Honor 10 brings exquisite looks with respectable hardware
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.