January 2018 was a month that has started this year with a bang in the tech and automotive space. We saw some amazing smartphone launches and even an AI robot at CES2018. In India the automotive space saw a couple of cars that are going to be big time revenue churners for both Audi as well as Maruti Suzuki. For people like me January was a busy month, so busy that Exhibit accepted this column at the last minute.
The year 2018 is all set with a plan for Artificial Intelligence boom in our daily lives. There have been skeptics of AI but as most of the consumer tech makers are backing it up for now, we might soon have no option but to expect this new phenomenon in our lives. The entry level AI tool for 2018 is going to primarily be your smartphones. Apple gave us a taste of AI based iPhones in 2017, but in a country like India not everyone can get their hands on one. So the first phone that was based on AI and supported basic functionality that enabled machine learning and identifying user patterns to optimize the device at a affordable price was launched by Huawei’s sub-brand Honor. Honor View 10 is a completely new series by Honor. We had the opportunity to see this device in London in December of 2017 and were expecting a price point of way over `34,999. Honor though had a surprise for us with a price point of R`29,999. This not only made an AI smartphone affordable, but also contested many smartphone brands and their devices that are north of their price point