And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

Plus an optional stinkin' Notch

Huawei previously used its Primark brand, Honor, to bring high-priced tech to a much more affordable package. But this time it's using Honor to introduce a feature the industry insisted it wasn't ready for: an under-glass fingerprint sensor.

The new Honor 10 – which like the P20s has an optional, removable Notch – also includes an "ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint sensor", the first in a mass-market phone.

Huawei doesn't say if it developed the Ultrasonic sensor itself, or used a Synaptics part.

Perhaps the question we should be asking is why aren't we seeing it in more phones? Over 30 Androids will appear with a Notch homage this year – and probably the final count will be many more.

The Honor 10 is a hyper-aggressive offering, following on barely six months after its predecessor.

The phone bundles up a 5.84-inch 2,280x1,080 resolution display (19:9), with the chip that was brand spanking new only six months ago, the 12-core Kirin 970, a 3,400mAh battery, 4GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage, and a 24MP+16MP dual main camera. It has a gradient glass back, and is comparatively light: just 153g. Like the recent high-end P20s, Huawei packs in a 24MP front selfie.

Huawei thus performs the trick of packing in 2018 flagship specs for less than the cost of last year's now-discounted flagships – which is a useful benchmark for canny buyers. All very impressive.

In fact, all you will miss is the Huawei and Leica branding. Instead of a Leica-branded imaging unit, there's the generic and fairly blunt label "AI Camera". Huawei tells us the "AI" can recognise "500+ scenarios in 22 categories".

Honor 10

Click to enlarge

Honor 10 (front)

There's not much to look at on the front – and maybe that's the point
Click to enlarge

The Honor 10 looks similar to the Honor 9, and apart from the fingerprint sensor being moved to the rear, you'd have a job telling them apart.

We found Huawei's aggressive use of what it insists on calling "AI" in the P20 and P20 Pro has more to do with willy-waving than high-fidelity imaging. The P20 and P20 Pro cameras performed far better when the "Master AI" setting was turned off because leaving it on led to oversaturated shots. Those flagships are sold to photographers but in reality only vanity Instagrammers will be really happy with the results – so eventually something's got to give. Let's hope it's the AI.

Cult of Yoof

Honor wouldn't be Honor if it didn't include a burned offering at the shrine of the Millennial. "Who are Honor people?" asked Huawei exec Steve Jiang in 2015. "They try [to] wear a flower in their own hair. They are young people." Happily George Zhao carries on this tradition in the canned release for the device.

"We want to co-create a new lifestyle with young people worldwide. We listen to them, we bounce ideas around with them, and we cheer for them. They are our inspiration, and the reason we created the Honor 10."

We've been told that the 128GB flagship model will set you back £399 and they go on sale today. We'll have a Hands On for you young people shortly. ®

Similar topics

Other stories you might like

  • Amazon warehouse staff granted second chance to vote for unionization

    US labor watchdog tosses previous failed result in the trash

    America's labor watchdog has given workers at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, another crack at voting for unionization after their first attempt failed earlier this year.

    “It is ordered that the election that commenced on February 8 is set aside, and a new election shall be conducted,” Lisa Henderson, regional director at the National Labor Relations Board, ruled [PDF] on Tuesday.

    “The National Labor Relations Board will conduct a second secret ballot election among the unit employees. Employees will vote whether they wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.”

    Continue reading
  • It's the flu season – FluBot, that is: Surge of info-stealing Android malware detected

    And a bunch of bank-account-raiding trojans also identified

    FluBot, a family of Android malware, is circulating again via SMS messaging, according to authorities in Finland.

    The Nordic country's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC-FI) lately warned that scam messages written in Finnish are being sent in the hope that recipients will click the included link to a website that requests permission to install an application that's malicious.

    "The messages are written in Finnish," the NCSC-FI explained. "They are written without Scandinavian letters (å, ä and ö) and include, for example, the characters +, /, &, % and @ in illogical places in the text to make it more difficult for telecommunications operators to filter the messages. The theme of the text may be that the recipient has received a voicemail message or a message from their mobile operator."

    Continue reading
  • AsmREPL: Wing your way through x86-64 assembly language

    Assemblers unite

    Ruby developer and internet japester Aaron Patterson has published a REPL for 64-bit x86 assembly language, enabling interactive coding in the lowest-level language of all.

    REPL stands for "read-evaluate-print loop", and REPLs were first seen in Lisp development environments such as Lisp Machines. They allow incremental development: programmers can write code on the fly, entering expressions or blocks of code, having them evaluated – executed – immediately, and the results printed out. This was viable because of the way Lisp blurred the lines between interpreted and compiled languages; these days, they're a standard feature of most scripting languages.

    Patterson has previously offered ground-breaking developer productivity enhancements such as an analogue terminal bell and performance-enhancing firmware for the Stack Overflow keyboard. This only has Ctrl, C, and V keys for extra-easy copy-pasting, but Patterson's firmware removes the tedious need to hold control.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021