BANG FOR THE BUCK

Business Today - - THE BREAKOUT ZONE - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

THE REAR OF HONOR 10 has been crafted us­ing 15 lay­ers of 3D glass in vivid blue that re­flect sub­tle shades of pur­ple at dif­fer­ent an­gles. Some loved the de­sign, re­ferred to as Aurora Glass, while many hated it. The front is dom­i­nated with the 5.84-inch screen with a notch, with 2280x1808 pixel res­o­lu­tion and great colour re­pro­duc­tion. The ul­tra­sonic finger­print sen­sor placed be­low the dis­play has been seam­lessly merged into the bot­tom bezel with a very light vis­i­ble out­line. This

ul­tra­sonic un­der­glass finger­print scan­ner works well, un­locks even with wet hands. The de­vice is pretty much op­er­a­ble us­ing a sin­gle hand but the soft fin­ish at the rear makes it slip­pery.

Just like the other flag­ship smart­phones from Huawei and Honor sta­ble, even the 10 is pow­ered by octa-core HiSil­i­con Kirin 970 pro­ces­sor with a neu­ral pro­cess­ing unit, which brings ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence fea­tures (AI) such as re­duc­ing back­ground noise dur­ing calls and to the camera. Paired with 6GB of RAM, the phone has 128GB of in­ter­nal stor­age. Over­all per­for­mance (in­clud­ing gam­ing, stream­ing videos) was just fine with­out any lag or loss of frame. But the rear top of the phone (near camera mod­ule) started to get warm after a few min­utes of camera us­age. All the apps were placed across the home­screen – swip­ing left from the home page showed a Google dash­board page with the search bar, feeds, news and more, and long press­ing the home but­ton launched Google As­sis­tant.

The big­gest USP of Honor 10 is the stun­ning camera with loads of modes and set­tings. The AI op­tion in the de­fault photo mode de­tected the sub­ject and ad­justed camera set­tings au­to­mat­i­cally. The dual camera set-up at the rear (24-megapixel and 16-megapixel) cap­tures some great depth im­ages too. There is a ded­i­cated por­trait mode for cap­tur­ing faces (with bokeh, 3D light­ing, and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion mode) and a separate aper­ture mode for depth im­ages. There are plenty of other modes as well and nat­u­ral colours. How­ever, low light pho­tog­ra­phy was just about av­er­age as some of the im­ages were soft and noisy.

For self­ies, there is a 24-megapixel sen­sor and the Por­trait mode gives ac­cess to the same op­tions in­clud­ing turn­ing on/off bokeh, beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and 3D modes. Honor 10 packs in a 3400 mAh bat­tery with sup­port for fast charg­ing, and lasted me a day with ex­ten­sive use.

For 32,999, the Honor 10 gives tough com­pe­ti­tion to OnePlus 6 and Vivo X21.

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