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Huawei put a 7-inch screen on its latest smartphone

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Huawei is introducing a new phone in its Honor Note series, and this model is coming with the line’s biggest screen yet: just a touch under seven inches. Back in an ancient smartphone era of, I guess, 2013 or like two years ago, that size was considered a tablet.

The Honor Note 10 isn’t the first phone to breach the 7-inch mark — it isn’t even the first phone from Huawei to do so — but it is another sign that phones aren’t going to stop growing, especially now that manufacturers are better than ever at slimming down their bezels, making these mammoths take up less space than they have in the past.

The phone comes with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, a Kirin 970 processor, and 64GB or 128GB of storage. Its huge AMOLED screen has a 1080 x 2220 resolution, putting it a bit over 1080p, and the whole thing is running Android Oreo with Huawei’s EMUI skin on top. Unfortunately, it’s lacking a headphone jack. But on the plus side, it has a massive 5,000mAh battery to match its extra large screen.

The previous model of the Note 10, the Note 8, launched in 2016 with a 6.6-inch display, so this is a significant size increase. Huawei previously used a 7-inch display on its MediaPad X2 in 2015. Lenovo also hit the 7-inch mark that year with the Phab. And back in 2013, Asus made the 7-inch Fonepad, which we were still calling a tablet.

Huawei is launching the Honor Note 10 in China, with the entry-level model starting at ¥2799, or about $410 USD. It doesn’t look like the Honor Note line has come to the US before — maybe it has something to do with using the name “Note” on a large smartphone — and right now, it looks like Honor phones in the US cap out at around six inches.