Honor, a brand close to Huawei, is preparing to revive its phablet line called (rather imaginatively) Note. Honor has revealed the design, price and technical specifications of the device at the official Chinese presentation event, and has also promised us the unveiling of an exciting new product at the IFA in Berlin. What else could it be?
Honor Note 10 is finally official following the launch event. The design of the smartphone is special and resembles an Honor 8 from afar, with the layout of the Huawei P20 cameras. These cameras use 24+16MP sensors, which are supported by the ubiquitous AI for photo enhancement and stabilization (AIS).
In the back we find a glass shell with a fingerprint reader in the center. On the front is a 18.5:9 display with a FullHD+ resolution and an extreme diagonal of 6.95 inches, dimensions reserved for tablets until recently. The front camera has 13MP.
The panel is an AMOLED with support for HDR10 technology for maximum enjoyment of multimedia content and, thanks to Smart Pixel technology controlled by AI, the quality of the videos should be further improved (of course we reserve the right to test the function when reviewing). The smartphone features Dolby Atmos stereo speakers for a complete immersive experience, you can't miss them!
The SoC of the Honor 10 is the top-range HiSilicon Kirin 970 that Huawei and Honor are so fond of. This is accompanied by 4 or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory.
It features Huawei's Turbo GPU software technology, which promises 60% more performance with 30% lower power consumption than classic home software and the new Turbo CPU technology that can be activated with a physical button on the smartphone.
What is this Turbo CPU sorcery? Simply that the smartphone will clean up the running processes in the background to allow the running games to take full advantage of the entire CPU. As if Huawei were not already aggressive enough with processes in the background...
There is also a special cooling system called The Nine which should keep Honor Note 10's hot spirits at bay.
The battery integrated in the huge smartphone is 5000mAh with fast charging 5V and 4.5A. It's not the fastest charge we know, but it's more than enough. Thanks to the large battery Honor promises 17.5 hours of playtime, of course we will have to check in person.
Of course, Android 8.1 will run on your smartphone with EMUI customization, which has been updated to version 8.2 for the occasion.
Honor Note 10: technical specifications
|Honor Note 10||Specifications|
|Display||6,95", FullHD+, 18,5:9|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 970|
|RAM||4GB / 6GB / 8GB|
|Internal memory||64GB / 128GB|
|Rear camera||24+16 MP (AIS)|
|Selfie camera||13 mp (AI Beauty mode)|
|OS||Android 8.1, EMUI 8.2|
The smartphone can only wink at the business user because of its great power. Connecting your smartphone to a display (wired or wireless) displays a desktop mode and your smartphone acts as a touchpad.
It will also be possible to connect the mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth to Honor Note 10. This brings to mind Huawei's Easy Projection mode from which Honor took inspiration and obviously aims to compete with competitors such as Samsung's DeX Pad.
The prices on the Chinese market are very competitive, especially for the top version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. If Honor kept similar prices in other markets the smartphone would soon become a best buy! Here are the prices for China:
- 4GB / 64GB – 2799 yuan (around $410)
- 6GB / 128GB – 3199 yuan (around $470)
- 8GB / 128GB – 3599 yuan (around $428)
But what about western markets? Honor has already sent out invitations for an event to be held at the IFA. The appointment is for Thursday 30 August in Berlin at 14:00. What other device than the Note 10 could be the star of the show?