Honor have today launched their now familiar “well priced but still very, very good” handset in the shape of the Honor 7X. However, if you want to spend £449.99 and get some artificial intelligence, have a look at this – the new Honor View 10. It doesn’t look to be arriving on a UK network as yet, but they will be selling it on store.hihonor.com, Amazon and Very.co.uk.
Inside, and on top of a blazingly-quick Kirin 970 SoC (4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.4GHz and 4x Cortex A53 @ 1.8GHz) there’s a clever Neural Network Processing Unit which can make your photos better by recognising different scenes. This will turn optimize the phone to suit how you use it. Almost a phone that will be able to predict what you want to do.
There’s 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage with a microSD slot for more.
Honor tell us…
The SoC interacts with cloud: By processing big data in the cloud, cloud-based AI systems continuously update smartphones with new intelligence. Meanwhile, the Kirin 970 AI system gets to know the user better every day and provides personal services, intelligence and experience. The heterogeneous computing architecture delivers up to 25 times faster performance and 50 times increase in efficiency when performing AI tasks, i.e. over 2,000 images can be processed per minute. The Kirin 970 also supports LTE Cat. 18 DL and Cat. 13 UL connections and achieves a peak download speed of 1.2 Gbps, supporting the highest possible download speed on any carrier networks worldwide.
The screen is a Full HD 18:9 5.99″ unit. Ever so slightly bigger than the 7X, but on the back you’re getting an uprated dual-lens camera arrangement which has a 10x zoom. The setup is a 16 megapixel (colour) and 20 megapixel (monochrome) working together to deliver an F/1.8 wide aperture and 2-in-1 PDAF automatic focus. The artificial intelligence from the CPU will deliver scene and object recognition to adjust the colour, contrast, brightness and exposure. In theory it’ll make your photos look better than ever. I’m sure I’ll still somehow stick my finger over the lens. :) There’s a 13 megapixel front shooter too.
The 3750 mAh battery has “Honor SuperCharge” to boost your battery power quickly. Reps here tell us it’ll get to 50% in just 30 minutes and it’ll still continue to operate at a low temperature and voltage. You’ll also have the new EMUI 8.0, which is based on Android 8.0, as a GUI.
Other features include Bluetooth 4.2, a fingerprint sensor and a USB type C charger. We also assume it’ll have NFC but we’re confirming.
Here are some photos of the device that were captured on site at the event in London today by Garry..
Here is a quick video that was shot at the event. Sorry about the background noise, it was bit busy!!
Here are the full specs of the device..
In addition to the Honor 7X and the Honor View 10, we also got to see some info about some upcoming tech that Honor is working on developing
New exciting technologies delight and inspire users
Speaking of Honor’s brand mission, Mr. George Zhao, president of Honor, said: “’For the brave’ is in Honor’s DNA. It drives us to constantly deliver innovative technology, aesthetic design, best-in-class quality, delightful experiences and accessibility for young generations. Honor is also a young lifestyle co-creator, inspiring people to pursue their dreams and live life to the full.”
Honor announced two new technologies to enhance facial information capture and music entertainment that excite and inspire the young generation.
Structured Light technology can help the camera to capture depth information and obtain rich and accurate facial details. It significantly enhances the security of “face unlock” and the vitality of face reconstruction, enables new virtual reality and augmented reality applications such as facial animation and small object reconstruction.
The Sync Play technology enables several mobile devices to play the same music simultaneously using wireless connectivity. It greatly improves the surround sound effect and produces a truly immersive music environment
While these Technologies where not mentioned to be included in the View 10 chance are that they will be included for its launch in January. Considering that the Faceunlock technology is being built into the phone it would very surprising not to see it included. The Sync Play Technology, on the other hand, is something that I believe will be a given as it is really just something being done at a software level from what I understand. It is also very similar to something that we have seen before a few years back with Samsung.
All in all, this is very exciting phone and one that I as a Huawei Mate 10 Pro user cant wait to get my hands on with, in the coming year.
Honor View 10 delivers revolutionary mobile AI and ultimate performance
Honor View 10 marks the beginning of a new AI era, enabling a productive, entertaining and fun lifestyle for users.
The powerful Kirin 970 chipsets which include a Neural-Network Processing Unit (NPU) is at the heart of Honor View 10’s extreme performance. It powers a series of new AI applications which recognize different scenes when taking photos, translates different languages in real-time even without an Internet connection and understand user’s behaviors and optimizes the phone’s performance.
The new Kirin 970 features an octa-core ARM Cortex CPU and a first-to-market Mali-G72 12-core GPU. Together with 6GB + 128GB memory and EMUI 8.0, it unleashes amazing processing power in multi-tasking environment and gaming. Honor View 10 has a special Gaming Suite which significantly increases performance of mobile games.
The 3,750 mAh battery and Honor SuperCharge technology make Honor View 10 ideal for gamers and heavy users. Honor SuperCharge can charge the battery to 50 percent in just 30 minutes while operating at a low temperature and voltage.
Honor View 10 is equipped with a high-definition 16MP + 20MP dual-lens camera with F/1.8 wide aperture and 2-in-1 PDAF automatic focusing, enabling users to take professional photos in the blink of an eye.
The Honor View 10 will be available from January 8, 2018 in selected markets, including Western Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), India, Malaysia and United States.