On the same day that Samsung announced the Galaxy A8s with a hole punch display, Huawei's Honor brand teased its own phone with a hole in the screen.
The Honor View 20 was briefly shown off today in China. It's got a hole punch in the upper left corner that's said to be a bit smaller than the hole in the Galaxy A8s's screen, with Honor's measuring 4.5mm and Samsung's coming in at 6mm.
Much of the focus of today's tease focused on the camera on the back of the Honor View 20. There's a 48MP snapper on this device that includes a Sony IMX586 CMOS, and Huawei says that in low light conditions, the camera will use pixel-binning to merge four 0.8 um pixels into one to make them like larger 1.6um pixels. The 48MP rear camera also utilizes dual neural processing unit and dual image signal processor features from the Kirin 980 processor, as well as a "48MP AI HDR" mode that Huawei says will help "create an AI-enabled high-definition 48MP image".
The other Honor View 20 feature touted by Huawei today is called Link Turbo. This AI feature enables simultaneous downloading through Wi-Fi and 4G to help you boost speeds. The phone can also switch from Wi-Fi to 4G when your Wi-Fi connection becomes slow.
The Honor View 20 will be fully revealed in China on December 26 and will be the star of a global launch event on January 22.
The hole punch display is an interesting design, giving device makers the chance to offer an all-screen look without having to embrace the notch. While it's still something that's covering up part of your screen, this hole punch should be a bit less distracting than a notch. As a result, you shouldn't be surprised if we start to see many more phones released with hole punch displays in 2019.