HONOR 20 review – Affordable Power Performer

HONOR 20 hero

One of a triumvirate of HONOR phones in the same series announced at the same time, the HONOR 20 is but a few features short of the HONOR 20 Pro and worlds ahead of the HONOR 20 Lite and, for the matter, a good deal of phones that cost more than its RM1,699 price tag. On its own merits, the HONOR 20 is an outstanding blend of specifications, design and performance at a price point that is mind bogglingly low for what it potentially offers.

Externally, the HONOR 20 boasts of aesthetics befitting any flagship phone with a cool tactility and heft that can only be achieved with a premium glass and metal finish lavished in a unique gradient paint job that they’ve dubbed as a Dynamic Holographic finish.

The front consists almost entirely of the display with only a tiny punch hole for the front-facing 32-MP selfie camera. The base comes with a USB Type C port along with a speaker grille for the solo mono speaker. The left side sports a dual nano SIM card slot which means that whatever storage you have on the HONOR 20 is all you have to work with though the onboard 128GB is more than sufficient for most casual users. 

The right side of the HONOR 20 comes with a volume rocker and a power button that doubles as a side-mounted fingerprint reader. Up top, the HONOR 20 boasts of a rather rare feature not seen in many phones these days – an IR blaster.

HONOR 20The rear is sheathed in glass with the aforementioned  gradient Dynamic Holographic colour scheme and a vertically aligned quad camera array in the upper left corner of the phone. Oddly enough, this camera array protrudes out slightly, giving it a bit of a bump that potentially makes the lenses more scratch prone when placed on a flat surface though this is handily resolved with the application of the bundled TPU casing.

The box itself contains the bare basics including a power cable and a USB charger as well as a TPU casing. Fortunately, HONOR has seen fit to pre-apply a screen protector on the display so that the most important part of the phone is protected 

HONOR 20 bottom

As far as the HONOR 20’s design and aesthetics are concerned, they’ve kept it exceptionally posh indeed and bar some under the hood tweaks, it’s otherwise externally similar to the HONOR 20 Pro. Ergonomically speaking, the HONOR 20 is on par with fairly well placed buttons that don’t necessarily have you repositioning your hand just to access the fingerprint reader or navigating the display.

HONOR 20 Specifications and Performance

The HONOR 20 runs Android 9.0 Pie overlaid with their Magic 2.1.0 user interface and comes with a top of the line Kirin 980 2.2GHz octacore processor which is the very same SoC running on the HONOR 20 Pro as well as the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. This is paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage. HONOR hasn’t merely bunged in a high-end chip here and they’ve taken pains to ensure sustained performance at high loads by installing a graphene film to disperse heat.

HONOR’s Magic UI 2.1.0 has a number of useful benefits, not the least of which is reduced power consumption from the processor by about 10%, a GPU Turbo 3.0 mode to eke out better performance for selected games and a new EROFS file system for enhanced read and write performance on the phone. This translates to allowing it to run longer and generally perform better across the board. 

Functionally speaking Magic UI 2.1.0 doesn’t wander too far from the EMUI menu language and design from Huawei. It’s generally fast, smooth and easy to get about with the option to tweak the display colour temperature to taste. Unfortunately, it has a ton of bloatware festooning it which you’ll have to purge on your first run through on the HONOR 20.

There’s also a rather whimsical Digital Balance wellness mode that tells you where you spend your time the most on your phone though that’s about the extent of its capabilities.

Other features common to EMUI like the ability to change wallpapers and themes are available here if you deign to spruce up the look and feel of your HONOR 20’s menus. There is also a Performance mode on top of a Power Saving mode with the former offering more power from the SoC at the expense of battery life and the former extending battery life by minimising app and processor usage and performance.

Seeing the immense power of the Kirin 980, it really isn’t necessary to kick in Performance mode and on normal it had more than enough juice to tackle everything thrown at it including the most demanding games on Android such as PUBG Arena of Valor and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, all of which ran on high settings in a delightfully smooth fashion. 

This chart-topping performance was borne out in benchmarks as well. In Antutu 3D, it snagged a score of 268,858 points. In GeekBench 4.3, it got a single-core score of 3,310 points and a multi-core score of 9,723 points while in PCMark it got a score of 7,742. In 3DMark’s Sling Shot Extreme test, it got 2,348 points in the OpenGL ES 3.1 test and 2,218 points in the Vulkan test. Most of these scores are close to what the Huawei P30 managed to acquire in its own set of benchmarks though the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme scores are slightly lower.

The provided IPS LCD display is sufficiently large for gaming and movie watching duties including Netflix binging. It was able to serve up pretty good detail and fair colour rendition though it falls a bit short of what can be achieved by an AMOLED panel but for what you pay for, it’s considered excellent by all accounts which makes the HONOR 20 quite a competent gaming phone.

Perhaps the biggest quibble here is the mono speaker at the base which easily gets muffled in landscape mode though it is otherwise serviceable if unremarkable with fairly loud audio for casual listening and gaming.

HONOR 20 cameras

The HONOR 20 sports a whopping four cameras on its rear though in practice only three of them do any actual work. You have a primary 48-MP F/1.8 camera with phase detection autofocus, a secondary 16-MP F/2.2 camera with a 13mm ultrawide lens, a 2-MP F/2.4 dedicated macro camera and a fourth 2-MP F/2.4 depth sensor. There’s no OIS on offer here but the phone does make use of the Kirin 980’s sophisticated NPU for better image processing. 

HONOR 20 camera

By default, shots are captured in 12-MP resolution but you can ramp it up to a 48-MP AI Ultra Clarity mode to capture wide scenic vistas and night shots in a more detailed fashion though you will need very steady heads as there’s a 4-second lead time before you capture a shot.

camera UI 2

Even when captured off the cuff, the HONOR 20 was capable of capturing excellent, well-exposed snaps brimming with detail and good colour accuracy in auto mode with the AI on which tweaks colours somewhat so it’s more of a matter of personal taste though we preferred leaving it on.

HONOR 20 no AI
A shot without AI on
HONOR 20 AI on
A shot with AI on – note the more intensely coloured foliage

 

The ultra wide angle camera also does equally well too and low light shots capture a generous amount of light and fair amounts of detail with some occasionally aggressive noise reduction here and there though it’s more than sufficient for use on Facebook and Instagram.

The dedicated macro camera is a bit wonky though and is often hit and miss but once you manage to get it into its 2-4cm sweet spot, it’s able to capture some pretty darned good close ups.

For what you pay for, the HONOR 20’s cameras render up flagship-grade snaps at a price that’s way lower than what you’d expect of a phone of this pedigree. 4K videos on the rear camera are pretty good as well though the lack of OIS means you – surprise – have to be fairly static to get usable footage.

HONOR 20 standard camera
Primary camera on the HONOR 20
HONOR 20 wide angle lens
Wide angle lens on the HONOR 20 rear camera
HONOR 20 Ultra Clarity mode
HONOR 20 Ultra Clarity Mode

HONOR 20 Price, Battery Life and Conclusion

The HONOR 20 is powered by a 3,750mAh battery and has 22.5W SuperCharge tech for fast juicings. The combination of Magic UI’s deft power management and the general efficiency of the Kirin 980 processor easily gave us more than a day worth of heavy use at full tilt with data on all day, an hour or two of gaming, constant use of social media and texts as well as a good helping of Netflix on the go without the need to activate any battery saving modes. From a dry battery, it was able to get about a 50% charge in 30 minutes which is close to their officially quoted recharge times.

HONOR 20 handheld

As it stands, the HONOR 20 represents excellent value for what it brings to the table with excellent battery life, a good rear camera array and flagship grade hardware  all for RM1,699. If you can live with the bloatware and the lack of a microSD card slot, the HONOR 20 is well worth your consideration.

What we liked Crisp display, excellent performance, great cameras, superb battery life
What we didn’t Still has lots of bloatware, occasionally fiddly macro camera, no expandable memory
We say The HONOR 20 blends flagship class performance at truly midrange prices with premium build quality, great rear cameras and outstanding battery life.

Specifications
Price RM1,699
Display 6.26-inch IPS LCD, 2,340 x 1080 pixels
Processor Kirin 980 2.2GHz octacore
Memory 6GB RAM/128GB storage (no microSD card slot)
Camera 48-MP F/1.8 + 16-MP F/2.2 ultrawide lens + 20-MP F/2.4 macro lens + 2-MP F/2.4 depth sensor (rear) | 32-MP F/2.0 (front)
Battery 3,750mAh with 22.5W fast charging
Size/weight 154.3 x 74 x 7.9mm / 174g
Review unit courtesy of HONOR Malaysia. Purchase your own HONOR 20 at their official online store here.

5 Features In Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 that will Surprise and Impress you

Android is the most common operating system running on smartphones in the world with one of the latest being Android 9.0 Pie that appears in the latest flagship phones. Android version aside, manufacturers inevitably create their own user interface (UI) overlays that tweak the core underlying firmware with their own unique twist on things to add additional functionality or features. Out of the horde of competing UIs out there, Huawei’s latest EMUI 9.1 UI looks set on leading the pack as it comes with an array of helpful tweaks and enhancements that take the concept of functionality and user friendliness in a smartphone to the next level and then some.

Here’s five amazing features on EMUI 9.1 that will surprise and impress you in equal measure…

EMUI 9.1 logo

 

#1 EMUI 9.1 with GPU Turbo 3.0 for a superior gaming experience


Smartphones today are so much more than just a slab of glass and steel that you use to make phone calls and text. Seeing the capabilities of smartphone processors today, the average phone is now a bona fide gaming device too. Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 features their latest GPU Turbo 3.0 upgrade which takes advantage of the power and performance of their Kirin series processors and their integrated neural processing units (NPU) for their higher end SoCs to offer a smooth and truly sublime gaming experience.

EMUI 9.1 GPU Turbo 3.0

With GPU Turbo 3.0 activated, you’ll experience reduced power drain from the processor by approximately 10% and commensurately better battery life as well as a reduction in frame drops and a higher average frame rate while gaming. The end result? A smoother, faster game and a higher win ratio!

At present, GPU Turbo 3.0 works with a select but growing library of games that include some of the hottest ones in the market such as Fortnite, NBA 2K19, FIFA Mobile, Free Fire, Minecraft, PUBG Mobile, Vainglory, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor and more.

 

#2 Swift One Button Access to Google Assistant

Who wouldn’t want a personal assistant at their beck and call? EMUI 9.1 has the ability to let you summon Google Assistant to tackle simple tasks and answer even the most esoteric trivia in the simplest and most efficient manner possible.

All you need to do is to press and hold down the power button on your Huawei phone running EMUI 9.1 and Google Assistant fires up in mere seconds, ready to do your bidding.

P30 EMUI 9.1

 

#3 Innovative Huawei Share, OneTap Share to share content with a single tap

 

Transferring content to and from a device is usually an onerous chore that either involves uploading to the cloud and downloading it again or ensuring that you have the right cables between either device. Huawei’s slick EMUI 9.1 UI features a novel Share OneTap file sharing feature that lets you share massive files at up to 30Mbps speeds with just a single tap and NFC connectivity between your Huawei phone running EMUI 9.1 and a compatible laptop.

OneHop EMUI 9.1

There’s no complicated pairing nor the need for a snakepit of cables. All you have to do is to enable WiFi and Bluetooth on your laptop while also enabling NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth on your Huawei phone. Tap it next to a compatible notebook with an NFC detection area and the Huawei Share Icon logo emblazoned on the palm rest such as the Huawei Matebook 13 and you can see massive files transferred in the blink of an eye. It even works in reverse from the notebook to the phone too! At present, Huawei Share OneHop works with any Huawei phone with NFC capability and any Huawei laptops with the Huawei Share icon on it.

EMUI 9.1 OneHop Share

 

#4 Huawei Vlog for easy video editing and shareworthy cinematic masterpieces

 

All right, ‘fess up. Who among you lot out there take a ton of videos of all your favourite moments but hardly ever upload them because you never have the time (or the skill) to actually edit them? Well, Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 has that particular complication nipped in the bud as it sports a unique Huawei Vlog feature that helps you create extremely shareworthy masterpieces from all your raw videos without having to attend film school nor you having to spend hours labouring and editing all your footage.

EMUI 9.1VLOG

The secret? It’s all in the power of AI as Huawei Vlog intelligently parses through your footage to create a fantastic video without you having to lift a finger. All you have to do is to select an existing video in your current phone library that’s up to 3 minutes in length and then the AI goes to work, editing to the right highlights via intelligent scene recognition while you have the option to tweak the results slightly by selecting your favourite template, swapping the art filters and picking what background music you’d like to ultimately craft a video worthy of the greats. Once you’re done, all you have to do is to save your masterpiece and share it with the world!

EMUI 9.1 VLOG 1


#5 Seamlessly pair a Huawei phone with EMUI 9.1 to a treadmill

 

A phone running Huawei EMUI 9.1 goes one better over the plethora of fitness tracking modes prevalent in phones out there as it is able to effortlessly and seamlessly pair up with a compatible treadmill via NFC.

All you need to do is to pair up the phone with a tap and your Huawei phone running EMUI 9.1 will synchronise your fitness regime and even keep track of it on your phone with pinpoint precision. The number of steps taken, the distance that you’ve traversed, how long you’ve kept at it on the treadmill and how fast as well as how many calories you’ve burned are all measured and saved so you can see your literal track record and measure your progress over time. To date, many of the top treadmill manufacturers including Precor and CORE Health have this nifty feature and more will be added in the future.

Keen to embrace the future? Here’s how to download EMUI 9.1 for your Huawei phone starting with the Mate 20 series

 

The five aforementioned benefits of Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 user interface are just scratching the surface of what it is capable of and EMUI 9.1 is powerful enough to even measure distances of physical objects in front of you by aiming the camera at it so it can directly and accurately measure length, volume, height and more. That’s icing on the cake though as EMUI 9.1 also offers performance benefits to create a smoother, faster overall user experience.

Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 first saw service on their flagship P30 and P30 Pro and is now being rolled out as an update to their existing range of premium Mate 20 series phones that include the Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Mate 20 RS in Malaysia to allow even more Huawei phone users to enjoy and experience the benefits that EMUI 9.1 brings to the table. According to Huawei Malaysia, the Mate 20 series phones will be upgradable to EMUI 9.1  starting from 27 June onwards by simply downloading the update.

Huawei Mate 20 series
The Huawei Mate 20 series smartphones will enjoy the new EMUI 9.1 UI as an update which vastly enhances their functionality

 

Keep to hop onto the EMUI 9.1 bandwagon and want to upgrade your Mate 20 series phone? All you have to do is to open Settings in your phone (that’s usually the gear-shaped icon), then go to System and then select Software Update. If your phone is eligible to install EMUI 9.1, it’ll start the process immediately. All you have to do is sit back and relax.

Even if your Huawei phone doesn’t yet have EMUI 9.1 available as an update, fret not as more phones will be added in the future.

For more details and to stay tuned for EMUI 9.1 updates, visit Huawei’s official EMUI Twitter update acount at @HUAWEIEMUI

Keen to experience EMUI 9.1 but don’t have a Huawei phone just yet? Now is as good a time as any to get the latest Mate 20 or P30 series phones straight from the source at Huawei’s official online store at https://shop.huawei.com/my/

 

HONOR 20 arrives in Malaysia packing quad AI cameras priced at RM1699

Fresh off their global launch in London, HONOR has launched the HONOR 20 phone in Malaysia with two colour variants and a very agreeable price tag of RM1,699.

According to HONOR Malaysia, the HONOR 20 smartphone will come in your choice of Midnight Black or Sapphire Blue and will have a special gift bundle worth RM500 that consists of an HONOR backpack, a wireless HONOR Bluetooth speaker and an HONOR Band 4 wearable on the house. There is no specific launch date yet but it is rated to be soon and if they’re following the usual game plan, that means it’ll be here in a matter of weeks.

For the uninitiated, the HONOR 20 is their latest front line flagship phone with hardware that allows it to go toe to toe with most other mainline smartphones out there. The phone comes with a 6.26-inch Full HD+ punch hole display, a Kirin 980 processor paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage as well as a 3,750mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging via a USB Type C port.

The rear comes with a quad camera array that consists of a 48-MP F/1.8 primary camera using a Sony IMX586 sensor, a 16-MP F/2.2 ultra wide angle camera, a 2-MP depth sensor and unique to the new HONOR 20 series, a 2-MP macro camera capable of focal distances of 4cm. Stay tuned for more details as to the exact launch date but it’ll be announced on their webpage at https://www.hihonor.com/my/. As of now, there’s no official word when the HONOR 20 Pro will released in Malaysia but we’ll keep you posted.

The Huawei P30 series’ Leica cameras rewrite the rules of photography. Here’s how…

The Huawei P30 series, which consists of the titular Huawei P30 and the more powerful P30 Pro have only been in the market for a few weeks but they’ve been impressing pundits with jaw-dropping image quality and zoom capabilities that were lauded by the likes of DxOMark, which exhaustively tests for every aspect of camera quality, who accorded the P30 Pro its best score for its rear triple camera array at 112 points and front-facing selfie camera at 89 points, effectively toppling almost every other contender on the chart. 

The cameras on the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro use some pretty innovative hardware built on with their collaboration with Leica to offer significantly enhanced image quality under low light conditions and new solutions in order to cram in a massive optical zoom lens into the chassis of a smartphone.

Huawei introduced their latest flagship P30 series phones to Malaysia in a grand launch at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre
Huawei introduced their latest flagship P30 series phones to Malaysia in a grand launch at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre

In terms of imaging hardware, the Huawei P30 has a triple camera array that consists of a 40-MP F/1.8 camera, a 16-MP F/2.2 camera with an ultra wide angle lens and an 8-MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom and optical image stabilisation (OIS) .

The P30 Pro is more powerful with a quad camera array that consists of a 40-MP camera that has a brighter F/1.6 aperture and OIS, a 20-MP F/2.2 camera with an ultra wide angle lens, an OIS-equipped 8-MP telephoto camera with 5X optical zoom as well as a Time of Flight (TOF) camera.

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro come in a slick looking shade of Aurora Blue, Breathing Crystal and Black for the Malaysia market
The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro come in a slick looking shade of Aurora Blue, Breathing Crystal and Black for the Malaysia market

It’s not just pure hardware, Huawei in collaboration with Leica have created a host of innovative technologies that take camera photography to the next level. Here’s how Huawei’s new P30 series phones have rewritten the rules of photography…

Revolutionary new RYYB camera sensor

Taking shots in low light represents a significant challenge for smartphones, even for devices that have a dedicated night mode. While some brands have tried a host of different solutions, Huawei’s P30 and P30 Pro have solved the problem from the ground up as they are using a new RYYB (red, yellow, yellow, blue) sensor over the traditional RGGB (red, green, green, blue) sensors in the vast majority of smartphones in service.

Huawei P30 RYYB sensor

The colours aren’t just randomly picked out of a hat. The colour yellow is more receptive to light, allowing for 40% more light into the sensor. More light means being able to capture more details, thus allowing for better low light shots.

A shot of colour pencils captured by the P30 Pro in extremely dim light
A shot of colour pencils captured by the P30 Pro in extremely dim light

This allows the P30 and P30 Pro to take low light shots like this set of colour pencils in darkness that look well lit when captured with the P30 Pro even handheld without a tripod.

With a long exposure and the P30 series super Night mode, users can take fantastic shots after dusk of the aurora borealis
With a long exposure and the P30 series super Night mode, users can take fantastic shots after dusk of the aurora borealis
To take this sweet looking night shot of the Milky Way, you'll need to use a tripod with the P30 Pro, set the ISO to 1600 and use a 30-second exposure.
To take this sweet looking night shot of the Milky Way, you’ll need to use a tripod with the P30 Pro, set the ISO to 1600 and use a 30-second exposure.

In fact, the P30 Pro is capable of achieving shots with up to 409,600 ISO, a figure that is capable of matching the likes of a DSLR and then some.

Combined with the P30 series’ Night Mode and with a long exposure, ideally up to ISO 1600 with a 30-second exposure along with the provision of a tripod, you can achieve breathtaking shots of the Milky Way in all its glory.

Big optical zoom capabilities in a small phone. Heres how Huawei did it with the the Huawei P30 series smartphones

The physics of incorporating an optical zoom lens into something as thin as a smartphone chassis are challenging to say the least but Huawei has leveraged their engineering knowhow to offer exceptional optical zoom that tops anything that they have ever made before.

The Huawei P30 offers 3X lossless optical zoom and 5x hybrid zoom. If you really max things out, you can get 30X digital zoom which allows you to make out stuff from a good distance away.

The Huawei P30 Pro takes things to another level as it has a staggering 5X lossless optical zoom, 10X hybrid zoom and the ability to achieve a whopping 50x digital zoom, allowing you to make out details what the naked eye can see unaided.

In the P30 Pro, this is achieved via building the optical zoom lens sideways like a periscope in the chassis of the phone, allowing for them to cram in the lenses required to achieve the phone’s amazing 5x optical zoom.

A close-up shot taken at 10X on the Huawei P30 Pro from several meters away
A  shot taken at 10X zoom  from 3 meters away that looks like a close-up on account of the impressive zoom capabilities on the Huawei P30 Pro

With more optical zoom, you have a ton of creative options and the ability to crop a shot closer to a subject which makes the P30 Pro ideal for concerts and the like.

This demo shot provided by Huawei of a child looks like it was taken up close but it was actually snapped from 3 metres away which is quite an achievement indeed. Check out these other shots that show what the P30 Pro is capable of capturing including a crisp shot of the moon, beautiful medieval architecture and shots of nature too from a good distance away.

Check out how the engraved text 'Mariae Nascenti' on the portal is viewable even from far away with the P30 series zoom capability
Check out how the engraved text ‘Mariae Nascenti’ on the portal is viewable even from far away with the P30 series zoom capability
This P30 Pro shot of this bird was taken from 10 metres away, allowing for close-up shots from standoff distances.
This P30 Pro shot of this bird was taken from 10 metres away, allowing for close-up shots from standoff distances.
This killer shot of the moon was captured with the P30 Pro and shows exceptional detail
This shot of the moon was captured with the P30 Pro from over 38,000km away. That’s quite a distance!

The P30 series – making fantastic looking shots easy

Much has been written about the hardware capabilities of the P30 series cameras but Huawei has also approached the problem of getting excellent shots from a user perspective to ensure that the average smartphone photographer can achieve great looking results without undue effort with professional looking results.

To achieve a beautiful depth of field effect where the subject remains in sharp focus while the background is beautifully blurred out – an effect that usually needs a high-end DSLR camera – the Huawei P30 Pro uses its fourth camera, the aforementioned Time of Flight (ToF) camera to calculate the distance from a subject and the camera along with the background to create a more realistic bokeh effect.

The ToF camera on the P30 Pro allows the camera to produce a more natural looking bokeh effect for pro looking shots
The ToF camera on the P30 Pro allows the camera to produce a more natural looking bokeh effect for pro looking shots

Got a lot of scenery to take in or a large group shot? The P30 and P30 Pro both sport cameras with ultrawide lenses that let you take in much wider shots than usual for superb scenic shots though the primary camera is easily capable of close up macro shots up to 2.5cm away from a subject for truly beautiful close-ups.

This epic shot was taken with the wide angle lens of the P30 Pro that lets you fully take in the landscape
This epic shot was taken with the wide angle lens of the P30 Pro that lets you fully take in the landscape
The P30 Pro is capable up close macro shots from 2.5cm away to take in really small details like this tiny praying mantis
The P30 Pro is capable up close macro shots from 2.5cm away to take in really small details like this tiny praying mantis

While users usually cannot control the circumstances of where and when they take their shots, the P30 series phones take the guesswork out of it and leverage the AI of Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that is an integrated part of the built-in Kirin 980 processor that intelligently assesses a scene tweaks settings to ensure clearer, shareworthy images, even in challenging scenarios like this backlit portrait smack dab in front of a sunset.

The P30 series phone have AI HDR+ tech that ensures challenging shooting scenarios like this backlit portrait turn out looking great
The P30 series phone have AI HDR+ tech that ensures challenging shooting scenarios like this backlit portrait turn out looking great

Fortunately, the P30 series phones aren’t just brill at capturing images, their cameras are dab hands at capturing videos too.

Slick 4K videos even in low light with the Huawei P30 series

The Huawei P30 series phones are not only capable of great shots, they are highly capable of capturing great video footage at 4K UHD resolution. Even better, the vaunted low light capabilities that allow it the P30 series to capture shots in dim light also enable it to capture great videos even in dim scenarios like a birthday soiree by candlelight.

This candlelit shot was made possible by the P30 Pro's low light capabilities for video and photos alike
This candlelit shot was made possible by the P30 Pro’s low light capabilities for video and photos alike

To make things even more interesting, the P30 series phones also sport a new Dual-View mode that simultaneously captures video from both the front and rear cameras at the same time while combining them into one video for unique creative possibilities.

The Huawei P30 series' Dual View mode in action
The Huawei P30 series’ Dual View mode in action

Flagship-class hardware for superb performance in the Huawei P30 series

Befitting its role as Huawei’s premier flagship phone, the P30 and P30 Pro are equipped with the best hardware that the brand can muster crammed into a slim chassis.

The Huawei P30 boasts of all-day battery life with the P30 packing a 3,650mAh battery and the P30 Pro a larger 4,200mAh battery. Huawei's 40W Supercharge tech on the P30 Pro lets you juice up the battery to 70% in just 30 minutes!
The Huawei P30 boasts of all-day battery life with the P30 packing a 3,650mAh battery and the P30 Pro a larger 4,200mAh battery. Huawei’s 40W Supercharge tech on the P30 Pro lets you juice up the battery to 70% in just 30 minutes!

On top of the potent triple camera array in the P30 and the quad camera in the P30 Pro, both phones sport the latest Kirin 980 octacore processor which offers fast performance and a host of AI-related enhancements in regards to phone functionality, audio quality and more. This is complemented by 8GB RAM and up to 512GB of storage supplemented by Huawei’s unique NM memory card which lets you augment the storage even more.

To ensure worry-free use, the Huawei P30 has a large 3,650mAh battery while the P30 Pro has a larger 4,200mAh battery. With Huawei’s SuperCharge tech in the P30 Pro, you can get juice up to 70% battery life in just 30 minutes. More importantly, the P30 Pro supports wireless reverse charging, allowing you to charge other kit with your phone.

Better yet, the Huawei P30 has IP53 water resistance while the P30 Pro tops that with IP68 water resistance, allowing the latter to survive in up to 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes at a time.

Combined, this makes the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro powerful and useful companions that can take on whatever life can throw at you.

In Malaysia, the P30 comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage is available for RM2,699. The P30 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage is available for RM3,799 while the top of the line P30 Pro with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage is available for RM4,799.

Both the P30 and P30 Pro come in your choice of Black, Aurora and Breathing Crystal at all Huawei experience stores and all good retailers nationwide as well as online on Lazada and Shopee too.

Acquired your P30 series phone and raring to go right out the door to shoot your own epic shots of nature, people and portraiture? Well, hold on a minute there. What if we told you that there’s a way to share your shots with the world while also scoring huge cash prizes too? Keen? Sweet. Well, read on squire.

Showcase your photos to the world at the NEXT Image Awards

Shooting with the Huawei P30 series phones and yielding great results is an almost effortless affair and what better way to share your snaps than with the prestigious NEXT image awards where you can be in the running to win a cash prize of USD20,000 (that’s RM82,722!) and a host of other lucrative prizes too!

The NEXT awards consists of six conceptual categories that aim to explore the world alongside HUAWEI smartphone users to discover the next-generation of visual expression with the power of technology.

Submissions are open to all HUAWEI smartphone users. Do ensure that all submissions are entered into the right categories below:

Faces Experimenting with identity and the power of portraiture
Going the Distance Discovering new places and new experiences by using new features of the smartphone camera, for instance tele-lens, super wide angle or macro-shooting
Hello, Life! Sharing the emotion or the inspiration in everyday experiences
Storyboard Telling a story in 9 frames – a grid of photos that develop a meaningful or intriguing narrative
#Emotion Tag Expressing instant emotions by means of photography
Life Now Filming stories in less than 30 seconds.

 

All submissions will also receive an additional RM50 voucher from https://shop.huawei.com/my/events/huawei-next-image-2019.html So what are you waiting for? Submit your entries now!

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6 Reasons why the new HONOR View20 is one of the most powerful smartphones in its price range

HONOR has developed quite a reputation for making seriously outstanding phones that not only offer exceptional performance but amazing bang for the buck as well. Their latest phone, the HONOR View20 that was launched in a suitably grand fashion several weeks ago in Paris embodies this ethos by offering performance that can go toe to toe with any of the latest generation flagship phones in the market at an agreeably lower price tag to boot.

While you’d reckon that it’d cost a bomb, the HONOR View20 proves to be surprisingly fairly priced. We’re looking at a 6.4-inch punch-hole display that almost stretches from edge to edge, the latest powerhouse Kirin 980 processor and a potent rear camera that bears the world’s first 48-MP sensor and an Ultra Clarity feature to capture huge and detailed snaps including 4K video too

The fact that it costs a hefty chunk less than the market’s leading flagship phones without compromising its performance  is what makes the HONOR View20 so desirable. Here’s six sensational reasons why the HONOR View20 is one of the most powerful phones in its price range that you need to snag right this very minute…

#1 World’s First 48-MP camera with AI Ultra Clarity mode

The next time you’re on holiday, you can ditch the camera and bring just this baby along. While most phones in the HONOR View20’s modest price range compromise on imaging quality, HONOR has integrated a camera that can go toe to toe with the industry’s leading flagships while costing less to boot.

Mounted on the rear is a 48-Megapixel camera paired with a bright f/1.8 aperture and Sony’s exceptionally powerful IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor to offer excellent dynamic range, colour and image detail. This enables the HONOR View20 to capture beautiful images, crisp 4K video and even 720P at 960fps ultra slow motion clips too.

Where the HONOR View20 is a step above the competition is that it pairs this powerful camera setup with the artificial intelligence (AI) that is hosted off the Kirin 980’s integrated dual neural processing unit (NPU).

The HONOR View20’s rear camera can take advantage of this AI to intelligently select the best settings based on your subject, automatically correcting and optimising pictures for best results.

The AI of the Honor View20 is intuitive enough that it is able to identify that this is a Chinese temple and adjusts settings accordingly. Many other phones will tag it as just a building.
The AI of the Honor View20 is intuitive enough that it is able to identify that this is a Chinese temple and adjusts settings accordingly. Many other phones will tag it as just a building.
The HONOR View20 and its AI was able to accurately identify this random clump of batter and marine life as food. Most impressive!

This is especially evident when taking night shots which come up crisp and clear even when taken under challenging conditions like after dusk or in dimly lit scenarios with the HONOR View20’s Artificial Image Stabilisation (AIS) Night Shot mode.

The HONOR View20 using Night mode on a fountain after dusk. The distant light sources give it a fairy light-like ambiance.
The HONOR View20 using Night mode on a fountain after dusk. The distant light sources give it a fairy light-like ambiance.

But wait, it gets better as the AI is able to take advantage of the camera’s huge 48-MP sensor by taking multiple 48-MP shots and then combining the best details of each to create a single, huge 48-MP photo brimming with detail and luscious hues in its AI Ultra Clarity Mode.

The VIew20's AI Ultra Clarity mode helps you capture tons of detail and allows for exceptional close-ups as you can see every bit of detail on this cactus
The VIew20’s AI Ultra Clarity mode helps you capture tons of detail and allows for exceptional close-ups as you can see every bit of detail on this cactus

It takes a bit of time – 4 seconds to be precise – to capture a shot in AI Ultra Clarity Mode but the results, especially for scenery and other shots needing scads of detail are well worth it as it offers exceptional creative options and room for a lot of cropping if needed such as this daytime shot taken at KLCC. The View20’s AI Ultra Clarity Mode lets you literally count every window in the building on the distant horizon.

This impressive daytime shot with Ultra Clarity mode on the View20 offers enough detail that you can view the signage of the building even from a mile off.
This impressive daytime shot with Ultra Clarity mode on the View20 offers enough detail that you can view the signage of the building even from a mile off.

#2 Powerful Kirin 980 processor and flagship-class hardware

The HONOR View20 is easily one of the most powerful phones in its price range. For RM1,999, it comes with the latest Kirin 980 7nm octacore processor that integrates eight cortex-A76 cores and a dual Neural Processing Unit (NPU) to offer exceptional power and performance on top of cutting edge artificial intelligence to offer better quality camera images and better overall phone performance. The Kirin 980 is the very same high-powered chip running on the Huawei Mate 20 series phones.

Compared to its predecessor the Kirin 970, the Kirin 980 has 40% more power efficiency and 20% better performance. More importantly, the dual NPU tackles a number of critical tasks, helping you quietly and efficiently manage resources on the phone in the background for better performance and longer battery life.

Paired with the powerful Kirin 980 processor is a generous 6GB RAM and a whopping 128GB of onboard storage which allows for plenty of room for movies, games, pictures and more.  If you have deeper pockets, you can also opt for the HONOR View20 variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage.

To keep all this powered, the HONOR View20 also packs one of the largest batteries mounted in a smartphone with a humongous 4,000 mAh capacity that can offer all-day battery life. That is considered exceptional for a phone that’s price below RM2,000 if you ask us.

 

#3 Massive 6.4-inch Full View FHD+ punch-hole display


One of the biggest challenges in smartphone design is cramming in as much screen real estate as possible without compromising structural integrity or aesthetics which is the subject of countless late nights for your average smartphone engineer. Rather than cramming in a ghastly looking notch, the HONOR View20 instead uses an ultra-compact punch-hole display with its 25-MP selfie camera located under the glass with a tiny hole just 4.5mm in diameter in the corner.

This allows the phone to cram in a 6.4-inch, 2,310 x 1080 pixel display with a chart-topping 91.8% screen-to-body ratio and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio which allows for a vivid cinematic viewing experience when you’re streaming movies and, of course, mobile gaming which is something that the HONOR View20 can accomplish with deft aplomb.

 

#4 Blazing fast gaming performance with Liquid Cooling & GPU Turbo 2.0 tech

 

As any seasoned mobile gamer will know, playing games on a phone is a hot experience, literally so. All that pixel crunching in high performance games like PUBG and Fortnite tends to redline a processor and vent out a ton of heat which can lead to a phone becoming uncomfortably warm in your hands.

The HONOR View20’s hefty Kirin 980 processor sports advanced Liquid Cooling tech that vents heat away from critical areas like the processor and ensures that the phone stays cool even under intensive and sustained gaming over several hours.

The HONOR View20 is a very able gaming phone that can tackle PUBG at high settings for extended periods of time
The HONOR View20 is a very able gaming phone that can tackle PUBG at high settings for extended periods of time

Another feature that makes the HONOR View20 a superb gaming phone is its inclusion of GPU Turbo 2.0 tech, a hardware and software solution that leverages on the Kirin 980’s power to accelerate graphics for games to ensure consistently high framerates, reduced touch input latency and smooth gameplay with a selected and growing library of AAA games like PUBG, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Vainglory. Add in the generously sized display and you have one of the most powerful gaming phones in its price range.

 

#5 Next generation 3D camera

 

Perched right next to the 48-MP rear camera is a unique 3D camera that tackles a number of duties in tandem with the primary camera and with the Kirin 980 processor.

The 3D camera is sophisticated, using infrared light to measure distances between the phone and a subject in order to measure depth data and offer accurately defocused background shots when capturing portraiture.

The data from the 3D camera also allows the HONOR View20 to perform its exceptionally novel ‘Shaping’ mode where you can dynamically make people’s silhouettes, not just their faces to look slimmer when taking full-body shots.

#6 Gorgeous Aurora Nanotexture Chassis

HONOR hasn’t skimped when it comes to aesthetics and the HONOR View20 looks as fetching as it is powerful. Bearing a distinctive mirrored gradient finish, the phone uses a refined fourth generation nano-vacuum coating and a unique aurora texturing process to create its unique finish.

When you angle the phone in certain ways to the light, you’ll also discover an interesting easter egg of sorts as the light reveals a series series of stylistic chevrons integrated into the backplate. Combined, all this creates a very distinctive design that’a surefire conversation starter the moment you brandish it.

 

This lavish attention to detail extends even to how the HONOR View20 is built as every aspect of its glass and metal chassis has been carefully considered and designed to ensure optimum ergonomics. Despite hosting a massive 4,000mAh battery, the HONOR View20 is just 8.1mm thin while remaining very wieldable one handed.

Sweet – so where can I get the HONOR View20?


The HONOR View20 is currently available in your choice of three colours and two potential storage configurations. It can be acquired at all good retailers nationwide  as well as HONOR’s official online store at www.hihonor.com/my

Alternatively, you can purchase the HONOR View20 online at HONOR’s official store on Lazada and Shopee.

The 6GB RAM/128GB storage version is available in Midnight Black or Sapphire Blue for RM1,999 while the 8GB RAM/256GB version that is co-designed with Moschino comes in a shade of Phantom Blue for RM2,499.

 

Huawei unveils world’s first 7nm commercial SoC – meet the Kirin 980 processor

At IFA 2018, Huawei took the wraps off their next generation processor, the Kirin 980 that incorporates the best technologies and hardware from their foundries. The Kirin 980 pips quite a number of competitors to the post as it’s the world’s first commercial System on a Chip (SoC) built on a 7nm process and it also integrates a separate Dual-NPU processor to tackle AI-related tasks in keeping with their emphasis on mobile AI of late.

Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Mr. Richard Yu took to the stage in his keynote “The Ultimate Power of Mobile AI” at IFA 2018 to introduce the new Kirin 980 to the world and shared some of its features.

To wit, the Kirin 980 packs a whopping total of 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm² die size, making it about 20% more powerful and 40% more efficient compared to its immediate predecessor the Kirin 970 that was built on a 10nm process.

Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Mr. Richard Yu
Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Mr. Richard Yu showcasing the new Kirin 980 SoC


In terms of architecture, the Kirin 980 follows a big.Middle.LITTLE architecture with a pair of high-performance Cortex A76 cores, a pair of Cortex A76 cores optimised for efficiency and a quartet of A55 cores for basic grunt work. To manage this unique configuration of hardware, Huawei has create a Kirin CPU subsystem that has Flex-Scheduling tech; essentially it knows which cores to task to do the right thing at a given point in time.

For handling graphics, Huawei has also integrated the Mali-G76 GPU which has markedly better performance than its predecessor with about 46% better processing power and a whopping 178% improved power efficiency. It also uses AI to intelligently identify and allocate resources for smoother gaming experiences too.

Kirin 980 SoC Hitech Century

The aforementioned dual Neural Processing Unit (NPU) has improved image recognition with a 120% improvement in identifying objects. It has also been enhanced to support many common AI frameworks that include Caffee, Tensorflow and Tensorflow Lite.

Kirin 980 ISP


Other enhancements in Huawei’s Kirin 980 SoC include the ability to capture better images with the power of computational photography. The Kirin 980 uses multi-pass noise reduction to remove artifacting without eradicating image details which is critical when capturing snaps in low light as well as better low light tracking with better subject recognition. The processor also has a new dedicated pipeline solely tasked for processing video captures with a 33% shorter delay. Other mod-cons include better connectivity too with LTE Cat.21 support with up to 1.4GBps download speeds.

The Kirin 980 looks extremely promising indeed and Huawei is one of the few smartphone manufacturers that create their own SoCs with the first phone to feature it being the Mate 20 which will launch in London this coming 16 October 2018.