We've covered quite a bit on the HONOR Smart TV, covering mainly on the fact that it will be the first device to use Huawei's very own OS, the Harmony OS. Now that the OS has been officially announced, Huawei has also made the Honor Smart TV official with the name Honor Vision Smart TV.
Based on the specs revealed, Honor's new TV is packed to the brim with impressive hardware and reveals to feel more like a smartphone in many ways. This could be beneficial for the Smart TV genre, though this is all based on the specs.
Starting off with the basics, the Honor Vision comes in two versions; regular and Pro. They both feature a 55-inch diagonal, 4K, IPS panel with 400 nits peak brightness, 178° viewing angles, 87% NTSC coverage and TUV Rheinland certification for blue light protection. It is housed within a very thin (as little as 6.9mm) metal frame, making for an impressive 94% screen to body ratio.
Probably the stand out spec comes in its internals. The smart TV comes with a Honghu 818, octa-core chipset, which does sound like smartphone-level silicon in terms of features. Some of its advanced image processing technologies include Motion Estimate and Motion Compensation (MEMC), High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDR), Super-Resolution (SR), Noise Reduction (NR), Dynamic Contrast Improvement (DCI), Auto Color Management (ACM) and Local Dimming (LD). Also on board is the HiSilicon Hi1103 chipset, which 2.4GHz, 5Hz dual-band and 160MHz bandwidth support for peek download rates up to 1.7Gbps. A lot more than what you would typically find on a smart TV.
A rarity to look out for is that the Honor Vision Smart TV comes with a Smart Pop-up AI Camera. It is present on the Honor Vision Pro and primarily intended for convenient video calls. However, in another smartphone-like move, there is a dedicated HiSilicon Hi3516DV300 NPU chipset connected to said camera enabling all sorts of Ai capabilities, including face recognition, body tracking and posture detection.
Ultimately, it all sounds amazing. But the concern remains on whether or not the OS functions as a closed proprietary software platform. For now, only a few features had been revealed for the Harmony OS. Mainly, HiLink - Huawei's open smart home and IoT ecosystem -is installed, meaning the Vision can act like a hub for all your smart home needs. The Vision TV set is also an entertainment center offering seamless connectivity to your smartphone or tablet which includes sharing files and multimedia, inputting text and controlling the TV remotely, as well as seamlessly switching between DLNA mode and Miracast display streaming with an advertised latency as low as 100ms, making potentially good enough for some casual gaming.
The Honor Vision and Honor Vision Pro are officially up for sale on vmall starting today for the regular Honor Vision and August 15 for the Pro. The regular goes for CNY 3799 (~MYR2250), while the Pro will set you back CNY4799 (~MYR2843). The difference between the two being the smart retractable camera on the Pro, six 10W speakers, instead of four and different internal storage - 16GB and 32GB respectively.