THE HONOR 10 smartphone flagship lands in the UK today packed with a bevy of copycat iPhone X features at just a fraction of the price of Apple’s flagship.
For £399, you’ll get a 5.84-inch fullHD display (with that borrowed notch at the top), a dual rear camera complete with 24-megapixel and 16-megapixel lenses, and a whopping 24-megapixel selfie snapper.
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Honor announced its new flagship today at a jam-packed London event right by the River Thames.
The Android handset also features the first “ultrasonic” under-glass fingerprint sensor found in its bottom border.
Though that’s not the same as the in-display fingerprint sensor showcased on Chinese rival Vivo‘s concept phone.
But notch haters will be happy to know you can black-out the panel using the phone’s software.
The artificial intelligence system that powers the feature is also integral to the phone’s other camera perks.
Like the Google Pixel 2, the Honor 10 boasts object-recognition tech that can apparently identify over 500 scenarios, according to the Huawei-owned firm.
This includes people, the sky, plants or even a waterfall, claims Honor.
We haven’t tested the phone out yet so can’t speak on the camera’s accuracy – but you can expect our full review (coming soon) to dish all the details.
Meanwhile, the 24-megapixel front-facing cam syncs up with the AI to spruce up your selfies and group selfies.
Honor 10 specs in detail
The lowdown on the flagship killer’s key specs…
- Screen: 5.84-inch fullHD display
- Chip: Huawei Kirin 970 Octa-Core (4×2.36 GHz+4×1.8 GHz)
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB or 128GB
- Battery: 3,400mAh
- Dimensions: 149.6 x 71.2 mm x 7.7 mm
- Weight: 153 grams
- Waterproof: TBD
- Rear Camera: 24-megapixel + 16-megapixel rear camera (f/1.8)
- Front Camera: 24-megapixel with enhanced ISO
- Price: £399
And as is quickly becoming the norm, the Honor 10 also boasts a bokeh mode (aka portrait mode), which lets you blur out part the background or foreground like you would on a professional DSLR camera.
Honor 10 key features
- 24MP front-facing AI camera with object-recognition
- Under-glass fingerprint sensor in the phone’s bottom front border
- Face-scan unlock
- EMUI 8.1 skin on top of stock Android Oreo
- Four colours: Phantom Green, Phantom Blue, Midnight Black, Glacier Grey.
Then there’s the all-important question of performance.
That’s where Huawei’s own Kirin 970 octa-core processor comes in, which is the same one you’ll find in the Huawei P20 Pro.
Though it may not be able to match Samsung’s Exynos 9810 (featured in the Samsung Galaxy S9) or Apple’s A11 Bionic chipsets, the processor is no slouch.
But Honor claims the Kirin’s dedicated neural processing unit can outdo its AI rivals, chief among them Apple and Samsung’s flagships.
Specifically, the company’s president George Zhao said the chip can help polish your images using machine learning up to three times faster than the iPhone X.
It can also categorise your images like Google Photos and even identify how old the person in the pic is.
The new smartphone also packs a 3,400 mAh battery that should typically last you two days on a single charge.
And with the in-box Super Charge plug, you can juice up to 50% of power in 25 minutes.
Lastly, there’s the EMUI 8.1 skin (like the one you’ll find on Huawei’s P20 and P20 Pro) complete with a bunch of navigation, privacy, and gesture features on top of Google’s stock Android Oreo OS.
The Honor 10 will be exclusive to Three in the UK on pay monthly advanced plans from £31 per month for 4GB of data or £40 per month for 30GB of data, with no upfront handset costs.
And on pay-as-you-go – available from this Thursday, May 17.
But it’s hard to avoid the new smartphone’s soon-to-be-rival: the upcoming OnePlus 6.
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The latest flagship killer from the Chinese startup is tipped to tout a similar all-screen design and notch.
But OnePlus will have a hard time matching the Honor 10’s price, which could seal the deal for buyers.
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