Honor confirms UK launch for View 20

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The Honor View 20 is set to launch in the UK from January 23rd, with prices starting at £499.

Smartphone maker Honor has confirmed that its flagship View 20 device will arrive on UK shelves this week, with buyers able to pick up the device from today (January 23rd).

The View 20 was first introduced in China last month, but at a launch event in Paris yesterday, availability and pricing for Europe was finally confirmed.

In the UK, the Honor View 20 will start at £499 for a device with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space, with the 8GB RAM/256GB storage model on sale for £579.

This puts it in a similar space as other devices from emerging Chinese brands such as the OnePlus 6T and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, which also went on sale last week for £499.

Like those, the Honor View 20 aims to offer a bit more than what buyers may normally expect from a mid-range device. As well as a 48-megapixel rear camera with a dedicated 3D sensor for improved 3D and augmented reality features, the most obvious feature of the gadget is its almost seamless edge-to-edge display, which gives an impressive screen-to-body ratio of almost 92 per cent.

It achieves this by ditching the 'notch' feature found on many high-end phones to accommodate the front-facing camera in favour of a 'hole-punch' design, which consists of a round, 4.5mm cutout in the 6.4-inch display for the 25-megapixel lens.

This has gone done well with many reviewers, with Trusted Reviews calling it a "clever solution" that's likely to be replicated by many other devices in the coming months, with the Samsung Galaxy S10 expected to be one of the most notable phones to adopt this innovation.

TechRadar, meanwhile, said of the hole-punch that "Honor seems to have nailed it on its first try", adding that the perfect positioning in the top left of the screen means it should not obscure anything important.

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