At a time when peak devices are crossing the $ 1,000 price tags, the budget's flagship market is one of the hottest segments of the market. Since the launch of their first device, OnePlus has kept its crown as a "top killer". Now, with the launch of Honor View 10, Honor aims to steal the crown from under OnePlus's nose.
Honor View 10 equipped with the latest specifications and many other features. But in addition to all this, the device is fused with an integrated NPU unit for efficient Artificial Intelligence functions. And at a price of just 30,000, the Honor View 10 offers incredible value for money on paper. But does the device really live up to its expectations and does OnePlus finally have a worthy competitor? Let's find out as we present our in-depth review of Honor View 10:
Honor View 10 Technical specifications
Before starting the review, let's make sure that the specifications are removed. The Honor View 10 shares a lot with the Huawei Mate 10, offering a compelling blend of latest-generation hardware and software in a beautiful package. Check out the details below:
|Display||15.21 cm (5.99 inches), FHD + full view (1080p x 2160p)|
|camera||Rear: 16MP + 20MP|
|Memory||6 GB of RAM + 128 GB of ROM|
|Processor||Huawei Kirin 970, Octa-Core (4 * 2.36 Ghz + 4 * 1.8 Ghz)|
|OS + UI||Android8.0 + EMUI8.0|
|Dimension||157, 00 mm (L) x 74, 98 mm (L) x 6, 97 mm (T)|
|Weight||172g (including battery)|
|Expandable memory||Micro-SD, up to 256 GB|
|Sensor||Fingerprint sensor, digital compass, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, status indicator|
|Bluetooth||BT4.2 + BLE,|
|Wifi||802.11 b / g / n, 2, 4 GHz, 802, 11a / n / ac, 5 GHz,|
|GPS||GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / BDS,|
|NFC||NFC support, Wi-Fi Direct,|
|Color||Navy Blue, Midnight Black|
What's in the box
The Honor View 10 comes with a simple packaging, without unnecessary hassles. The premium packaging and the process of removing the stakes was quite satisfactory. The box itself has the device and all the basic things you would expect with it. The only thing missing in the package was a pair of earphones, although it became a standard among smartphone manufacturers to not include them.
- Honor View 10 device
- Scratch resistant screen (pre-applied on the device)
- Huawei quick charger
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- Protective transparent silicone case
- User Manual
Design and build quality
Let's start with the most important part of Honor View 10, and this is the overall design and build quality. The front of the device resembles the Mate 10, with the same 18: 9 display combined with tiny frames and a glossy finish above it. There is also a fingerprint scanner below the screen, which appears to have been squeezed into the frame. While it will arrive later, the device will appear absolutely stunning from the front.
On the back, there's not much to talk about. The upper left corner houses the setting of the dual lens camera, accompanied by the LED flash. The back has the "honor" mark in the middle, with information on the FCC license below. There are obvious antenna lines on both the upper and lower ends of the device, which although functional, also add to the overall appearance of the device. After all, the opaque coating is very beautiful and feels great to hold.
On the left side of the smartphone there is the hybrid SIM card that contains 2 SIM cards or 1 SIM card accompanied by a microSD card up to 256 GB. On the right side, we have volume rockers, followed by the power button. The top edge of the device has the IR blaster coupled with a noise canceling microphone. nice to see Honor include an IR blaster on the View 10, a feature that many leading devices don't do sports.
At the bottom, we have the USB Type-C port, inserted between the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the speaker. Basically, the Honor View 10 has all the doors you would expect from a flagship device, and then some.
The device feels absolutely at hand and has a very high score on design and manufacturing quality.
The general form factor of the device is quite small. The device, although elegant, feels quite robust in the hand, while maintaining the feeling of being a premium device. While everything is of a high standard and almost perfect, I personally believe that the fingerprint sensor may have been moved to the back rather than cramping at the bottom of the front of the device. basically the same topic as between Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, whether to have the fingerprint sensor in the front or back. Despite this, the device feels absolutely at hand and has a very high score on design and in terms of build quality.
The second half of 2017 saw the appearance of frameless 18: 9 displays and the same trend followed in 2018. With Honor View 10, the company created one of the most beautiful displays on the market. The frameless 18: 9 display on View 10 is as amazing as it looks and manages to capture the viewer's attention almost immediately.
The panel used an LTPS LTPS LCD display with FHD + resolution (2160x1080p). The interesting thing is that Honor offers its users the possibility to lower the resolution at 1440x720p to save battery power. While Samsung has been showing this feature on its devices for some time, it's good to see other companies also follow this path.
Honor View 10 (left) and OnePlus 5T (right)
The Honor View 10 is a direct competitor of the OnePlus 5T. In terms of visualization, a different ball game altogether. OnePlus 5T sports an AMOLED display that boasts rich colors and a high color gamut. The View 10, on the other hand, boasts a wider display range with the promise of never having burn-in problems. Personally I prefer AMOLED screens more, but this is my opinion.
If you like LCD screens the most, then View 10 would surely be better.
Although the display looks absolutely stunning, the only complaint I had with Honor was that View 10 does not include any type of display protection. Yes, right. And I feel that it's just a pity. Although I have not tried any kind of scratches as I feared in my daily use, the omission of any type of Corning Gorilla Glass protection definitely disconcerting. Especially considering a price of 30,000. The company was kind enough to provide a scratch-resistant screen protector in the box that pre-applied on the unit, but to be honest, this won't be enough for everyone. As such, I highly recommend getting a tempered screen protector for your Honor View 10, as it would be a shame to have that beautiful 5'99 inch display broken.
User interface and experience
When using a device, the general user interface can make or break the entire user experience. Honor View 10 comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box with Honor's EMUI skin on top. Before talking about EMUI, it is worth noting that the device comes with the latest version of Android, which frankly a nice touch. The main competitor of View 10, OnePlus 5T, while boasting exceptional hardware and good warehouse experience, comes only with Android Nougat, with the release of beta versions of Android Oreo soon. As such, the Honor View 10 score exceeds OnePlus 5T, at least in terms of having the latest Android version.
Now that we have addressed ourselves, let's dive into EMUI. My past experience with EMUI was on my Honor 6X, which debuted with EMUI 5.0 based on Android Nougat. Drawing comparisons with the same, Honor View 10 with EMUI 8.0 on it feels exactly the same. There are almost all visual changes between the two operating systems, with the exception of some added adjustments. The EMUI skin 8.0 essentially EMUI 5.0 powered by Artificial Intelligence, which appears to be the key point of Honor View 10.
EMUI 8.0 maintains the same general design language as EMUI 5.0. The new notification panel, the use of bright colors e a couple of other features like App Twin, Eye Comfort mode, user interface with one hand and more are present, all mixed between Huawei's various menus. Apart from that, EMUI 8.0 brings the Navigation Dock, which basically looks like the iOS quick-touch, but with a different function. You can use various gestures on the "white ball" to navigate in your device. Because Honor went on to name it a "dock" beyond my comprehension, and the functionality itself is rather misleading rather than being so practical.
Including the navigation dock above, the device offers a total of 3 navigation modes, which are a navigation bar on the screen and gestural navigation on the fingerprint scanner. Personally, I found myself using only the standard softkey or the navigation bar on the screen. Honor's navigation dock might still please some users, but the fingerprint scanner is just a big no. The biometric scanner awkwardly positioned below the screen and highly inconvenient to use. It could be someone's tea cup, but I personally thought it would be better to place the fingerprint scanner on the back, like on Honor 7X or Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
Finally, EMUI 8.0 brings the inclusion of AI into the operating system. According to Honor, "Based on machine learning, EMUI 8.0 allocates resources dynamically to give more CPU and memory to the apps actually used to ensure a smooth experience." . Now here's the thing – at the time of writing this review, the device was barely a week. Machine learning is excellent, but it should show its effect over time. The whole idea of ??incorporating the AI ??for machine learning on the device coupled with an NPU unit was to ensure that the device lasted longer than an ideal device that would begin to show signs of slowing down in a pair of years, give-or-take a few months. Although it is was able to notice slight improvements here and there after a week of use, the device was still practically new, so there is not enough concrete evidence on my part to determine whether the company's claims are correct or not. That said, my first impressions were certainly in line with Honor's promises.
My first impressions with the View 10 AI were certainly in line with Honor's promises.
Although most features are exceptional, there are some points where it seems to me that Honor View 10 is not in terms of interface and functionality. To begin with, EMUI 8.0 arrived with Huawei's implementation of PC mode without dock. While the feature debuted with Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, it was also made available on Mate 9 when it was updated to the EMUI 8.0. As such, I was really excited about the idea that a relatively cheaper device could use this feature, considering that it comes with EMUI 8.0. Unfortunately, View 10 has no PC mode, and left me with the desire to learn more.
While EMUI 8.0 came with the promise of a PC mode without dock, unfortunately this feature was missing from Honor View 10.
Another disappointment I faced with View 10 was the fact that it had Face ID but implemented in a rather different way. While Apple and OnePlus use it as a biometric device to unlock the device, Honor uses Face ID to simply discover the complete content of the notification on the lock screen. I would not exclude the fact that it is practical in some way, but I hope that there is a better implementation of the Face ID. Fortunately, the company stated that it will soon publish an OTA update that will include the face unlock function, so I'll just keep my fingers crossed.
All in all, for those who like to explore, EMUI something you will get used to in time. It offers almost the same user experience as MIUI while being remarkably light on resources. Having said that, for an Android stock lover, it could be a completely different story.
The EMUI is still miles away from the way Google imagines Android and could be a switch for AOSP lovers.
Honor View 10 features a dual rear lens configuration that offers a wide aperture ranging from f / .95 to f / 16. Now those are crazy numbers and, of course, I was pretty excited to try this incredible configuration.
In short, I have not been disappointed by the performance in well-lit conditions by any means. However, the low light conditions were completely different.
Before getting to the actual quality of the images and videos, let's talk about the same camera app. I have always applauded Huawei / Honor for the incredible camera app that is pre-loaded on their devices and the Honor View 10 shares the same DNA. The stock camera app is loaded with a myriad of features like the vertical mode, the background, the panorama, the time-lapse and much more. Moreover, it is equipped with an adequate "pro-more" for still images and videos. Yes, you also have a pro mode for videos. Another new addition to the camera app is the inclusion of AR stickers, included only in the camera app.
Now let's talk about image quality. The 2 lenses of the View 10 are not Leica lenses like the Mate 10, so maybe you don't have a big brand to brag about. Having said this, the quality of the image itself should guarantee a sufficient number of bragging rights. The camera can produce images with intense colors and perfect sharpness for pixels . There is no loss of quality even when zooming at high levels and the overall reproduction of exceptional colors.
Honor has also implemented a portrait mode in the camera, but uses both the dual camera configuration and the built-in NPU for AI functionality. The results are absolutely stunning, to say the least. Nearly correct edge detection and the right blur. I've always found the portrait mode on smartphones as a device for the software, but View 10 is one of the rare devices that actually manages to produce an effect of natural depth. Yes, Pixel 2 still by far the best camera, but the Honor View 10 not far behind. The monochrome + RGB combination of Honor works very well and does not leave out any details.
Unfortunately, all praise for the camera is limited to daylight or optimal conditions. Turn off the lights and you can see the weakness of the camera. The low light performance of Honor View 10 is just above average, with the noise that starts to creep in. The images are lacking in the quality of the details, and the general tone is more tenuous than acute. in this scenario I found my OnePlus 5T as a better model, which uses the dual lens setting in a different way to improve photography in low light conditions.
Even the 13MP front camera is excellent, in most cases. The images are mostly soft, but the portrait mode based on artificial intelligence works very well. There is also a gift of beauty able to bring out the glow on a person's face, even if personally I did not like this feature as it produced unrealistic images. In low light conditions, the camera was unable to keep up and left me disappointed overall.
Overall, the actual camera configuration is absolutely exceptional, but only when limited to well-lit conditions. Switch to low light conditions or the front camera in general, and the image quality falls sharply. I still believe that these are problems related to the software and will probably be able to or will be repaired in future updates, as in the case of the Essential phone.
The Kirin 970 processor is a processor developed internally by Huawei that addresses the current flagship of Qualcomm, Snapdragon 835. But what really sets it apart combined use of an NPU that makes it a future processor.
For those who rely on numbers, the Honor View 10 behaves surprisingly in a stress test benchmark. We obtained a score of 174.327 in the Antutu benchmark while the scores of 1.919 and 6.633 in the single-core and multi-core Geekbench tests. Recently, there have been reports of the Kirin 970 which outperformed the upcoming Snapdragon 845 by almost 7%. While personally I didn't see any such results in the Honor View 10 tests, arrived on par with the current Snapdragon 835.
That being said, I have always urged my readers to understand that benchmarks are not always the actual measure of a device's performance. In everyday life, the use of the average consumer is not far from that of a stress test. With this understanding, I say that the Honor View 10 actually far surpasses its competitors.
The 6 GB RAM combined with the advanced Kirin 970 processor won't let you down even in the most demanding situations.
Multitasking was a breeze with this device and I have faced absolutely no problems. The custom-made Mali-G72 MP12 GPU also behaves very well. I tried to play intensive graphics games like Asphalt 8, PES 2018 and Shadow Fight 3, and the device showed no signs of lag.
Not only the 18: 9 frameless display makes the games visually out of play, but thanks to the powerful technical features, the performance is smooth as butter.
All in all, the Kirin 970 starts the current harvest of flagships for their money. Performance is absolutely exceptional and, with the combined use of AI, will improve (or at least keep the same high level) over time.
The Honor View 10 manages to check all the points in terms of what all the ports should be on your smartphone. 2018, so surely there should be a USB Type-C port, and the View 10 it. Do you want to listen to your music collection, but haven't yet adopted wireless standards? No problem, the View 10 also has a 3.5mm headphone jack. But if you want to go in Bluetooth mode, the device comes with Bluetooth 4.2 combined with A2D and aptX HD.
In the current trend of mid-rangers and budget-leading devices, dual-SIM devices have begun to prosper a lot. Fortunately, the Honor View 10 has its back even for this purpose, simultaneously supporting two nano-SIM cards. Its main competitor, the OnePlus 5T, despite being exceptional, loses on the front of the microSD card, a feature present in the View 10. Oh, and aside from the Xiaomi devices, the Honor View 10 one of the rare devices available also show off a blaster IR, which I personally found a nice addition.
For all that laptop, battery life is a big concern. Honor View 10 equipped with a 3.750 mAh battery coupled with Honor Supercharge. The company claims that the device charges at a speed of 9 V / 2 A, but personally I have never experienced it in my review unit. Due to the alleged claims of the fast-charging company, I expected a reload speed comparable to that of the OnePlus 5T Dash Charging. Needless to say, when the device took over 2 hours to fully charge, I was disappointed.
But this is just the charging front. The overall battery life, fortunately, a different story. In my use of the device that included the vision of some Anime, playing the usual games, many calls and a ton of browsing on Twitter; the device managed to last easily all day, while still keeping a little juice.
I think that, along with the enormous capacity of the battery, the OS also deserves its fair share of praise. EMUI 8.0 extremely effective in battery management, and the different battery saving modes, combined with a change in resolution, could easily allow one to push your device to higher battery life numbers.
The main USP of Honor View 10 was the inclusion of a future-forward processor, which uses artificial intelligence to provide better performance. Kirin 970 the same processor on Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro devices, a processor specifically designed for artificial intelligence. According to the company, the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) within the 970 allows the AI ??functionality to occur locally, instead of on the cloud. It allows the system to process and use AI features faster, while maintaining user privacy.
In my experience with the device, the existence of the AI ??was very light (considering that I only used it for a week), but it was obvious. Face detection in my selfies improved with constant use and lateral blurring started to become much more accurate. My frequently used apps like WhatsApp and Twitter started to load faster than usual and there was a noticeable change in the overall performance of the device. I know it looks really futuristic, but I could definitely hear the device adapt to my style of use.
I could feel the device adapt to my style of use.
The company claims that the integrated NPU should help the device last longer than the normal smartphone. still early to confirm that, despite my limited use, I could perceive the truth behind this statement. If it turns out to be true, the Honor View 10 sounds like a convincing 30K deal, considering it is a device that should last more than a couple of years.
Show honor 10: should you buy it?
Well, we discussed the incredible screen, stellar performance and decent battery life. We talked about the implementation of AI and how the device it should maintain in the coming years. So, the Honor View 10 the perfect choice for you? In many ways, I would say: s. Absolutely. Become a direct competitor of the OnePlus 5T. But with 3,000 rupees less than the 6GB variant of the 5T, Honor View 10 offers almost everything similar, with some extra additions which include a larger ROM, expandable storage support and a camera that offers better performance in broad daylight. On the flip side of the coin, you'll have to live with a feature-rich user interface but still heavily different from OxygenOS's AOSP experience.
For me, the Honor View 10 offers an incredible value of money at 30,000, and you can't really go wrong. That being said, if you are a performance freak and you love the Android experience, the OnePlus 5T is a better option for you.
- Attractive design and build quality
- Large display 18: 9
- Incredible AI cameras
- Fast and blazing performance
- EMUI still far from Android Stock
- Some features of AI are misleading
- Uncomfortable positioning of the fingerprint sensor
- Performance in low light conditions is sub-par
Buy Honor View 10: (Rs. 29.999)
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Honor View 10: your first AI phone
Honor managed to bring out a device that will surely appeal to the majority of consumers. For a couple of years, OnePlus has dominated the top end of the budget, while giving strong competition to the leading OEMs. Now, with the Honor View 10, there is finally a decent competitor to shake OnePlus from his throne. The device has excellent hardware bundled with some pretty useful features and some deceptive features. Furthermore, the inclusion of AI on View 10 separates it from the herd and makes it a worthy choice. Having used the device, I can say that artificial intelligence indefinitely the future of mobile computing, and the Honor View 10 is an excellent first step in that direction. Well, this is the end of my review, let us know your opinions on the smartphone by downloading them in the comments section below.