Honor’s new smartphone has an AI processor and its own take on Apple’s Animoji


Honor today officially unveiled two new phones, including its latest flagship device, the Honor View 10. The Huawei sub-company says the phone uses an AI processor that can recognize different scenes to take better photos, optimize the phone’s system, and improve ease of use. The V10 comes with a Full HD 6-inch display on a 18:9 screen, a dual-lens camera (at 16MP and 20MP), 6GB of RAM, a 13MP front-facing camera, fast charging, and a new EMUI based on Android 8. The phone also can be charged up to 50 percent in 30 minutes. Most notably, however, the V10 has what’s called a 3D Facial Animation feature, which is a carbon copy of Apple’s Animoji that tracks your face and transposes that onto an animal character. “We want to be friends with the young people,” said Honor president George Zhao at the product launch in London.

3D Facial Animation = Animoji

Honor is really emphasizing the AI capabilities of its device with the Kirin 970 chip, and the phone features facial unlocking, intelligent display rotation (so the phone doesn’t change orientation if you’re using it in bed for example), and an intelligent notifications lock. There’s also a function for users to take a photo of a sign in another language, which can be translated to English — a similar function to Google Lens.

The V10 comes in navy blue or midnight black, and is available globally starting on January 8th for £449.99 (around $605).

In addition to the View 10, Honor also announced the more affordable Honor 7X, which has a 5.93-inch screen with an 18:9 ratio and an edge-to-edge screen. It features a dual-lens 16MP and 2MP rear camera, and an autofocus rate of 0.18 seconds. It also comes with 4GB of RAM and a 3,340mAh battery that should last more than one day on a single charge, the company says. The 7X is £269.99 (around $365) and available now.

Photography by Thuy Ong / The Verge

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