Honor 10 is the latest flagship from Huawei under the Honor branding in India. The Honor 10 packs great hardware and comes with 5.84 inch Full HD+ display and is powered by Kirin 970 Octa-core processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The device also comes with a dual camera set up and runs of Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. So how good is the Honor 10 in the price segment? Let’s find out in this detailed Honor 10 review.
Design and Build
The design has been one of the strong points of most of the Honor and Huawei smartphones and Honor 10 is no different. The highlight of the device is the design and build quality. It has a stunning design and superior build quality. The device is made of metal and glass and offers a premium feel. The rear panel has curved glass which is tapered towards the side and gives a good grip on the phone. The highlight of the glass back panel is the finishing. Our unit came in blue color and the color changes slightly based on how the light falls on the device.
The rear panel has a dual camera and Honor logo along with LED flash. The power and volume keys are on the right side, while the SIM tray is on the left side. The top panel has IR blaster while the bottom section has USB type C, 3.5mm audio jack, and a speaker unit. The front panel has a display, camera and fingerprint scanner below it.
Since the device has a relatively smaller display, the phone is extremely easy to use. Overall, the design and build quality are superior on the Honor 10 and the best flagship experience you can get at this price segment.
Honor 10 packs a 5.84 inch Full HD+ display and the aspect ratio is 19:9 as it comes with a notch. The display also comes with Gorilla Glass protection which is also available for the back panel. The display colors are vivid and the clarity looks great. The viewing angles are also very good and the touch response is very smooth. You can also change the color temperature of the display and it allows you to choose between neutral and vivid colors. Overall, there isn’t anything to complain on the Honor 10 in the display department.
Similar to any Honor or Huawei smartphones, the Honor 10 comes with EMUI 8.1 along with Android Oreo out of the box. EMUI is one of the highly customizable UI available and offers tons of features and tools to make your experience better. The settings panel and notification toggles are customized.
Since the navigational keys are on screen, you also get the option to customize the layout from the settings. You also get dual apps feature. With dual apps, you can run two instances of an app, which means you can run two instances of social apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, etc. EMUI 8.1 includes this feature and it is called App Twin.
Other additional features include motion control, floating dock, voice control and also gloves mode. It also features the themes app. The software also comes bundled with some Huawei apps like Torch, sound recorder, phone manager, etc. The fingerprint scanner supports a lot of functions including locking apps and gestures for viewing the gallery. A couple of other interesting options in the UI are Private Space and File Safe which are security options and work with pin and fingerprint.
Overall, EMUI 8.1 is the one the polished and optimized UIs available on Android.
Honor 10 is a flagship device of Honor in India and it comes with a flagship processor, the Kirin 970 which is the world’s first AI enabled chipset. It is an Octa-core processor with 6GB of RAM. The performance of the device is very smooth and apps open quickly and multitasking is easy and very effectively implemented.
Honor 10 does an excellent job on the day to day performance and it was responsive to all tasks it was put to and the app performance with EMUI 8.1 was really good. The memory management of the device was also really good and it was able to retain all apps in the memory without having to compromise on performance.
The gaming performance of the device was also good and there were no heating issues while playing heavy graphics-rich games. The call quality of the device was really good and no issues in signal reception and the speaker performance were quite good even though it might not be the loudest.
The phone comes with dual SIM cards and supports dual VoLTE. The phone offers 128GB of internal storage but there is no option to expand the storage using SD card. The fingerprint scanner is located under the glass and does not have a physical button. The performance of the scanner is good.
Honor 10 packs a dual camera, a 16MP primary camera with RGB sensor and 20MP secondary camera with a monochrome sensor with f/1.8 aperture. There is also a 24MP front camera with f/2.0 for selfies. The camera interface is quite similar to previous Honor devices and packs a lot of modes and options to choose. Additionally, the camera uses the AI abilities to detect the subject and get you the best results with different shooting modes. These modes are selected automatically. You can also turn off the AI mode from the interface. The camera interface also offers options like portrait mode and wide aperture for bokeh shots.
Since it has a monochrome sensor, you can take black and white images directly without having to use a filter. The photos taken with Honor 10 comes with good detailing in daylight conditions and there is good color reproduction too. But at times, the AI mode is a bit aggressive in terms of color reproduction and boosts the color making it a bit oversaturated. The camera is also pretty quick to focus and take captures. The close-up images also came out well with good overall detailing and the wide aperture mode can shoot some really good bokeh shots. The low light ability of the device is also good and it was able to reduce the noise and the captures were quite good for a flagship device in this segment. The selfie camera can also take some good selfies and there is a software-enabled bokeh mode which does a decent job altogether. The phone can record videos in 4k or 1080p at 60fps but there is no OIS or EIS. The company has promised EIS via an update. Here are some of the samples taken with the device.
The Honor 10 packs a 3400mAh battery with fast charging support. The battery performance of the device is quite decent and can last a day with moderate usage. You can expect an average screen on time of around 5- 5.5 hours with moderate usage which included social apps, camera, gaming, and calls. The battery performance is definitely decent if not stellar.
Honor 10 is priced at Rs 32,999 and is available exclusively on Flipkart. At this price, Honor 10 offers excellent build quality along with a stunning design, good software, great performance, and camera. Honor 10 offers great value for money for the pricing it offers. Although there are some minor niggles like lack of SD card and aggressive AI processing in camera, the Honor 10 is definitely an honorable flagship smartphone.