“The Honor Vision Pro comes with some innovative features such as a pop-up camera”
The TV segment in India is going through a revolution, and that’s apparent when you see smartphone brands jumping into the fray. From OnePlus to Honor, and from Xiaomi (which entered the segment in India last year) to Motorola (which has partnered with Flipkart), we have an onslaught of new TVs. At the recently-concluded IMC 2019, Honor announced that the Vision and Vision Pro TVs will be landing in the subcontinent in Q1 next year. We managed to spend some time with the device and also got an opportunity to interact with Charles Peng, President, Honor India.
Before we start however, it must be noted that while we tried out the Vison Pro, there aren’t many distinguishing factors from the non-Pro model, so we’ll discuss them in the article itself.
The Honor Vision Pro does come across as a TV that was designed by a brand that knows the design ethos of smartphones. And I mean that in a good way. Be it thin bezels or clean looks, and a pop-up camera (yes, it’s the world’s first television with an elevating camera module, which is only present in the Pro variant) to the ports that are hidden, it’s a well-designed offering.
The slim bezels mean that the 55-inch LED display on the Honor Vision Pro is a delight to watch. And with 4K resolution and HDR support, it’s incredible too, though we couldn’t put it to proper test and hence would refrain from passing judgment. Complementing the viewing experience are powerful 10W speakers (six in the case of the Honor Vision Pro and four on the Vision).
At the back, the Vision TV sports a criss-cross pattern, but what I really liked is that all the ports are hidden by a cover. This makes it easy to manage wires, while keeping it aesthetically pleasing. You get three HDMI sockets, one USB 3.0 port and an Ethernet port. Of course, you get the usual wireless connectivity options such as Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac.
About that pop-up camera. As you could guess it, it’s for video calls and that does seem quite useful, albeit it may not be for everyone. It’s also worth noting that currently it works with an app, and it remains to be seen how it’ll work in India.
Speaking of which, Honor’s Vision Pro marks the debut of Huawei’s HarmonyOS. Sadly we couldn’t check it out extensively to see how refined it is, but our initial impressions are quite positive. I also liked the fact that you could simply tap a phone on the TV remote once to mirror it (works with Honor phones only as of now). The remote control itself is minimal and is elegantly designed.
The Honor Vision Pro also packs a punch in terms of the hardware. It’s powered by the in-house Honghu 818 octa-core chipset, which works in tandem with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage.
While the Honor Vision launch in India is still some time away, Charles told 91mobiles that “the televisions will be priced competitively.” For reference, the Vision costs ~Rs 38,000 in China, while the Pro model will set you back by ~Rs 48k. Since HarmonyOS is a new operating system, we also asked Charles how Honor is going about developing the app and content ecosystem. He replied “we’re actively in talks with the developers,” though he refrained to share any further details. Another highlight of the Vision TVs are that they act as a smart home hub, and he said “Honor would like to enable that for Indian consumers too, though it may not be available at launch time.“
It would certainly be interesting to see how the launch of the Honor Vision and Vision Pro heats up the TV segment in India. If priced well, these televisions could certainly give strong competition to Xiaomi’s offerings, considering OnePlus is catering to the premium price band.