We are in Hong Kong for the official introduction of Honor View 20 – the worlds first phone with an in-screen camera. The device is yet to be launched to the wide audience, but we got an exclusive peek of the new device. It will be the first smartphone with a 48 MP camera, implementing the Sony IMX586 sensor.
Another breakthrough the Huawei subsidiary introduced is Magic Turbo – a technology allowing simultaneous Wi-Fi + 4G use, so the connection is not choking over poor public networks.
Honor skipped on revealing any specs and the unit we held was in a pre-production case, hiding the design of the phone. The company did say the screen of the View 20 will have a 4.5 mm cutout for the camera, with the screen now called Full-View Display 3.0.
The chipset will be Kirin 980 with its dual-NPU to bring 48 MP AI HDR mode that Honor claims can match single-lens reflex cameras.
Honor View 20 hands-on images
Speaking about the camera, the Sony IMX586 CMOS sensor has the Quad Bayer color array, stacking adjacent 2×2 pixels in the same color. In theory, the View 20 should shoot low-noise 12 MP pictures in low-light.
Honor is going all-in with this camera being the sole snapper of the main setup, instead of going for dual- or triple-cam solutions like other flagships.
Honor View 20 Camera samples in 48 MP & 12 MP
The phone will be officially announced on December 26 in China as Honor V20, while the global launch is taking place in Paris on January 22, as we reported earlier.