The Honor V10 has been announced in China, after rumors of its existence spread for several months. It’s likely to be a busy few weeks for Honor, with the Huawei sub-brand holding a major event in London on December 5 for the new Honor 7X. There was some confusion early on in the rumors, with some crossover between the V10 and the 7X — which is already announced for China — but now we know the V10 is a very different device to the Honor 7X.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Honor V10, and don’t forget, Honor often releases its Chinese devices internationally after a short period of time.
Release and price
The Honor V10 is only available in China at the moment, where there are three versions available. The cheapest at 2,700 yuan/$410 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the mid-range model has 6GB/64GB for 3,000 yuan/$455, and finally a version with 6GB/128GB costs 3,500 yuan/$530.
The phone will be released in China on December 4, with pre-orders open from November 28. It comes in black, gold, and a choice of a beautiful blue or red.
Specifications and features
The Honor V10 is closely related to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Honor is to Huawei what Mini is to BMW, and the two regularly share technology. The Honor 9 and the Huawei P10, for example, have very similar features.
The screen measures 5.99 inches and has an 18:9 FullView aspect ratio, with a 2,160 x 1,080 pixel resolution, which matches the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This means the body has small bezels above and below the screen. However, Honor has taken the unusual design decision to put the fingerprint sensor on the front, squeezing it into the small bezel below the screen. The Mate 10 Pro has the sensor on the back, and even OnePlus shifted to a rear fingerprint sensor for the redesigned OnePlus 5T.
There is excellent news on the processor. It’s Huawei’s Kirin 970 chip inside, and it comes with the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for improved artificial intelligence. The NPU takes artificial intelligence processing out of the cloud and onto the device, improving speed and security, and adding cool features like instant image recognition in the camera. Like the Mate 10 Pro, the V10’s camera will adjust the settings automatically to best suit the scene you’re capturing with the camera.
On the back is a dual-lens camera with an f/1.8 aperture, a 16 megapixel RGB lens, and a 20 megapixel monochrome lens. The front camera has 13-megapixels and apparently also makes use of the NPU’s abilities, although we’re not sure on the details yet. It’s also used for a face unlock system. Other Honor V10 features include Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 over the top, a fast-charging 3,750mAh battery, dual-SIM and a MicroSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and USB Type-C recharging.
We know the Honor 7X is coming to Europe and the United States in the very near future. Will the V10 join it now it’s official in China? We’ll keep you updated.
Published at Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:08:33 +0000