Huawei has been making some great devices in the past. They are one of the best company originating from China. After Xiaomi Huawei happens to have the biggest market in Telecom network, and in other electronic devices. Honor branding is given to all the devices from Huawei and it is a sub-brand under the Huawei group. The group was established in 2013, while the idea was conceived in late 2011. Honor devices lately have been convincing more and more with their features.
People have been biased towards purchasing Honor products for the value they are offering and build quality of the device. Today we are going to review the Huawei Honor 10 which is their recent product with a Notch. Let us have a look at the Honor 10 if its notch is not going to affect you in daily performance.
Design and Build Quality
Huawei with the Honor 10 has nailed the design, especially in the price range. The device comes with 2.5D curved glass at the back, while a metal frame surrounds the device. The device on the front comes with a notch which makes it resemble a lot with the iPhone 10 or the iPhone X. The back of the device looks and feels premium, but with a premium feel you do get lots of smudges which will be due to your fingers and also it will slip a lot from your hands.
The device on the front gets 86.2 % screen – to – body ratio. The device overall has a nice form factor which makes it look both compact and sleek. The device, although have a big display still due to low bezel size, is easy to hold in one’s hand.
Talking about the placements of different components. The Honor 10 owns dual camera at the top left on the back. The dual tone flash unit is to the side, on the top right corner we get the AI Camera branding. We get 3.5mm headphone jack in 2018, type C port, microphone hole, speaker grill at the bottom.
On the right side, we get the usual volume and power button placement. On the front side, we have the screen as the dominant factor, home button to the bottom, sensors and speaker grill on the top in the notch. The phone feels solid in hand and even premium. The downside is that we are not having any kind of grip on the phone which totally lacks due to the glass back.
The phone owns a 5.85″ Full HD+ IPS display, the screen comes with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a pixel density of 432ppi which is more than enough. We can decide between FHD+ & HD+ resolution in the settings of display in order to save the battery. Honor lately have been using some great panels for its devices. This panel on the Honor 10 also is no less in terms of quality, it has great picture quality. The panel produces vivid and punchy colors, at the same time the display is bright enough to be legible in bright outdoor sunlight.
The viewing angles of the screen are quite great which makes using the device a charm in any angle, and viewing movies on the device with a group of friends will be of no issue. Although the display as per the pricing is a bit lacking as QuadHD panel must have been better, still from a battery – life point of view it is a better deal.
Honor 10 possess HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor which have been used in a couple of premium devices by Honor such as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei P20 Pro, and even the recently released Honor View 10. The Kirin 970 comes with its own separate Neural Processing Unit which makes it easy for the device to handle Artificial Intelligence computations. Apart from the processor Honor 10 has 6GB of RAM and 128 Gigs of storage.
The device is capable of scoring 204,439 points in Antutu while in GFX Bench Car Chase it scored 23fps, on GeekBench it was able to score 1893 and 6678 in single and multi-core tests respectively. These numbers are quite good on paper and prove that the device is capable of handling most of the tasks thrown at it currently. The device is quite great for gaming and hence for most, it will be able to do most of the other tasks too without any issue.
The phone comes with a dual camera setup at the rear. Of the two one is 16MP RGB sensor while another is a 24MP monochrome sensor. The monochrome sensor will help the device to capture better dynamic range. On the front part, the device comes with a 24MP RGP snapper. Honor 10 comes with the same 3D Portrait lighting mode which is similar to one found on the iPhone X. The AI used in the system is fast enough to guess the scene within a couple of seconds and will also change the camera settings based on each of them.
The camera application on the Honor 10 is a great masterpiece. It comes with a fully featured Pro Mode which has shutter speed, ISO, aperture and many other settings. The performance of the camera is great and one of the best in the price range. AI currently is kind of a hit and miss currently, and with time and future updates, it is suspected to get better.
Honor 10 comes with a 3400 mAh battery which is capable of powering the device the whole working day. As the phone skimps on the QHD panel the battery life is much better contained. The device is capable of powering the whole working day without any issue. 100% charge on the phone will last for around 16 – 17 Hours a day, hence by the End of the Day you will be left with around 30 – 40% battery life if used for normal daily usage. As the phone tends to heat up quite a bit during gaming, and it is the major source of battery drain in the phone.
- Excellent Design
- Not waterproof
The device is a great choice if you are looking for a well capable device in the price tag. The device currently competes with OnePlus 6 and older Samsung flagships. Even the Nokia 7 Plus is a competitor of Honor 10. Although the device is a well-shaped package there are better packages in the price range. If you need something out of the box and different from the usual crowd then Huawei’s Honor 10 is a great device for you.