Honor V20 (aka Honor View 20) vs Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s: Punch-hole Display Smartphones Compared

Honor V20 (aka Honor View 20) vs Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s: Punch-hole Display Smartphones Compared

Honor V20 (aka Honor View 20) vs Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s: Punch-hole Display Smartphones Compared

by December 28, 2018

Honor V20 (Honor View 20) vs Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8sApple set the trend of notched display when it launched the iPhone X back in September 2017. The notch was adapted by almost all Android smartphone makers in 2018 with a slight difference in its width as it helps the brands to achieve higher screen-to-body ratio. However, a significant no. of customers did not and still do not prefer the notch. The wide notch turned into a water-drop shaped notch towards the end of the year which will be one of the trends in 2019 replacing the conventional wide notch. However, there’s another emerging trend i.e. punch-hole display. Honor, Huawei and Samsung have already launched phones with punch-hole display in the form of Honor V20 (aka Honor View 20), Huawei Nova 4 and Samsung Galaxy A8s respectively. None of the three smartphones have been launched in India yet but they are expected to arrive in the country by early 2019. Today, we’ll compare the three phones on various software and hardware related parameters to find out which is a better phone in terms of features and specifications.

Here are the key parameters taken into consideration while comparing,

Design and Display

Processor and Memory

Battery and OS

Camera Output

Price (outside of India)

Honor V20 (Honor View 20) vs Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s: Design and Display

Samsung Galaxy A8s features a glass and metal design similar to Samsung Galaxy A7. It comes with a glossy finish body with Aluminum frame, which gives the phone a premium touch. It is available in a black/green, blue, and silver coloured variants. Honor View 20 sports a reflective V-shaped pattern at the back. It can be bought in red, blue and black colour options. The Huawei Nova 4 is almost identical to the Honor View 20. It gets a similar circular piercing on the top left side of the display. Huawei will make the smartphone available in Black, Blue, Red, and White colour variants.

As mentioned earlier, all the three smartphones have adopted the Punch-Hole design, which could well be one of the important smartphone trends in 2019. The Honor V20 sports a 6.4-inch full-HD+ TFT LCD display with 1080 x 2310 pixel screen resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio resulting into 91.82 percent screen-to-body ratio, and 398ppi pixel density. The Huawei Nova 4 is almost identical to the Honor View 20 and it also features 6.4-inch full-HD+ display with 1080 x 2310 pixel screen resolution, 19.25:9 aspect ratio which helps to achieve a screen-to-body ratio of 91 per cent. The Galaxy A8s comes with a 6.4-inch Infinity-O display with Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Surprisingly, the phone still manages to achieve screen-to-body ratio of just 84.7 percent.

In terms of dimensions, the Galaxy A8s measures 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm and weighs about 172 grams. The Huawei Nova 4 has dimensions of 157 x 75.1 x 7.77 mm and weight of 174 grams, while the Honor View 20 has dimensions of 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm and weight of 180 grams.

Honor V20 (Honor View 20) vs Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s: Processor and Memory

The Honor View 20 is powered by an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset which is based on a 7nm process and comes with Dual NPU. It also supports GPU Turbo 2.0 technology for supporting intense gaming sessions. The phone offers 6GB and 8GB of RAM along with 128GB of inbuilt storage. There is also a special edition Moschino model that comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage.

The Huawei Nova 4 draws its power from a Kirin 970 chipset much like the Nova 3. This is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage.

The Samsung Galaxy A8s is backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor coupled with Kryo 360 CPU and Adreno 616 GPU. In terms of memory, the phone comes in 6GB RAM + 128GB inbuilt storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB inbuilt storage options.

Honor V20 (Honor View 20) vs Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s: Battery and OS

The Honor V20 runs Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top in China. Globally, the phone will ship with EMUI 9.0. It runs fueled by a 4,000mAh battery with support for fast charging. The Huawei Nova 4 is shipped with EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie operating system out of the box and is backed by a 3,750mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging over USB Type-C. The Galaxy A8s runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Samsung own Experience UI 9.5 on top. Under the hood, there is a 3,400mAh battery with fast charging support to keep things ticking.

Honor V20 (Honor View 20) vs Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s: Camera Output

The Honor V20 bears a dual rear camera set up on the back which consists of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.8 aperture + a secondary 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor to capture the depth of an image. The rear camera set up also has LED flash support. The front features a 25-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and fixed focus support for selfies.

The Huawei Nova 4 features a triple rear camera set up comprising of a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture + a secondary 16MP wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture + a third 2MP sensor for depth of field support. There’s a single LED flash at the rear. For selfies, there’s a 25MP front camera with support for AI beautification.  Notably, there’s a slightly cheaper version of the Nova 4 with a 20MP primary camera instead of a 48MP.

The Samsung Galaxy A8s also features a triple camera set up on the back. It includes a primary sensor of 24MP with f/1.7 aperture + a secondary sensor of 10MP + third sensor of 5MP for depth shots. The front hosts a 24-megapixel selfie sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

At least on paper, the Huawei Nova 4 has a better camera module as compared to the Honor V20 and the Samsung Galaxy A8s. You can refer to actual user reviews to know more about the camera performance.

Honor V20 (Honor View 20) vs Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s: Price

The pricing and availability details for Indian market is still unknown for all three phones. The Honor View 20 price in China starts at CNY 2999 (roughly Rs. 30,000) for the base variant i.e. 6GB of RAM + 128GB of internal storage. The top variant i.e. 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage is priced at CNY 3499 (roughly Rs 35,500). As mentioned earlier, Honor has also launched a special Moschino brand edition of the V20 in China with 8GB RAM + 256GB inbuilt storage which is priced at CNY 3999 (roughly Rs 40,000).

Huawei Nova 4 cheaper variant has been priced in China at CNY 3,099 (roughly Rs. 32,150), while the top-end variant with 48MP camera is priced at CNY 3,399 (roughly Rs. 35,200).

Samsung has not yet revealed the pricing details of its Galaxy A8s but it has announced that the smartphone will be available for pre-orders in China very soon.

CompareRaja’s Verdict

The Honor V20 aka Honor View 20 seems to be a clear winner here, thanks to its larger battery, newer Kirin 980 SoC, and a good camera set up. The Huawei Nova 4 is a good option for camera buffs. Samsung clearly lags behind as compared to the other two devices.

Here’s a quick specs comparison between Honor V20, Huawei Nova 4 and Samsung Galaxy A8s for your quick reference,

  Honor V20 Huawei Nova 4 Galaxy A8s
Display Size 6.4-inch 6.4-inch 6.2-inch
Resolution 1080 x 2310 pixels 1080 x 2310 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel Density 398 ppi 398 ppi 403 ppi
Aspect Ratio 19.5:9 19.25:9 19.5:9
Screen-to-Body Ratio 91.82 per cent 91 per cent 84.7 per cent
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Protection NA Corning Gorilla NA
Dimensions  156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm  157 x 75.1 x 7.77 mm 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm
Weight  180 grams  174 grams 172 grams
Processor Kirin 980 Kirin 970 Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Graphics Mali-G76 MP10 Mali-G72 MP12 Adreno 616
RAM 6 GB or 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB or 8 GB
Inbuilt Storage 128 GB 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Storage NA NA Yes, up to 256 GB
Primary Camera 48 MP + 3D TOF 48 MP + 16 MP + 2 MP 24 MP + 10 MP + 5 MP
Secondary Camera 25 MP 25 MP 24 MP
Flash Yes, LED Flash Yes, LED Flash Yes, LED Flash
OS Version Android v9.0 (Pie) Android v9.0 (Pie) Android v8.1 (Oreo)
Custom UI EMUI 9.0 EMUI 9.0.1 Experience UI 9.5
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3750 mAh 3400mAh
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear mounted Yes, Rear mounted Yes, Rear mounted
Fast Charge Support Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Charging No No No
3.5 mm Jack Yes Yes No
Waterproof No No No
Dustproof No No No