Huawei on Monday made the Honor View 10 available for pre-order for $499. The Honor View 10 will ship in the US on March 23 in blue and black colors. Huawei first announced the 5.99-inch handset as its latest flagship handset at CES 2018 in January, promising it for the first half of 2018 alongside the budget Honor X.
Huawei's Honor View 10 has very similar features and specifications to its flagship Mate 10 -- minus waterproofing. Huawei's also pushing an augmented reality focus with the View 10 handset, including machine learning features inside the camera app designed to take on the Galaxy S9's Bixby.
Operating system: Huawei EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8 Oreo
Storage: 128GB internal with microSD card slot
Cameras: Rear dual 16 megapixel RGB and 20 megapixel monochrome cameras. Front 13-megapixel camera.
Wireless connectivity: FM radio, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions: 157 x 74.98 x 6.97mm and 172g
In ZDNet's review of the Honor View 10, we found the handset is a competitor for the OnePlus 5T and could be a cheaper rival to Huawei's own Huawei Mate 10 Pro. It's Huawei's attempt to shove as much as it can for $400 or less, and it's not half bad with a 18:9 display included.
Huawei explains its Honor View 10's AI chip, which it claims is a first:
The New Kirin 970 chipset brings you a faster, stronger, and seamless smartphone experience. Its built-in NPU (neural-network processing unit) enables deep learning based on user behavior, ensuring your Honor View10 truly understands you.
The Honor View 10 also includes a front facing fingerprint scanner and 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the handset. Huawei claims the Honor View 10 can charge to 50 percent of its battery life in 30 minutes.
For now, the Honor View 10 like Huawei's other handsets in the US is only available directly from the OEM. Huawei hasn't been able to secure any carriers deals in the US, yet.
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