Huawei made an announcement at CES that the Honor 7X and Honor View 10 would be coming to the US this year. New information has confirmed the release date of the Honor View 10 as March 23rd, with pre-orders available now.
Smartphone releases generally follow soon after the announcement, and in most cases, the specifications and features of a phone are known long before the existence is actually made public – at least for any popular release. The Honor View 10 has already been around for several months in Huawei’s home country of China, so we already have an idea of what we’ll see with the US release rather than having to rely on leaks and rumors.
The Honor View 10 is similar in specifications to the flagship Mate 10 Pro. Featuring the same Kirin 970 processor, we should expect similar performance to the Mate 10 Pro, although the rest of the specifications are a little lower. The 16-megapixel camera is a little less impressive, and the 3750 mAh battery and LCD display are a bit of a downgrade from the premier flagship. However, we’ll see 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, and a high-end thin-bezel design that gives the phone a premium look.
The lower specifications of the Honor View 10 might seem a little disappointing, but when you consider that the phone costs just $499, it’s actually rather impressive that the company managed to pack in so much power to a mid-range device. It will also feature the latest version of Android 8.1 Oreo – an operating system that only a fraction of recent smartphones have decided to support. Fans of the headphone jack will also be happy to see that it is retained with the Honor View 10, making it easier to listen to your tunes without any specialized headphones.
The 7X is also releasing alongside the Honor View 10, but we’ve actually had a variant of the phone in the US for a bit already. However, this new release will feature a more powerful version with upgraded RAM and storage.
With the release of yet another phone into the US market, Huawei is clearly hoping that their phones gain more traction on a worldwide scale. While the company has seen great success with almost all of their phones in China, the West has been slow to warm up to the idea of a new brand of smartphone. With recent reports of technical issues such as the inability of many Huawei phones to support Android Car Play, it’s clear that there are some issues that need to be ironed out in order for these devices to play on the same field as the likes of Apple and Samsung. Hopefully, with the release of these new US models, Huawei has polished their phones to the point that they can start to capture the attention of a user base that is currently pretty loyal to a few brands when it comes to flagships – or even to mid-range phones.
The Honor View 10 is available for pre-order now, and as mentioned above will ship for the price of $499 on March 23rd.