tech2 News Staff 15 May, 2018 20:06 IST
Keeping the tradition of AI (artificial intelligence) and iPhone X-like notch alive, the smartphone is expected to come with a notch on top of the display.
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is set to launch Honor 10 today. It will be Honor's first flagship for 2018. It will be the successor of Honor 9i and Honor 9 Lite.
The event will take place in London at 6.30 pm (IST), where the phone will make its global debut. The phone has already been launched in China.
Keeping the tradition of AI (artificial intelligence) and iPhone X-like notch alive, the smartphone is expected to come with a notch on top of the display. And speaking of AI, the phone already comes with a tagline ‘Beauty in AI’.
Speaking of specifications, the phone is expected to have a 5.84-inch FHD+ LCD display in a 19:9 aspect ratio. It comes with a horizontal dual camera setup which is a 24 MP+16 MP sensor with an LED flash.
The phone might come in two variants. One is expected to be 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage and the other is packed with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.
Those interested in catching up with a LIVE feed of the event can click here.
Our man Nimish is at the event right now and will be tweeting live from the event.
Additionally, the phone will go on sale tonight at midnight on Flipkart exclusively.
Honor 10 prices... At last! 64 GB model: 399 EUR (around Rs 32,200) 128 GB model: 449 EUR (around Rs 36,300) The phone will be available globally from tonight and on Flipkart in India at midnight.
Honor 10 vs iPhone X Zhao points out that the iPhone X can't blur the background in group photos. Honor 10 can.
Advanced AI experience In 2016, Honor was the first vendor to launch an AI phone, says Zhao. Today, Honor 10 has a neural processing unit (NPU) that is comparable to the Snapdragon 845 and Apple's A11, claims Zhao.
New themes Honor commissioned some of the world's best designers to build themes for the phone. These include an Aurora theme for the Phantom Green phone. I think I'd still go for stock Android though. Sigh...
Colour-changing design Honor: The colour changes with the lights, it's always moving, it will never be the same.
George Zhao, president of Honor is on stage Three years ago, Honor launched the Honor 7 in London to "kick off Honor's global journey", says Zhao.
...and we're LIVE Honor's just started the stream for the launch event. We're being treated to a series of videos on...eSports? What's going on?
Honor 10 prices... At last!
64 GB model: 399 EUR (around Rs 32,200)
128 GB model: 449 EUR (around Rs 36,300)
The phone will be available globally from tonight and on Flipkart in India at midnight.
Party mode for Honor 10
Honor supports 7.1 audio. The phone will also come with Monster-branded earphones.
Honor 10 apparently brings "high quality" video stabilisation.
A Honor 10, AI function can "help" a lot to enhance your life.
There's a very strong influence on Beauty tech,
Honor has unleashed a global photo contest.
Smart portrait categorisation
The Honor 10's AI mode will help smartly categories all your photos.
How to use AI to improve photography
Image segmentation: Honor 10 recognises each part of the scene and optimises it separately.
AI also improves the selfie experience, to that end, they already have a 24 MP front camera, which uses something called 4-in-1 light fusion.
Honor 10 vs iPhone X
Zhao points out that the iPhone X can't blur the background in group photos. Honor 10 can.
3D Portrait Lighting
Borrowing a page from Apple's book, the Honor 10 will include a 3D portrait lighting mode, which will eliminate the background and ley you customise the colour.
AI processing also allows for great background blur, claims Honor. But I must admit, the image samples do look rather nice.
Better than a pro
Zhao believes that Honor 10's AI camera can compete with a professional photographers. "You do not need a professional photographer to prepare the camera samples", adds Zhao.
Most phones can do decent enough bokeh now. With Honor 10, the person can be separated from the background. It then identifies objects in the scene, such as the presence of an animal and the colour of the background.
AI photography optimises the image for each different aspect of photography.
AI in photography
In the VIew 10, Huawei started examining photos to learn. The Honor 10 learns about the kind of photographer you are.
It uses a 24 MP +16 MP dual "AI photography camera". Both are f/1.8 lenses.
The larger 24 MP sensor is monochrome while the 16 MP unit is RGB.
AI processing chops
Zhao is demoing the "advanced, real-time AI" processing capabilities of the Honor 10 with a video that is showing off real-time background substitution.
Advanced AI experience
In 2016, Honor was the first vendor to launch an AI phone, says Zhao.
Today, Honor 10 has a neural processing unit (NPU) that is comparable to the Snapdragon 845 and Apple's A11, claims Zhao.
Honor 10 global theme design contest
Zhao has announced a theme-design contest for the Honor 10.
Honor commissioned some of the world's best designers to build themes for the phone. These include an Aurora theme for the Phantom Green phone.
I think I'd still go for stock Android though. Sigh...
Under-glass fingerprint sensor
The phone has an underbody fingerprint sensor, which results in a phone with minimal bezels. Is this the first, commercially available phone with an underglass fingerprint sensor?
It has a notch
The 5.84-inch near bezel-less screen has a notch, but it has a software mode to hide the notch.
Honor 10 changes colour in the light
The @Honorglobal #Honor10 is now official. Seen on stage are the Phantom Green and Phantom Blue colour variants. The Phantom Green is inspired by the Auroura Borealis. Phantom Blue transitions into a purple colour at an angle pic.twitter.com/ofOLbMRJP4— Tech2 (@tech2eets) May 15, 2018
This option is blue, but it can change also change to purple.
The Phantom Green colour of the Honor 10 is isnpired by the Aurora. It will also show hints of purple and blue.
Our first "official" glimpse of the Phantom Green Honor 10
The phone is coated in "3D glasses", which apparently creates the best "colour reflections."
Today, we can name smartphone colours, as light blue, white, etc. The Honor 10 colour is indefinable, it's dynamic.
You will see a different design in different light.
We used light-beaming (reflection, refraction, etc.) to show the Honor 10 in up to 6 other colours.
Honor: The colour changes with the lights, it's always moving, it will never be the same.
Sky's the limit
Your imagination can trick your eyes into seeing a magical phenomena.
The colour is inspired by the changing hues of a city, the movement of colour and light.
Honor: We draw our inspiration from motion and dynamics. We want to express this fast-moving element of life as design and colour. The city is our playground.
Our community of users also do not conform to stereotypes.
Inspired by a city
The excitement of Paris has been channeled into the design of the phone.
The new Honor 10 design concept
A French designer is here to talk about the design of the Honor 10.
In Russia, Honor is already in top 3. It's number 5 in India, says Zhao.
We've seen 100% growth globally, he adds.
Zhao: Within three years, we're in top 5. Within 5, we'll be in the top 3.
George Zhao, president of Honor is on stage
Three years ago, Honor launched the Honor 7 in London to "kick off Honor's global journey", says Zhao.
We're being treated to some ballet while we wait...
The countdown has begun!
The show is on....
What's the price?
Random folk on Twitter are tweeting out that pricing will start at EUR 399. That works out to roughly Rs 32,000. Some are citing prices of EUR 369 (Rs 30,000).
While we wait...
Honor fans certainly seem excited...and why shouldn't they be?