After amping up the ante with the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei just announced its affordable honor V10 smartphone. Taking design cues from the Mate 10/Mate 10 Pro and featuruing a tall, 18:9 display and a dual-camera setup, the all-new honor V10 costs significantly less than its more premium brethren, but looks like it encapsulates all the core fundamentals that made the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro noteworthy handsets.
So, what's under the hood?
There's a 5.99" LCD display up front, boasting a resolution of 1,080 by 2,160 pixels and a trendy 1:2 aspect ratio. Powering the honor V10 is the speedy Kirin 970 chipset, which is also making the rounds inside the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro. Versions with 4 or 6GB of RAM are also available, coming with 64GB or 128GB of native storage, respectively. A microSD card slot is also present, and you also get a 3.5mm audio jack like all the cool kids do. A hefty 3,750mAh battery at the back makes sure you power through at least a day of heavy usage; there's also fast charging included.
One of honor V10's features that definitely bring the price tag down is the lack of a Leica-branded camera at the rear, which is a key feature of the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro. Still, the honor V10 still comes with dual 16MP + 20MP cameras at the rear. The 20MP unit is a monochrome sensor with a large aperture of f/1.8 though there's no OIS present. Up front, we get a 13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and what seems to be Huawei's take on Apple's animoji fad - yes, you will be able to create animated emoji videos and send them to your pals just like with the iPhone X.
The honor V10 will be initially priced at CNY2,700 (~$410) for the 4GB/64GB model and CNY 3,000 (~$450) for the 6GB/128GB variation. The deal is as sweet as they come, but as of now, the phone is only confirmed to be initially available in China on multiple online retailers like Vmall, JD, and Tmall. Plans for a wider availability could potentially be announced on December 5, when another Huawei press event is planned. December 5 also happens to be the date when the honor V10 launches in China.
The device will be available in Aurora Blue, Beach Gold, Night Black, and Charm Red.