Honor Note 10 unveiled in China: is this the Galaxy killer?

Honor Note 10 unveiled in China: is this the Galaxy killer?

Honor, a brand close to Huawei, is preparing to revive its phablet line called (rather imaginatively) Note. Honor has revealed the design, price and technical specifications of the device at the official Chinese presentation event, and has also promised us the unveiling of an exciting new product at the IFA in Berlin. What else could it be?

Honor Note 10 officially unveiled in Cina

Honor Note 10 is finally official following the launch event. The design of the smartphone is special and resembles an Honor 8 from afar, with the layout of the Huawei P20 cameras. These cameras use 24+16MP sensors, which are supported by the ubiquitous AI for photo enhancement and stabilization (AIS).

Learn more about the Honor 10 in our video:

In the back we find a glass shell with a fingerprint reader in the center. On the front is a 18.5:9 display with a FullHD+ resolution and an extreme diagonal of 6.95 inches, dimensions reserved for tablets until recently. The front camera has 13MP.

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A big screen beauty. / © Honor

The panel is an AMOLED with support for HDR10 technology for maximum enjoyment of multimedia content and, thanks to Smart Pixel technology controlled by AI, the quality of the videos should be further improved (of course we reserve the right to test the function when reviewing). The smartphone features Dolby Atmos stereo speakers for a complete immersive experience, you can't miss them!

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ROOOOAAAAR!!! / © Honor

Kirin for maximum power

The SoC of the Honor 10 is the top-range HiSilicon Kirin 970 that Huawei and Honor are so fond of. This is accompanied by 4 or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory.

It features Huawei's Turbo GPU software technology, which promises 60% more performance with 30% lower power consumption than classic home software and the new Turbo CPU technology that can be activated with a physical button on the smartphone.

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Powerful specifications for this new smartphone. / © Honor

What is this Turbo CPU sorcery? Simply that the smartphone will clean up the running processes in the background to allow the running games to take full advantage of the entire CPU. As if Huawei were not already aggressive enough with processes in the background...

There is also a special cooling system called The Nine which should keep Honor Note 10's hot spirits at bay.

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A heatpipe similar to that of a PC. / © Honor

The battery integrated in the huge smartphone is 5000mAh with fast charging 5V and 4.5A. It's not the fastest charge we know, but it's more than enough. Thanks to the large battery Honor promises 17.5 hours of playtime, of course we will have to check in person.

Of course, Android 8.1 will run on your smartphone with EMUI customization, which has been updated to version 8.2 for the occasion.

Honor Note 10: technical specifications

Honor Note 10 Specifications
Display 6,95", FullHD+, 18,5:9
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 970
RAM 4GB / 6GB / 8GB
Internal memory 64GB / 128GB
Rear camera 24+16 MP (AIS)
Selfie camera 13 mp (AI Beauty mode)
Battery 5000mAh
OS Android 8.1, EMUI 8.2
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An elegant shell that resembles Honor 8 and Huawei P20. / © Honor

Business applications to compete with Galaxy Note 9

The smartphone can only wink at the business user because of its great power. Connecting your smartphone to a display (wired or wireless) displays a desktop mode and your smartphone acts as a touchpad.

It will also be possible to connect the mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth to Honor Note 10. This brings to mind Huawei's Easy Projection mode from which Honor took inspiration and obviously aims to compete with competitors such as Samsung's DeX Pad.

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No extra accessories are needed except a USB-C video cable. / © Honor

How much will it cost and when will you be able to buy it?

The prices on the Chinese market are very competitive, especially for the top version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. If Honor kept similar prices in other markets the smartphone would soon become a best buy! Here are the prices for China:

  • 4GB / 64GB – 2799 yuan (around $410)
  • 6GB / 128GB – 3199 yuan (around $470)
  • 8GB / 128GB – 3599 yuan (around $428)

But what about western markets? Honor has already sent out invitations for an event to be held at the IFA. The appointment is for Thursday 30 August in Berlin at 14:00. What other device than the Note 10 could be the star of the show?

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We'll see just how crazy the Honor Note 10 is after IFA. / © Honor

We're eagerly awaiting a chance to get our hands on this big beauty during the IFA in Berlin! Will you be following the German tech fair?

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  • This would have been an upgrade from my Honor Note 8, but I cannot downgrade back to FullHD. Some reports were saying this was going to be higher resolution, like 3*** x 1***.
    Looks like I am switching to the Samsung (true) Note line with a stylus.

  • This phone will be putting more pressure on Samsung and the Note phones,Which are getting too expensive to buy,7" might sound big,but Smartphone screens have got bigger every year,and for Watching Videos or Tv on this phones is going to make it a popular phone,just can"t wait to see and read a review about this phone,to see if its worth buying

  • :)

  • Ohhhh yeah, i'm gonna get the 8/128 model!

  • I have a Mate 9, the 8 before that and the 2 before that. 4,000mAH gets about 2 days.
    Unless you use your phone 24/7, something with a 7" screen and 6,000mAH battery is too big for me, but, hey, whatever floats your boat. At least with Android, you have CHOICES in the size of phones.

  • Impressive, especially for the price, but will be almost impossible to get in the U.S. Honor should do what they did(honor 5X), and what Samsung does, release their new models with snapdragons for the U.S. Maybe the regulators would go for that.

  • Yikes, a 6000mamp battery. That's what I call battery power? I hope other OEM'S start incorporating batteries this size!

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