Honor View 10 may launch with Android 8.1 Oreo in the U.S.

By | 1st March 2018

The Honor View 10 is the latest smartphone in the company’s V series and it’s a smartphone we have been hearing a lot about lately. The device was originally launched in China, but this year at CES we learned it would be making its way internationally as well. While the device has yet to go on sale in the United States, we’re learning that Honor may be shipping the device with Android Oreo based on Android 8.1 when it does.

As of January 8th, Honor began selling the View 10 in India, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain from HiHonor.com. Since launch, the device has shipped with Android 8.0 Oreo, but when it becomes available in the United States it could have Android 8.1 Oreo instead. We learned about this possibility thanks to the work that Honor has been doing with the developer community. Lately, we’ve seen a lot of developer support for the device including the availability of LineageOS 15.1, CarbonROM, official TWRP images, and support for Magisk.

There are a lot of factors that come into play when determining how well received a device is from the developer community. Honor has done a lot of work to reach out and connect with the community with the Honor Open Source Program. Along with providing the much-needed kernel sources in a timely fashion and APIs so developers can leverage the AI capabilities of the SoC, they have been sending out devices to a number of developers within the community.

One of the developers who was chosen to receive a device, a member of Dirty Unicorns, is showing that their U.S. Honor View 10 is running Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1.0. This is interesting because until now we were under the assumption that it would be shipping with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

We’ll have to wait and see if this is what customers in the United States receive when the device is made available for sale at HiHonor. The build number listed in the tweet is listed as C567log, and that tells us that it’s a beta build. It could be that the device launches with 8.0 Oreo as expected, but will quickly receive an update to 8.1 soon after. We suspect that EMUI 8.1 won’t be released to any Huawei or Honor device until the upcoming Huawei P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Plus are officially announced.