Once upon a time, small phones were all the rage. It’s hard to believe now, but when it was first released, the original Samsung Galaxy Note – dismissed as too big for most people – had a 5.3-inch screen. That puts would put it neatly in the midrange nowadays, and positively tiny compared to the new 6.95-inch Honor Note 10.
While it’s quite a bit bigger than the phablets of old, it crucially doesn’t look like it is, thanks to the way that bezels and other internals have shrunk over the intervening years. At just 7.6mm thick, the Honor Note 10 is certainly slim, even if it is wide.
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What else can you expect from Honor’s latest? Well, the handset will be powered by the Kirin 970 processor – the same chip that impressed in its parent company’s Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro – backed by 6GB or 8GB of RAM.
The phone seems to be available in a dual-SIM or single SIM plus microSD card configuration, but will come with either 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage as well.
The huge screen will have a resolution of 1080 x 2220 – which certainly won’t be the sharpest around on a display that’s pushing seven inches – and the phone will be running Android Oreo with the usual Honor/Huawei EMUI skin over the top.
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Despite being on the larger end of smartphones available in 2018, Honor doesn’t find room for a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a bit of a disappointment, but there is at least plenty of space for a generous 5,000mAh battery.
For now, the Honor Note 10 is just a product for China or grey importers. The entry-level model is due to cost ¥2799 – which comes to around £310/$410.
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