Honor 10 Review: Shimmering eye catching beauty with its flaws
- Aurora Glass design
- Vibrant and Colorful display
- Camera performance in Good ligh
- Face Unlock is quiet fast
- Not waterproof
- Very slippery
- Battery is a smaller to the competition
- Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor
We are well and truly where given price of any flagship smartphones from mainstream brands like Apple, Samsung, and LG are inching closer to $1000 and above. This transition has also led to an increase in no of Flagship killer kind smartphones a segment which was mostly only ever had OnePlus smartphones, but sub-brand of Huawei, Honor have been recently making up ground with many recent devices namely the Honor 9, View 10 and also the older Honor 8 Pro. But the newest device, the Honor 10 really takes the competition to the OnePlus 6.
Honor claims that their Homebred Kirin 970 processor with AI technology can take on most mainstream flagships. Honor’s parent brand Huawei launched the Huawei P20 Pro which shares the same chipset that is in the Honor 10.
Honor 10 : The Review
Honor 10 is powered by a Kirin 970 chipset with dedicated NPU (Neural processing unit) for AI capabilities. The Honor 10 is powered by 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage, the device is available in only one variant in India. The device runs on a non-removable 3,400 mAh battery with Type-C connectivity and fast charge feature, the headphone jack is also alive and present on the Honor 10. The smartphone has dual-SIM capabilities but only one SIM can run 4G or VoLTE at a time. The device has all the necessary sensors namely the Ambient light sensor, digital compass, gravity sensor, gyroscope and hall sensor.
The display panel is a 5.84-inch IPS LCD full-HD+ display with a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels which give us 432 ppi with an aspect ratio of 19:9 with a notch at the top and under the glass fingerprint sensor on the chin of the display. The panel is among the best displays in the category and is very vivid, and punchy.
Design and Display
The Honor 10 is a piece of shimmering beauty no less packed in a polished metal mid-frame. Not many phones on the market right now can compete with Honor 10’s, Aurora Glass design which has been coated with a nano-scale optical coating made available in Midnight Black and Phantom Blue (We are reviewing the midnight black variant), the results on the back are no less than breathtaking.
You’ll not find many devices more beautiful than the Honor 10 with it’s Shimmering back and clean design.
The Honor 10 has curving sides which are perfectly proportioned. 2.5D cornering glass on the front and back meet at the mid-frame which makes it comfortable to hold in-hand and also quite ergonomic. But because of glass on the back, it’s very easy to get smudges and fingerprints on the back and it feels a fair bit slippery.
At the left side of the frame, there is only a SIM slot, no hybrid SIM slots here just conventional nano dual-SIM tray. On the right of the device, there is a volume rocker at the top with the Power button just underneath it. At the bottom, you’ll find the 3.5-mm Jack on the left, Type-C port, and a single speaker on the right. At the top of the device, there is an IR-blaster and a microphone.
On the bottom Bezel, you get an Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which is placed under the glass. The sensor is definitely not the fastest but does a decent job most times it worked even with a little-wet finger. Although the huge chin at the bottom nullifies the use of a Notch and feels wasteful if Honor was trying to get the maximum possible screen space. It just shows brands getting up on hypes with the Notch, or taking out the 3.5-mm jack.
The device is powered by Kirin 970 processor with a side AI processor which the company claims helps the smartphone have better performance and security. I did not have any problems running any app on the device, switching between apps is smooth and transitions happened without any lag, but there is a little lag on start-up of the device which is really down to the EMUI 8.2.
Surprisingly the device doesn’t heat up a lot while gaming yet using the camera app for too long does heat the device a fair bit mostly on the metal frame, although thanks to the glass back the back of the device rarely gets hot enough to be unholdable. The Honor 10 only get one RAM option with 6GB of RAM onboard, which is more than enough to basically perform any possible task you would want from your smartphone. The Benchmark scores are really competitive with all the other flagships but lack in some areas here and there. The device also has 128 GB of internal memory which cannot be expanded anymore but is more than sufficient for even heavy users.
The primary camera on the Honor 10 is not lacking anywhere and is on par with if not better to the OnePlus 6, the device has a Dual camera setup which is helped by AI. There is a heavy difference between AI shots and normal camera shot. Low light photos are far better if taken with AI on yet feel a lot grainy at times.
Photos taken in good lighting and under the sunlight are very impressive and sit right alongside with other flagship smartphones. The portrait mode on the smartphone has good focus and can capture the targets with incredible detail and the Bokeh mode while without the AI mode is just average but with AI the Bokeh is on full settings, I would have liked if we could control the amount of blur you got.
In portrait mode, you get a few options of lighting like soft lighting, butterfly lighting, stage and classic lighting all of which offers you different lighting and Bokeh settings. Colour reproduction is amazing, although some would feel that with AI the photos feel a little fake and with too much color. But it surely depends on personal preferences, in some conditions the camera really brings out it best possible shot forward. 1080p video is supported by OIS but the 4k video recording doesn’t support OIS which is a negative.