Well after Samsung and LG besides their phones have launched its smart TV, Huawei has unveiled its Honor brand’s first smart TV. It is also the first product powered by the Android alternative the company launched at its developer conference. According to the company, Harmony’s is aimed at IoT devices like smart displays and speakers, as well as wearables and in-car devices. On the other hand, Huawei has been developing its own operating system for a while now in case time comes that it can’t use Android anymore.
The Smart TV features a 55-inch 4K display and includes Huawei’s Honghu 818 chipset along with an octa-core processor.
Honor’s First Smart TV
The Chinese company has launched its own operating system, after Google has cut down its ties with it. HarmonyOS will run on everything from wearables to PCs and tablets, but for now Huawei says its focus is on “smart screens” like this. Although the company has indicated that the OS is ready to run on phones, it has said that it plans to continue using Android for its own smartphones for the time being.
Honor President George Zhao said the new display, called Honor Vision, is meant to be used not just as a TV, but also as an information center and a control panel of sorts for your connected devices.
Besides that the TV is equipped with SoCs and chipsets from Huawei’s semiconductor company HiSilicon. Owners will be able to use their phones or tablets to search for programs to watch. On the other hand, user can also sync what they’re typing out on their phones, and they can project files on the display. The more expensive Pro model has a 1080p pop-up camera for video calls with AI capabilities, including facial recognition, body tracking and posture detection, as well.
Honor Vision will be available in two versions; both are with 4K HDR capability. The Pro version has twice the storage (32GB) of the standard one and is priced at RMB3,799 (US$680), RMB1,000 (US$142) more expensive than its basic sibling. Pre-orders are now open in China and a wide release is expected on August 15th, but there’s no word yet on whether it’ll ever be available outside Huawei’s home country.