Shenzen headquartered Huawei sub-brand Honor recently unveiled the Honor View 10 as their flagship offering with a FullView display. This phone comes with an AI-backed octa-core processor and 18:9 aspect ratio, and at a price of Rs. 29,999, the View 10 looks like an extremely good option.
While the Honor View 10 is the latest flagship from the Huawei sub-brand, it still comes with an affordable price tag. Offering premium features like Dual cameras, 18:9 aspect ratio, and an AI-backed processor, the phone looks promising in its price segment. We got our hands on the Honor View 10 and here is our review of the company’s latest flagship.
Honor View 10 Specifications
|Key Specifications||Honor View 10|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD+ (2160 x 1080p)|
|Operating System||Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0|
|Chipset||Kirin 970 processor|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, up to 256GB|
|Primary Camera||Dual 16GB RGB + 20GB Monochrome lens|
|Sim Card Type||Nano SIM|
|Dimensions||157mm x 74.98mm x 6.97mm|
The Honor View 10 comes with a 5.99-inch FullView display, with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. Honor has managed to tone down the bezels despite using a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is good. The camera and sensor array are placed above the display, along with the earpiece.
At the back, you get a premium metal chassis on the device. The dual camera setup is placed at the top-left side along with the flash. You can see the antenna bands running along the top and bottom of the device.
With the volume rockers and lock button placed on the left side, you get the SIM tray and microSD card slot on the right side of the Honor View 10.
At the bottom, the phone sports a 3.5mm earphone jack along with a USB Type-C port which enables fast charging. The top of the phone sports an Infrared Blaster
Starting with the display, the Honor View 10 keeps up with the newer 18:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels. The phone sports a 5.99-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.
In real life, we found the viewing angles to be good, thanks to the IPS panel. Also, it is a crisp display even in bright sunlight and can be dimmed enough for comfortable low light usage too. We found the panel to be snappy and responsive.
The Honor View 10 sports dual rear cameras at the back. This setup comprises a 16MP RGB lens and a 20MP monochrome lens. The monochrome lens enhances the image detailing and helps in low light photography.
On the front, you get a 13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. This camera doubles up for the facial unlocking feature on the View 10. The cameras are AI-backed to offer real-time scene and object recognition.
When it comes to cameras, the user interface is what makes the experience smooth. Honor has optimized the camera app’s UI for the tall 18:9 display of the View 10. You can swipe left to access ‘Modes’ and right to access ‘Settings’.
What we found slightly difficult was to use the commands on the top of the screen. Since it is tall display, operating the camera on the Honor View 10 can be a little difficult with one hand for some people.
When it comes to camera quality, the Honor View 10 captures good detail and is fast to focus. While there are minor issues around the edging, we expect Honor to sort it out via OTA updates soon.
While the wide aperture mode had some edging issues, the overall performance is good. The camera is quick to focus and captures good detail in daylight.
In artificial light too, the Honor View 10 performs really well. There is no noticeable grain or noise. Depth is also captured fairly well by the cameras in artificial lighting.
Low Light samples
Coming to low light photography, the monochrome lens on the device comes into play here. It captures images without any grains and uses the flash to focus and capture images without interfering with the details.
Talking about the hardware here, the Honor View 10 is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 970 octa-core processor. It is an AI-backed chipset with Neural-Network Processing Unit (NPU) that enables local Facial recognition on the device. Backing this chipset, you get 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
In terms of processor and storage, Honor has left no stone unturned with these specifications. You also get expandable storage up to 256GB using a microSD card. The gaming experience on the device is also smooth, thanks to the dedicated gaming mode.
Software and performance
In terms of software, the Honor View 10 is running on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update with EMUI 8.0 skin on top. While you get the latest Android version, EMUI makes the experience more optimized. It is a fluid user interface and is adaptive to your usage.
The View 10 has a dedicated gaming mode for uninterrupted performance. To prove its mettle, we tested it on certain benchmarking apps and here are the results.
Battery and Connectivity
Lastly, coming to the battery, the phone is equipped with a 3,750 mAh battery with Honor SuperCharge for fast charging. In terms of connectivity, the Honor View 10 is a Dual SIM 4G VoLTE smartphone. The default options include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm earphone jack.
With all the key connectivity options (including the 3.5mm jack) intact, the Honor View 10 does a great job in terms of connectivity.
Carrying an affordable price tag, the Honor View 10 is the latest flagship from the Huawei sub-brand. With good cameras and a premium body, this smartphone is a very good offering from the Chinese company. You will find the AI-backed processor of the device used when clicking images and using features like Facial unlocking.
Competing against the likes of the OnePlus 5T, the Honor View 10 is available exclusively on Amazon.in starting today at a price of Rs. 29,999. ICICI credit card users can also avail a flat discount of Rs. 1500, and Airtel users can get up to 90GB data free.