Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T: Which phone should you buy?

What's the best mobile phone - Honor View 20 vs. OnePlus 6T

Looking for an upgrade? Feel like shelling out for an entirely new phone outside of a contract? Either way, figuring out exactly which device suits you best is a tricky process. If you lean more towards the Android side of things, there are a handful of fancy new models that may have caught your eye. Choosing between the Honor View 20 and the OnePlus 6T is tough - they’re both fantastic phones. The View 20 has the futuristic, pinhole camera screen that will get any tech fans within a 10-meter radius drooling and the OnePlus 6T is simply an incredible all-around performer for the money.

If you’re looking for a new phone, you can check out our other phone comparison articles at some of the links below.

You should also check out user Gofre's comprehensive Smartphone Guide on the forums.

In this article, we compare the Honor View 20 vs the OnePlus 6T to help you decide which phone is right for you.

Specifications - Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T

  Honor View 20 OnePlus 6T
Size 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm (6.18 x 2.97 x 0.32 inches) 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm (6.20 x 2.94 x 0.32 inches)
Weight 180 grams (6.35 ounces) 185 grams (6.53 ounces)
Screen Size 6.4-inch LCD display 6.41-inch AMOLED display
Resolution 2310 x 1080 pixels (398 pixels per inch) 2340 x 1080 pixels (402 pixels per inch)
Battery Capacity 4,000mAh 3,700mAh
Headphone Jack 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C No - USB-C only
Price £499 £499
Operating System Android 9.0 Oreo Android 9.0 Pie
Storage Space 128GB, 256GB options 128GB, 256GB options
MicroSD Card Slot No No
Processor Quad + Quad core Kirin 980 Dual + Dual + Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB, 8GB options 6GB, 8GB options
Camera 48MP (with AIS), 25MP front (AIS) Dual 16MP (with OIS) and 20MP (with OIS) rear, 16MP front
Video Up to 2,160p at 30 FPS, 720p at 960 FPS Up to 2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps, 720p at 480 fps
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes (in-display)
Water Resistance No No
App Marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store

Winner: Draw – depends on your preferences.

The Honor View 20 has the bigger battery (though it does drain more quickly – see below for more detail), a supremely useful headphone jack and a beautifully designed display. It also has a more versatile camera.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 6T has an AMOLED display (which means brighter, more vivid colours), a battery that drains more slowly, and better processor performance.

“I’ve got the OnePlus 6T atm and it’s the best phone I’ve ever had as I moved from an iPhone XS to it and I much prefer it” – tfue (link)

It's worth noting that neither the Honor View 20 nor the OnePlus 6T is waterproof which would have been a useful inclusion.

Critical reception - Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T

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Winner: OnePlus 6T (pending more reviews), though it’s a very close call.

Battery life - Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T

Both of these phones have more than enough battery life to get you through a full day. However, looking into the usage reports there is one factor that stands out – display efficiency.

According to tests at TechRadar, with brightness on full and playing a video for 90 minutes, the OnePlus 6T only lost 10% of charge vs the Honor View 20 which lost 17% of charge. So although the Honor View 20 has the bigger battery, if you watch a lot of a video or have a lot of screen time you should opt for the 6T.

“For under £500, my top recommendations would be the Samsung Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6T, and Xiaomi Mi 8.” – Gofre (link)

Winner: OnePlus 6T for heavy users, Honor View 20 may last longer in the background

Camera - Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T

Both cameras perform well in good lighting. The OnePlus 6T suffers a lot in low lightning and when zooming, losing a lot of detail. The Honor View 20 has a 48-megapixel camera that allows it to be much more effective in these conditions (through clever pixel manipulation technology), retaining light and detail.

Winner: Honor View 20

Implementation of Android - Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T

The Honor View 20 has custom UI (on top of Android) whereas the OnePlus 6T is closer to the stock android experience. The Honor UI is fast and fluid and doesn’t lag. However, you will need to learn new gestures to navigate around due to the new full-screen design. This also means 3rd party launchers are a no-go (for now), as they don’t play well with the full-screen experience.

Winner: Honor View 20

Feel in your hand - Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T

Both phones are almost identical in size, so this isn’t something that will affect your decision. They’re both very well made and feel excellent to hold – though note that these are big phones.

Winner: Draw

The Wow factor - Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T

Admit it – the wow factor is a big part of what you decide to buy. With smartphones getting better and better every year, it’s tough to impress your mates these days.

The Honor View 20 is perhaps the only phone at the moment that is guaranteed to turn some heads. Its pinhole camera display is incredible, though the bright metallic finish on the casing will divide opinion.

Winner: Honor View 20, though the OnePlus 6T is less gaudy and perhaps more professional looking.

Screen - Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T

Both phones have excellent screens for different reasons. The Honor View 20’s full-screen display is incredible to look at and is full of detail. Although the OnePlus 6T isn’t quite as impressive initially, it uses AMOLED display technology – meaning it tends to have brighter, more vivid colours. AMOLED technology can lead to screen burn problems after a year or so of use, though the more recent screens seem not to suffer from this anymore.

Both phones have fine brightness levels, with the View 20 slightly in the lead with 479 nits vs the 6T’s 453 nits.

Winner: Draw – the Honor View 20 for the new display tech, the OnePlus 6T for the overall viewing experience.

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Final Verdict - Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T

You can’t go wrong with either of these phones. They’re both fantastic value (considering the equivalent iPhone is £999) and perform well in all tests.

The Honor View 20 is the more interesting phone, performs better in camera comparisons and has a headphone jack – which for me nudges it into the lead. The OnePlus 6T, however, is still an incredible phone for the money and is likely to be the better choice if battery life is a big concern.

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