“Here’s a quick first look at Honor’s latest flagship, the Honor 10”
Huawei has been grabbing the tech headlines in India recently, after a long hiatus. The company just unveiled the P20 Pro in India, which is a beast of a flagship and ships with a triple-camera setup at the back. You can read more about the smartphone in our full review. Along with the P20 Pro, the brand also announced the affordable P20 Lite.
Now, the company’s subsidiary Honor has come up with the Honor 10 smartphone, roughly two months after the brand unveiled the Honor View 10 (review) in the country. Suffice it to say, Huawei and Honor are launching more smartphones than we can keep track of. In this article, let’s take a closer look at the Honor 10 smartphone and see how it differs from the View 10.
The Honor 10 comes packaged in a white cardboard box, with the brand’s name on the front. The unit we got is a demo unit and therefore, only had the smartphone, a wall charger, and a USB Type-C cable. However, we expect the retail unit of the device to come with more accessories.
In terms of design, the Honor 10 smartphone has been fashioned in the same style as Huawei’s latest flagship, the P20 Pro and features the company’s Aurora Glass design language. Our unit comes with a Jet Black coating and a glossy finish, but the smartphone would be available in an eye-catching blue colourway too. That said, the black variant of the Honor 10 smartphone is a minimalist’s dream and the smartphone has a clean back with just the company’s logo towards the bottom. On the front, you’ll find no indications or logos of any sort. Even the fingerprint sensor, which is present below the display isn’t recessed, giving it the appearance of being positioned underneath the glass chassis of the smartphone.
The Honor 10 feels like a luxury to hold in the hand too. The smartphone is more compact than its predecessor, the View 10, owing to its smaller display and during our brief stint with the device, we found using the handset with just one hand extremely comfortable. On the flip side, the smartphone is quite slippery so we would advise you to protect its glass body by throwing it in a case.
As far as the placement of ports and controls is concerned, the Honor 10 features a power button and volume rocker on the right spine, both of which offer a satisfactory tactile feedback. At the bottom, you will find a USB Type-C port to charge the device, along with a speaker grille and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Up top, the Honor 10 features an IR blaster which will allow you to control various appliances in your home. The fingerprint sensor has been positioned below the display and during our initial testing, worked flawlessly. You also get the option to unlock the device by means of facial recognition which worked well too.
The display on the Honor 10 is sized 5.84-inches. It’s an LCD panel with a resolution of 2,280 x 1,080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. As is the case with the P20 Pro, the Honor 10 also ships with a notch at the top, though you can disable it from settings. In terms of quality, the panel boasted good viewing angles and had satisfactory brightness levels too.
The Honor 10 borrows most of its core specs from the View 10 and P20 Pro smartphones. The handset is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 970 chip and our unit was backed by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage. As far as the performance is concerned, the Kirin 970 processor is a capable chip and we didn’t come across any lags or stutters during our initial usage. However, we did notice that the smartphone’s back got quite warm when we were clicking some pictures with the device. We will be putting the smartphone through its paces in our full review, so do keep an eye out for that.
Compared to the View 10, the Honor 10 ships with an improved camera setup too. For selfies, the Honor 10 features a 24MP shooter and at the back, the device gets a dual-camera setup, comprising a pair of 16MP and 24MP shooters. The 24MP selfie shooter, as well as the 16MP sensor at the rear, are backed by AI, allowing the handset to intelligently detect scenes, create 3D models by scanning a user’s face and beautify selfies automatically. As far as the quality of the pictures is concerned, you’ll have to wait for our in-depth analysis once our full review is out, but for now, feel free to browse through some shots we took with the device.
The Honor 10 is fuelled by a 3,400mAh battery, which should last a day on moderate use. The device boots the company’s EMUI skin on top of Android Oreo. We’re testing out the device thoroughly as you read this, and a full review will be out shortly… watch this space.