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Honor 10 Lite specs shine on TENAA

Honor surprisingly announced a new phone would arrive on November 21. The Honor 10 Liteback panel was showcased in the hand of a local pop star, and later the phone was listed on TENAA with three model numbers – HRY-TL00, HRY-AL00, and HRY-AL00s. The entries had pictures but were scarce on specs. Today all three models received them, revealing the Lite soul of the upcoming device.

Honor 10 Lite in three colors at TENAA

The Honor 10 Lite will have a 6.21” screen with a 19.5:9 tall ratio and 1080p resolution. The selfie camera is positioned in the top center, suggesting we might see a waterdrop notch like the one on the Huawei Mate 20.

TENAA usually does not list actual chipset, but looking at the CPU frequency of 2.2 GHz, it is most likely the Kirin 710, developed by Huawei’s own HiSilicon subsidiary. RAM will be either 4 GB or 6 GB; storage is also in two version – 64 GB or 128 GB. All variants will have a microSD slot for up to 256 gigs more.

We already know the back is similar to the Honor 8X and Honor 8C, but now the dual camera setup is revealed to have modest 13 MP + 2 MP sensors. The front-facing shooter is 24 MP. Other specs include Android Pie, so EMUI 9.0 out of the box, and 3320 mAh battery.

The Honor 10 Lite weighs 162 grams and has a 154.7 x 73.6 x 8 mm body. It will arrive in at least three gradients – White, Black, and Blue. Pricing and memory configurations will be revealed officially next week at the launch in Beijing.

Huawei P Smart (2019) stops by the FCC: 3,320mAh battery, 32GB or 64GB of storage

Huawei has applied for FCC certification for the P Smart (2019) and the papers reveal some of the smartphone’s specs. The most important one is the battery capacity – the 3,320mAh cell in the new model marks an increase from the existing P Smart’s 3,000mAh capacity.

Going by the less consumer-friendly POT-LX3 name for certification purposes, the phone will exist in no less than 4 versions depending on number of SIMs and amount of internal storage. Single and dual SIM variants will be available and 32GB and 64GB storage options are in the works. In any case, there will be 3GB of RAM on board.

Sifting through the docs (some serious scrolling over pages and pages of test data required), you can also find schematics with the dimensions of the phone – the footprint is 155.2×73.4mm. It appears there’s a dual camera on the back, while the single front-facing cam is in a waterdrop-style notch – so unlike the current P Smart+ with its dual selfie camera and ‘conventional’ notch.

For the rest of the specs we’d need to wait until the official announcement – or at least the next round of leaks.

Huawei wants to introduce foldable 5G device at MWC 2019

Huawei held a private demo of a foldable 5G prototype for Korean carriers, according to ETNews. A senior government official confirmed Huawei is working on a flexible product with next-gen network support. The Korean news agency said Huawei’s plans are to introduce the phone at MWC 2019.

Prototype, released to Korean mediaHuawei is pretty much ready with the product, according to the report, with the official saying he was surprised how developed the device is. When the 5G phone is unfolded, it has 8” screen, while folded it goes down to 5”, which is slightly larger than the Samsung prototype of 4.6” and 7.3” diagonals. The manufacturer of the screen is BOE, a company with HQ in Beijing and R&D centers around the world.

Although the Chinese manufacture pitched its idea to telecom representatives and government officials, no one from Huawei Korea confirmed if the device will actually make it to the retail shelves in the Asian country.

BOE is already manufacturing bendable displaysThe final step before the phone becomes the first 5G bendable smartphone is testing the next-gen speeds. When the commercialization of 5G is ready to begin, Huawei will launch the device.

For now only the United States is ready to flip the switch on the new networks, but given the relationship between Chinese companies and the White House officials, the foldable device is more likely to be on sale first in Europe, around the second half of 2018.

Huawei’s 3D Moderator app brings AR to the Mate 20 Pro and Porsche Design

Huawei is launching its 3D Moderator app for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 RS Porsche Design which enables some pretty impressive AR tricks.

Using the advanced tech inside the Mate 20 Pro/RS Porsche Design notch and the Kirin 980 chipset, 3D Moderator can scan a real life object and let you play with it inside the camera viewfinder.

The app creates “AI Live Model” or “3D Live Object” by using the combination of the 24MP selfie camera, the dot projector, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and the IR camera, in conjunction with the Kirin 980 chipset’s two Neural Processing Units. The object you want to bring into AR should be between 15cm and 25cm. The video below gives a demonstration of how the 3D Moderator app works.

The coolest thing about 3D Moderator is its ability to animate the object you’ve scanned. It can perform actions such as jumping, ballet, happy walking, cross stepping, easy running and even Kung fu.

The 3D Moderator app is exclusive to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 RS Porsche Design and will be available via the Huawei App store on those devices.

Snapdragon 8150 AI benchmark crushes the competition, Helio P80 a close second

Aside from CPU and GPU benchmarks, modern chipsets need to worry about AI performance too. The upcoming Snapdragon 8150 from Qualcomm may claim the top spot, at least in Android-land.

A test of the dev platform (i.e. a prototype board) shows close to double the performance of the current Snapdragon 845. Which, according to the benchmark, is an even match to Huawei’s latest Kirin 980.

Speaking of the latest Kirin, Huawei was touting a 2x improvement in AI performance over the 970, but as far as this benchmark is concerned, it’s more like a 15% bump. The Kirin 980 score is just under that of the Snapdragon 845.

There’s a catch – the Snapdragon 845 score from the OnePlus 6 is spectacular, the one from the Pixel 3 is merely “meh”. Both have the same chipset, except the Google phone has a dedicated core that handles the image processing magic. So, these scores are somewhat questionable.

Still, we were surprised to see which chipset won second place – MediaTek’s Helio P80. It scores much higher than the S845, nearly as high as the Snapdragon 8150. This will be a massive jump from the current Helio P60/P70 (a +200% boost!).

Honor 10 Lite debuts with gradient colors and sub-$300 price

Huawei created Honor as a brand for the young audience with massive online presence, and its latest attempt to appeal to such customers is called Honor 10 Lite. The new device has 6.21” screen and Kirin 710 with support for GPU Turbo 2.0, but the most prominent feature, according to the company, is the fancy gradient back panel in red or blue.

The Honor 10 Lite is hardly any different from Honor 8X on the inside – the 12 nm SoC by HiSilicon is coupled with 4 GB or 6 GB RAM with up to 128 GB internal storage. The main camera setup has a 13 MP shooter with f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 2 MP sensor for depth sensing.

The game-changer is the 24 MP front-facing camera that can do pixel-binning to emulate 1.8µm pixel size and recognizes at least eight different scenes. It also learns from your selfies and optimizes them with time.

We are still 2018 and the keyword “AI” is now embroidered all over the selfie shooter. In Portrait Mode you can change the shape of the face, its color, the surrounding light, the size and color of the eye and you can whiten your teeth. Because there’s nothing more intelligent than an artificial selfie that has nothing to do with you.

Other specs of the phone include 3,000 mAh battery and latest EMUI 9, based on Android Pie. This means features like Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness and Android Dashboard are now coming out of the box.

Offered in Midnight Black, Lily White, Gradient Blue, and Gradient Red, the phone has three versions – CNY1,399 ($200/€175) for the 4/64 GB variant, CNY1,699 ($245/€215) for a 6/64 GB unit and CNY1,899 ($275/€240) for the most powerful 6/128 GB 10 Lite.

Honor 10 Lite is already available for order and will start shipping as early as tomorrow when it will arrive at offline stores as well. For now, it can be found at Huawei’s own online store Vmall.