With the Honor X10 Max, the Huawei subsidiary brand Honor has introduced a smartphone that is basically a small tablet with a screen size of more than seven inches. The “Phablet” announced for the Chinese market offers 5G support.
The Honor X10 Max is one thing above all: huge. The screen of the capital smartphone is enormously large with a 7.09 inch diagonal and should probably be used primarily for media consumption on the go. The display uses an IPS panel, which offers a stretched Full HD resolution with 2280×1080 pixels and a pixel density of 356 PPI. At the top, there is a small cut-out for the front camera.
MediaTek processor with 5G on board – thanks to the US embargo
Under the hood, unlike what has been the case with Huawei smartphones so far, instead of a Kirin SoC from Huawei’s in-house chip manufacturer HiSilicon, there is a MediaTek Dimensity 800 Octacore SoC, which is also referred to internally as MT6873 and eight computing cores with a maximum clock rate of 2.0 Gigahertz offers. The chip stands out primarily because it is one of the first MediaTek platforms that come with a directly integrated 5G modem.
The 5G modem from MediaTek only transmits in sub-6 GHz networks and is therefore primarily suitable for the Chinese market, even if such 5G networks are currently being created in Europe. Depending on the model, Huawei installs 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128 GB of RAM in the Honor X10 Max. The expansion of the memory using a microSD card slot is easily possible.
The Honor X10 Max offers the latest standard food for the cameras: the main sensor with 48MP is used, which is supplemented with a simple depth sensor with 2MP. In the “Notch” on the front, there is a relatively simple 8MP camera. The 5000mAh battery is less generously dimensioned than the large display and 5G support might suggest. In addition to the sub-6 GHz frequencies, the radio also uses NFC; LTE, dual-band ac-WLAN, and Bluetooth 5.1. A USB Type-C port is on board for the power supply, which can be used to quickly charge the large Honor smartphone with up to 22.5 watts. You have to do without wireless charging or similar premium features here. As always, Android 10 runs as the operating system, although a possible launch in Europe, like all new Huawei smartphones, does not support Google services and apps.
Like its sister models, the Honor X10 Max will soon only be launched in China, where Huawei has set a minimum price of just under 270 dollars. For a 5G smartphone, this is an extremely attractive price.