Honor is basically Huawei's brand for cheaper versions of its flagship phones. Cheaper doesn't mean rubbish, though. In fact, we're big fans of recent Honor phones, including the excellent Honor 9, which we called "a flagship phone at a mid-range price".

That phone launched back in the summer, so it's slightly strange that Honor is gearing up to announce its successor mere months later.

When is the new Honor phone release date and price?

Regardless, a new phone is launching on 5 December in London: we know this for a fact as we've been invited to the event. The name itself is unconfirmed, but rumours suggest it will be called the V10 rather than simply '10'.

There's speculation that it will cost around US$450. You can't simply convert that to UK pounds, so we'll have to wait until the launch to find out what the phone will cost in the UK. As the Honor 9 costs £379.99, it's sure to be more than that given the rumoured specs.

Honor Max View invite

What are the Honor V10 specs?

GizChina claims it knows the specifications from a leak and says that the new Honor phone will be a lot like the Mate 10 Pro. 

That means it will have the same 6in 18:9 screen with tiny bezels. And it will also have the same powerful Kirin 970 processor and 6GB of RAM.

If it does have the Mate 10 Pro's screen, which uses pOLED tech instead of IPS, that'll be a real advantage in a mid-range phone. More likely is that it will stick with a cheaper IPS display.

The similarities continue with the same (or certainly similar) dual-camera setup at the rear. Whether or not there will be 12+20Mp sensors or the rumoured 16+20Mp sensors remains to be seen, but they'll be colour-plus-monochrome as with other Huawei and Honor phones.

Honor V10 release date, price, specs rumours

If the Kirin 970 is used, the new phone should have the same capabilites as the Mate 10 Pro for photo and video modes, plus the artificial intelligence for scene recognition and offline translation. You can read all about that in our Mate 10 Pro review.

Storage is said to be 64- or 128GB, with no information on whether that can be supplemented with a microSD card. 

It isn't known if the phone is water-resistant like the Mate 10 Pro, but some costs will have to be saved in order to bring the price down from £699.

Honor V10 release date, price, specs rumours

In terms of software, we expect it to run Android 8.0 Oreo with Huawei's EMUI 8 interface. Above is the Honor 9 with Android 7.0.

As soon as more rumours surface, we'll add them here.