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This week in Android: Punch hole screens are here!

Android Pie is coming to Galaxy S9 users and we have our first hands-on with a punch hole screen.

Published onDecember 30, 2018

HONOR View20 screen

It’s the end of 2018, and you might hear a collective sigh from smartphone pundits. This year was celebrated almost universally by incremental increases to already great hardware. But we also got new form factors — sliders and pop-out cameras — in our quest to eliminate the bezel. Those designs and more will be further refined in 2019, and we’re excited to see it!

Speaking of refined designs for 2019, we got our first hands-on look at a phone with a punch-hole camera. The HONOR View 20 is coming in early 2019, and our reviewer David Imel got some time with the phone. What does he think of the hole? Is it better than the notch?

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Who wants to win a HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro?

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