Honor 10 exploits artificial intelligence to turn lay users into camera artistes

AI, AI Sir!

Bangalore, June 5 2018: Huawei has been  perfecting an interesting marketing  strategy  for 3 years now:  It  launches  the latest technology with it Honor phones. Then  6-8 months down the line, it offers a condensed version of the same features in a cheaper, " lite" avatar.  Even as  Honor lite 9  is  finding buyers this year, it has launched   its 2018 flagship, Honor 10.  And this not just a handset,  but a  heavyweight AI platform.  Its rear camera is a combo of 16 MP and 24 MP lenses  and it recognize 22 image categories:  cloudy,  lake, sky, architecture, portrait etc.   AI software then  matches the scene with the appropriate camera setting  -- no fumbling with apertures and speeds. And  it shoots full 4K video at 30 frames per second. The front camera is no slouch either, with a 24 MP  lens  and  here, AI's box of tricks   does facial modelling and  selects  the best studio light setting  for that perfect  self portrait.

All this  needs a lot of RAM and Honor 10 has enough:   6 GB. The 128 GB storage  has no expansion slot  -- which I think is a pity.... what do you do with all those heavy 4K videos you shot? The screen is 5.84 inch with better-than-HD resolution at 2280 x 1080 pixels and at 153 grams, you can easily hold and shoot with one hand.  In addition to face unlock, the phone has embedded an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner under the screen, which is more convenient than a rear scanner. The 3400 mAh battery  comes with a super charger that can get you 50% charged in about 20 minutes.  Indians who love two  accounts  can rest easy, the phone takes twin nano SIMs. The asking price is Rs 32,999 and  for  dummies like most of us, the   superior cameras alone would clinch a purchase decision.