Huawei’s 4K TV, the Huawei Vision, has been launched as part of the recent Mate 30 smart phone event.Slipping in almost unseen towards the back end of the event, the TV was introduced with the somewhat clumsy slogan of Make Intelligence Bigger but the intent was clear - this is more than just a device for watching shows and movies.
Described as a large screen mobile phone, or a smart speaker with a large display, the central premise is founded on the TV’s AI functionality allowing connection with smartphones and the ever-expanding number of smart devices around the home. In this regard, it mirrors the TV recently launched by its sister company, the Honor Vision.
Huawei Vision runs the company’s own HarmonyOS - again, like the Honor TV - which is seen as the Chinese tech giant’s response to the US government barring them from access to Google’s Android OS.
Specifications for the TV were somewhat thin on the ground but the set does come in 65- and 75-inch Quantum Dot display versions with 55- and 85-inch models to come. There’s a pop-up video camera and 5.1 audio based on 8 high quality speakers, a sub woofer and a reflector. This 8+1+1 speaker arrangement uses intelligent sound field modelling and beam control to provide its immersive surround effect.
Moving onto the AI functionality and the Vision uses what Huawei calls Intelligent & Perceptive AI-Eye, which uses the video camera for facial recognition and tracking during video calls, along with features based around AI Fitness which utilises skeletal tracking during workout sessions and AI Kids which protects children’s eyes by, presumably, sending alerts when they get too close to the screen or have spent longer than a specified period in front of the screen.
Intelligent Multi-screen Collaboration, which also features in the company’s new Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro smart phones, enables content from phones and other devices to 'hop' to the TV once they are brought close enough to the supplied remote control using a process called One-Hop projection - this allows for content at up to 60fps to be cast to the TV.
The remote allows for voice control, uses Bluetooth 5.0 and will last for 3 months on a single charge via USB-C. Should you prefer, control of the TV is also possible from your Huawei phone using Intelligent Live Control.
The Vision will also act as a control centre for smart devices around the home that are connected using Huawei’s HiLink Smart Home protocol which supports over 900 devices in more than 100 categories.
It’s hard to see why Huawei and Honor have released two such closely related TVs, with the same name, the same Honghu AI picture quality engine, same pop-up video camera and similar intended functions. Both are only available in China and any future rollout to a wider market will presumably depend on a great many elements based around operating systems and interoperability outside the Chinese territory.
Nonetheless, it marks a continued move by mobile phone companies into the TV sector, albeit with an eye on consumers wanting to connect their family and home through one central control screen which still retains that all-important media and entertainment role.
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