Huawei lately introduced a Google-less MatePad Professional pill and two new MateBook D laptops towards a backdrop of uncertainty and doubt about its future. Not even 24 hours later, its subsidiary Honor is doing the identical, launching admittedly spectacular new merchandise which will already be unfairly judged due to their affiliation with the Chinese language large. Up to now, Honor gave the impression to be making an attempt to push a picture of an unbiased but associated model from Huawei, proving that it may really carry its guardian firm on its again. This time, the ties that bind that two are clearer than ever, maybe unintentionally displaying Honor’s solidarity with Huawei.
Honor simply introduced three new merchandise, two beneath its new “Magic” branding and a few heading for markets exterior of China. Those that stored tabs on Huawei’s occasion would possibly see acquainted faces and nearly all over the place you look, you will note Huawei’s DNA behind each Honor system.
Honor is not any stranger to smartwatches however the Honor MagicWatch 2, the successor to the Honor Watch Magic (see what they did there), undoubtedly ups the ante. It’s powered by the Kirin A1, the exact same custom-made twin chipset that runs contained in the Huawei Watch GT, delivering the identical promise of 14 days of battery life, 7 days for the smaller 42mm mannequin. The MagicWatch 2 additionally boasts of the identical options on the Huawei Watch GT2, together with TruSleep sleep monitoring, TruSeen coronary heart fee monitoring, and TruRelax stress monitoring.
The Honor MagicWatch 2 comes in 46mm and 42mm sizes and the variations are extra than simply beauty. The bigger one, for instance, has sufficient room for a mic in addition to the speaker current in each, permitting it to assist Bluetooth telephone calls. All of that for a beginning value of 189 EUR, roughly $210, when it launches in Europe.
Honor is finest recognized for its smartphones however this yr it’s taking an sudden stab on the laptop computer market with the MagicBooks. When you’ve seen Huawei’s new laptops, you might need a way of deja vu. In some circumstances, Huawei’s and Honor’s notebooks appear to match, just like the adoption of AMD Ryzen processors to energy the computer systems, or their 14-inch and 15-inch choices, or their SSD and HDD mixture. On the skin, nevertheless, the Honor MagicBook appears extra all the way down to earth, with its white end and easy design that belies the ability that comes with a hopefully shockingly low price ticket.
After which there’s the Honor View 30, typically known as the V30. It nearly appears unexciting in comparison with the opposite two new merchandise however it’s Honor’s 2019 flagship. Happily, it has each cause to face proud, being the primary in Honor’s secure to assist the 5G networks of the long run. That’s due to Huawei’s Kirin 990, making the View 30 an ironic rival of the corporate’s Mate 30. Sadly, identical to the Mate 30, markets exterior of China could not have the ability to absolutely take pleasure in its fashionable options, just like the “SuperSensing AI” Triple Digital camera, the newest GPU Turbo, and Kirin Gaming+ 2.zero.
Like Huawei, Honor will most likely bemoan how shoppers endure from the lack of alternative in the market, notably the selection of Honor merchandise. Some, after all, would possibly argue that the corporate is simply as culpable as Huawei for regardless of the US authorities has accused it of. Honor has at all times produced nice smartphones, although it has additionally produced not-so-fine ones as nicely, and it’s undoubtedly a disgrace that its mixture of high-end options and mid-tier value will virtually be misplaced on most shoppers world wide.