Honor Note 10 Launched
Honor Note 10
31st July 2018
CNY2,799 (Rs. 28,114.44 approx) For 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage
CNY 3,199 (Rs. 32,135.22 approx) For 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage
CNY 3,599 (Rs. 36,153.38 approx) For 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage
177 x 85 x 7.7 mm
2220 x 1080 px
18.5:9 Aspect Ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass (Unspecified Version)
Hisilicon Kirin 970
4 x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73
4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
microSD, Up To 256 GB
Android 8.1 (Oreo)
24 MP B/W Sensor
5,000 Li-Po Battery
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Hybrid Dual Nano SIM
Dolby Atmos Sound Enhancement
It was in the year 2013 that Huawei announced its sub-brand, Honor. The first smartphone which Huawei launched under this sub-brand was the Honor 3C in April 2014, in Malaysia. Honor entered the European market with its 2014 flagship, the Honor 6. According to reports, Honor sold 20 million smartphones in the first six months of 2015. Today, Honor is one of the top-selling brands globally, including the Indian market. The company has launched the Honor Note 10 in China, which is the second smartphone in the company’s Note series. Prior to the Note 10, Honor launched the Note 8 and skipped on releasing a Note 9. Much Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the Honor Note series is a phablet offering of the company. The only difference is, Honor does not offer any stylus like the S-Pen for the Galaxy Note series. The smartphone could launch globally before Honor’s IFA event on 30th August.
The Honor Note 10 is a premium flagship from the company known for mainly offering mid-range smartphones. The Note 10 has a 6.95-inch Super AMOLED panel with 2220 x 1080 px resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. The smartphone features a 3.5 mm headphone jack with support for Dolby Atmos. The handset also offer stereo speakers which many other smartphones like the OnePlus 6 lack. Honor claims that the sound output through both the speakers and earphones used with the device will provide an immersive gaming experience for users.
The Honor Note 10 uses a custom Huawei layer called the EMUI which is based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) OS. The smartphone runs on the Kirin 970 SoC which is also found on other flagship smartphones from Huawei like the P20 Pro. The Kirin 970 is an octa-core chipset with four cores running at 2.4 GHz and the other four at 1.8 GHz. The chipset uses the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU for its graphics performance. The Note 10 is one of the devices receiving the GPU Turbo update. This feature will help the smartphone squeeze out better graphics and battery performance. Also, the company has debuted its CPU Turbo technology with the Note 10 and a dedicated physical button to trigger CPU turbo mode. Furthermore, the smartphone features a heat dissipation pipe for CPU liquid-cooling system.
Honor Note 10 sports a triple camera setup. The two rear-facing sensor includes a 16 MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 24 MP B/W sensor with f/1.8 aperture. A single front-facing camera of the smartphone is a 13 MP sensor. However, Honor will incorporate a lot of AI capabilities in both the front as well as the rear camera sensors. The smartphone will be available in two storage and RAM variants in China; a 64/128GB storage option and 6/8GB RAM option. However, the 8GB RAM option will only be available with the 128GB storage variant.
Pricing And Availability
The price of the Honor Note 10 in China starts at CNY2,799 (Rs. 28,114.44 approx) for 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant will cost CNY 3,199 (Rs. 32,135.22 approx) and the 8GB RAM variant will cost CNY 3,599 (Rs. 36,153.38 approx). The current trend of mid-range smartphones goes out to show that you do not have to own a flagship in order to enjoy a similar experience. The company also launched two other devices, the Honor Play smartphone and the Honor Magic Book laptop. The Honor Play will cost CNY 2,399 (Rs. 24,100.77 approx). While the Magic Book starts at CNY 4,599 (Rs. 46,199.20 approx) with the touchscreen variant at CNY 5,699 (Rs. 57,249.23 approx). The laptop will go on sale from 1st August.
Smartphone manufacturers are making sure that users still get an uncompromising experience without having to spend a lot of money. Hence, it will be interesting to see how the Honor Note 10, as well as the Honor Play, will perform.