Yesterday Huawei officially took the wraps off its self-developed operating system called HarmonyOS. Now Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has released the Honor Vision TVs at the 2019 Honor developer conference, which are the first devices to feature the in-house operating system. The Honor Vision comes in standard and Pro versions, and while they are called Smart Screens by the company, they are essentially Smart TVs. With the Honor Vision, Honor joins the growing list of smartphone brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus to venture into the smart TV industry.
Technical Specifications & Features:
The Honor Vision standard and Pro variants sport 55-inch displays bearing a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. The display supports 87 percent NTSC wide colour gamut, 400 nits brightness, 178-degree viewing angle and a 60Hz refresh rate. The TV comes with German TUV Rheinland blue-light protection. The Honor Vision series flaunts a three-side bezel-less Full-View design offering up to 94 percent screen-to-body ratio. It sports a 6.9mm full metal frame and a diamond-pattern on the back. The Pro model also features a 1080p pop-up camera for video calling needs. It can angle down up to 10-degrees and only pops up during video calls. On the audio front, the Honor Vision is equipped with six 10W speakers and 1.6L sound cavity with support for Hi-Res Wireless Audio (HWA) and Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting headphones and smartphones.
The Honor Vision Series houses three chipsets under the hood. The TVs are powered by Honghu 818 CPU with a magic image processing engine. It supports HDR, super-resolution, noise reduction, dynamic contrast improvement, auto colour management, and local dimming. The AI camera NPU chipset offers AI capabilities including face recognition, body tracking, and posture detection. Lastly, the flagship-level Wi-Fi chip offers faster internet speeds and optimised connection under various environments. Both the Honor Vision variants pack 2GB RAM, however, the standard model offers 16GB onboard storage while the Pro variant comes with 32GB.
The Honor Vision smart TV is the first device to run on Huawei’s first-party HarmonyOS. Both the standard and Pro versions can act as Smart Home hubs and come with home entertainment, information sharing, and a control and management center. There is a MagicLink function to use any smartphone or tablet as a remote control. Connectivity options on the TVs include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, three HDMI ports, one USB 3.0 port and an Ethernet port.
Pricing & Availability:
The Honor Vision standard version has been priced at 3,799 Yuan (~Rs 38,214). The Pro model carries a price tag of 4,799 Yuan (~Rs 48,274). The TV will go on pre-order starting tomorrow, with sales commencing on August 15th. Honor hasn’t revealed if the TVs will be available outside China.