We already heard murmurings of a Kirin 820 chipset earlier this month, and now Honor has made it official by launching the Kirin 820-powered Honor 30s in China.
The new chipset is a reasonably heavy lifter on the CPU front, delivering four Cortex-A76 cores (one at 2.36Ghz and three at 2.22Ghz) and four Cortex-A55 cores (1.84Ghz). This should translate into better multi-core performance in theory than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 700 series.
What else does Honor 30s offer?
5G generally requires more juice than 4G, but the Honor 30s features a 4,000mAh battery that’s not exactly large compared to other 5G phones. Fortunately, 40W wired charging means you can hit 100% capacity in just over an hour, and 70% in 30 minutes (there’s no wireless charging though).
The phone is pretty solid in the camera field though, delivering a 16MP selfie camera in a punch-hole and a quad rear camera arrangement. The quad system consists of a 64MP main camera, 8MP 3x telephoto shooter, 8MP ultra-wide camera, and 2MP macro sensor.
Other notable specs include a 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD screen with an unspecified refresh rate, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB-C, 3.5mm port, and storage expansion (yay!) via NM card (boo!). Don’t expect an IR blaster or NFC though.
The Honor 30s is listed at 2,399 yuan (~$338) for the 8GB/128GB model via Tmall, and 2,699 yuan (~$380) for the 8GB/256GB variant.