of the device, you’ll find a 48MP main camera (Sony IMX586 image sensor) along with a 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. The main camera supports what Huawei calls Super Night Mode, which lets you take handheld long-exposure shots (we'd definitely like to see this feature in practices). Also out back in a fingerprint sensor, which is probably for the better given that first-generation in-display sensors have been somewhat hit-or-miss at this point.
Other standout feature is the relatively beefy 4000 mAh battery that supports 22.5-watt SuperCharge.
Huawei says that the Honor View 20 will launch on December 28th priced from roughly $430 (6GB RAM, 128GB storage). It will launch worldwide on January 22nd.