Honor View20 with 48MP rear camera, in-display front camera and 'Link Turbo' announced

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated 10 Dec 2018
Honor View20 with 48MP rear camera, in-display front camera and 'Link Turbo' announced
  • Honor has revealed its View20 smartphone ahead of the global unveiling and it features a 48MP single rear camera and a 4.5mm camera cutout on the front.

Making a surprise announcement, Honor has unveiled its Honor View20 smartphone at an event in Hong Kong. The company unveiled the phone at its ‘Artology’ event and says that it employs “three world-first technologies,” which are - 48MP rear camera, All-View Display and the Link Turbo feature to help boost network speeds. Honor has not revealed complete specifications and features of the phone as it’s global launch is set for January 22, in Paris. However, some major specs of the device have been confirmed. As expected, the Honor View20 is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC, which is the company’s latest flagship chip with dual ISP and dual NPU. 

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Instead of a dual or a triple camera setup, the Honor View20 features a single 48MP rear camera which uses the Sony IMX586 sensor. The camera makes use of AI with the help of dual-ISP and dual-NPU on the Kirin 980, and is said to automatically perform multi-frame image processing for capturing better, more detailed images. The device's main camera uses a massive 1/2.0-inch CMOS sensor with 0.8 µm/pixel configuration and 4-in1 Light Fusion, which is basically pixel binning technology.

Coming to the display, the company says that the display area on the View20 extends to “almost” 100 percent, thanks to the camera cutout on the front display. Additionally, the new cutout design is said to have been achieved with the help of an 18-layer technology stack. The front camera cutout is 4.5mm in diameter and the new display design is being called Full-View Display 3.0.

Honor has also introduced a new Link Turbo feature with Honor View20. This technology is said to assess network conditions to automatically switch between Wi-Fi or 4G networks. This is not really a new technology but more of a built-in feature that Android provides. One will find similar ‘WiFi+’ or ‘Smart WiFi Switcher’ features in the advanced Wi-Fi settings of their devices. However, what’s new is that Honor’s Link Turbo tech is said to be capable of boosting download speeds by adopting both networks. It’s not clear whether both Wi-Fi and cellular networks are used simultaneously or not. 

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While the Honor View20 has bagged the title of being the first phone with a 48MP camera, Xiaomi could also soon come up with its Mi 9 smartphone. The Mi 9 is rumoured to feature a 48MP camera sensor on the rear and could be launched running on the Snapdragon 8150, which is now confirmed to be the Snapdragon 855. However, unlike a single camera on the View20, the Mi 9 might come equipped with a triple rear camera setup with 48MP Sony IMX586 as the primary sensor. The device is also tipped to feature an under-display fingerprint scanner, which suggests at the presence of an AMOLED display.

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