Honor might not have access to Google Play Services, but itâ€™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. Honorâ€™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. Itâ€™s not quite as high as 120Hz seen on Samsungâ€™s flagships and the OnePlus 8 Pro, but itâ€™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. Donâ€™t expect 40W fast charging here as seen on the P40 series, as youâ€™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 Huaweiâ€™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 hasnâ€™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 doesnâ€™t put you off.
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