Huawei has been on a roll this year with pretty solid offerings. The Chinese company started with the launch of Huawei P10 and P10 Plus release at the MWC 2017 and yet continue to release new phones even as the year comes to a close. At the same time, Huawei announced the Artificial Intelligence powered Kirin 970 chipset and even brought down the 18:9 display tech to budget segment.
Here’s Huawei’s Year in Review 2017:
Huawei P10 and P10 Plus
At the MWC 2017 event earlier this year, Huawei unveiled its premium P10 and P10 Plus flagship smartphones as successors to last year’s Huawei P9 smartphone. The devices are powered by older Kirin 960 SoC paired with 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage or 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage. A 20MP monochrome and a 12MP RGB sensor form the dual camera setup. A 5.1-inch HD display ordains the P10 while a 5.5-inch 2K display comes with P10 Plus.
Huawei Mate 10 Lineup
The Chinese smartphone company’s latest flagship Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design were launched in October 2017. The Pro packs in a 6-inch OLED display with HD+ HDR 10 resolution while the regular Mate 10 comes with a more basic 5.8-inch quad-HD HDR10 LCD screen. Otherwise, Mate 10 series is very much the same with glass and metal design, AI-infused Kirin processor, dual 12+20 MP Leica camera, IP67 dust and water resistance. And more importantly, they are powered by the Artificial Intelligence backed Kirin 970 chipset.
Huawei Watch 2
Announced alongside P10 and P10 Plus, Huawei Watch 2 was first of the devices with new Android Wear 2.0 OS. The highlight of the Huawei smartwatch is its ability to work independently without the need of a smartphone. It comes with 4G, built-in GPS & heart-rate monitor, NFC, for connectivity whilst a 1.1GHz Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and 768MB of RAM powers it.
Huawei sub-brand Honor has largely succeeded in capturing budget smartphone market in countries as such India. Honor released many smartphones in the mid-range category while also announced their first flagship AI-powered smartphone. Huawei, for the most part only released Honor smartphones in the Indian market, keeping an eye on brands such as Xiaomi and Tenor.
Hornor View 10/ Honor V10
Huawei unveiled their flagship Honor View 10 just recently at an event in London. The Honor View 10 or Honor V10 comes with a 5.99-inch full HD+ display with HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The company said the V10 comes with powerful AI-focused NPU and deliver some impressive AI feats. Facial recognition, scene detection, and language translation are just some of its AI smarts. The Honor View 10 is coming to the Indian market on January 8.
Huawei also launched their Honor 9 flagship earlier this year. The Honor 9 with Kirin 960 processor paired with 4GB RAM, 20+12MP dual rear camera, 8MP selfie shooter. Honor brought in glass finish for both front and back for its device. The highlight feature of the Honor 9 is its design.
Honor V9/Honor 8 Pro
The Honor 8 Pro in the Indian market is a different smartphone from Honor because it’s aimed at the OnePlus 5. Thanks to the strong offering from OnePlus, the Honor 8 Pro did not receive enough recognition even though it’s backed by Honor’s marketing. However, the Honor 8 Pro is a great offering at Rs 26,999 from the company. It has a Quad HD display, possibly the only smartphone under Rs 30,000 with a Quad HD display, but it has huge bezels on top and bottom. The Honor 8 Pro is known as Honor V9 in other markets.
Honor 9i and Honor 7X
Honor released both the Honor 9i and Honor 7X in several markets with different monikers, but the specs remained the same. The Honor 7X (first impressions) is one stellar offering from the company. Priced at just Rs 12,999, the Honor 7X offers all-metal body, 18:9 display, dual cameras, and much more. The Honor 9i features everything Honor 7X but ups the ante with a front-facing dual camera setup.
On top of these, Huawei has launched several budget smartphones such as Huawei Enjoy 7S, Huawei Holly 4, etc. Going into 2018, Huawei will be betting big on the camera and Artificial Intelligence. It is also rumoured that Huawei is looking to launch a Triple camera smartphone called Huawei P11 at the MWC 2018 event.
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