Yesterday, Honor launched its large screen premium smartphone, the Honor X10 max in China. This is the only smartphone by the company which offers such a massive 7.09-inch display screen, ideal for watching movies or playing games. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Density 800 chipset, making it the third such Huawei/Honor device in the past few weeks. The phone follows a similar design as the Honor X10 was announced early in May. This includes a rectangular camera like the Honor X10. The Max variant features a traditional waterdrop display on the display. Thanks to the design team, the company decided to retain the 3.5-mm headphone jack as well as the side-mounted fingerprint scanner and power button, similar to its smaller variant.
The Honor X10 max comes with an RGBW color display replacing the traditional RGB. The additional W stands for white sub-pixels that are supposed to reduce the power consumption of the panel when white color is the display. The company claims that by using RGBW that have successfully reduced the power consumption. The panel also filters out harmful blue light that emits from the mobile phone screen especially at night time.
The Honor X10 max comes with 6GB RAM and 8GB Ram and has up to 128GB internal storage. To keep the prices of the handset, the company decided to skip the 256GB ROM option. The phone features a three-camera system at the rear side including the primary camera on the phone that it 48MP paired with an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP depth sensor lens. For taking selfies, you get an 8MP selfie shooter housed in a waterdrop notch. Given the display screen size, the phone needs a large battery as well. You get a 5,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging. The X10 comes with a 4,300mAh battery. The Honor X10 max uses 1217 linear stereo speaks with smart PA for amplifying its sound. The phone comes in three colors - Racing blue, black, and silver. The honor X10 max will go on sale from July 3 across all major retailers in China.
Honor is a leading smartphone brand affiliated with Huawei Group. Despite being an independent series, it is common to see Honor models sharing a similar design with their Huawei counterparts. The Honor 30 Lite 5G (Youth) is expected to launch under that flag name. The phone will be rebranded as Honor 30 5G lite for the rest of the world. Recently, we have seen some real-life images of the Honor 30 5G lite online that give us a glimpse of the rear design. The design look somewhere similar to Huawei enjoys Z 5G's design.
As per leaked images online, the device will feature a triple camera system housed inside a rectangular module placed at the top-left corner of the rear panel. The backside of the phone has an impression of sunbeams radiating from the bottom-left corner. As per rumors, the device will feature a 6.5-inch display which may likely hold a punch-hole design. The Honor 30 Lite 5G has a display with 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, Full HD+, and a tall aspect ratio of 20:9. The refresh rate of the display is rumored to be 90Hz.
The phone is powered by a powerful MediaTek MT6873 SoC. So, far we don't know anything about RAM or storage configuration. The device holds a 4,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging. The phone runs on the latest version of OS - Andriod 10 out of the box. For the front camera, the device features a 16MP camera. The rear camera setup is made of a 48MP primary camera sensor teaming up with an 8MP and 2MP sensor.
This is not new to anyone in the industry, but the Trump Administration has intentionally tried to hurt Chinese manufacturers and their business by placing these and its subsidiaries on the country's Entity list. That means that Chinese manufacturers like Huawei can't import products from US-based companies. This restriction was also imposed on software-based products as well. The immediate side effects of this trade ban are that many new Huawei and Honor smartphones can't use the Google Mobile Services, which includes the Google Play Store and Google Play Services.
This trade ban starts to imply on the smartphones being launched in late 2019 and early 202 flagship devices. Which includes the Huawei Mate 30 series and the Huawei P40 series. However, Huawei has found some unique way around this trade ban, which involves tweaking an existing already-certified model and then re-releasing it to the market. That's what the company seems to be working on right now with the upcoming Huawei P30 Pro New Edition. The smartphone in question was promoted on Huawei's consumer page in Germany. It previously launched a P30 Lite new Edition with Google Mobile Services.
This removes the limitation on Huawei - that can't get GMS certification for new phone models and can use the certification for only the existing model. Huawei can re-release and rebrand their existing phones as many times as they like. This is a quite flexible probation for them, too. They can add a few upgrades such as RAM, storage, and different variants of the camera module without trying to ship a new SoC. They can even change the final design of the finished product to make it look brand new. Based on the existing SoC, the phone will have a HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC since that will allow the company to retain the original P30 Pro's GMS certification. And we may have to see some new upgrades in terms of more storage, RAM, and design options.
The Huawei P40 Pro just got better than the last year's P30 to the point where it is nothing but perfect. It takes the P series features to the next level in a big way. With a massive camera sensor, 90Hz display refresh rate, and updated internals, there is a lot to talk about the P40 Pro. The only cons here is the lack of Google services impacts it in such a negative way. Last year, the Huawei P30 Pro was one of the best camera phones that had ever seen. Its innovative zoom camera and impressive image quality are nothing but excellent.
Despite having everything perfect on the specs sheet the phone is having a problem among the masses due to its lack of Google apps. The hardware is more than perfect but is it enough to make up for its software deficiencies? The phone has a curved top and bottom edges that make swipe gestures so smooth. The aluminum sides help users to hold it in their hands effortlessly. The volume and home buttons are set on the right edge. The device is IP68-rated and will survive some water exposure.
The phone comes with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chipset. It's a decent system-on-a-chip with similar CPU power to the Snapdragon 855. The device seems reasonably fast thanks to the Kirin 990 5G and 8GB RAM. But it's not a gaming device due to less capable GPU. The phone comes with a 4,200mAh battery, 256GB storage, and 40W supercharging. You can charge Huawei P40 Pro from zero to 100% in just 74 minutes. This might not sound impressive, but it gets to 97% in just 60 minutes. The face unlock feature is pretty fast and uses infrared technology to help detect the user's face even in the dark.
Last year, the Trump administration decided to put Huawei and its subsidiaries on the U.S Commerce department's entity list to prevent any security risk. This prevented Huawei to have any kind of trade including the licensing from Google for its new devices. For the first few months, Huawei rebranded its existing pre-certified devices to release in the international smartphone market. Even before the ban, Huawei was working on AppGallery which is the alternate app of Google Play store and Huawei mobile services are alternative to Google Play services.
The company is about to launch its next flagship series - Huawei P40 and customers still need to be convinced that they can survive without Google apps. One of the highlighted app as an alternate of Google app is the native Huawei search app, which is in the beta phase right now. Redditor /u/being null informed us that Huawei is recruiting users in the UAE to test the new Huawei Search application.
Google not only gives you access to the search engine but also has Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google podcasts, and many more. Currently, Huawei search is a basic search engine but we may see other features in the future as well. Huawei search allows you to input a basic query to search the internet for web pages, news, blogs, articles, or videos. There is also a weather widget that displays current 24-hour weather forecast data from the China meteorological administration.
In settings, you can have a peek into the search history or can turn it off, give feedback, change the search region or language, toggle safe search or change the app's search scope. The search service is provided by Aspigel limited. There is no information on which search engine Huawei is currently using as the search results from Huawei didn't match results from Google or Yahoo. This service may seem in its early phases but hopefully, it will evolve into something better and who knows might compete with Google in the near future.