Honor 10

Honor 10 brings exquisite looks with re­spectable hard­ware

T3 India - - Tested - WORDS KU­NAL GAN­GAR

Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor has been sell­ing bud­get de­vices for many years but it was only last year when things changed for Honor. Honor was fi­nally launch­ing de­vices that were com­pet­ing with the likes of Xiaomi in the bud­get and lower mid-range seg­ment. Honor even in­tro­duced the View 10 to take on the OnePlus 5T. Fol­low­ing the same strat­egy, Honor has come up with the Honor 10 that com­petes with this year’s OnePlus 6 (our re­view on pg 64) but can it match OnePlus’ pow­er­house? Let’s check it out.

We liked how Honor de­signed the View 10 and the Honor 10 takes it up a notch. While the phone is all glass at the back like most of the com­pe­ti­tion, the Aurora glass de­sign makes the phone stand out. Honor claims the de­sign is a re­sult of 15 lay­ers of 3D glass along with its unique Phan­tom Blue hue that shows off con­trast­ing colours from a dif­fer­ent an­gle. For any­one who prefers a sub­tle, sin­gu­lar colour, Honor also sells the phone in Mid­night Black.

What’s more, the phone is com­pact and makes one-handed op­er­a­tion re­ally easy, partly thanks to the 86.2 per­cent screen-to-body ra­tio and the curvy sides at the back.

There are few hand­set man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world who use their in-house de­signed SoCs and Huawei is one of them. Honor 10 is pow­ered by Kirin 970 chip and the rea­son Huawei has de­cided to stick with the same chip is that it fea­tures a Neu­ral Pro­cess­ing Unit (NPU), which comes in handy while deal­ing with AI ap­pli­ca­tions. The phone cou­pled with 6GB RAM and heav­ily skinned EMUI 8.1 (based on An­droid 8.1) is more than enough to han­dle process in­ten­sive tasks.

The 5.84-inch dis­play fea­tures an LTPS panel that sup­ports the Full HD+ res­o­lu­tion (2280x1080 pix­els) and of­fers good colours and con­trast at dif­fer­ent view­ing an­gles. How­ever, to give users that ex­tra con­trol, the phone also al­lows ad­just­ing the colour mode and tem­per­a­ture. There’s even an op­tion to scale down the res­o­lu­tion to help save power.

There’s a dual cam­era setup at the back - a 16MP cam­era and a 24MP mono­chrome sen­sor. And with AI ca­pa­bil­ity in tow, the end re­sult is con­vinc­ing with pictures hav­ing good dy­namic range and details. In­ter­est­ingly, there’s no OIS, but for videos Honor 10 sup­ports EIS. The front-fac­ing 24MP cam­era takes de­cent self­ies.

Honor 10 goes for `32,999 and for the price that un­der­cuts the OnePlus 6 by a cou­ple of thou­sand bucks, you get an AI-pow­ered cam­era along with a pre­mium de­sign and de­cent over­all per­for­mance.

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