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Honor ViewPad 6 tablet comes with Wi-Fi 6 and octa-core Kirin 985 5G SoC but without Google services; prices start at 2,199 yuan (US$310)

The Honor ViewPad 6 is the world's first Wi-Fi 6 tablet. (Image source: Honor)
The Honor ViewPad 6 is the world's first Wi-Fi 6 tablet. (Image source: Honor)
The Honor ViewPad 6 is the world’s first tablet to offer Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and it also features a powerful octa-core Kirin 985 5G chipset, a 10.4-inch 2K screen, and apparently it offers faster download speeds than an iPad Pro (2020). Starting at 2,199 yuan (US$310), the ViewPad 6 tablet will not come with Google Services.

The Honor ViewPad 6 tablet has an attractive specifications package and comes at a reasonable price point. The company has just announced the variants, prices, and release dates for the upcoming Wi-Fi 6-capable slate, which will undoubtedly appeal to many users in the domestic market of China. However, without Google Services onboard, it’s possible the Honor ViewPad 6 will struggle to sell in international markets.

The Honor ViewPad 6 tablet, which is fitted with the 8-core Kirin 985 SoC to enable 5G communication, will be initially available in four configurations:

  • Wi-Fi 6 GB + 64 GB: 2,199 yuan (US$310)
  • Wi-Fi 6 GB + 128 GB: 2,499 yuan (US$353)
  • 5G 6 GB + 128 GB: 3,199 yuan (US$452)
  • 5G 8 GB + 256 GB: 3,999 yuan (US$565)

Along with the RAM and storage choices, buyers of the ViewPad 6 will get a 10.4-inch tablet with a 2K resolution display, Android 10 (Magic UI 3.1 overlay), 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP selfie camera, quad speakers, and a 7,250-mAh battery. The marketing blurb claims the Honor ViewPad 6, the world's first Wi-Fi 6 tablet, can easily outgun the iPad Pro in terms of peak download speeds.

However, the big thorn in the side for Honor is the inability to utilize Google Services due to the US trade restrictions with China. This means the premium Honor ViewPad 6, which is also aesthetically pleasing as well as packed with high-end components, might not get the attention it deserves outside of China. The ViewPad 6 is currently available for pre-order from June 13 to June 17 before becoming officially available for purchase.

Honor ViewPad 6 prices. (Image source: Gizchina)
Honor ViewPad 6 prices. (Image source: Gizchina)

Source(s)

Honor (in Chinese) & VMall (in Chinese) & JD.com (in Chinese) via Gizchina

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-06-13 (Update: 2020-06-13)