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us wor­ried we might run out of power be­fore the end of the day, but the Honor 10 is one of them.

It has a 3,400mAh bat­tery – the same as, you guessed it, the Huawei P20 – and like that phone we were skirt­ing with 20 per­cent left warn­ings ear­lier in the day than we’d have liked. While we didn’t get caught short with the Honor 10, it again shows that as the specs are bet­ter than the price sug­gests and there­fore work the phone hard, it doesn’t ex­cel in bat­tery life where other cheaper phones do.

In the Geekbench 4 bat­tery test with the phone bright­ness set to 120cd/m2, the phone scored 2340, last­ing for only three hours, 54 min­utes. The P20 lasted five hours, 17 min­utes with the same 3,400mAh bat­tery, so some­thing is amiss with the Honor 10’s bat­tery stamina, and that’s a real shame.

Huawei’s Su­per Charge has car­ried over to the Honor 10, and it’s amaz­ingly fast – the fastest charger we have ever seen on a phone bar none. From dead, it charged the Honor 10 to 65 per­cent in 30 min­utes while turned off, which is nuts. It just about makes up for the sub­par bat­tery life.

Soft­ware

As with Huawei phones, whether or not you buy the Honor 10 may de­pend if you like the look of EMUI. Thank­fully as an An­droid skin it is a lot less hor­ri­ble than it once was, but it’s still change for change sake in some cases with menus, no­ti­fi­ca­tion pan­els and icons very dif­fer­ent from stock.

In fact, it’s a lit­tle like iOS in how it de­faults to a grid of home screen icons, but this is An­droid

– change it to the app drawer. The Honor 10 has been very slick and smooth thanks to the Kirin 970 pro­ces­sor work­ing its magic.

We do like how you can hide the notch, and it oddly makes the phone feel quite a bit dif­fer­ent. But our only com­plaints lie in the changes EMUI makes when it doesn’t need to – par­tic­u­larly to Oreo.

Oreo in stock An­droid han­dles no­ti­fi­ca­tions grace­fully and eas­ily, but EMUI con­trives to make it all look and feel more like iOS. We wish it wouldn’t, but it’s more for­giv­able on this £399 Honor phone than on a Huawei phone that hits £800.

Ver­dict

Even though bat­tery life is a lit­tle un­der­whelm­ing, it’s a mi­nor quib­ble with what is an ex­cep­tion­ally good phone for the price. The dis­play, cam­eras and build qual­ity are verg­ing on those of a phone twice the

price and the per­for­mance is the best we’ve seen on an Honor phone.

The soft­ware is the best EMUI has ever of­fered, and the notch is not a big deal when all is said and done. The 128GB stor­age as stan­dard is also a ma­jor plus, and dual SIM is also wel­come. Add to that a head­phone jack, and the Honor 10 could well be the best fea­tured mid-range phone ever – it’s cer­tainly the best you can buy in 2018. Henry Burrell

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

• 5.84in (2,280x1,080, 432ppi) IPS LCD ca­pac­i­tive touch­screen

• An­droid 8.1 (Oreo)

• Hisil­i­con Kirin 970 pro­ces­sor

• Octa-core (4x 2.4GHz Cor­tex-A73, 4x 1.8GHz Cor­tex-A53) CPU

• Mali-G72 MP12 GPU

• 4/6GB RAM

• 64/128GB stor­age, mi­croSD up to 256GB

• Fin­ger­print scan­ner

• Dual rear-fac­ing cam­eras: 16Mp (f/1.8) and 24Mp

B/W, phase de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus, LED flash

• Front-fac­ing cam­era: 24Mp, f/2.0, 1080p

• 802.11ac Wi-Fi

• Blue­tooth 4.2

• A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

• USB 2.0 Type-C 1.0

• 149.6x71.2x7.7mm

• 153g

As an An­droid skin, it is bet­ter than be­fore

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