System Performance

System performance of the Honor View20 shouldn’t bring any big surprises because it contains the same Kirin 980 chipset as we’ve reviewed in the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The chip performed excellently in those devices, and there isn’t any reason for the View20 to perform any different.

Honor employs the same kind of “Performance” mode in the View20 as we saw in the recent Huawei flagships. This performance mode is found in the battery settings of the device. The mode is a bit confusing for new users as it represents a new setting that previously wasn’t present on Huawei devices. Following our articles about Huawei/Honor cheating in benchmarks last year, the company had decided to implement this new “full intended performance” mode, while by default the phones would come in a more limited state.

The difference between the normal mode and the performance mode, as far as I have been able to tell, is the scheduler and DVFS ramping behaviour, as well as possibly thermal limits. The performance mode is in technical terms very much similar in behaviour and scaling speed as recent Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs in competing devices, while the normal mode is a more conservative mode which is about twice as slow in its ramp up speed.

What I did note was new in the View20 is there’s actually a battery warning in performance mode. I’m not sure exactly why this was implemented as we’ll see in the battery life results page, it’s absolutely not something to worry about.

In general, I recommend performance conscious users to have performance mode turned on, while people who are less sensitive and do not notice the difference it might be worth to stay in normal mode and enjoy the slightly better battery efficiency.

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In PCMark, the View20 performs within margins of error the same as the Mate 20’s – which again was to be expected.

Speedometer 2.0 - OS WebView WebXPRT 3 - OS WebView

In the web benchmarks, the View20 performs either equally well as the Mate 20’s, or in WebXPRT, actually slightly beats the Huawei flagships by a small amount.

Overall the performance of the View20 is very much at a flagship level and is at the very best of what you can get out of an Android device nowadays. Since our review of the Mate 20’s, we have been able to get preview performance figures of the new Snapdragon 855, and in terms of system performance, the Kirin 980 chipset devices are more than able to compete with Qualcomm’s new flagship. This means that for the rest of 2019, it looks like devices such as the Mate 20 and in this case the View20 will be among the top performing devices that you can get, which does bode extremely well for longevity of the phones.

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  • MrCommunistGen - Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - link

    While on a technical level the camera isn't that bad, the lack of consistency is a major detractor for me. Having to flip between all the different shooting modes and hoping one of them takes a good picture is not something I want to be dealing with on a day-to-day basis when I'm trying to pull of a quick photo.

    That said, to me the biggest revelation in the camera roundup is how badly tuned the Night Mode is on the OP6T. (I have a OP6 and have only played with the new mode a couple times and never really shot anything with it). Sure, it is *brighter* but the output just looks silly -- especially in the 1st and 2nd night shots. In the 3rd night shot, it just looks like someone dialed the noise reduction up and then nudged the brightness up a tad.
  • GreenMeters - Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - link

    I wish Anandtech wouldn't support a criminal organization like Huawei with reviews of their products.
  • jabber - Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - link

    I'm still waiting for definitive proof on all these technical hi-jinks Huawei are supposedly into.

    Evidence of chips/firmware/code/telemetry etc.

    At the end of the day the West doesnt like them getting so big. If they can't keep up...too bad.
  • GreenMeters - Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - link

    That's an either stupid or disingenuous take. Lenovo is the global #1 PC manufacturer; "The West" doesn't care about them getting so big. Tencent is a huge technology company; "The West" doesn't care about them getting so big. What "The West" (and "The East" outside of China) doesn't like is a known front for state-sponsored espionage deploying spyware in critical infrastructure and stealing property. Some "hi-jinks" huh?
  • jabber - Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - link

    Sources with definite details?
  • GreenMeters - Thursday, January 31, 2019 - link

    So as you're just trolling at this point, I was going to point out that since the only thing you'll accept as "definitive proof" is written material from Huawei bigwigs saying "MUWAHAHA LET'S BE EVIL" so of course you in bad faith will never be satisfied. Except holy shit, from the indictment there ARE written material from Huaweu bigwigs saying "MUWAHAHA LET'S BE EVIL AND STEAL ALL THIS STUFF" so mea culpa.
  • jabber - Sunday, February 3, 2019 - link

    So once real evidence.
  • shompa - Friday, February 1, 2019 - link

    according to who? Are you one of those that believes evil Russian hackers won the election to Trump with 100K dollar facebook ads (while Hillary spent 2 billion on ads)? And if you read all the evidence that USA has put forward: It all comes down to a DNS address that points to a Russian casino. The point is: where is the real evidence against Huawei and please be more critical to the stories that your government tells you. It's not real.
  • tuxRoller - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link
  • D1G1TE - Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - link

    Honor View 20 beats Pixel 3 in resolved detail while using 48MP or 48MP Clear in some cases. Pixel 3 looks like water painting, with very artificial/unnatural HDR look full of edge halos when one compares photos from both phones at same zoom level. Pixel 3 and Mate 20 PRO still have slight edge at night with Mate 20 PRO heaving cleanest photos compared to resolved detail. Amazing work from Honor with new Sony sensor. Resolves even more detail than Mate 20 PRO sensor during day.

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