As if Honor didn't have enough phones on the market already, the firm has a new one bringing with it a trio of new technology. Here's what you need to know about the Honor View 20 including release date, price and specs.

Although it's hard to keep up with all of the Honor smartphones, the View 20 (aka the V20) is notable for having the first in-screen camera. Instead of the infamous notch, it uses what's being refered to as a 'punch-hole-screen'.

When is the Honor View 20 release date?

Honor's new View 20 will first arrive in China on 26 December.

There will then be a global launch event in Paris on 22 January where we'll find out more details of a UK and European launch. It could well on on sale that day.

How much will the Honor View 20 cost?

We'll have to wait for a little longer for a price on the View 20, but we can have a pretty good guess.

The Honor View 10, its predecessor, launched at £449 so we'd expect it to be a similar amount - perhaps going up a little to £479 or £499.

Honor View 20 smartphone

What are the Honor View 20 specs?

As mentioned earlier, one of the headline things about the View 20 is that it's the first smartphone to come with an in-screen camera. This means the camera is completely surrounded by the screen rather than being placed in a notch. The 'punch-hole' style is likely to be just as controversial. 

Honor says this is achieved "by an extremely complex 18-layer technology stack that carefully embeds the front camera in the display area of the screen, extends the display area to almost 100 percent."

It's thought the camera hole is around 4.5mm which is smaller than the 6mm expected on the upcoming Galaxy S10. But did Samsung actually beat Honor to the punch, quite literally, with the Galaxy A8s.

Honor calls it the All-View Display which comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

Sticking with cameras and the View 20 is the first with a whopping 48Mp rear camera. It's a Sony IMX586 CMOS with a large 1/2-inch sensor (0.8 µm/pixel). Working with the Kirin 980 processor it will offer multi-frame image processing.

It will have an 'AI HDR' mode to help "create an AI-enabled high-definition 48Mp image." In the dark it will merge four 0.8um pixels into one to create larger 1.6um. This will result in 12Mp images.

Here's a sample image from the View 20's camera.

Honor View 20 camera sample photo

The third bit of new technology is called Turbo Link.

Honor says that by using AI and big data technologies, the phone "automatically analyze users’ usage models and network conditions to switch seamlessly between Wi-Fi or 4G networks and boost downloading speed by simultaneously adopting both networks".

We'll have to wait for more specific details on the phone, but Honor did confirm that it will come in different colours.