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(as of 12-26-2018):

  • Honor View 20 or  Honor V20 has been officially launched starting at $430 USD(Php24,000)
  • Updated spec sheet: 20MP selfie camera to 25MP, the addition of TOF stereo camera with the 48MP main sensor, added 4000mAh battery and removed 40W charging, renamed EMUI 9.0 to Magic UI 2.0.
  • Updated price: from $500USD to $430USD

Samsung has beat everyone to the punch as they officially released the Galaxy A8s, but it won’t be long until other brands release their own take, such is the case with the upcoming Honor View 20. While it hasn’t been officially released yet, Huawei’s sub-brand has confirmed some of its specs as well its global release on January 2019. With that said, which is a better overall handset sporting an all screen display?

Samsung Galaxy A8s and Honor View 20 Differences

Samsung Galaxy A8s Advantages

  1. Samsung Pay
  2. Always-on Display
  3. microSD support of up to 512GB
  4. triple-main camera setup

Honor View 20 Advantages

  1. Kirin 980
  2. dedicated microSD of up to 400GB
  3. up to 2160p @ 30fps video recording
  4. aptX HD codec
  5. native 22.5W charging rate but certified to go up to 40W
  6. 48MP + 3D TOF stereo main camera
  7. audio jack
  8. 25MP selfie camera
  9. 4000mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy A8s and Honor View 20 Similarities

  1. metal and build design with pinhole
  2. 1080p+ resolution
  3. IPS LCD Panel
  4. Android 9.0 Pie
  5. Bluetooth 5.0
  6. USB Type-C
  7. rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  8. NFC

Which is a better buy between the Samsung Galaxy A8s and Honor View 20?

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Honor View 20 – photo by TechRadar

(as of 12-26-2018):

  • The Honor View 20 has a noticeably smaller pinhole camera than the Galaxy A8s
  • As for the selfie camera, it’s a close call with a 25MP vs 24MP setup.
  • Battery capacity is at 4000mAh with support for 22.5W fast charging but not 40W charging
  • The View 20 will not use a nano-memory card but rather the standard microSD for expandable storage
  • New Conclusion: The View 20 is an overall better buy than the Galaxy A8s despite the use of triple camera setup.

When Honor provided a hands-on experience of the View 20 to the tech industry, it didn’t show the entire design except for the “All View” display with a pinhole camera. However, at this caliber, we expect it to sport a metal and glass design similar to the Galaxy A8s. Where you want to focus your attention on, at least for now, is the size difference of the pinhole camera which will see once we get them side-by-side but based on renders, it’s highly similar.

Speaking of the display, both are expected to sport an IPS LCD panel but with the Galaxy A8s having an Always-on display feature.

Enough of the display, let’s talk cameras which happen to be the main highlight of both.

In terms of numbers, the triple camera setup of the Galaxy A8s will shine but in terms of lens quality, the View 20 packs a single large 48MP sensor that surpasses even the Mate 20 Pro. In this case, it’s a battle of quality and flexibility which falls under user preference.

>Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review – Should You Upgrade?

>Video: Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review, Huawei P20 Pro Comparison

For that pinhole selfie camera, on paper, the Galaxy A8s is on the lead with its 24MP sensor but the View 20 isn’t that far behind with its 20MP.

The biggest difference between the two is the performance. Honor has confirmed that the View 20 will pack their latest flagship SoC — Kirin 980. Unfortunately, it’ll also get that nano-memory feature from the Mate 20 Series. But if storage is that important to you, you might want to put your old microSD card into the Galaxy A8s to add to its already generous 128GB internal storage.

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As of writing, we still don’t have any information regarding the battery capacity of the Honor View 20 but we do know the rate of charging. Apparently, it’s certified to support 40W (via a separate charger most likely?) but also capable of 22.5W (maybe, out of the box).

The Galaxy A8s is expected to be priced at $500 or Php26,000. As for the Honor View 20, not much has been said but we can at least say it’ll cost similar to the midrange Samsung device based on the launching price of the View 10.

Given the price similarities, the Honor View 20 is a strong competitor and makes it easier to recommend and ignore the triple camera of the Galaxy A8s.

SpecsSamsung Galaxy A8sHonor View 20
Display6.4-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340, 403ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, Always-on Display6.4-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2310, 398ppi
Dimensions158.4 x 74.9 x 7.4 mm, 173g156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm, 180g
ChipsetQualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)
GPUAdreno 616Mali-G76 MP10
Memory128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM + microSD slot up to 512GB256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM + microSD, up to 400 GB (dedicated slot)
Main Camera24 MP, f/1.7, PDAF
10 MP, AF
5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF +
TOF 3D stereo dual camera
Front Camera24 MP, f/2.025 MP, f/2.0
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, USB Type-C, NFC, Samsung PayWi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, USB Typoe-C, headphone jack, NFC, Infrared port
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery (22.5W charging)
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie) with Samsung UIAndroid 9.0 (Pie) with Magic UI 2.0
Official Price$500 or Php26,000+$430 or Php24,000 (6GB/128GB)

Php27,000 (8GB/256GB)

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