Pocketnow Daily: NEW Galaxy S21 Teaser & Exynos Updates: YES and NO! (video)

Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones are on sale today

Apple’s latest M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, Razer Blade 15 and more laptops are on sale today

Headphones from Sony, Samsung, Apple and more are also on sale today

You already know, the official news today begin with deals, and again there’s no better time to buy Samsung products both old and new. You can still reserve a Galaxy S21 model and get up to $700 in trade-in and up to $60 in credit for accessories once you do, so make sure you check the first link in the description if you want a Galaxy S21. Sticking to Samsung and trade-in deals, the Z Flip is still a crazy $100, yes $100. The Z Fold 2 is still $1000 and you can get the Galaxy S20 Ultra for $600. We also have deals on the Note but again, you need an eligible device for trade-in. If you don’t have a device to trade-in we also have discounts for all of these on Amazon if you’re still looking for a great deal. Moving on, you can get a Google Pixel 4 for $295 off its original price tag, leaving it at $504 shipped. The M1 MacBook Pro is still $60 off, leaving the 256GB of SSD model for $1239. The Razer Blade 15 is also $300 off, this is the Intel Core i7, RTX 2060 model, leaving it at $1500. We have a ton of more deals on other laptops, AirPods, Sony Earbuds and headphones and more, in the links in the description.

 

Intel announces 11th Gen Core H-series mobile processors for gaming laptops

Qualcomm’s second-gen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is bigger and 50% faster

Fossil Gen 5 LTE costs $349 and let will let you take calls directly on the smartwatch

Jabra Elite 85t gets four new color options at CES 2021

Yes, CES is still happening but before we get into more specific launches, let’s talk about some of our favorite single out announcements. Beginning with Qualcomm as the company just launched the second generation to their ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. This new sensor is 77% larger than its predecessor and it works 50% faster, this improved sensor will reportedly debut with the S21, if history repeats itself. Intel just announced their 11th Gen Core H Series of mobile chips which power gaming laptops based on a 10nm process, supporting up to 5GHz clock speeds, PCIe Gen 4, Thunderbolt 4 and more features. But, 10nm huh Intel? The Jabra Elite 85Ts which are some of my favorite earbuds just got 4 new colorways, including Gold, Copper, Black and Grey in case you were waiting for some variety. Fossil just announced the Gen 5 LTE which brings a 45mm sleek design and it now allows you to take calls directly on the smartwatch which is pretty nice for $349. And guys, there’s so much more CES 2021 coverage on Pocketnow.com but, we have specific articles for each of these products and their details, in the links in the description.

AMD unleashes Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors

NVIDIA unveils RTX 30 series laptop GPUs and GeForce RTX 3060 desktop graphics

Let’s keep talking about CES, we know that a lot of you guys like when we cover PC parts and well Nvidia and AMD are back at it again. Starting with AMD, they just unveiled their Ryzen 5000 Series of mobile processors, these are divided into 2 families, the H and the U Series. The H Series is targeted at gaming enthusiasts in both 6 and 8 core variants with peak clock speeds of 4.8GHz, interesting considering Intel is pushing 5GHz. When it comes to the U Series, these are aimed at ultra-books and the rest of mass market laptops, these range from 4 to 8 cores, with pretty much the same base specs as some of the H Series but only pushing up to 4.4GHz. AMD is looking at 23% higher single threaded performances and up to a 17% increase in multi-threaded performances. Moving on to Nvidia, the company just revealed the RTX 30 Series laptop GPUs and a RTX 3060 desktop GPU. These are based on their 3rd Gen Max Q technology, offering up to 2x ray tracing output, and the new tensor cores are claimed to be 2x more capable. Overall Nvidia is aiming at higher efficiency, better performance and refined acoustics here. Over 70 laptops with the RTX 30 Series will debut this month alone, so you can check out all of the specifics in the links below. For a minute there I was like – are we sure about that number or is it 7? But nope, 70 laptops.

HONOR announces MagicBook Pro, HONOR Band 6

Sticking to CES, let’s move on to Honor as, we know that the company went independent form Huawei a couple of months ago and they just announced their upcoming flagship products. First off we got the Honor MagicBook Pro which brings a 16.1in display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio. It’s powered by a 10th Gen Intel processor, along with 16GB of dual channel DDR4 RAM, and 512GB of PCIe NVMe SSD, when it comes to cooling it brings dual fans and dual heat pipes. It includes Bluetooth 5.0, an HDMI port, 3 USB A ports and a USB C port, as well as a headphone jack and a fingerprint sensor. It apparently charges up to 50% in just 30 minutes. Now, moving on to wearables we also got the Honor Band 6 which features a 1.47in AMOLED Display, supporting 10 workout modes and 14 days of battery life. It brings 5 ATM water resistance and it brings a heart rate monitor, oxygen monitor, sleep and stress monitor and even a female cycle tracker. It comes in three color variants including Meteorite Black, Sandstone Grey and Coral Pink. Sadly we didn’t get word on price tags yet but it should be on global markets very soon.

Is this the new design of the 2021 iPad Pro refresh?

Now let’s talk about Apple and particularly iPads as it does seem that Cupertino is planning an aggressive push here. Lately there’s been a ton of rumors on the upcoming iPads as, we’re expecting a refresh to the regular iPad and we’re supposed to get mini-LED displays on the Pros very soon. Now, we have some new CAD renders of both iPad Pro models coming from 91Mobiles and MySmartPrice. Starting with the bigger model, it looks like it’s bringing pretty much the same design language as the current model with the boxy design and the single USB-C port as well as the smart connector for the keyboard. The camera is still a dual module along with the LiDAR sensor. When it comes to the 11in version, it also looks like its predecessor which we got back in 2020 but, apparently it’s going to be a couple of millimeters thinner and shorter. The CAD renders also show that we might be getting a Touch ID sensor similar to the one on the iPad Air, and you can also notice it on the renders for the 12.9in iPad. We’re expecting these iPads some time this year, running on a variant of the A13 or A14 Bionic, along with a mini-LED display. It clearly seems that iPad sales are up given the pandemic if Apple plans to make a broader push and even bring a more aggressive price tag.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 retail box leak confirms the absence of a charger

Samsung unveils the 5nm-based Exynos 2100 flagship SoC that will power the Galaxy S21

And finally for the hottest news today, you guessed it. We’re literally a couple of days away from Samsung’s Unpacked but, there’s still a ton of leaks and information to Unpack here.. Let’s start with something official as Samsung just posted the full teaser for the S21 Series which is captioned “Welcome to the Everyday Epic”. It teases a lot of camera capabilities, mainly video, low light and zoom. It shows the silhouette of the device and some software tricks as well. Sticking to what’s official, the company just announced the Exynos 2100 which will power the S21 depending on your region. It is a 5G-ready chip based on a 5nm process and a tri-cluster core design allowing for a 30% increase in multi-core performance and 40% boost in graphics performance. It allows some crazy tricks like handling 6 cameras and 200MP resolution output, as well as handling 4K panels at up to 120Hz, or QHD+ at 144Hz but, we won’t bore you with specifics, we’ll have a specific link for this in the description. Back to the S21, we have some new posters showing off the design yet again, as well as teasing the 5G capabilities, the storage tiers and the camera. Now, the poster getting the most headlines is the one showing off the box and as you can see, it’s very thin. Meaning it’s pretty much official that we won’t be getting a charger or headphones this year. Go Green! And remember, you can already register for the S21 and get some perks, in the first link in the description. So yeah, with that teaser and all of the other posters, seriously what’s left?

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HONOR announces MagicBook Pro, HONOR Band 6

At CES 2021, HONOR took the floors to announce its latest offerings. It launched the HONOR Band 6 and a new laptop. The HONOR MagicBook Pro is a 16-inch device that is powered by Intel’s 10th Gen Processor. Thanks to slim bezels on three sides, it features a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. It is built out of aluminum and comes in a single color of Mystic Silver.

The HONOR MagicBook Pro features a 16.1-inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It comes with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. There is 100% sRGB color gamut, TUV Rheinland Flicker Free Certification and can go up to 300 nits brightness. The laptop comes equipped with 16GB dual-channel DDR4 RAM and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. The cooling system includes dual fans and dual heat pipes.

Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, 1x HDMI port, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (type A port), 1x USB C port, a 3.5 mm Audio jack and a fingerprint sensor housed in the power button. It comes with a 56Wh battery with support for 65W fast charging. It is claimed to charge up to 50 percent in 30 minutes. There is also a pop-up camera.

Coming to the HONOR Band 6, it features a 1.47-inch AMOLED display with 194 x 364 pixels at 282 PPI. It will be sold in three color options of Meteorite Black, Sandstone Grey, and Coral Pink. There is 5 ATM water resistance as well. The fitness band comes equipped with a SpO2 monitor, heart rate monitor, sleep and stress monitor, and female cycle tracker. It supports up to 10 workout modes and is claimed to last up to 14 days on a single charge in typical usage.

The updated HONOR MagicBook Pro and HONOR Band 6 will be available in HONOR’s global markets soon. There is no information on the pricing yet.

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Honor teases upcoming TV, laptop, smartwatch, and more

Honor could be looking forward to launching a number of products. These include laptops, smartwatches, TVs, and toothbrushes. As per a new leak, these products could go live with the soon-to-be-launched Honor Mall. These products could be launched alongside the Honor V40.

Honor recently announced that it would be introducing the Honor Mall, which will be its independent online shop. It is scheduled to go live on January 12. The company teased a slew of upcoming products through a Weibo post. The poster hints at new TVs, laptops, as well as smartwatches. It seems like the brand is all set to build an ecosystem of products.

The information comes from a report by a Chinese publication. It revealed that the home page of the upcoming Honor Mall  website has the following codenames in its source code: York, Nobel D, Bohr, Locke, Kanon. As of now, the webpage is down.

Reportedly, York is the codename of the upcoming Honor V40 smartphone. It is expected to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC. It could feature a 6.72-inch OLED display and come with a 120Hz refresh rate. Further, it might pack a 4,000mAh battery. Moreover, as per leaked renders, Honor doesn’t seem to be giving up on its waterfall displays as the V40 is tipped to feature a curved screen.

On the other hand, a  poster shared by Honor Glory Mall on Weibo hints at a plethora of new products that the company is expected to launch. The poster features a TV, laptop, smartwatch as well as a toothbrush. Hence, it is being expected that Honor could launch these products alongside its V40 when the Honor Mall goes live on January 12.

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Huawei sells Honor phone brand to government-backed consortium

Huawei has announced the sale of its smartphone brand Honor citing ‘tremendous pressure as of late.’ The company says it has had persistent unavailability of technical elements needed for their mobile phone business due to the US sanctions. Hence, it has decided to sell all of its Honor business assets to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co., Ltd., which is a government-backed consortium. It is a company formed by a technology enterprise owned by the government of the southern city of Shenzhen, where Huawei is headquartered, with a group of Honor retailers. 

Huawei hopes this move will help Honor ‘ensure its own survival.’ Once the sale is complete, Huawei will not hold any shares or be involved in any business management or decision-making activities in the new Honor company. However, this announcement gives financial details. The company will retain its flagship Huawei smartphone brand.

The move comes after the Chinese tech giant was rumored to sell its budget smartphone brand, Honor recently. Huawei has been at the center of US-Chinese tension over technology, security, and spying. As per American officials, Huawei might facilitate Chinese spying, which the company denies. Further, the Trump government is lobbying European and other allies to exclude Huawei and other Chinese suppliers as they upgrade networks.

The US has blocked Huawei’s access to most US tech, which includes Google services, and it was tightened this year when the White House barred manufacturers worldwide from using US technology to produce chips for Huawei.

That said, we have no information on how Honor’s new owners planned to regain access to US chips and other technologies including Google services. For reference, Chinese brands like OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi operate without such restrictions.

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HONOR 10X Lite with quad cameras, 5000mAh battery goes official

HONOR has unveiled its latest affordable phone, the HONOR 10X Lite in Russia. The smartphone is already teased to launch in India on November 10, and we expect it to make its global debut soon. The company says it will be made available in selected markets starting with Russia, where pre-orders begin on November 6. It is priced at 16990 RUB, which translates to around $214.

The HONOR 10X Lite features a 6.67-inch punch-hole display with 1080p resolution and 90.3% screen to body ratio. It is powered by the Kirin 710A SoC. It comes equipped with 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 512GB). HONOR claims that users can easily store up to 10,000 10MB photos, 300 TV episodes, 100 lightweight games, and 12,000 e-Books. It runs EMUI 10.1, which has newly launched Multi-Window Mode and eBook Mode. The former allows users to view two different apps without switching to another window, while the latter is said to provide a paper-like reading experience.

The HONOR 10X Lite sports a quad rear camera setup. It consists of a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens with 120-degree FoV, a 2MP macro sensor and a 2MP depth camera. On the front lies an 8MP selfie shooter. The smartphone packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging as well as 2.5W OTG reverse charging.

The HONOR 10X Lite comes in three colors – Midnight Black, Emerald Green, and Icelandic Frost. Aside from availability in Russia, the smartphone will begin sales in other markets soon.

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HONOR MagicBook 14 review (2020)

HUAWEI, and its sub-brand, HONOR, have been present in the laptop landscape for quite some time, but it’s only been the past couple of years that the two companies really started to make waves. HUAWEI offers really high-tier, premium products, as we’ve seen with the occasion of our MateBook X Pro review, and HONOR is doing a great job at bringing premium quality and design, as well as performance, to the more affordable segment.

The HONOR MagicBook 14 hasn’t changed much, if at all, compared to the previous generation, in terms of its design. However, the 2020 model, announced at IFA, brings a serious spec-bump with the addition of AMD’s Ryzen 5 4500U chip, a step up from the previously used 3500U.

In our HONOR MagicBook 14 review (2020), we’re taking a look at whether you get the most bang for your buck if you decide to purchase this laptop.

HONOR MagicBook 14

Hardware

Those familiar with the previous generation will be right at home when it comes to the MagicBook 14. If, however, this is going to be your first time with the computer, you should expect a solid build mostly of aluminum and some plastic.

The laptop is available in Mystic Silver, and Space Gray, the unit we’re currently reviewing. While the case itself is indeed Space Gray, the logo on the top, as well as the chamfers, have a nice blue tone to them, which gives it an extra flashy, but subtle look at the same time.

HONOR MagicBook 14

Taking a look around the MagicBook 14, on the right side you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone port, next to a full-size USB3.2 Gen 1 (Type A). On the left-hand side, you get a USB Type-C, an HDMI, and a full-size USB2.0 (Type A) port.

The bottom features a slightly raised design in order for air to easily find its way underneath the laptop, and inside, through the grill that runs almost the entire width of the device. This is also where the speaker grills reside, one on each side for stereo sound.

HONOR MagicBook 14

Opening up the lid reveals, as its name implies, a 14-inch display with rather small bezels, thanks to HONOR inheriting the webcam approach from HUAWEI. The display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is FHD, and an aspect ratio of 16:9. Said small bezels result in a screen-to-body ratio of 84%, which is not the largest out there, but it’s definitely nice to look at, granted, hindered only by the fairly large bottom bezel.

The panel is an IPS LCD, and HONOR claims a brightness of 250 nits and an 800:1 contrast ratio. The matte finish of the display ensures no reflections and the colors are nice and punchy. About the only thing we can nitpick on is outdoor visibility which is a tad difficult in bright environments, as well as the viewing angles, which are narrower compared to a higher-end laptops, but definitely not a dealbreaker. 

HONOR MagicBook 14

The keyboard is full size, with nice and pleasant key travel. Keys size and spacing ensure comfortable typing and the backlight is nice and even with little to no bleeding, illuminating clearly each key in the dark.

The touchpad offers a great experience as well. Despite being plastic, it doesn’t pose any usability issues. Clicks are firm and gestures work as they should. 

On the top right there’s a round power button which also has the fingerprint scanner embedded in it. What’s worth mentioning here is that if you turn on the computer with the finger you enrolled as your fingerprint authentication, Windows will automatically sign you in without the need to authenticate or touch the button again.

HONOR MagicBook 14

Inside you’ll find the new AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor, paired with AMD Radeon Graphics. The chip is a six-core CPU with six threads, built on the 7nm technology, and has an 8MB L3 Cache. Depending on the market, the laptop is available with either 8- or 16GB of memory, and the same goes for storage with 256- and 512GB versions.

HONOR MagicBook 14

…and then the webcam, which is always a polarizing topic when it comes to HONOR and HUAWEI laptops. The dreaded “nosecam” title still remains, but HONOR, just like HUAWEI, stresses on the privacy issue, and they’re right. A camera that’s tucked inside the keyboard will most likely not reveal anything about you even if hacked. Once you pop it open, the only downside is the awkward viewing angle, but you’ll get used to it (or buy a separate webcam if you have to).

HONOR MagicBook 14

Performance and battery life

Our review unit has 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. While it is by no means a powerhouse gaming machine, it gets the job done if you’re ok with playing titles that are not demanding. You might also need to tweak the game’s settings to a lower resolution to be easier on the graphics card.

That being said, all other mundane tasks are being handled without issues. Whether it’s work (documents, spreadsheets, browsing, emails, video calls, etc.) or entertainment (YouTube, Netflix, listening to music, basic photo manipulation), it gets the job done without any issues.

HONOR MagicBook 14

We’re not huge fans of benchmarks here on Pocketnow, but for those of you who are, here are some of the results from the tests we ran:

In terms of battery life, the 56Wh unit inside the MagicBook 14 did a great job. It will last for an entire day if you do lightweight office work. To get a better sense of how much juice you can squeeze out of the battery, it should last you a tad above 11 hours of YouTube videos with the display brightness cranked up to the maximum, and close to 13 hours of constant browsing.

Software and experience

In terms of software, the MagicBook 14 ships with Windows 10 out of the box. After a couple of updates to the operating system, drivers, and firmware, once you’re up to date, the entire experience is smooth. Not much to report here, things are working, behaving, and performing as they should.

A special mention goes to HONOR MagicLink, which is the company’s take on HUAWEI Share. It acts and behaves the same way, allowing you to link up your compatible HONOR or HUAWEI phone to the computer so that you can mirror your display, and do some other tasks.

HONOR MagicBook 14

The sticker on the laptop is basically an NFC tag which, once scanned, will pair your phone to the computer. NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi will have to be enabled on both devices. Once paired, your smartphone’s home screen will appear windowed so that you can take calls, send texts, chat, as well as drag and drop files among the two devices seamlessly. This includes images, texts, documents, and real-world scenarios include dragging a photo from your phone straight into a document or presentation.

There’s also a shared clipboard feature where you can access content copied on one device on the other one. Overall, it’s a great experience, with one caveat: your smartphone has to be HONOR or HUAWEI to access this Multi-Screen Collaboration feature.

HONOR MagicBook 14

The overall experience is top-notch. We absolutely like the display, as well as the sound produced by the speakers. Considering the affordable price tag, we’ve experienced poorer sound quality on more expensive laptops, so props to HONOR for this.

The system doesn’t overheat, thanks mostly to the huge grill vent we talked about in the Design segment. The fans are doing a great job at keeping it from overheating, but you’ll have to get used to them hissing if you’re in Performance mode and you’re undertaking demanding tasks.

For day-to-day lightweight operation, they barely fire up while the system stays nice and cool and stable. 

HONOR MagicBook 14

Conclusion

The HONOR MagicBook 14 was already a great choice when it ran the older version of the processor. Now, with the upgraded 4500U chip, the 2020 model not only outperforms other laptops in its class and price range, but it also manages, like an overachiever that it is, to sometimes get closer and bridge the gap to that high-end segment. 

But not everything’s roses and rainbows. Our cons category includes the “nosecam”, a rather heavy build at 1.4kg, and I/O could be somewhat better.

However, for (currently on sale) €749,90 or £669.99 respectively, it’s affordable enough to overlook the aforementioned cons. The price is for the model we’ve been using, in an 8GB and 512GB configuration.

Pros

  • Great design, premium materials;
  • Really nice display;
  • Great performance;
  • Excellent battery life;
  • Speakers are loud;
  • Integration with HUAWEI smartphones via HUAWEI Share.

Cons

  • Not recommended for graphics-intense operations;
  • Pop-up webcam’s angle is something you’ll have to get used to;
  • A tad heavy at 1.4kg;
  • I/O could be better;
  • If you’re in the U.S. you’ll likely need to import it, which will add to the price.

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HONOR Watch GS Pro review: the outdoor person’s best hiking companion

If you’ve always wanted a HUAWEI Watch GT 2 (and there are three of them: the original GT 2, the more affordable GT 2e, and the premium GT 2 Pro), but for whatever reason, you also wanted an even longer battery life, and a build that is more durable and can withstand the abuse, the HONOR Watch GS Pro is where your attention should be.

It should come as no surprise, given the fact that HONOR is a HUAWEI sub-brand, that the HONOR Watch GS Pro shares most, if not all of its features with the HUAWEI Watch GT 2. Internals aside, this watch is addressing a completely different target audience, one that is not training at the gym and wearing the same classy watch to work. This is a fully ruggedized smartwatch, that promises 25-day battery life and is also MIL-STD-810G certified for those outdoors enthusiasts among the active. 

We’ve been training with this beast for more than two weeks, and this is our verdict, in our HONOR Watch GS Pro review below.

HONOR Watch GS Pro review

HONOR Watch GS Pro design

The HONOR Watch GS Pro is the complete opposite of the HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro, which is subtle, elegant, and classy. The Watch GS Pro is chunky, but in a “masculine” way, not in a bad way. Sure, it retains the basics of the original design, with the two side buttons on the right, and the speaker in between, but it has a much thicker case and bezel in order to offer more protection.

Featuring almost double the battery capacity than the Watch GT 2 required HONOR to make the case of the Watch GS Pro thicker. That’s fine if you’re a fan (or just OK) with a chunky watch, but if you are absolutely terrified of wearing an almost 14mm thick watch on your wrist, you should probably look elsewhere.

HONOR Watch GS Pro review

The stainless steel bezel nicely blends in with the reinforced polycarbonate body, to offer thermal resistance, shock resistance, as well as water resistance, in addition to 11 more military-grade certifications, for a total of 14. It’s available in Charcoal Black (our unit), Camo Blue, Camo Grey, and Marl White.

On the back, we spot the TruSeen 3.5 heart-rate and blood oxygen setup consisting of four LEDs, as well as the two pogo pins used for charging. The rubber strap is rather stiff, but it’s still comfortable on your wrist, and features a spring-loaded mechanism should you want to switch it out to another 22mm strap.

HONOR Watch GS Pro review

HONOR Watch GS Pro specs

You shouldn’t be surprised if you already know these specs from the HUAWEI Watch GT 2-series. There’s a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 454 x 454 resolution and 326PPI on the top, underneath which the Kirin A1 chip, paired with 32MB of RAM and 4GB of storage (2 available) are doing the heavy lifting.

Fueling everything is a massive 790mAh battery (with 25 days of advertised battery life), all crammed in a case measuring 48mm x 48mm x 13.6mm and about 50 grams.

While there’s no Wi-Fi and NFC, the Watch GS Pro features an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, heart rate sensor, barometer, ambient light sensor, its own GPS, Bluetooth 5.1, and, of course, the microphone and the speaker.

HONOR Watch GS Pro review

Software and experience

The HONOR Watch GS Pro features the same software as the HUAWEI line-up. Our unit is currently running LiteOS 10.1.1.22, and if you’re familiar with the software you should feel right at home. If you’re new to owning a recent HONOR (or HUAWEI, for that matter) smartwatch, it’s an easy learning curve, and getting used to it will be no problem.

There are six screens, including the home screen, you can swipe through in an endless loop. These are your main home screen, which is customizable with tons of watch faces, your heart-rate screen followed by your stress readouts, weather, music controls, and your summary circles (consisting of total steps, workout minutes, and active standing number of hours).

HONOR Watch GS Pro review

More than 100 workout modes are available on the watch (including hiking, skiing, and swimming), so you’ll probably find the one that suits you, except if you play basketball. I mention this every time I review a HUAWEI or HONOR watch, since there are so many sports included, but not a basketball option, and since I’m shooting baskets twice a week, I have to always go with another training mode. I’ll end my short rant here.

Relying on the GPS inside the watch, there’s a neat “Route Back” feature you can use should you get lost in the woods or mountains while hiking. The watch will guide you back to your starting point, which is really convenient for the outdoor lovers. GPS will also record your walks and runs, and other outdoor activities.

You still can’t act on notification, aside from scrolling through them and dismissing them, so forget about replying to a text message. And, while still on the topic, the watch still doesn’t support the display of emojis, so if you get a text or a WhatsApp message that only contains an emoji, like a 👍🏻, the notification will be empty.

We said the above paragraph with the occasion of our HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro review, and it’s just as applicable to the HONOR Watch GS Pro since it’s running the same software. It also comes with the same inconvenience. 

HONOR Watch GS Pro review

You still have no payment options available, but thanks to the speaker (which is really loud) and microphone, you can take calls on your wrist if you find it more convenient than searching for your smartphone inside the backpack.

The rest of the experience relies on the HUAWEI Health app, which is available to download on the AppGallery, as well as the Play Store. You can find more details on the HUAWEI Health App by checking out its section in our Watch GT 2 review.

Fitness and Health

My training routine is unchanged and includes ten cardio sessions per week, 5 CrossFit and weightlifting, and two sessions of shooting baskets. During our two weeks of training with the HONOR Watch GS Pro, I only charged it once. While not exactly a 25-day battery life, as advertised, it’s still double the battery life or the HUAWEI watches, considering the rather heavy use thanks to the high amount of training sessions, during our HONOR Watch GS Pro review period.

HONOR Watch GS Pro review

During those aforementioned sessions, heart-rate monitoring and VO2Max readouts seemed pretty accurate and consistent with the readouts of other brand watches.

Sleep tracking was also in line with previously recorded results from another watch, and the Watch GS Pro does a good job at automatically recognizing bedtime and wake up time.

Nothing negative to mention in the Stress monitoring department. The watch takes readouts throughout the day so you have a better sense of how stressed you are, and maybe take a break or a breathing exercise.

HONOR Watch GS Pro review

Of course, while you can check your exercise records and daily activity on the watch, it’s the HUAWEI Health app that collects all the data and nicely represents all of your fitness activities and health-related readouts.

With rather accurate blood oxygen level monitoring, you can always keep track of your SpO2 levels; the readings are not automatic, but on-demand, which is something HONOR could include during the night for an even better estimation of your sleep quality.

HONOR Watch GS Pro review

Pricing and availability

Priced at a rather steep €249.99 or ₤249.99, you can definitely grab it at a lower price as there are several discounts and bundles offered in various countries in the EU. If you’re in the US, you’ll most likely have to import it due to the ban on HUAWEI (and HONOR) products. 

Pros and cons

ProsCons
+ rugged design
+ beautiful display
+ insane battery life
+ accurate heart-rate tracking
+ always-on display
+ 100+ activity modes
– no NFC, Cellular, or Wi-Fi
– no payment options
– notification system needs more work
– iOS experience inferior to Android
– chunky design could not appeal to some

Conclusion

If you are the kind of person who enjoys outdoor activities more than the average person, the HONOR Watch GS Pro should definitely be on your shortlist for a companion.

Its rugged build is shock resistant and with 14 military-grade certifications, it will continue to perform in all extreme conditions. Not only that, but with extreme battery life, you can rest assured that it will not give up on you, and the “Route Back” feature will safely return you to your starting point.

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HONOR’s Prime Day deals include offers on HONOR 9X Pro and wearables

Amazon Prime day sale is all set to take place on October 13 and 14. The sale kicks off at 12 AM PT on Tuesday, October 13 and will run through till 11:59 PM PT Wednesday, October 14. Ahead of the sale, HONOR has already announced its offers on its HONOR 9X Pro smartphone and wearables, which include smartwatches and earbuds.

The HONOR 9X Pro is getting a £50 discount, and it will sell for £199.99. It features a 6.59-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19.5:9 2.5D curved glass display and is powered by the Kirin 810 SoC, paired with ARM Mali-G52 MP6 GPU. As for the optics, it sports a triple rear camera setup of 48MP + 8MP + 2MP. On. the front lies a 16MP selfie shooter. The smartphone packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for 10W charging.

Coming to the wearables, the HONOR Watch GS Pro will sell for £199.99 as opposed to the £249.99 price tag. The HONOR Watch GS Pro comes with a rugged design with 316L stainless steel bezel, high-precision metal finishing technology. It offers navigation capabilities including a GPS Route Back Function to guide you safely back to your starting point, as well as weather alerts and sunrise and sunset notifications, ideal for ambitious adventurers on longer treks. Additionally, it supports more than 100 workout modes including mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, indoor and outdoor running and more. It features a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display, MIL-STD-810G certification, HiSilicon Kirin A1 chipset, GPS, built-in speaker and mic for calls.

Furthermore, the HONOR Watch ES customers will get a free HONOR Choice TWS Earbuds alongside their purchase. The wearable was launched in Europe as HONOR’s version of HUAWEI Watch Fit. It comes with a rectangular dial, instead of the usual circular or square dial seen on most of the smartwatches. It includes 24/ heart rate monitoring, SpO2 level measurement, sleep tracking, stress measurement and more fitness-centric features.

ProductRRPPromotional price / offerDiscount
HONOR 9X Pro£249.99£199.99£50.00
HONOR Watch GS Pro£249.99£199.99£50.00
HONOR Watch ES £99.00free HONOR Choice TWS Earbuds£29.99
HONOR Magic Earbuds£89.99£59.99£30.00

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HONOR Watch GS Pro, Watch ES make their way to India

HONOR announced two new wearables at IFA 2020. After debuting in Europe, the HONOR Watch GS Pro and Watch ES Pro have now made their way to India. The HONOR Watch ES Pro is HONOR’s version of HUAWEI Watch Fit. It features a unique design and is targeted at the fashionable audience. It comes with a rectangular dial, instead of the usual circular or square dial seen on most of the smartwatches. It includes 24/ heart rate monitoring, SpO2 level measurement, sleep tracking, stress measurement and more fitness-centric features.

The HONOR Watch ES offers 95 workout modes as opposed to 86 on the Huawei model. It has a 1.64-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 456 x 280 pixels 326ppi, and 70% screen-to-body ratio. Moreover, it comes with 12 animated workout courses that cover activities such as abs workout and shoulder pain relief exercises. It is claimed to last up to 10 days on a single charge. The company says it can be charged from 0-100% battery level in just 100 minutes, with the first 70% coming in just 30 minutes.

It is priced at INR 7,499 and will be made available through Amazon.in starting October 17.

On the other hand, the HONOR Watch GS Pro It features a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display, MIL-STD-810G certification, HiSilicon Kirin A1 chipset, GPS, built-in speaker and mic for calls. It comes with a rugged design with 316L stainless steel bezel, high-precision metal finishing technology.

It offers navigation capabilities including a GPS Route Back Function to guide you safely back to your starting point, as well as weather alerts and sunrise and sunset notifications, ideal for ambitious adventurers on longer treks. Additionally, it supports more than 100 workout modes including mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, indoor and outdoor running and more.

The HONOR Watch GS Pro is priced at INR 17,999 and will be made available through Flipkart starting October 16.

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HONOR Watch ES to be launched in India on October 8

HONOR Watch ES was launched in September alongside the Watch GS Pro. Now, the company will be announcing the smartwatch in India on October 8. It will be sold via Amazon. HONOR has already said that it will be introducing the Watch GS Pro alongside HONOR CHOICE True Wireless Earbuds on the same date. However, these two devices will be sold through Flipkart.

The company took to Twitter to reveal the HONOR Watch ES India launch date. It will be exclusive to Amazon.in. The wearable was launched in Europe as HONR’s version of HUAWEI Watch Fit. It features a unique design and is targeted at the fashionable audience. It comes with a rectangular dial, instead of the usual circular or square dial seen on most of the smartwatches. It includes 24/ heart rate monitoring, SpO2 level measurement, sleep tracking, stress measurement and more fitness-centric features.

The HONOR Watch ES offers 95 workout modes as opposed to 86 on the Huawei model. It has a 1.64-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 456 x 280 pixels 326ppi, and 70% screen-to-body ratio. Moreover, it comes with 12 animated workout courses that cover activities such as abs workout and shoulder pain relief exercises. It is claimed to last up to 10 days on a single charge. The company says it can be charged from 0-100% battery level in just 100 minutes, with the first 70% coming in just 30 minutes.

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HONOR Watch GS Pro coming to India on October 8

HONOR showcased its first-ever rugged smartwatch, the Watch GS Pro at IFA 2020. The smartwatch went on sale in Europe a couple of days ago. The company also announced that it will be getting two new colors – Camo Blue and Camo Grey, which will be made available later this year. Now, the company has teased its arrival in India.

Honor took to Twitter to reveal the latest development. The smartwatch will be an exclusive product launch on Flipkart. It will be a part of the eCommerce platform’s popular The Big Billion Days sale.

The HONOR Watch GS Pro comes with a rugged design with 316L stainless steel bezel, high-precision metal finishing technology. It offers navigation capabilities including a GPS Route Back Function to guide you safely back to your starting point, as well as weather alerts and sunrise and sunset notifications, ideal for ambitious adventurers on longer treks. Additionally, it supports more than 100 workout modes including mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, indoor and outdoor running and more.

The smartwatch is being available in Charcoal Black and Marl White color options with fluoroelastometers in Europe. The Fluoroelastometers are highly resistant to heat, sweat and oil, and less likely prone to induce any allergic reaction. It features a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display, MIL-STD-810G certification, HiSilicon Kirin A1 chipset, GPS, built-in speaker and mic for calls.

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HONOR Watch GS Pro gets Camo Blue and Camo Grey color options

HONOR Watch GS Pro is now up for sale in Europe. The smartwatch was first announced at 020 IFA Technology Conference, where HONOR unveiled two smartwatches, the GS Pro and the Watch ES. The former comes with MIL-STD-810G certified build alongside offering a built-in dual navigation system (GPS + GLONASS). It is claimed to last 25 days on a single charge. The smartwatch is also getting two new colors – Camo Blue and Camo Grey. These will be made available later this year.

HONOR Watch GS Pro

The HONOR Watch GS Pro comes with a rugged design with 316L stainless steel bezel, high-precision metal finishing technology. It offers navigation capabilities including a GPS Route Back Function to guide you safely back to your starting point, as well as weather alerts and sunrise and sunset notifications, ideal for ambitious adventurers on longer treks. Additionally, it supports more than 100 workout modes including mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, indoor and outdoor running and more.

At launch today, the watch is being available in Charcoal Black and Marl White color options with fluoroelastometers. The Fluoroelastometers are highly resistant to heat, sweat and oil, and less likely prone to induce any allergic reaction. The HONOR Watch GS Pro also comes in two colors in nylon materials, Camo Blue edition launching in October and Camo Grey edition in November.

HONOR Watch GS Pro

To promote the HONOR Watch GS Pro among adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts, the company announced the“100 Hours of Survival” role play game today. With the help of HONOR Watch GS Pro, participants find a way home from the dark forest.

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HONOR Hunter series gaming laptops bring NVIDIA RTX 2060 and 10th Gen Intel i7

HONOR was rumored to be working on its gaming-focused laptops. It teased the launch of the Hunter series. Now, the laptops are official. The company is stepping into the gaming laptop segment with the launch of HONOR Hunter gaming laptops. The first device from the news series is a high-end Hunter V700. It is focused on gamers who want best performance in a portable form factor.

The HONOR Hunter V700 has focused on both gaming aesthetics and heat management with its design. Its body is made from an anodized aluminum alloy body. Moreover, the Hunter logo on the rear panel lights up, and so do the keyboard and air vents that also have LEDs that light up the base. All of these can be controlled and customized. The laptop is just 19.9mm thick but still comes with thermal management capabilities.

HONOR Hunter Gaming laptop

The HONOR Hunter Gaming V700 laptops series is powered by Intel‘s 10th gen processors – the i5-10300H or the i7-10750H. There are three variants that arrive with 16GB of dual channel RAM, with either 512GB or 1TB worth of NVMe SSD storage. You get to choose between NVIDIA‘s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and the RTX 2060 for graphics.

The Hunter laptop features a 16.1-inch display that is surrounded by narrow 4.7mm bezels. It comes with a 144Hz refresh rate and supports 100 percent sRBG color gamut. Plus, it supports WiFi 6 for better connectivity during online gaming. As for audio, the new gaming laptop features nahimic 3D surround sound audio, which is said to help make the gaming experience more immersive. It packs a 56Wh battery.

HONOR Hunter Gaming laptop

Coming to the ports, the HONOR Hunter V700 laptops come equipped with:

  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • 1 x USB Type-C
  • 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x RJ145 port
  • Power port

The Honor Hunter V700 gaming laptops are available in three variants:

  • i5-10300H / GTX 1660 Ti / 512GB – 7499 Yuan (~1,109 US Dollars)
  • i7-10750H / RTX 2060 / 512GB – 8499 Yuan (~1,257 US Dollars)
  • i7-10750H / RTX 2060 / 1TB – 9999 Yuan (~1,479 US Dollars)

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HONOR MagicBook and its Pro sibling get an AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPU upgrade

HONOR has lifted the covers from two new laptop line-ups at its 2020 IFA Technology Conference, unveiling the HONOR Magic Pro and the vanilla HONOR MagicBook laptop in 14-inch and 15-inch variants. Both the new laptops get an AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPU upgrade, with the HONOR MagicBook Pro opting for the more powerful Ryen 5 4600H CPU while the non-Pro models go with the Ryzen 5 4500U mobile processor.

HONOR MagicBook Pro

The HONOR MagicBook Pro flaunts a sleek aluminum build and comes equipped with a 16.1-inch FHD display that covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and comes with TÜVRheinlandFlicker Free certification. The device has slim bezels which help it achieve an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90%. It draws power from the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor that ticks alongside dual-channel 16GB DDR4 RAM and up to 512GB of NVMe PCIe SSD

Honor MagicBook Pro

Notably, the HONOR MagicBook Pro comes equipped with a 56Wh battery that supports 65W fast charging via a USB Type-C port. HONOR says the device can go from 0 to 50% percent in just 30 minutes. You get a full-sized backlit keyboard with a fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button. You get three USB 3.2 Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack. The HONOR MagicBook Pro goes on sale starting September 7 priced at €899.9 (£849.99) with offers such as a limited-time €100 discount and freebies such as an HONOR Watch Magic and an HONOR Router3. 

HONOR MagicBook 14 and 15

Honor MagicBook 14

The only key difference between the new HONOR MagicBook 14 and 15 is the display size. The former packs a 14-inch FHD display, while the latter bumps the screen size to 15.6-inch while keeping the resolution intact. The slim bezels are here to stay, and so is the 16:9 aspect ratio. Just like the HONOR MagicBook Pro, the vanilla MagicBooks also feature a pop-up camera positioned beneath in one of the function keys and also has a fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button

Honor MagicBook 15

HONOR MagicBook 14 and 15 are powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor paired with 8GB/16GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB/512GB of NVMe PCIe SSD. Notably, the bigger MagicBook packs a 42Wh battery, while its smaller 14-inch sibling packs a 56Wh battery, with both the devices offering support for 65W Type-C fast charging. The HONOR MagicBook 14 goes on sale starting September 21 priced at €749.9 (£669.99), while the 15-inch model will be up for grabs priced at €899.9 (£849.99) September 8 onwards. There are only two color options on the table – Mystic Silver and Space Gray.

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HONOR Watch GS Pro rugged smartwatch goes official, Watch ES also tags along

At its 2020 IFA Technology Conference, HONOR has unveiled two new smartwatches – the rugged HONOR Watch GS Pro and the HONOR Watch ES. HUAWEI is touting a 25 day battery life for the HONOR Watch GS Pro, which is way higher than what you get from a Wear OS-powered smartwatch or an Apple Watch. The wearable has a MIL-STD-810G certified build and comes with a built-in dual navigation system (GPS + GLONASS) that facilitates a Route Back feature. Additionally, it supports up to 100 workout modes for activities and has a host of your usual smartwatch sensors to monitor the health and vital body stats.

HONOR Watch GS Pro 

The HONOR Watch GS Pro features a round 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels that translates to a pixel density of 326ppi. The watch comes with 5ATM water resistance rating and is claimed to last up to 25 days on a single charge with basic usage. But with GPS enabled, the battery life drops to 38 hours, while enabling the outdoor workout mode will provide up to 100 hours of usage time on a single charge. Talking about the aforementioned 100 workout modes, they include activities such as triathlon, outdoor running, skiing, and trail running among others.

There are a host of other useful features as well such as voice broadcasts to automatically detect and record workout activities, the ability to shoot photos from a connected phone via the watch, Bluetooth calling, and weather forecasts. Talking about the sensors, you get a heart rate sensor with 24/7 tracking and a SpO2 monitor to measure blood oxygen saturation level. Plus, the HONOR Watch GS Pro can also measure sleep cycle as well as stress levels using the in-house TruRelax tech. 

The  HONOR Watch GS Pro comes in a trio of colors – Charcoal Black, Marl White, and Camo Blue. Pre-orders for the device begin September 7 in the UK,  France, Spain, Germany and Italy priced at €249.9 (£249.99), complete with a limited-time €50 discount in tow. 

HONOR Watch ES

The HONOR Watch is a more affordable option that is targeted at users who are looking to purchase their first smartwatch. The new HONOR offering has an elongated rectangular AMOLED display that measures 1.64-inch diagonally. The device is just 10.7mm thick and has and features a 30mm watch frame to offer a comfortable fit without sacrificing aesthetic appeal. The touchscreen display has a resolution of 456 x 280 pixels and supports six always-on watch faces. Plus, this one also comes with 5ATM water resistance rating. It is claimed to last up to 10 days on a single charge and can be topped up from 0-100% battery level in just 100 minutes, with the first 70% coming in just 30 minutes.

The latest Honor smartwatch supports an impressive 95 workout modes and also offers 12 animated workout courses that cover activities such as abs workout and shoulder pain relief exercises. Just like the pricier HONOR Watch GS Pro, the HONOR Watch ES can also automatically track workouts, allows you to remotely shoot photos, manage calls, and control music playback. Other fitness-centric activities include 24/ heart rate monitoring, SpO2 level measurement, sleep tracking and stress measurement among others. 

The HONOR Watch will be available in a Meteorite Black, Coral Pink and Icelandic White colors. Pre-orders begin on September 7, while the price has been set at €99.9 (£99.99) with offers such as free HONORSportsProEarphones and up to €20 promotional discount.

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