Honor might not have access to Google Play Services, but it’s still able to deliver some intriguing devices. And the newly announced Honor X10 5G definitely seems to fit the bill.
The new phone is the first 5G-enabled device in the Honor X series, being powered by the brand-new Kirin 820 5G chipset. Honor’s device also packs 6GB to 8GB of RAM, and 64GB to 128GB of expandable storage (via NM cards).
Another major selling point is the 6.63-inch 90Hz LCD screen (FHD+), giving you a higher refresh rate and a smoother experience compared to traditional 60Hz panels. It’s not quite as high as 120Hz seen on Samsung’s flagships and the OnePlus 8 Pro, but it’s nevertheless welcome to see. The display is a full-screen design too, thanks to the presence of a 16MP pop-up selfie camera.
A high refresh rate and 5G are two of the biggest battery drains on smartphones right now, and Huawei is offering a 4,300mAh battery to keep things going. Don’t expect 40W fast charging here as seen on the P40 series, as you’ll need to make do with 22.5W top-ups.
The Honor X10 5G also sports a triple rear camera, featuring a 40MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide camera, and 2MP macro shooter. The 40MP camera features an RYYB filter much like Huawei’s flagship phones, which should result in much-improved low-light picture quality compared to rival devices.
Honor says the Honor X10 5G will retail for 1,899 yuan (~$267) for the 6GB/64GB variant, 2,199 yuan (~$310) for the 6GB/128GB model, and 2,399 yuan (~$338) for the 8GB/128GB option. The company hasn’t disclosed whether the device will leave China, but it certainly seems like a great mid-range 5G option if the lack of Google support doesn’t put you off.
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