Just days after Huawei announced its own HarmonyOS, an operating system built to replace Android for the company’s devices, it now announces the first device to run it: the new Honor Vision TV. Though the television won’t be available in the U.S. anytime soon, it will hit the Chinese markets in a few days.
The impressive device shows that it’s possible for companies to move away from the Android platform and develop their own. Interestingly, in this case, the move will likely bring increased scrutiny to Huawei during an already unfavorable situation.
Aside from having a cool name, Honor Vision is loaded with plenty of features that should be enough to impress even hardcore TV snobs. There are two versions that will be sold, the regular Honor Vision and the Honor Vision Pro.
Both will include a 55-inch 4K display that brings pictures to life. The whole premise of Honor Vision, however, isn’t its screen. Instead, Huawei wants consumers to use the TV as a hub for their smart home. Along with playing shows and movies, Honor Vision’s screen will display weather information, track packages, respond to voice commands, and more. Users can even control it with their smartphone.
To catch audible commands, Honor Vision comes with six microphones. The TV also comes with a pop-up camera that supports 1080p video conferencing. Meanwhile, the standard version comes with four speakers built-in while Honor Vision Pro is outfitted with six.
However, the most important feature is HarmonyOS, the operating system that the TV will run on. Built to seamlessly transition between devices of all sizes, the OS will make its debut on the Honor Vision. After being in development for two years, the company is ready to introduce its creation to the world. Should it work well, the OS will pave the way for Huawei moving forward. It will also likely be featured in upcoming Huawei devices ranging from smart speakers to smartwatches.
Honor Vision will sell for approximately $540 while Pro will retail for about $680. All things considered, the TVs are a steal.
Stealing More Than a Good Deal
Unfortunately for Huawei, the move to create its own OS was a forced one. After Google took away its Android license in May, the company was left with no other choice. It hopes that HarmonyOS will help it stay competitive even with devices no longer powered by Google.
Huawei has been the center of much scrutiny from President Trump and the U.S. government in the past few months. Fear that the company’s equipment could be used as spy tools for the Chinese government has spread far and wide. Now, shipping devices with a custom OS will likely foster more skepticism.
While Huawei as a company has an uphill battle to face amid a cascade of red tape and bans, the new Honor Vision TV is a standout. A smart TV that doubles as an IoT hub is certainly an attractive device. Unfortunately, American consumers shouldn’t get their hopes up to see it in their living room anytime soon.