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Honor strides on with Huawei’s HarmonyOS

Following reports of Honor's ambitions in large-screen sector earlier this month, the subsidiary of Huawei has unveiled a blueprint for smart home, with Honor's Vision — the company's first 55-inch SmartTV — as the control hub.

Despite being caught in the crossfires of the US-China trade wars, Huawei did not falter in the chaos and is set to launch ‘Plan B’: HarmonyOS — a distributed operating system that delivers a cohesive user experience across all devices and user scenarios. The new microkernel-based systems will make its debut, and power up Honor Vision, by the end of this month.

In the age of the multi-delivery platform, HarmonyOS will support Honor Vision to play a more critical role in the smart home. Going beyond a home entertainment centre, the Honor Vision also serves as an information-sharing centre, control management centre and multi-device interaction centre.

For instance, the multi-device interaction centre enables users to use their smartphone or smart devices to search for programmes, adjust settings, and more. It also allows users to simultaneously sync, connect and project files without downloading any apps on their smartphone or smart screen, and can simply tap to activate NFC and enjoy a 1080P HDR content viewing experience

Furthermore, Honor Vision offers an extraordinary audio and video experience, with a library of content from Huawei Video and a range of other platforms, creating a one-stop-shop for TV series, variety shows, movies, music, animation and more.

As previously reported, the smart screen is equipped with three Huawei self-developed intelligent chipsets — the Honghu 818 Intelligent Display Chipset, an AI Camera NPU chipset and a flagship-level Wi-Fi chipset — to usher in the new era of TV sets.

HiSilicon Hi1103, the flagship Wi-Fi chipset, supports a 160MHz bandwidth with a download rate of up to 1.7Gbps — which is 1.7 times faster than the industry average. This allows smoother and more stable video playback, especially for 4K HD video.

George Zhao, president of Honor, said: “Honor Vision is not just television as we know it. It defines the future of television with Honor’s innovations.”

The Honor Vision series includes the 2GB+16GB standard version and the 2GB+32GB PRO version, priced at RMB3,799 (US$539.12) and RMB4,799 respectively.

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