Last week, I attended a press event, where I took away an Honor 7X for testing. I also had a first glimpse of the upcoming Honor View 10 that will hit US shores in the first half of 2018.
The Honor View 10 (sometimes referred to as the V10) has many of the same elements we have seen in the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, but there are different design teams working on the Honor brands, and there are some differences in both software and hardware.
Specs of the Honor View 10 include:
The Honor View 10 uses USB Type-C for charging and supports NFC. There is no dust or water resistant rating, but only the Mate 10 Pro has this, while the Mate 10 does not. The View 10 also includes face unlock technology, but I did not get a chance to try this out on the sample in the room.
Honor is promoting AI on the View 10, which, at this time, is primarily focused on machine learning functionality, such as with the camera application. There is also a focus on gaming on the View 10, which makes sense given that the Honor brand is targeted toward younger people.
We may see more about the View 10 at CES since there are currently no pricing or availability details. Given than the Huawei Mate 9 launched earlier this year in the US for $499.99 and the View 10 is priced at €499 in Europe, I imagine we will see the View 10 at a similar price point. It's funny to realize this is still half the price of the Apple iPhone X, and at $500, it will be tough to justify a $1,000 phone in 2018.
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