Best budget smartphones
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.
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.
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
• 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
As an Android skin, it is better than before