Honor announces entry level 7X and View 10 AI smartphone

The Honor 7X is the archetypal bang for buck device

The Honor 7X is the archetypal bang for buck device

The Honor V10 was launched in China a week ago, and now, Honor's back with the launch of the Honor View 10, the global variant of the V10. The Honor 7X is a successor to Honor 6X smartphone, which was launched in India earlier this year. It also features similar specifications as the Honor 9i, which is priced at Rs 17,999 in India. Charging at up to 4.5A should deliver quick, cool refills.

Honor highlighted the fact that the Honor View 10 has a 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike the Mate 10 Pro. This smartphone has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as well as an accelerometer, proximity, and compass. The main sensor is responsible for capturing the picture while the assistive sensor helps with depth perception. Once again, it was deja vu in today's launch presentation, where Honor president George Zhao talked up the chip's AI motion detection features, which it's claimed can reduce motion blur with moving subjects.

The UK price of the Honor View 10 is £449, making it the same as the base OnePlus 5T, and £70 more than the Honor 9 retailed for at launch.

As for connectivity, the Honor V10 packs in the usual flagship-grade connectivity options, but brings something new with dual 4G and dual VoLTE standby. But importantly, the Honor View 10's battery supports Huawei's Super Charge fast charging technology (22.5W), which means it's able to charge from 0 to 50 percent in half an hour. The 7X comes with a 8MP sensor at the front for selfies.

The price is what makes these phones entirely different.

Interestingly, the Honor 9i has the same camera combination to what the Honor 7x has, and it is the front-facing camera where these two phones differ. Needless to say, there's a lot of extra steps involved here, that just don't need to be there. It did, however, have a knock-off Animoji demo to show attendees, in an effort to prove the precision of its face recognition.

This is one area which is pivotal to the performance of the phone.

The Honor View 10 is alarmingly thin at 6.97mm and recalls the Apple of a few years ago that became obsessed with this measurement, to the detriment of build quality and Bendgate. The biggest sticking point will likely be Huawei's highly differentiated (and some might say not entirely pretty) EMUI software, which isn't as clean as super-lean OxygenOS. It will also be available in France, Germany, India, Italy, the US, Spain and Russian Federation at this time. The phone is available in either Aurora Blue, Gold, or Black colorways.

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