Honor 10 brings screen notch to Android and boasts AI-infused camera

Huawei sub-brand Honor has launched its latest flagship device, the Honor 10, in London. It boasts a ‘3D glass back’, a camera, which uses AI to discern the subject of photographs, and a large, notched screen that is becoming increasingly commonplace in modern handsets.

Revealing the device at an event in London, Honor ran through the advanced camera features, which apparently use AI to recognise over 500 scenarios in real-time and adapt the picture accordingly.

It can pinpoint the outlines of various surrounding objects such as the sky, plants, people or even a waterfall, and identify their locations in the picture. It then changes the colour and other parameters to bring out the best possible pictures, Honor claims.

At the event, Honor president George Zhao keenly showed the capabilities of the device next to the iPhone X, claiming that its photographic smarts outweighed its pricier competitor.

The camera uses a dual-lens system combining a 24MP and a 16MP snapper, a system that is quickly becomingly routine even on mid-range devices such as the Honor 10.

Zhao was keen to demonstrate the phone’s “aurora glass”, which uses “15 layers of 3D glass on the back”. The effect gave the phone a shimmering colour that went from purple to blue depending on the angle at which the user holds it.

The Honor 10 includes Huawei’s in-house Kirin 970 chip, which boasts roughly similar performance to Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor.

The choice of chip, while possibly allows Honor to cut the cost of its devices, is controversial, with America recently banning Huawei devices from its military bases over cyber-security fears.

“Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to the department’s personnel, information and mission,” a Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal.

It’s speculated that Huawei’s top-down control over the design of its devices, especially the Kirin chip itself, could allow it to install backdoors to let the Chinese government spy on users of its devices.

Huawei has many deep links with the Chinese government, although no conclusive evidence has thus far been presented that demonstrates that China is actually employing this tactic.

The Honor 10 is on sale from today for £399.

Full specifications

Ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint reader (below the screen)

Software: Huawei EMUI 8.1 (Android 8.1)

Processor: Huawei Kirin 970, Octa-Core (4x2.36 GHz+4x1.8 GHz)

Memory: 64GB / 128GB

RAM: 4GB

Display: 5.84-inch 2280p x 1080p FHD+ display

Camera: 24MP + 16MP rear camera, F/1.8 wide aperture, 24MP front camera

Battery: 3,400mAh

Size and weight: 149.6 (L) x 71.2 mm (W) x 7.7 mm (T), 153g

Audio: 3.5mm jack

USB Type-C

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