|Weight (with battery)||153g(including the battery)|
NEW! Huawei Honor 10 Dual Sim 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM | Phantom Blue
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Honor 10 design
The Honor 10 has a 2.5D curved glass back and a highly polished metal mid-frame for rigidity. The glossy glass back looks and feels premium but is slippery and gets smudged very easily. Despite having a glass back, there is no wireless charging, which seems like a missed opportunity.
The Honor 10 has minimal screen borders and an impressive 86.2 percent screen-to-body ratio. As a result, it looks sleek and is quite compact and pocketable. It is also easy to hold in one hand thanks to the curved glass back, rounded corners, and curved edges.
The notch is fast becoming one of the most polarising elements of smartphone design. The Honor 10 embraces this trend head-on and has a notch at the top of the display. Thankfully, it's is quite small and can be masked via an option in the settings menu.
This smartphone is available in two colours in India, Midnight Back, and Phantom Blue. The Blue variant looks quite snazzy and has a glass back that reflects light when you turn it in your hand. This option definitely has a lot of design flair, but we reviewed the black variant which looks much more understated.
In order to accommodate minimal screen borders and edge-to-edge displays, most smartphone manufacturers have had to shift the fingerprint sensor to the back panel. The Honor 10's fingerprint sensor however is still below the screen, but embedded into the glass panel itself. Honor has used Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint technology for biometric authentication. The sensor looks quite futuristic but is hard to reach with one hand, and is also slow and inaccurate. The setup process also took far longer than we are used to.
The processor is the same AI-equipped Kirin 970 chip seen in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the P20, and the View 10. As for the cameras, there's a 24-megapixel sensor on the front for hi-res selfies, while the rear of the phone has a 16-megapixel and 24-megapixel dual setup with f/1.6 lenses.
The power and volume buttons are located on the right of the device and are a tad too small for our liking. The left edge is barren save for the SIM tray which has two Nano-SIM slots. The Honor 10 has a USB Type-C port at the bottom flanked by a 3.5mm headphone jack and a speaker which is loud but distorts at full volume.
Build quality is impressive, and the phone feels solid and capable of taking a drop or two in its stride. We dropped the phone several times during our review period and apart from a few scratches here and there, it was unscathed. At 7.7mm, the Honor 10 is not the thinnest around, but it weighs a reasonable 153g.
Honor 10 specifications and display
The Honor 10 is powered by Huawei's own HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, which has been used in several premium models in the recent past, such as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei P20 Pro (Review), and Honor View 10 (Review). The Kirin 970 has a dedicated subsystem, dubbed the Neural Processing Unit, to handle artificial intelligence computations. This promises better privacy and performance as AI computations can happen on the phone itself and data doesn't need to be uploaded to the cloud.
The Honor 10 has 6GB of RAM, a non-removable 3,400mAh battery, and 128GB of storage which cannot be expanded. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, 4G VoLTE, a USB Type-C port (USB 2.0 speed), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone also has a digital compass, ambient light sensor, gravity sensor, gyroscope, and Hall sensor. It supports dual SIMs but only one at a time can run at 4G speed - the other is limited to 3G.
The Honor 10 features a 5.84-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a pixel density of 432ppi. You can choose between FHD+ and HD+ in the settings menu in order to save battery life, or set it to auto and let the phone decide for itself.
As with most Honor smartphones of late, the display is bright, vivid and punchy, and has excellent viewing angles. It is a bit too reflective though, which makes outdoor legibility a bit of a problem. A Quad-HD display would have rounded off the package nicely, but the lower resolution can't really be discerned in day-to-day use.
In our experience, most first-party applications ran fine on the smartphone's display, with the area around the notch being used to display the time, battery level, signal strength, and other status icons. The 19:9 aspect ratio lends itself well to gaming and multimedia consumption.
Honor 10 performance, software, and battery life
Performance was stellar - the phone handled everything we threw at it with ease, be it heavy games such as Asphalt 8, basic day-to-day tasks, or intensive workloads. Calls were clear and crisp, and 4G reception was solid, even in areas known to have sketchy connectivity. On a negative note, the smartphone got very hot, to the point of it becoming uncomfortable to hold, when pushed.
Benchmark scores were impressive, putting the Kirin 970 in the same league as last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, but behind the latest generation of processors. The phone achieved 204,439 points in AnTuTu, 23fps in GFX Bench Car Chase, 38fps in GFX Bench Manhattan 3.1, and 1,894 and 6,678 respectively in Geekbench's single- and multi-core tests.
The Honor 10 runs Honor's EMUI 8.1 skin atop Android 8.1 Oreo. EMUI has matured a lot in the last few years and is now a slick and feature-laden software package. Huawei claims that EMUI 8.1 uses machine learning to intelligently analyse user behaviour and allocate resources accordingly, While a few weeks of use is not enough to thoroughly test this, EMUI did run smoothly during our review period - animations were snappy and navigating throughout the interface was a frustration-free affair.
What compromises the experience somewhat is the amount of bloatware. The phone comes with five game demos from Gameloft and a bunch of third-party apps including UC Browser, TrueCaller and Quik preinstalled. Thankfully, most of these can be uninstalled. Additionally, a few areas of the interface such as the Settings app and the quick settings panel still look cluttered and need simplification.
EMUI has a multitude of nifty features such as as a one-handed mode, knuckle gestures, an intelligent messages app that filters out spam, and the ability to automatically switch between Wi-Fi and mobile data depending on which connection is stronger.
Honor 10 cameras
At the back, the Honor 10 features a dual-camera module comprised of a 16-megapixel RGB camera with an aperture of f/1.8, alongside a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor. At the front, the Honor 10 has a 24-megapixel snapper with 1.8-micron pixels. The camera app offers a 3D Portrait lighting mode similar to the one found on the iPhone X.
The Honor 10 can recognise the object or scene being shot and optimise image settings accordingly. At the moment, the smartphone can detect 22 different types of objects and over 500 types of scenes. Thanks to the Neural Processing Unit, the Honor 10 is smart enough to automatically select relevant camera settings depending on the situation. Point it at a person, for instance, and the smartphone switches to portrait mode.
Huawei's camera app is easy to use and has a fully featured Pro mode, which allows you to alter the shutter speed, ISO, exposure, aperture, and white balance.
We were impressed with the overall camera performance of the Honor 10, but the AI enhancements are a bit of a mixed bag. While the intelligent scene detection did help in certain instances such as taking pictures of plants and animals, most photos shot with AI mode turned on were overexposed and had oversaturated colours. Thankfully, there is a toggle to turn the AI enhancements off, and after doing this, our photos improved. The rear camera has good dynamic range and images shot in favourable light are crisp and detailed. With the AI mode switched off, the colour accuracy is also spot-on.
While the Huawei P20 Pro's excellent Night Mode has not made its way to the Honor 10, the monochrome+RGB camera combination helps capture a lot of detail in low light. As a result, images shot in low light have a good amount of detail. The phone does over-sharpen images at times, leading to a watercolour-like effect.
|Display||5.84 inches, 2280×1080 pixels;|
|Processor||HUAWEI Kirin 970, Octa-Core 4 x Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8 GHz|
|Operating System||EMUI 8.1.0 (compatible with Android 8.1.0)|
|Memory size||Memory Size: Usable memory storage is less than the total memory due to Operating system and software which are essential for the phone functions and features|
|wifi_connection||802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz 802.11 a/n/ac, 5GHz|
|Sensors||Fingerprint sensor Digital compass Ambient light sensor Gravity sensor Status indicator Gyroscope Hall sensor|
|Front Side||24 MP, f/2.0, video 720p|
|Rear Side||16 MP (f/1.8) + 24 MP B/W, video up to 4k video|
|Audio file format||MP3, OGG, MP4, 3GP, AAC, MIDI|
|Video File Format||MP4, 3GP|
|Battery||Capability: 3320mAh(Minimum value)3400mAh(Typical value) , [Super charging - 25min (from 0% to 50%)]|