Honor View10 launching for $499 USD with the same processor as the Mate 10 Pro
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After being available in Europe for more than a month, the View10 will finally be coming to North America on March 22 at the highest price point yet for a Honor smartphone.
Similar to how last year's Honor 7X was intended to disrupt the budget category with its very affordable $200 USD launch price, the Honor View10 is intended to disrupt the flagship market occupied by the iPhone 8, iPhone X, and Galaxy S9 smartphones. The View10 will be hundreds of Dollars less than these examples at just under $500 USD with competitive specifications including its Kirin 970 SoC and integrated AI-ready APU for very similar AI-ready capabilities and performance as the $900 Huawei Mate 10 Pro. In short, the View10 will be one of the fastest and most feature-packed Android smartphone at its price range.
Honor will also be bolstering the View10 AI capabilities through its Honor Open Source program where 1000 independent developers from around the world will be invited to build software and apps that utilize the NPU. These developers will each receive a free unlocked View10 smartphone with automatic root access, TWRP recovery, and other ROMs available from the start. The manufacturer will even apply the same one-year limited warranty to these factory-rooted devices which will be the first for a major smartphone brand.
Core specifications and details on the View10 can be seen in our overview of the device here. The U.S. version will launch in only one SKU for now (6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage) and be nearly the same with necessary changes to the GSM radio. Unlike on the European model, the U.S. model will ship with Android 8.1 pre-installed but with otherwise the same EMUI 8.0 features.