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Honor View20 review: Flagship performance and photography for a more palatable price

Since Samsung unveiled the Infinity-O display, anticipation has been building for notchless phones with what's become known as the hole-punch camera cutout. The View20, from Huawei sub-brand Honor, was unveiled in Paris today for the European market after debuting in Hong Kong at the end of 2018. From a purely aesthetic point of view, it's certainly refreshing. The 4.5mm camera hole might not be quite as inconspicuous as Honor's marketing materials would have us believe, but it's got to be better than a notch, right?

The other major selling point of the View20 is that it's the first phone to ship with a 48MP camera sensor — the Sony IMX586 CMOS — with tiny 0.8 μm pixels.

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Honor View20: Ready to punch above its weight with an enticing blend of old and new

Coming off the back of a dark year for smartphone design, the View20 is a reason to be optimistic. Notched phones have never been aesthetically pleasing nor functionally ideal, but thankfully that design trend is on its way out. We’ve seen a number of novel attempts to produce bezel-free phones, including sliders and motorized pop-ups, but a few of the big players have decided there's another way.

Samsung's upcoming flagship Galaxy S10 series will most likely feature hole-punch cutouts in the screen — an Infinity-O display to use the Korean company's terminology — and there will also be handsets from Nokia, Motorola, and Huawei using similar panels.

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[Update: More details] The Honor View20 has a hole-punch front camera and 48MP rear sensor

Late last month we saw the first glimpse of a real phone with a "hole-punch' front camera (i.e. a camera cutout entirely surrounded by screen) in the form of the Huawei Nova 4, and now we're learning that sub-brand Honor is about to release the View20. As well as the new screen design, it's one of the first smartphones to include a 48-megapixel rear camera.

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EMUI 9.0 update with Android Pie begins global rollout

Huawei's EMUI 9.0 update, which was announced a few months ago, has begun rolling out. The update, which moves phones from Oreo to Pie, boasts of a simplified UI, new gesture navigation, and HiVision 'AI' features. The Mate 20 was the only Huawei phone with EMUI 9.0 so far, though other phones have been able to run a beta with Android Pie.

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7 of our favorite tech deals this week: smartphones galore, headphones, and e-readers

It's OK to admit it — you messed up. You thought we were still in the middle of November or something, and that you had weeks left to do your holiday shopping. Well, after you consult with your neurologist about these concerning lost-time events, you can still scramble to pick up a few last-minute holiday deals, with plenty of offers still available on our favorite mobile tech.

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Honor Magic 2 features an almost bezel-free display with slide-out front cameras and in-display fingerprint tech

Back at IFA 2018 in Berlin, right at the end of its presentation for the launch of the Honor Play, the Huawei sub-brand teased a follow up to the Honor Magic from 2016. The second generation Magic is now official, and it's an impressive looking device with minimal screen bezels thanks to a slide-up front camera mechanism.

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Honor 8X coming to North America, Europe, Middle East, and other regions

The Honor 8X is already available in China, but many have been waiting for the phone's international release. Huawei held an event yesterday in Prague to announce the Honor 8X's worldwide availability, and you can already buy it in some regions.

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Honor Play, Huawei's gaming phone, comes to Europe and the rest of Asia

A couple of months ago, Huawei's sub-brand Honor announced the Play for China. Equipped with a Kirin 970 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM, it also featured Huawei's new GPU Turbo technology. Originally thought to be exclusive to China, Honor has subverted our expectations and is releasing the Play to Europe and the rest of Asia with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, starting at €329.

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8 of our favorite tech deals this week: Phones new and old (and also some accessories)

When you're following tech deals, you never quite know what you're going to get. Some weeks it feels like all you're seeing for sale are smart-home devices, or sometimes it's Bluetooth speaker after Bluetooth speaker. And while we really appreciate all those offers, they just can't quite compete with the allure of saving serious money on really big-ticket items — and in this scene, that means discounts on smartphones themselves. If that's what you're craving, we're happy to deliver, as this past week has been straight-up inundated with deals on some of the biggest smartphones around.

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[Deal Alert] Honor View10 down to $430 ($70 off) at multiple retailers

There are quite a few "budget flagships" at the $500 price point these days, and they're all pretty good phones. The Huawei-made Honor View10 is one of them, and it's been discounted by $70 to $429.99 at Amazon, HiHonor, and Newegg from now until September 2nd.

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