Curiosity 19 Dec
So far during the first three weeks of 2019 smartphone manufacturers are silent as far as the new smartphones are a concern. All OEMs are gearing to announce new smartphones in February during the Mobile World Congress 2019. The companies are rolling invites for the launch events in February but that doesn't mean we don't have any new smartphone in the first month of this year.
Huawei's subsidiary wraps off the cover from the much awaited View 20 for the global market. Back in December Samsung takes lead by announcing the Galaxy A8s as the first in-display camera phone. Later on, Huawei unveiled Nova 4 with in-display camera. Both the phones were launched in the last weeks of 2018, it will be certainly the new design trend for this year phones. The View 20 becomes the only phone globally available with punch-hole camera design.
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Being the latest flagship phone with budget-friendly pricing, it will certainly challenge the already best phone in the market. Yes, you guessed it right we are referring the OnePlus 6T. Although the 6T is a few months old still it is one of the best flagships with great value for money. The 6T features a waterdrop notch with selfie camera. It will be interesting to see how the latest Honor View 20 challenges the OnePlus 6T.
Like always we will put the latest View 20 in a head-to-head comparison against the OnePlus 6T to know in detail which smartphone is better in what aspects. Without any further delay, let's kickoff with the design.
75.4 x 156.9 x 8.1 mm
6.4 inches - 2310x1080 px
74.9 x 157.5 x 8.2 mm
6.41 inches - 2340x1080 px
In the design department both the phones look quite premium thanks to stylish glass rear. The chassis on both the phones made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. That's where similarities between the two phones end.
From the front-facing side, the OnePlus 6T is featuring a thin bezel around the display, like most of the latest phones it has waterdrop notch accompanying the selfie camera. On the other hand, the Honor View 20 features in-glass camera hole at the top left corner.
Both the phones have dual cameras on the rear side, however, the placement is different. The 6T's dual sensors are aligned vertically in the center with LED flashlight right below the sensors. The Honor View 20 has dual sensors on the rear side placed horizontally on the top left corner. There is a separate sensor on the top left corner whereas the second sensor and LED flashlight is in a separate module.
The OnePlus 6T comes with under-glass fingerprint scanner whereas the View 20's scanner is on the rear in the center below the camera's setup. In terms of color options, the View 20 will be available in Sapphire Blue, Red and Midnight Black colors. The OnePlus 6T can be purchased in Midnight Black, Mirror Black, White, and Thunder Purple colors.
The View 20 dimensions are 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm and weigh 180g. The OnePlus 6T measurements are 157.5 x 74.9 x 8.2 mm and weigh 180 grams. The View 20 features the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack whereas the 6T rely on the USB-C port for connectivity and headphones. Both the phones lack IP-ratings so you can't take risk of using it in water.
The display on both the phones is 6.4-inches, however, the display tech and screen resolution are different. The OnePlus 6T is featuring an AMOLED panel with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The View 20 has an IPS LCD display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2310 pixels.
In terms of looks the View 20 takes lead due to stylish in-display hole but in terms of deep black, better contrast ratio and punchier colors the OnePlus 6T is a better option. The OnePlus 6T display aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch. The View 20-pixel density is slightly lower at 398 pixels-per-inch. With the naked eye, it won't be an easy task to differentiate between the two as both have Full HD+ display panels.
In the hardware department, both the phones are packed with premium flagships level hardware. The View 20 is powered up by the Huawei's latest Kirin 980 chipset, its an Octa-core SoC built on the 7nm process. The Kirin 980 is one of the first 7nm chipset powering the Android flagship. The base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB native storage whereas the top-tier model has 8GB RAM with 256GB storage.
The OnePlus 6T was announced with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset, it was the latest best SoC at that time. Despite being a few months older it is still one of the best performing chipsets in the market. The Octa-core chipset is accompanied with either 6GB or 8GB RAM. In terms of native storage, the device is available in 128GB and 256GB memory variants. The Snapdragon 845 is an Octa-core chipset, the first power-efficient quad cores clocks at 1.7Ghz whereas the performance cores max clocking speed is 2.8Ghz.
Both the phones are ultra-fast in handling HIFI games, heavy multi-tasking efficiently. No matter which device you opt, the performance of both the phones is pretty great.
|Specs||Honor View 20||OnePlus 6T|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 2310 pixels||1080 x 2340 pixels|
|Chipset||Kirin 980||Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB Expandable via MicroSD||128GB, 256GB Non-Expandable|
|Rear cameras||48MP+3D TOF||16MP+20MP|
|3.5mm headphone jack||Yes||No|
|OS||Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0||Android Pie with Oxygen OS|
As OS both the phones is pre-installed with the latest Android Pie 9.0 straight out of the box. However, the custom UI skin on both the phones is different. The 6T comes with Oxygen OS 9.0.5 whereas the View 20 is pre-installed with Magic UI 2.0.
Those who are unaware the Magic UI 2.0 is actually the Huawei's EMUI 9.0. If you don't have an issue with the bloatware the Magic UI 2.0 is a good option but if you are looking for a cleaner look near to stock OS the Oxygen OS is a better choice. As far as updates are a concern OnePlus is known for releasing new software updates swiftly but that's not the case with Honor.
The View 20 is packed with a fairly large battery cell of 4,000mAh. It comes with USB-C port for connectivity and charging, it supports 5V fast charging. In terms of battery life, the View 20 is a pretty good option as it easily lasts more than one day on a single charge. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6T is packed with 3,700mAh battery cell. Although it was an upgrade over the OnePlus 6 certainly not enough to compete against the latest phones. It also comes with 5V fast charging.
The Honor View 20 is the company's first phone with a 48MP rear camera. The primary rear snapper aperture is f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 3D TOF module. The dual sensors come with digital image stabilization. Up front, the selfie snapper is 25MP with f/2.0 aperture.
The OnePlus 6T has dual rear cameras of 16MP+20MP. Both the sensor's aperture is f/1.7. Both the sensors have optical and digital image stabilization. The rear cameras are accompanied with dual LED flashlight. The selfie snapper on the 6T is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture. Apart from the traditional fingerprint scanner both the phones come with facial recognition as the secondary security option.
Although the Honor has a much higher resolution camera still it lags behind in low-light scenarios. OnePlus introduces Night mode to enhance the 6T capturing experience in low-light conditions. The colors balance and detail level of both the phones captured shot is worth appreciating in daylight conditions.
Both the phones are packed with premium hardware but the pricing is significantly lower than premium flagships in the market. The OnePlus 6T base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage can be purchased at $549 (£499 for the UK buyers). The standard model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage can be grabbed at $579 (£529 in the UK). The top of the line variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is available at $629 (£579).
The Honor View 20 128GB model with 6GB RAM will be available at £499 whereas the 8GB RAM is slightly expensive at £529. The top-tier model with 256GB storage costs £579. As far as the availability is a concern the OnePlus 6T is widely available almost in all markets whereas the View 20 will be initially available in Italy, France, UK, Spain, Russia, and Germany.
Both the Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T challenges each other in a number of aspects. In term of looks, the 6T is still quite an attractive phone with its stylish dewdrop notch and round edges. The View 20 looks futuristic from the front-facing side due to in-glass camera hole but from the rear side, the awkward placement of dual cameras doesn't look attractive.
In the display section either you like punch hole LCD display or notch with AMOLED display panel. Both the phones pixels density is almost the same. The Kirin 980 is the latest best from Huawei whereas the Snapdragon 845 SoC successor is out, so if you want a future proof device the View 20 seems a good option but overall both the phones are pretty in terms of performance.
It's too early to pass judgment regarding the View 20 cameras, so we can't tell which smartphone amongst the two is better in the camera department. In the battery section, the View 20 has an upper hand as it lasts longer. The View 20 rely on the traditional rear fingerprint scanner whereas the OnePlus 6T has an in-glass fingerprint scanner.
In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.