2018 is most certainly the most exciting year for the smartphone industry and Huawei’s sub brand Honor may have just made it even more exciting when it previewed the Honor View20 with the world’s first in-screen selfie camera. So, yay. The notch fad is finally going away. With the notch removed, a camera is embedded within the display that makes it look like a hole was punched into it, thus earning it the nick name hole-punch camera.

Honor View20 Smartphone Pre-launch

Huawei is referring to this mostly display as All-View 3.0, enabled by “an extremely complex 18-layer technology stack.” In a December 10 pre-launch event in Hong Kong, it was also revealed that Honor View20 has the industry-first 48 MP rear camera with Sony IMX586 sensor. This enormous sensor is further bolstered by Artificial Intelligence and graphic processing power enabled by the dual-ISP and dual-NPU available on the Kirin 980 chipset. Kirin 980 chipset, btw, is the world’s first 7 nm mobile chip first appeared on Huawei Mate 20 series.

Honor View20 Smartphone Pre-launch

And then there is also a thing called “Link Turbo,” which supposedly leverages big data and AI to determine individual usage and network conditions to automatically switch between WiFi and 4G to achieve seamless data transmission – something which no devices has yet to achieve. Those are what we know for now. The event on December 10 was, as mentioned, a pre-launch event ahead of Honor View20 official launch in Paris on January 22, 2019.

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So, what do I think about hole-punch camera? Personally, I think it is the middle ground between having the complex and delicate pop-up camera and having a notch. And yeah, I will embrace it totally. Most importantly, we can say goodbye to the notch in 2019. A clear ‘yay’.

Honor View20 Smartphone Pre-launch
Honor View20 Smartphone Pre-launch

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Source: Venture Beat.

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