Huawei recently announced a Google-less MatePad Pro tablet and two new MateBook D laptops against the backdrop of uncertainty and doubts about its future. Not even 24 hours later, its subsidiary Honor is doing the same, launching hugely impressive new products that may have already been unfairly judged because of their engagement with Chinese giants. In the past, Honor was trying to pursue an independent yet related brand image from Huawei, proving that it could actually carry its parent company on its back. This time, the two that tie the relationship are clearer than ever, perhaps unintentionally showing Honor’s solidarity with Huawei.
Honor announced just three new products, two under its new “Magic” branding and some for markets outside China. Those who monitor Huawei’s incident can see familiar faces and you’ll see almost everywhere, you’ll see Huawei’s DNA on the back of every Honor device.
Honor is no stranger to smartwatches, but Honor Magicwatch 2, the successor to Honor Watch Magic (see what they did there), certainly up. It is powered by the Kirin A1, the very custom-made dual chipset that runs inside the Huawei Watch GT, promising the same 14-day battery life, which is 7 days for the smaller 42mm model. The MagicWatch 2 boasts similar features on the Huawei Watch GT2, including TrueSeep Sleep Tracking, True Heart Rate Monitoring, and TrueAlex Stress Monitoring.
Honor MagicWatch 2 comes in 46 mm and 42 mm sizes and the difference is more than just cosmetic. For example, the larger one has enough room for a mic in addition to both speakers, allowing it to support Bluetooth phone calls. For a starting price of 189 euros, it is about $ 210 when launched in Europe.
Honor is best known for its smartphones but this year it is taking an unexpected step in the laptop market with MagicBook. If you have seen new laptops from Huawei, then you may have understanding of deja vu. In some cases, Huawei and Honor’s notebook computers or their 14-inch and 15-inch options or their SSD and HDD combination combine to power AMD Ryzen processors. However, Honor MagicBook looks more down to earth with its white finish and simpler design, assuming the power that comes with a lower price than one would expect.
And then there is the Honor View 30, sometimes called V30. Compared to the other two new products, it is almost unclear, but it is Honor’s 2019 flagship. Fortunately, it has every reason to be proud, being the first in Honor’s stable to support future 5G networks. This is thanks to Huawei’s Kirin 990, making the View 30 an ironic rival to the company’s Mate 30. Sadly, just like the Mate 30, markets outside of China also cannot fully enjoy their modern features like the “Superside AI” triple. Camera, the latest GPU Turbo, and Kirin Gaming + 2.0.
Like Huawei, Honor will probably be amazed at how consumers suffer from loss of choice in the market, especially the choice of Honor products. Some may, of course, argue that the company is as guilty as Huawei for whatever accusations the US government makes. Honor has always produced great smartphones, although it has also produced not-so-fine products, and it is certainly a shame that the mix of high-level features and mid-tier value is practically the world’s best. Most consumers around will be lost. .