Honor 10 review

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Though expensive flagship telephones will continue to steal the headlines, it's the mainstream phase that's going to be extremely aggressive this yr. 

With the Honor 10, Honor continues the tradition of bringing prime hardware and cutting-edge design into an reasonably priced product. However with the likes of the Nokia 7 Plus and the Moto G6, this area is getting more durable to compete in.

We've been testing the Honor 10 for the previous couple of weeks and have been impressed. Powered by the Kirin 970 processor and AI cameras, you'll be able to take a look at it as an excellent beefed up version of the Huawei Nova 3e or a lighter model of the Huawei P20 which isn't shocking contemplating that Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei. And yes, it has a notch.

Honor 10 worth and launch date

  • The Honor 10 worth is about at AED 1,699
  • Obtainable within the UAE on Might 22

The Honor 10 is priced at AED 1,699 (round US$460) and goes to be out there on the 22nd of Might. 

The Middle East variant of the telephone will include 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, although totally different elements of the world might get a 6GB RAM choice in addition to a 64GB storage choice.

Design and show

  • Unconventional shiny effect on the rear
  • Lovely Full HD+ show with notch on the prime
  • three.5mm headphone jack and infrared sensor

Honor is placing plenty of concentrate on the design of the Honor 10, and there’s no denying this can be a beautiful-looking system.

It inherits an analogous look to the Twilight gradient-effect Huawei P20, however it’s barely totally different right here, supplying you with a special shade and look depending on what angle you view the again of the system from.

We’ve found it to be a bold look, which we love, although it's a look that's more likely to prove divisive as it's fairly unconventional.

This shade known as Phantom Blue, whereas there’s additionally a Phantom Green choice that we haven’t seen in real life but which, in press photographs, seems to be remarkably just like the Blue.

Regardless of having a a lot larger display the Honor 10 isn’t much greater general than the Honor 9, and it sits comfortably within the hand. This isn’t a huge telephone, and it’s the right choice for somebody who needs a big display but can’t comfortably get their mitts around a tool just like the iPhone 8 Plus.

The rear’s glass is the opposite huge highlight design-wise because it makes use of 15 layers of glass to get a hanging effect where mild beams bounce throughout it. Based on Honor, it takes twice as long to make because the Honor 9 did. The extra effort is properly value it though, as the rear of the telephone seems to be and feels premium.

There's a metallic trim alongside the sides of the Honor 10, which adds to the premium feel and appear, with a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port on the bottom and the quantity rocker / energy button on the right-hand aspect.

Honor is going for a minimalist look here, and the gadget feels good in the hand for that. Contributing to that is the redesigned fingerprint scanner, which, as an alternative of being on the rear or indented on the entrance of the telephone, now sits in the lower bezel however beneath the glass, so it’s flush with the show.

This isn’t like in-display scanners we’ve seen on some phones, just like the Porsche Design Mate RS, however it does mean the sensor doesn’t interrupt the clean strains of the Honor 10.

There’s a delicate lozenge-shaped outline so you already know the place to put your finger to hit the scanner, and we discovered it to work precisely and fast, though it does require a bit extra strain than typical sensors. 

The Honor 10 also has face-unlock know-how, which identifies you shortly after you press the facility button. We discovered this to work fairly nicely, figuring out our face from totally different angles and it wouldn’t unlock for other individuals. 

It didn't all the time work when sporting sunglasses or in lower lit circumstances although, so this isn't as spectacular because the scanner on the iPhone X or as quick the Huawei P20 Pro.

The show itself could be very totally different to the one on the Honor 9, as an alternative it's just like telephones we’ve seen this yr and to final yr’s iPhone X. It’s a 5.84-inch 19:9 show, with a notch at the prime to deal with the front-facing digital camera and face-scanning tech.

The decision of the display is Full HD+, which primarily means you’ll get a Full HD resolution plus a number of bonus pixels, because the display is longer than previous Honor units.

Honor’s display right here is brilliant, clear, and good and vibrant, and the utmost decision is particularly spectacular.

There’s comparatively little bezel around the system (aside from on the backside, however that’s still trim) and the notch is small contemplating what we’ve seen on some other flagship units. In case you don’t like the notch look, you'll be able to cover it by having a black bar on either aspect, which can barely scale back your display actual property.

You gained’t waste the area in case you do this, as those bars nonetheless home the clock, notifications and more. There’s rather a lot to love concerning the display.

Battery life

  • Average battery life that lasts round a day
  • Fast-charging options are included, however no wi-fi charging

Honor has increased the battery measurement on the Honor 10 over the Honor 9, from three,200mAh to three,400mAh. Whereas which will appear to be an enchancment, nevertheless, it’s value noting that the display is greater here, so there are more pixels to energy.

That stated, as with the Honor 9, we’ve discovered the telephone will usually final a full day on a single charge. We used the system for 2 weeks, and in that point we only discovered a few occasions where, with in depth utilization, the telephone wouldn't last by way of till the top of the day.

We ran our normal battery check on the Honor 10 where we play a Full HD video at full brightness for 90 minutes, and the telephone had 84% battery left on the end of it. That's an OK score, however isn't unbelievable.

It's a bit of an enchancment over the Honor 9, which got here out with 83% battery left over in order that's probably right down to the optimization enhancements within the new chipset.

The Honor 10 does come with fast-charging although, and we discovered this might absolutely charge the telephone in beneath two hours. That is notably useful if it's essential just pump up your telephone with a couple of hours of charge in half an hour or so.

There’s no wi-fi charging on the Honor 10, however that’s an additional function we wouldn’t all the time anticipate to see on this type of cheaper flagship system. You don't even get that on the Huawei P20, however it's one thing we've seen on the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X.

Digital camera

  • Twin sensor rear digital camera with 24MP and 16MP sensors
  • Comes with 22 automated digital camera modes for different situations

Like previous Huawei and Honor phones, the Honor 10 comes with a dual rear digital camera. One sensor is a 24MP monochrome shooter while the opposite is a 16MP colour one.

If you take a photo on the rear digital camera in auto mode, the digital camera will take the identical shot with both sensors, and combine the pictures for a photograph with extra element than you’d get from a single lens.

The standard here is fairly good, and while the Honor 10’s digital camera might not have as many options because the digital camera on the Huawei P20 it still does an excellent job in auto mode.

Honor’s processing tech will use artificial intelligence to routinely enhance the photographs you’ve taken. Meaning the digital camera software program will use algorithms to brighten areas of a shot, or change the main target, to create what it believes will be the greatest end result.

Honor says the telephone can determine 22 totally different scenes, together with greenery or pets, so the telephone will detect what you’re capturing and work out find out how to improve the shot. 

This function labored nicely in our testing, and usefully you possibly can press a button and see what the photograph seems like without the AI enhancements. If the telephone hasn’t enhanced the photograph to your liking, you possibly can then revert to the unique.

Under you'll see a photograph taken with AI turned off, and then one with AI turned on in canine mode.

There are also a lot of professional mode options, so if you wish to more control over the settings for the most effective outcomes with totally different topics you possibly can deep-dive and mess around with these.

Our expertise with capturing video on the Honor 10 has been restricted to date, but the footage we have now captured seems to be nice – it’s clean, and each the image quality and audio high quality are high.

On the front of the telephone there's a strong 24MP selfie digital camera able to taking high-quality photographs which might be greater than ok for social media use.

One new function of the portrait mode is which you can set the lighting effect in your selfies- very very similar to the iPhone X. That is something you can too do with the rear digital camera, however it’s notably useful for selfies. There are 5 totally different options: gentle lighting, butterfly lighting, cut up lighting, stage lighting and basic lighting.

The final two modes will focus simply on your face. The basic lighting provides you with a black and white filter, whereas the stage lighting is a dramatic, brighter impact that cuts out the background and focuses just in your face.

Selfies with out these lighting modes additionally look good, but in poor lighting the primary two modes particularly will aid you seize a better-quality selfie, whereas the final two results look to be just about unique to the Honor 10.

The other helpful aspect is which you could fiddle with the lighting after you’ve taken the photograph.

That is all achieved by way of the Portrait mode inside the digital camera app, which additionally provides a bokeh effect, allowing you to routinely blur the background behind your photographs, like on the rear digital camera.

It also features a magnificence effect with ten totally different levels, so you'll be able to clean out imperfections in your skin.

Digital camera samples

Interface and reliability

  • Comes operating Android 8 Oreo software, however disguised with Emotion UI
  • Seems totally different to most other trendy Android smartphones
  • No app drawer by default, but you'll be able to activate one within the Settings

The Honor 10 comes with the newest Android eight.1 Oreo software program on board, nevertheless it’s hidden behind Huawei’s personal customized overlay, Emotion UI 8.1.

Meaning the interface will look fairly totally different to what you’ve seen on different phones (until you’ve had a Huawei or Honor up to now) and it might take some getting used to.

For example, by default there isn’t an app drawer on the Honor 10. As an alternative it's a must to scroll via the primary screens to arrange your apps. 

You'll be able to tinker with the settings to add an app drawer, nevertheless it takes some know-how to seek out and allow the choice.

Emotion UI 8.1 seems to be a lot better than it did on Honor units a number of years in the past, and there are plenty of customization choices, so you can also make it look how you need it to by changing your background, theme and extra.

Films, music and gaming

  • Crisp display gives an fulfilling video watching experience
  • 3.5mm headphone jack means you should use wired headphones
  • Spectacular gaming efficiency and load occasions

The crisp show on the Honor 10 makes watching video an fulfilling expertise, however we’ve found that a number of apps don’t make use of the complete display.

The notch doesn’t get in the best way of the action, but the areas of display both aspect of the notch on the prime of the display (or the aspect, depending on how you’re holding it) are blacked out if you’re watching video, so are effectively wasted.

Video appears good because of the brilliant and clear display, and the viewing angles are notably spectacular, which is beneficial in the event you’re watch a video with someone else.

You'll be able to join a Bluetooth headset to take heed to audio, however a welcome function of the Honor 10 is that there’s nonetheless a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the telephone. Loads of flagship units are dropping that tech now, but in case you have a wired headset you’ll be pleased to know that it’ll work here with out an adapter.

There’s a single speaker on the backside of the telephone, and meaning it’s quiet straightforward to cover it whenever you’re holding the gadget. The speaker delivers enough quantity and the audio quality is okay.

Injustice 2 operating on the Honor 10

We’ve finished somewhat gaming on the telephone and located that Injustice 2, which is a very graphically intensive preventing recreation ran very properly. The graphics appeared nice and levels loaded shortly, so this can go well with you if you wish to play the odd cellular recreation.

Efficiency and benchmarks

  • Similar Hisilicon Kirin 970 chipset as Huawei P20
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB of storage

The newest and biggest chipset from Huawei is contained in the Honor 10. It’s referred to as the Hisilicon Kirin 970, and it is the powerhouse processor we saw contained in the Huawei P20 when that was released earlier this yr.

We’ve discovered that it supplies plenty of grunt right here too, with the Honor 10 doing every thing we’ve asked of it. We haven’t had any noticeable performance points with the telephone and we haven’t had any noticeable efficiency points in our time with the telephone.

Honor has introduced the telephone with either 4GB or RAM or 6GB for markets all over the world. The Middle East will get the 4GB model and we did not expertise any issues, and we don’t anticipate you’ll find any either in case you buy this telephone.

Operating benchmarks on the Honor 10, we found it scored a mean of 6608 multi-core in Geekbench four which is on par with what we noticed on the Honor 9 final yr (regardless that that was the higher 6GB RAM version).

We notably like that the standard version of the Honor 10 comes with 128GB of storage onboard. This is great because there’s no microSD help, so there’s no means of increasing your telephone’s storage in case you go for the smaller model.

The telephone can settle for dual nano SIM cards like previous Honor phones and helps Dual SIM 4G with LTE help of both the cards.

Verdict

The Honor 10 is an iterative replace to the Honor 9. It doesn't do anything groundbreaking, so in case you already own that telephone it's unlikely you'll be dashing to purchase this one.

That stated, when you own a telephone from a couple of years ago or a cheaper system there's so much to love concerning the Honor 10.

Who's this for?

When you're after a style of flagship telephone specs and the features which might be common in 2018, however you don't need to break the bank by buying the Huawei P20 Pro or a Samsung Galaxy S9, this can be good for you.

The Honor 10 is actually a repackaging of the HUAWEI nova 3e, however with a quicker processor, extra features and a more highly effective digital camera. Whereas the digital camera isn't as much as the level of flagship telephones, we've largely been impressed by what it will probably do, especially within the automated mode with AI options. 

For those on the lookout for a singular wanting system that stands out, the Honor 10 could possibly be it. The reflective rear design isn't for everyone, but if you'd like a daring look that makes individuals question what telephone you will have, the brilliant colour choices will have the ability to do this.

The Phantom colours don't simply look daring, but in addition feels premium and you in all probability gained't know that this telephone is cheaper than most different flagships if you maintain it in your palm.

Do you have to purchase it?

There's lots to love concerning the Honor 10, and in case you're on the lookout for an reasonably priced telephone than gives many features solely found in flagship units, this is going to be the right match for you.

The Honor 10 has a strong chipset that can run all your favorite apps and games, there's a ton of storage onboard and there's all the newest options of Android Oreo software too.

Battery life isn't distinctive, however it's across the business normal and regular usage will final you a full day. For the situations once you're using it more, there's all the time the fast-charging options.

The digital camera gives a whole lot of enjoyable options to mess around with and a fantastic automated mode that makes use of synthetic intelligence options to one of the best effect we've seen on a telephone at this worth.

That being stated, the just lately launched Nokia 7 Plus is AED 400 cheaper and has comparable specs, so there could possibly be some stiff competitors for the Honor 10. We gained't know till we've finished up our full evaluation of the Nokia 7 Plus although.

Briefly, the Honor 10 isn't going to exchange the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus as one of the best telephone on the planet right now, however considering it's round half the worth of that telephone it's getting very shut.

First reviewed: Might 2018

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