Last year, Honor 8 Pro was released – one of the best smartphones in the middle price segment. Hoping to repeat its success, Huawei presented its updated and improved version – Honor View 10.
What has changed in the design of Honor View 10?
Honor View 10 with a fully metal body fits comfortably in your hand and does not seem like a cheap smartphone. However, it also does not cause admiration.
The screen is made in Full View format with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 and surrounded by minimized frames. It upsets that the double camera on the back panel became convex – an important advantage of the Honor 8 Pro was a flat camera. But now the antenna lines merge with the rest of the body.
On the front panel is a proximity sensor, speaker grille and 13-megapixel selfie camera. Physical Home button is not here, in its place – a fingerprint scanner is provided.
At the bottom of the smartphone Honor View 10 there is a universal USB Type-C port. To the left of it you will find a 3.5-mm headphone jack, on the right – one speaker. On the left side there is a hybrid slot for nano-SIM and MicroSD cards, on the right there is a power button and volume control. In addition to the microphone, there is an infrared sensor on top. To the right of the module with two cameras on the back there is an LED flash. In the middle is the Honor logo.
The first thing that catches your eye is the 5.9-inch FHD + LTPS IPS Honor View 10 LCD display with a curved 2.5-inch aluminosilicate glass.
The Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor boasts 4 Cortex A73 cores with a clock frequency of 2.36 GHz and 4 Cortex A53 cores with a frequency of 1.8 GHz, and the Mali G72 MP12 chip is used to solve the graphics problems of the Honor V10.
The Kirin 970’s built-in neural processor (NPU) will “explore” user habits and their favorite applications to increase performance. View 10 has 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal memory for storing files. If this is not enough, use the microSD card slot and increase the memory to 256 GB.
Lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 3750 mAh supports SuperCharge mode. On top of the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, there is an EMUI 8.0 user interface with many proprietary Honor applications.
Supported Networks and Connections
The Honor V10 supports the following connectivity options: GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Infrared, Bluetooth v4.2 with A2DP, LE, aptX HD. There is a USB-C port, two slots for nano-SIM-cards and a 3.5-mm analog connector.
In Honor View 10 following color schemes are available – Midnight Black and Navy Blue.
Honor View 10 Screen
The 5.9-inch screen of Honor View 10 with a pixel density of 403 PPI occupies 78.6% of the front panel. Excellent color rendition and wide viewing angles are impressive. The image remains readable even in bright light, however, glass may reflect the sun’s rays directly into the eyes.
If you want to change the color temperature, brightness, font size or design of the Honor V10 home screen – select the Display section in the settings. EMUI allows you to adjust the resolution, the higher it is, the faster the battery is discharged.
For better performance of the View 10 display, there is a Normal mode and a Vivid mode – in the latter, the color saturation will be significantly increased. Turn on the Eye comfort option to reduce eye strain at night or in reading mode.
EMUI 8.0 works much better than previous versions of the interface from Huawei. Applications do not crash, no glitches. Pleases the presence of Android OS 8.0 Oreo and a relatively recent security update.
The Honor View 10 phone has several additional features that are not available on the basic Android — adding images to the big screen, opening two versions of the same application, maximum charge saving mode, clearing the memory, etc.
Many applications are pre-installed, including: Microsoft Translator, Phone Manager, Themes, Health, Honor, Hi Honor, Honor Community, Game Suite, Tips, Torch, Hi Care, Compass, Backup, Phone Clone and SOS Emergency.
Despite the distribution by folder, not all applications can fit on the screen. First of all, after purchasing the View 10 phone, you will have to spend time cleaning the system. Most applications are not optimized and do not support enhanced Android Oreo shortcuts. Some do not open in 18: 9 format.
The Honor V10 also comes with Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, UC News, Asphalt Nitro, Bubble Bash 3, Danger Dash, Modern Combat 4 Zero Hour and Spider-Man: Ultimate Power. In the Top Apps and Games folders you will find a button called More – when clicked, a list of recommended games and applications will open.
The Kirin 970 processor promises to support artificial intelligence (AI) with machine learning, but this is a commercial move rather than a truly unique feature. The only application that really uses AI is Microsoft Translate.
The program can recognize and automatically translate speech, as well as handwritten or printed texts. However, these features are already available in Google Translate and other basic Android applications. Unlike competitors, Kirin 970 does not provide the ability to create your own applications with support for AI.
Face Unlock on Honor View 10 is less secure than Apple’s FaceID gadgets — so Huawei recommends using it not to unlock a smartphone, but only to read notifications.
The Face Unlock feature does not always recognize the face of the wearer the first time, and in low light conditions it does not work at all. You can disable the on-screen keys and navigate using the fingerprint scanner.
View 10 has a special mode for working in gloves. If the screen is too often triggered by accidental pressing in your pocket, then select the Touch-disable Mode in the settings. Motion Control and Voice Control are also available here.
Smartphone Honor View 10 copes with everyday tasks without any problems. While navigating the interface, performance remains consistently high.
In games, View 10 is inferior to competitors with the Snapdragon 835 chipset – including the OnePlus 5T. When an action scene takes place in Breakneck, Modern Combat 5 or Dead Trigger 2, Honor starts to lag.
During a heavy load, the tested smartphone heated up, but not in one place, but evenly throughout the entire body. The temperature on the back of the phone can rise to 39 degrees, on the front – up to 41. Thanks to the metal construction, it cools down quickly.
When you try to run a graphical test GFXBench GL on View 10, a blue screen and a warning about overheating appear.
Battery and autonomy
If you devote an hour to games, send emails, chat in WhatsApp, take 10-20 photos and listen to music for 30-45 minutes – the Honor View 10 battery with a capacity of 3750 mAh is enough for the whole day.
In the PCMark Work 2.0 test with a constantly on screen, View 10 lasted 5 hours and 45 minutes. Some of the competitors in the same test were discharged only after 10 hours.
On average, charging Honor smartphone lasts about three hours through the charging adapter 2A from the kit. To speed up battery recovery, you should turn off the device – in this case it will charge from 50 to 90 percent in about 40 minutes.
Honor View 10 Camera
The rear dual camera of Honor View 10 consists of 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel lenses – both with f / 1.8 aperture. The quality of the pictures is lower than that of the best cameras of Huawei smartphones.
Honor V10 software: Photo, Pro Photo, Video, Pro Video, Monochrome, HDR, Night Shot, Panorama, Light Painting, Time-lapse and Slow-motion.
In Pro Photo, you can change shutter speed, exposure compensation, white balance, focus and ISO. In Pro Video – only exposure, focus and white balance. If you need filters like Snapchat, use AR lens. There are also 3D Panorama, Artist Mode, Filter, Watermark and Document Scan.
Even with enough light in the pictures, the main V10 camera doesn’t see the details, it lacks sharpness and textures. On the front camera, the Beauty Mode option is on, and the Beauty Level parameter is set to “5” – because of this, the skin looks unnaturally smooth and pale. Even if you lower the Beauty Level to 0, the picture will not get better.
When shooting at night, the quality falls even lower, and there is no focus. Perhaps the manufacturer will correct these and other shortcomings in the upcoming updates.
Honor View 10 is already available for Rs 29,999. – Honor 8 Pro cost the same last year. Huawei tried to offer something new, but the presence of a single application with artificial intelligence can not compensate for the poor quality of the shooting, mediocre battery, overheating body and other shortcomings.
The design of the Honor V10 is also not impressive – the Honor 7X is twice cheaper and looks almost the same.
Alternatively, you can pay attention to Moto X4, which has a more affordable price and stylish appearance. On the Vivo V5 Plus or Oppo F3 Plus, the cameras are noticeably better, but if you are willing to spend a little more and get an excellent smartphone in all respects, the OnePlus 5T with 64 GB.