HONOR VIEW 10

Honor’s lat­est phone comes with the best hard­ware and soft­ware

T3 India - - Contents - WORDS KU­NAL GAN­GAR

Honor's flag­ship smart­phone at a not-so flag­ship price. Worth it?

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has been on a launch­ing spree. In the last few months, Honor has launched phones at dif­fer­ent price points, in­clud­ing the View 10. The phone sits at the top of the Honor lineup in terms of ask­ing price but with that price tag, Honor is mak­ing sure you get their top-of-the-line hard­ware along with the lat­est soft­ware. We take a thor­ough look.

DE­SIGN

Why change some­thing if it’s work­ing well seems to be the mantra for Honor. And that’s not a bad thing as far as de­sign is con­cerned. We like the phone’s curvy de­sign, it de­spite be­ing a tall de­vice, gives the phone a good grip. How­ever, sin­gle-hand use is still a tough task. The View 10 has solid build qual­ity and cer­tainly looks premium with all-glass on the front, with fo­cus on the 18:9 Ful­lView dis­play and metal fin­ish at the back. We did not find the de­vice slip­pery but if you do, Honor is also bundling a clear case with the phone.

As far as phys­i­cal keys, ports and slots go, the fin­ger­print scan­ner is on the front. It also works as a home but­ton and few other things (more on that later). The power and vol­ume keys are on the right; the hy­brid SIM+mi­croSD slot on the left; 3.5mm head­phone jack and USB

Type-C port at the bot­tom; and an in­frared blaster for uni­ver­sal re­mote at the top.

PER­FOR­MANCE

Most of the phones launched in the last few months have gone 18:9 and Honor 10 is no dif­fer­ent. It has a

6-inch Ful­lView dis­play that sup­ports Full HD+ res­o­lu­tion

(2160x1080) and it can be low­ered to

HD+ (1440x720), if needed, to save power. The dis­play is sharp, has de­cent view­ing an­gles and good colours. The colour tem­per­a­ture can be tweaked to user’s lik­ing with pre­set “vivid” and “nor­mal” modes or to get the pre­cise tem­per­a­ture with the colour picker. The phone also sup­ports eye com­fort fea­ture that blocks the blue light to re­duce eye fa­tigue and gives the op­tion to view non-full-screen apps in full

18:9 as­pect ra­tio.

One ma­jor com­po­nent that dif­fer­en­ti­ates Honor de­vices is the use of their own pro­ces­sors. Just like Sam­sung has their Exynos range, Huawei de­vel­ops the Kirin range for its own and Honor line of de­vices. The Honor View 10 is equipped with a Kirin 970 octa-core pro­ces­sor, which is com­pa­ra­ble to Qual­comm’s Snap­dragon 835 and when cou­pled with 6GB RAM, the phone han­dles the com­plex tasks with ease and flu­id­ity. The Kirin 970 also fea­tures some­thing they call as the neu­ral pro­cess­ing unit (NPU). To put it sim­ply, NPU is used to han­dle all the Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI) and ma­chine learn­ing-re­lated tasks.

View 10 prom­ises a lot of AI trick­ery and while AI still in nascent stages, it’s good to see Honor com­mit­ting to it, and this should im­prove over the com­ing months. Some of the things View 10’s AI can do is an­a­lyse how we use the phone and al­lo­cate the re­quired re­sources, to make the phone run smoothly even after months of use. There’s also an AI ac­cel­er­ated trans­la­tor that re­lies on Mi­crosoft’s trans­la­tion ser­vice but is op­ti­mised by Huawei for faster and bet­ter re­sponse. Other AI en­hance­ments in­clude au­to­matic scene and ob­ject recog­ni­tion when us­ing the cam­era, mo­tion de­tec­tion and more.

The phone runs EMUI, which is Honor’s cus­tomised skin over An­droid. The good thing with the EMUI on the View 10 is that it runs on the lat­est An­droid 8 Oreo. The in­ter­face looks a tad heavy but is well op­ti­mised for smooth and fluid op­er­a­tion.

The fin­ger­print sen­sor on the View 10 works as in­tended but it’s the mul­ti­ple uses of the but­ton, just the way Len­ovo has it for their phones is what we like. View 10’s fin­ger­print scan­ner can not only be

used as a home but­ton but swip­ing or tap­ping in dif­fer­ent ways will ex­e­cute a dif­fer­ent com­mand. For in­stance, a sin­gle tap will return to the pre­vi­ous menu whereas long press­ing the home but­ton will take you to the home screen and swip­ing from the right will open the app switcher menu.

The phone also sup­ports face recog­ni­tion but cur­rently works only to re­veal no­ti­fi­ca­tion con­tent when it de­tects the cor­rect face. This was first in­tro­duced on Ap­ple’s iPhone X and it’s good to see be­ing im­ple­mented by oth­ers. The View 10 also sup­ports Face Un­lock but at the time of go­ing to press, our unit did not re­ceive the soft­ware up­date to en­able Face Un­lock.

The View 10 fea­tures a dual cam­era setup at the back with a

20MP mono­chrome cam­era and

16MP RGB cam­era. We tried the cam­era in both day­light and low-light sce­nar­ios and liked what the phone has to of­fer. Pic­tures clicked have good colours and de­tails and clicks some good look­ing por­trait shots as well. The cam­era of­fers a num­ber of modes, in­clud­ing Snapchat like live AR stick­ers.

The 13MP front-fac­ing cam­era takes de­cent self­ies that sup­port beauty mode and a num­ber of other shoot­ing modes.

On the video front, the back cam­era is ca­pa­ble of shoot­ing 4K UHD videos whereas the front can shoot in 720p.

The View 10 sports a 3750mAh bat­tery which eas­ily gives more than a day’s worth of bat­tery life with moder­ate use of calls, videos, data and mu­sic. For in­stances when you run out of power, the phone is bun­dled with a 18W charger that charges the bat­tery quickly.

CON­CLU­SION

It goes with­out say­ing that the View 10 wants some of the mar­ket that OnePlus en­joyed the last cou­ple of years and with a price of Rs. 29,999, View 10 might be able to have it. The View 10 is a re­ally good de­vice and at this price point, it of­fers ex­cel­lent per­for­mance and bat­tery life.

PRICE `29,999 URL hi­honor.in DI­MEN­SIONS 157x74.98x6.97mm WEIGHT 172g DIS­PLAY 6-inch Ful­lView FHD+ (2160x1080p) AS­PECT RA­TIO 18:9 CPU 2.36GHz Huawei Kirin 970 octa-core RAM 6GB STOR­AGE 128GB MI­CROSD CARD SLOT Yes CAM­ERA 16MP+20MP (Rear), 13MP (Front) OS EMUI 8 based on An­droid Oreo HEAD­PHONE JACK Yes BAT­TERY 3750mAh

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