HONOR recently announced its new HONOR Vision Smart Display. Announced during the Global Mobile Internet Conference, the sister brand of Huawei points out that HONOR Vision will differ from a traditional TV, and that it was to “accelerate the evolution of the TV industry” with some innovation.
While there wasn’t a physical unit shown during the brand’s keynote, George Zhao, President of HONOR, did lay down some of the hardware that will be present with HONOR Vision. For a starter, the new display will be powered by the Honghu 818 SoC, a chipset that was developed by both Huawei and Baidu. Unlike the Kirin chipset, it’s clear that Honghu was made for its upcoming smart display endeavour.
Zhao goes on to say that the Honghu 818 will have computing power and decoding capabilities that will enable HONOR Vision to have both excellent picture and sound quality. Further, and like most TV-centric processors, it looks like the chipset will also have some form of AI technology. That will help in 64MP image decoding, super resolution, motion estimate and compensation, noise reduction, and HDR to name a few.
Additionally, HONOR Vision will also have far-field voice interaction. Although, it’s still not clear if HONOR intends to provide integration for Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alex or just create its own voice assistant.
More importantly, it appears that HONOR will also be offering a pop-up camera with the HONOR Vision. Functioning in the same way most pop-cameras do on smartphones. That said, the concept of the pop-up camera for TVs isn’t exactly new; Samsung and LG once adopted the feature into their smart TV years ago, back when the 3DTV trend was still alive and kicking.
In any case, HONOR Vision is already available for reservations in China, at an asking price of 9999 Yuan (~RM5979). The listing does show that the display will come in a size of 55-inches, as well as a glimpse of how the pop-up camera will look like. Also, the brand will officially be unveiling its new smart display on 9 August, so we should have more details about the TV then.