When a new Huawei flagship enters the market, there’s not long before its sub-brand Honor follows up with a lower priced version. This is what the Honor 10 is to the Huawei P20, it would seem.

Here’s the latest on the rumoured Honor 10.

When is the Honor 10 release date?

A leaked advert for a 19 April launch suggests this may also be the Chinese launch for the Honor 10. Roughly translated, the ad hints at a ‘photography revolution’ thanks to AI:

As it's a Chinese advert it might mean the phone has different release dates globally, and though Honor is fairly prompt in the UK invites were sent out for an event on 15 May, so we might have to wait till then.

How much will it cost?

Despite the leaks, there is no rumoured price yet for the Honor 10, but it will definitely be cheaper than any equivalent Huawei phone. When the Honor 9 launched last year it was £379 in the UK compared to the Huawei P10 that sold for £569.

Seeing as the likely similar Huawei P20 sells for £599, we’d hope the Honor 10 will cost £399. Fingers crossed.

Reports suggest the phone will cost CNY 2,699, which is about £300 at current exchange rates. This would be incredibly cheap, and we still think in the UK it'll push nearer £400. This is the price for the entry level 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

The supposed other options are 6GB RAM and 64GB storage for CNY 2,999 (£336) or 6GB RAM and 128GB storage (£404) - the UK will probably only have one of these options and most likely the high-end one. But that's still a lot of phone for the money.

What are the rumoured features and specifications of the Honor 10?

Backed up by the ‘10’ and the dual camera logo in the above ad, it looks likely this is the Honor 10:

Leaked on Weibo, the render gives a lot away: dual f/1.6 cameras (akin to the Huawei P20), a new curved edge design and most tellingly of all a two-tone gradient colour scheme like that of the twilight coloured Huawei P20.

Another big leak suggests a notch. Honor doesn’t always take on absolutely everything Huawei does, but seeing as its View 10 handset adopted an 18:9 screen, it’s likely the Honor 10 will be the first Honor phone to get a notch - and it'll be basically exactly the same as the Huawei P20:

Much like the P20, it will likely contain just the earpiece and the front facing camera, and may well allow for software to hide the notch if you don’t like the look.

We hope it doesn't actually say 'AI camera' on the back, though.

This means it will have the same 5.8in 18.7:9 display as the P20 with the Kirin 970 chipset and front facing fingerprint scanner.

Chinese regulator TENAA also now has specs for the Honor 10, so our guesses seem to be pretty much nailed on, with the phone to have 4 or 6GB RAM and 64 or 128GB storage. 

Also expect USB-C for fast charging, but no wireless charging, waterproofing or a headphone jack. Honor has resisted leaving off the 3.5mm headphone jack until now, but perhaps the Honor 10 will keep it as a differentiator to the Huawei brand it takes most of its features from.

Its dual cameras might be the same as the P20 (20Mp monochrome and 12Mp colour sensors) and tote the same excellent night mode. And to top it off, it’ll likely all run on Android Oreo - hopefully version 8.1 and EMUI 8.1, the best version of Huawei designed Android skin to date.

Hopefully Honor will throw a surprise in there too.

We’re excited - the Honor 10 looks like a great way to pick up Huawei-flagship specs at a significant discount. Stay tuned for the confirmed details soon.