Return of the big screen: Honor launches the 7.09-inch X10 Max
Honor has unveiled its latest mid-range 5G smartphones today. One of these, the 30 Youth Edition, is this brand's version of the Huawei Enjoy Z, as rumored. The X10 Max, on the other hand, brings true phablet dimensions back to the X series for the first time in a few years. Its 7.09-inch FHD+ display packs the RGBW conformation teased by its OEM earlier, which confers a brightness level of 780 nits on the device.
The X10 Max is also rated to support HDR10, TUV Rheinland-certified blue-light reduction and 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. On the other hand, it is LCD (which means that it also has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner) and has a standard 60Hz refresh rate.
The new 30-series variant, on the other hand, gets a more competitive 90Hz spec, along with an 180Hz touch sampling rate. Therefore, its big sibling seems distinctly geared towards content-consumption rather than other activities such as gaming.
As if to underpin this impression, the X10 Max has dual 48+8MP rear cameras, whereas the 30 Youth Edition has more extensive 48+8+2MP shooters. However, Honor asserts that the larger device can still manage "Super Night Vision" and AI camera features.
Both it and the 30 Youth Edition support 22.5 watt (W) fast(ish)-charging, although the Max gets a 5000mAh battery whereas the latter makes do with 1000mAh less. The new phones run Android 10 under the Magic UI 3.1 skin.
The new Max is now listed on the Chinese retail platform Vmall, set at a price of 2099 yuan (~US$297) for a SKU with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Alternatively, there is an 8GB/128GB top-end unit for 2499 yuan (~$354).
The 30 Youth Edition, on the other hand, starts at 1699 yuan (~$240) for a 6/64GB SKU. This goes up through 6/128GB for 1899 yuan (~$268) for the same RAM and 128GB of internal storage, or 2199 yuan (~$311) for an 8/128GB maxed-out model. The new releases are set to go to general sales on July 8 and 3, 2020 respectively.
Therefore, Honor has clearly scrimped on fixed storage in order to keep these new phones' prices attractive; then again, there is an NM slot in the Youth Edition at least for more memory. It will be interesting to see if this costing trend holds should this device be launched internationally with the new name of 30 Lite as projected.