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Honor View 20's hypnotic colors will make your jaw drop

Proof that a flashy paint job can make all the difference.

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Jessica Dolcourt

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Mesmerizing. Hypnotic. Stunning. Those are all good words to describe the most arresting and unavoidable feature in Huawei's new Honor View 20: Its dazzling finish.

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It comes in blue, red and black, with a bold chevron pattern that plays in the light.

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The phone face is notable, too. There's a 6-4 inch, all-screen display with almost nothing standing between you and the screen.

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Take a look at that 25-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera.

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All the sensors moved up to the phone's top edge, along with a headphone jack.

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Here's another look at those sensors.

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The screen has a 2,310x1,080-pixel resolution.

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The rear cameras give you a 48-megapixel lens and a 3D stereoscopic lens alongside, so you can take your portrait shots.

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Storage starts at 128GB, or you can spend more for the 256GB option.

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Inside is a 4,000-mAh battery.

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No Bluetooth headphones? No problem.

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There's no surprise here that the Honor View 20 phones charge with USB-C.

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There's no external card support for extra storage...

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...but you can add a second SIM card.

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The phone has a fairly slim profile.

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The 3D lens one the back lets you do some interesting things. 

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The camera's AI engine, which Huawei says is 120 percent faster than previous versions, identifies a scene and automatically adjusts lighting. Here, it correctly tagged Cesar and Marta as a group.

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Here's another example of the camera identifying food at Starbucks. Look for the small icon at the bottom of the screen.

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You can get a 48-megapixel photo out of the Honor View 20 by going into the settings and choosing AI Ultra Clarity. 

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This will take a series of shots over 5 seconds and combine them into one mega-photo. 

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The benefit of either 48-megapixel setting is that you can retain more detail when cropping in. For example, I wasn't able to get close up to the lion statue in the MGM, but here you can see the camera still captured detail.

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Here's the Honor View 20 in red, blue and black.

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There's a standard fingerprint reader on the back.

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The phone runs Android 9 Pie, with Huawei's Magic UI 2 software layer on top.

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Click through to enjoy a few more shots of the Honor View 20.

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