A brand named Honor, which is a brand owned by Huawei, today unveiled it’s latest device, called the Honor View 20. This brand new device was released at an event recently in Paris, and many tech publications were able to test it out hands on.
This mid-range device, named the Honor View 20, is the first Honor-branded smartphone that features a hole-punch notch in the display, which maximizes the viewing area with a single cutout just for the camera. This actually isn’t the very first device under the Huawei umbrella to have a hole-punch cutout, the Nova 4 also has a similar design.
The Honor View 20 is a 6.4 inch LCD display with rounded corners, and the aforementioned camera cutout as well (which houses a 25MP camera), a small bezel at the bottom of the phone, and a speaker grille at the very top of the casing. There’s also a rear-facing fingerprint sensor, a 48MP rear camera pair with a second camera sensor for detecting objects in 3D, and then the 4,000MAh battery, and also a Kirin system on chip as well.
TechCrunch’s Romain Dillet said this hole-punch cutout “definitely looks and feels different from the rest”, from an iPhone notch, and it also looks weird on the left side of the device. Still, it “looks awesome” when viewing photos and videos, and just after a few minutes, you “barely even notice it at all”.
“I hope smartphone companies are going to follow this trend”, writes Dillet.
CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt was also able to give the new smartphone a tryout, in calling it “visually mesmerizing”. The display, according to Dolcourt, “feels as close to an edge to edge screen as we’re likely to get right now”.
“You may also have opinions on the hole-punch camera, just as you may have strong feelings about the notch on the most recent smartphones, but it never got in my way. It either fits into an unoccupied corner of which ever app you open, or it may fall into the navigation bar of that application. It all really depends on how the application developer laid everything out in the first place”.
The Honor View 20 will be released in Europe and Asia with a price starting at 569 euros or 499 pounds for 6GB’s of RAM, and 128GB’s of storage. Huawei’s devices are unfortunately banned from the U.S. and so the new smartphone would be difficult to obtain in countries like the United States, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
While this new hole punch trend is growing, with even Samsung setting itself up to use this new technology, it’s not entirely clear if this is something Apple is aiming for right now. Most front facing camera setups are not as complicated as the TrueDepth camera system, which, on top of a standard camera, incoporates a dot projector and infrared camera for facial scans.
Rumors also suggest that Apple will be cutting down on the size of the notch in 2019, and Apple’s main goal is apparently to create an uninterrupted edge-to-edge display with no compromises like a notch, though it’s not known when the company will reach that goal at this current time.