honor debuts its first AI-powered flagship smartphone, the V10
Back in September, Huawei unveiled its new Kirin 970 chipset at IFA 2017 – the first in the world to have a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). It packs a pretty potent punch, as we found out in our review of the Mate 10. This probably explains why Huawei’s mid-range sub-brand, honor, decided to use the Kirin 970 to power its new flagship, the V10.
In fact, you could say that the V10 is essentially a budget-friendly version of the Mate 10. Because Kirin 970 chipset aside, the V10 is also equipped with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ (2,160 x 1,080) 18:9 FullView display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD), and a 3,750mAh battery that supports honor’s SuperCharge technology. The V10 will be running on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with EMUI 8.0 on top.
Pay close attention to the specifications above, and you will notice that the V10 actually has the same display resolution, amount of RAM, internal storage capacity, and operating system as the Mate 10 Pro.
There’s more where that came from as well. The V10 also shares similar AI-specific features as the Mate 10 devices, such as the inclusion of an AI-powered Microsoft Translator app, and a camera that can recognize 13 different scenes and objects and adjust its settings accordingly.
Regrettably, you won’t find a Leica dual-camera system on the back of the V10. Instead, you’ll be getting a ‘regular’ dual-camera system that comprises a 20MP monochrome sensor, and a 16MP f/1.8 RGB sensor. On the front of the V10 resides a 13MP f/2.0 front-facing camera that comes with an AI-powered portrait mode that should theoretically provide better subject-background separation.
No word on whether the V10 will ever be made available on our shores. Either way, you probably shouldn’t be keeping your hopes too high up, seeing that none of the V10’s predecessors were actually sold locally through official channels. But who knows, things could be different this time around.
The V10 – which is only available in a single shade of Blue – will be going on sale in the U.S., Europe, and few other territories on January 8, 2018. It will be retailing for £450 (~RM2,457) in the U.K., and €500 (~RM2,405) across the rest of Europe.