Honor Vision TV officially launched
Family values - Honor style
A brand new TV from a company hitherto best known for smartphones could be an exciting prospect. Now that it has been officially announced, just what exactly are we looking at?Honor president, George Zhao hinted at a few specs and a recent leak showed interesting snippets of detail too but now the Smart Screen TV known as Honor Vision has been officially unveiled with more information about its specification, features and function.
Enabled by the Huawei/Honor dual brand approach, the Honor Vision is the very first product to use Huawei’s newly announced Harmony OS and will only be available in China when it officially goes on sale on 15th August.
Pitched as something more than ‘just a traditional TV’ Honor has implemented what it calls ‘SharpTech’ to realise its vision.The hardware itself supports the underlying sound and vision elements by presenting a 4K HDR LED model based around a custom designed Honghu 818 chip and featuring 87% NTSC wide colour gamut, 178° viewing angle and 400 nits brightness.
Two versions were announced, Pro and Standard, and both have a screen size of 55-inches, with a 94 per cent screen to body ratio and a body which is 6.9mm deep at its thinnest point. The front of the panel features a strip of lights on the lower bezel which is designed to respond interactively with the viewer.
The Pro model has six 10 watt speakers including four full range drivers and two silk diaphragm tweeters along with a 1.6 litre sound cavity. It also features the all important pop up 1080p camera, while the Standard version only has four speakers and lacks the camera completely.
The camera on the Pro version is at the centre of one of the main functions of the Honor Vision, that of easy communication with family and friends to the extent that it feels like they are present in the room. To alleviate security concerns, Honor is keen to point out that the camera only ‘pops up’ when requested by the owner.
Honor believes that, while hardware needs to be at the heart of creating high quality audio and images, it’s the algorithmic processing and that really brings the experience to life. To that end, the Honghu 818 chip leverages its processing power to implement 7 picture quality improvement technologies, including super-resolution (SR), noise-reduction (NR), dynamic contrast improvement (DCI), automatic colour management (ACM) and motion estimation motion compensation (MEMC).
The Honor Vision uses HuaweiHisten audio processing to enable Distortion Correction, Dialogue Enhancement and Loudness Adaptive, which smooths out the volume differences when switching between channels. There’s also Bluetooth to allow the use of headphones for solo listening late at night.
Since the Honor Vision is aimed at families, both models also have low blue light certification for all eight picture modes to help protect the youngest and oldest eyes.
Other useful features include a wake-up from standby mode of just a single second and a mere two seconds for a full power on cycle, and the seamless Wi-Fi capabilities come courtesy of the same Hi1103 Wi-Fi chipset found in the company’s flagship smartphones.
The Honor Vision is designed to be a central hub of multi-device interaction. The premise is that connected devices such as smartphones and tablets can be used with the TV either as a source of information or, in some cases, to act as a control interface. All this is made possible by the Harmony OS that is intended to bring Huawei/Honor devices together, mirroring approaches by well established ecosystems such as iOS and Android.
Huawei is rolling out this operating system as a contingency plan in the event that access to Google’s Android is completely withdrawn, but even if it is not the case, Huawei seems determined to build up its own app and device ecosystem based around Harmony.
So what can this connected interactivity with the Honor Vision do? Well, there is a significant emphasis on video calling / live streaming between friends and family with these large screen interactions making up for the busy schedules or large distances that make face to face get-togethers difficult.
An array of 6 microphones can pick up voices from up to 5m away and as well as being used in video conversations they are also used for voice control of the TV - in this case, the digital assistant springs into action with the words ‘Hello YOYO.’
Examples of interactivity from Honor include the ability to cast your phone video call over to the Honor Vision TV and also add in feeds from other connected sources such as a second camera on a drone.
Using the Magic-Link one touch NFC function enables the TV user interface to be replicated on a smartphone screen so that you can then interact with the TV UI using the phone’s touch screen to select your film or music. Another potentially useful feature is the ability for the TV audio to be sent directly to a smartphone speaker to keep sound levels down so as not to disturb others. Magic-Link supports 1080p resolution and 60fps low latency screen sharing so your mobile action can be sent to the large screen for a bigger gaming experience.
There’s a family message board function to leave notes, message or instructions for others and Huawei Share enables pictures to be sent from a smartphone to the Honor Vision for everyone to enjoy. Honor reckons a 600Mb image file can be sent in around 20 seconds.
The Honor Vision is able to control and interact with compatible smart devices around the home, for example, the smart doorbell can be controlled such that it’s possible to interact with callers at your door via video before you get up to answer. The YOYO digital assistant is also able to deliver news and weather too.
The Standard version of Honor Vision without the camera will retail at 3,799 Yuan (around £450 for comparison) and the Pro version that features the camera will be 4,799 Yuan (around £570 for comparison).
Both are available for preorder and sales officially start on Aug 15th.
Although this TV doesn’t look like it will be available outside China any time soon, what do AVForums members think of Huawei/Honor moving into the TV sector? There’s been a reported record breaking number of pre-orders on the JD.com website where the Honor Vision is being advertised and another Chinese phone company, OnePlus has recently hinted at a similar TV based undertaking. Is a family friendly communication and entertainment hub something more suited to the China market or could you see it having potential elsewhere? Let us know in the discussion thread.
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