In an age where flagship devices cross $ 1,000 price tags, the budget core market is one of the most popular market segments. Since the launch of its first device, OnePlus has maintained its crown as the "flagship killer". Now with the launch of Honor View 10, Honor's goal is to steal the crown just below OnePlus's nose.
The Honor View 10 comes with the latest specs and plenty of other features. But apart from all that, the device comes fused with an integrated NPU for efficient Artificial Intelligence functions. And at a price of just 30,000, the Honor View 10 offers an amazing value for money on paper. But does the device really meet your expectations and OnePlus finally has a worthy competitor? Let's find out as we bring you our in-depth review of Honor View 10:
Honor View 10 Specifications
Before we get started with the review, let's get the specs out of the way. The Honor View 10 shares a lot with the Huawei Mate 10, offering a compelling mix of the latest and greatest in hardware and software in one beautiful package. Take a look at the details below:
|Monitor||15.21cm (5.99 inch), FHD + Full View (1080p x 2160p)|
|Camera||Rear: 16MP + 20MP|
|Memory||6 GB of RAM + 128 GB of ROM|
|Processor||Huawei Kirin 970, Octa-Core (4 * 2.36 GHz + 4 * 1.8 GHz)|
|OS + UI||Android8.0 + EMUI8.0|
|Dimension||157.00 mm (L) x 74.98 mm (W) x 6.79 mm (T)|
|Weight||172g (Including battery)|
|Expandable memory||Micro-SD, up to 256 GB.|
|Sensor||Fingerprint sensor, digital compass, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, status indicator|
|Bluetooth||BT4.2 + BLE,|
|Wifi||802.11 b / g / n, 2.4GHz, 802.11a / n / ac, 5GHz,|
|GPS||GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / BDS,|
|NFC||Support NFC, Wi-Fi Direct,|
|Color||Navy blue, midnight black|
What's in the box
The Honor View 10 comes in a simple package, with no unnecessary hassle. The box feels premium and the unpacking process was quite satisfactory. The box itself has the device and all the basic things you would expect along with it. The only thing missing from the packaging was a headset, although it has become a standard among smart phone manufacturers not to include them.
- Honor View 10 device
- Scratch resistant screen protector (pre-applied on device)
- Huawei Quick Charger
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- Transparent silicone protective case
- User manual
Design and build quality
We start with the most prominent part of Honor View 10, and that is the overall quality of the design and build. The front of the device looks like the Mate 10, with the same 18: 9 display along with minute bezels along with a glossy finish on top. There's also a fingerprint scanner underneath the screen, which feels like it's been squeezed into the frame. As I get to this later, the device looks absolutely stunning from the front.
In the back, there's not much to talk about. The upper left corner houses the dual-lens camera setup accompanied by the LED flash. The back has the "honor" mark in the middle, with the FCC license information at the bottom. There are notable antenna lines at the top and bottom ends of the device, which, while functional, also add to the overall look of the device. With everything, the matte finish looks great and feels great to hold too.
The left side of the smart phone has the hybrid SIM tray containing 2 SIM cards or 1 SIM card accompanied by a microSD card of up to 256 GB. On the right side, we have the volume controls, followed by the power button. The top edge of the device has the infrared gun along with a microphone for noise cancellation. It's nice to see that Honor includes an IR blaster in Vista 10, a feature that many iconic devices don't have, either.
At the bottom end, we have the USB Type-C port, located between the 3.5mm headphone jack and the speaker. Basically, the Honor View 10 has all the ports you would expect from a star device, and then some.
The device feels absolutely good in the hand and has a very high score in design and build quality.
The overall form factor of the device is quite minimal. The device, while elegant, feels quite robust in the hand, while maintaining the feeling of being a premium device. While everything is great and near-perfect, I personally feel that the fingerprint sensor could have been moved to the back instead of crowding into the lower end of the front of the device. It is basically the same argument that exists between the Huawei Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro, whether it is to have the fingerprint sensor on the front or rear. Despite that, the device feels absolutely great in hand and has a very high score in design and build quality.
The second half of 2017 saw the increase in 18: 9 frameless displays and the same trend has followed in 2018. With the Honor View 10, the company has created one of the most beautiful looking displays on the market. The 18: 9 frameless screen in view 10 is as impressive as it sounds, and manages to grab the viewer's attention almost immediately.
The panel used is an LTPS IPS LCD screen with FHD + resolution (2160x1080p). The interesting thing here is that Honor gives its users the option to reduce the resolution at 1440x720p to save battery power. While Samsung has been sporting this feature on their devices for quite some time, it is good to see that other companies are also following this path.
The Honor View 10 is presented as a direct competitor to the OnePlus 5T. In terms of display, it is a completely different ball game. The OnePlus 5T has an AMOLED display that boasts of rich colors and high color gamut. The Vista 10, on the other hand, boasts of having a wider viewing range with the promise of no burnout issues. Personally, I prefer AMOLED shows more, but that's my opinion.
If you like LCD screens more, Vista 10 will surely appeal to you more.
While the screen looks absolutely stunning, however, the only complaint I had with Honor is the fact that Vista 10 does not include any type of screen protection. Yes, that is correct. And I feel like it's a shame. Although I did not experience any type of scratches as a theme in my daily use, the omission of any kind of protection from Corning Gorilla Glass is definitely puzzling. Especially considering a price of 30,000. The company was kind enough to provide a scratch-resistant screen protector in the box that is pre-applied on the unit, but to be honest, that may not be enough for everyone. As such, I would highly recommend getting a tempered screen protector for your Honor View 10, as it would be a shame to have such a beautiful 5,999-inch screen cracked.
User interface and experience
When you use a device, the overall user interface can make or break your entire user experience. Honor View 10 ships with Android 8.0 Oreo Ready to use with Honor EMUI case on top. Before talking about EMUI, it's worth noting that the device comes with the latest version of Android, which frankly is a nice touch. The main competitor to the Vista 10, the OnePlus 5T, despite having great hardware and an almost out-of-stock experience, comes only with Android Nougat, and beta versions of Android Oreo will be released soon. As such, Honor View 10 scores above the OnePlus 5T, at least in terms of having the latest version of Android.
Now that we've addressed that, let's dive into EMUI. My past experience with EMUI was on my Honor 6X, which debuted with EMUI 5.0 based on Android Nougat. Making comparisons with the same thing, the Honor View 10 with EMUI 8.0 feels exactly the same. There are hardly any visual changes between the two operating systems, except for a few additional tweaks. The EMUI 8.0 mask is essentially EMUI 5.0 powered by Artificial Intelligence, which turns out to be the key point of the Honor 10 View.
EMUI 8.0 maintains the same general design language seen in EMUI 5.0. The new notification panel, the use of vibrant colors and a couple of other features like App Twin, Eye Comfort mode, One-handed UI and more are present, all mixed within the various Huawei menus. In addition to that, EMUI 8.0 brings the Navigation Dock, which basically looks like the quick touch of iOS, but with a different function. You can use various gestures on the "white ball" to navigate your device. Why Honor went ahead to call it "base" is beyond my grasp, and the feature itself is a bit sophisticated rather than so practical.
Including the aforementioned navigation platform, the device offers a total of 3 navigation modes, which are an on-screen navigation bar and gesture navigation on the fingerprint scanner. Personally, I found myself using the standard softkey or the on-screen navigation bar only. Honor's navigation port might be attractive to some users, but the fingerprint scanner is just a big no. The biometric scanner sits awkwardly under the screen and is very awkward to use. It could be someone's cup of tea, but I personally thought it would have been better to put the fingerprint scanner on the back, since it's on the Honor 7X or the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
Finally, EMUI 8.0 brings with it the inclusion of AI in the operating system. According to Honor, "Based on machine learning, EMUI 8.0 dynamically allocates resources to provide more CPU and memory to applications that are actually used to ensure a smooth experience." . Now here's the thing: At the time of writing this review, the device was just a week old. Machine learning is great, but it's supposed to show its effect over time. The general idea of integrating machine learning AI into the device along with an NPU was to ensure that the device lasts longer than an ideal device that starts showing signs of slowing down in a couple of years or so, a few months. Even if I could see slight improvements here and there after a week of useThe device was still fairly new, so there is insufficient concrete evidence on my part to establish whether or not the company's claims are correct. That being said, my first impressions certainly were in line with the promises of Honor.
My first impressions with the View 10 AI were certainly in line with the promises of Honor.
While most of the features are great, there were a few points that I felt Honor View 10 lacked in terms of the interface and features provided. For starters, EMUI 8.0 came with Huawei's implementation of the baseless PC mode. While the debut feature with the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro was also available on the Mate 9 when it was updated to EMUI 8.0. As such, I was really excited to see a relatively low priced device with this feature, considering that it is also included with EMUI 8.0. Unfortunately Vista 10 has no PC mode, and left me wanting more.
While EMUI 8.0 came with the promise of a baseless PC mode, sadly this feature was missing from Honor View 10.
Another disappointment I faced with Vista 10 was the fact that it had Face ID but implemented in quite a different way. While Apple and OnePlus use it as a biometric element to unlock the device, Honor uses Face ID to simply discover the full content of notifications on the lock screen. I wouldn't rule out the fact that it's practical in some way, but I wish there was a better implementation of face identification. Fortunately, the company stated that it will soon release an OTA update that would include the face unlock feature, so it will just keep your fingers crossed.
In general, for someone who likes to explore, EMUI is something to get used to in time. It offers almost the same MIUI user experience while being considerably resource-poor. That said, for an Android lover, it could be a completely different story.
EMUI is still far from the way Google imagines Android to be and could be a deciding factor for AOSP lovers.
The Honor View 10 comes with a dual rear lens setup that offers a wide aperture ranging from f / .95 to f / 16. Now those are some crazy numbers, and naturally I was pretty excited to try this amazing setup.
Simply put, I was not disappointed with performance in well-lit conditions in any way. Low light conditions, however, were a completely different story.
Before we get to the true quality of images and videos, let's talk about the camera app. I have always applauded Huawei / Honor for the amazing camera app that comes preloaded on their devices, and the Honor View 10 shares the same DNA. The archive camera application comes loaded with a host of features such as portrait mode, motion picture, panorama, time lapse and much more. What is more is that it comes with a "pro-more" suitable for both still images and videos. Yes, it's true, you also get a pro mode for videos. Another new addition to the camera app is the inclusion of AR adhesives, which are included only in the camera app.
Now let's talk about image quality. The 2 lenses in Sight 10 are not Leica lenses like the Mate 10, so you may not have a great brand to brag about. That said, image quality itself should give you enough rights to brag about. The camera manages to produce vivid color images and perfect pixel sharpness . There is no loss of quality, even when zoomed in at high levels, and the overall color rendering is excellent.
Unfortunately, all the praise for the camera is only limited in daylight or in well-lit conditions. Turn off the lights and you can see the weakness of the camera. Honor View 10's low-light performance is just above average, and the noise begins to appear. The images lack detail quality and the overall tone is soft rather than sharp. It is in this scenario that I found that my OnePlus 5T performs better, using the dual lens setup in a different way to improve low-light photography.
The 13MP front camera is also great, in most cases. Most images are smooth, but AI-based portrait mode works very well. There is also a beauty mode present to highlight the shine on the face, although I personally did not like this feature, as it resulted in unrealistic images. In low light conditions, the camera simply couldn't keep up and left me generally disappointed.
Overall, the actual camera setup is absolutely excellent, but only when limited to good lighting conditions. Switch to low light conditions or the front camera in general, and the image quality suffers from a strong drop. I still feel that these are software related issues, and are likely to be fixed in future updates, as was the case with the Essential phone.
The Kirin 970 processor is a processor developed in-house by Huawei that goes hand in hand with Qualcomm's current flagship SoC – Snapdragon 835. But what really sets it apart is the combined use of an NPU that makes it a future processor. .
For those people who depend on numbers, the Honor View 10 performs amazingly well in stress test benchmarks. We scored 174,327 on the Antutu Benchmark, while we scored 1,993 and 6,633 in single-core and multi-core tests conducted by Geekbench. Recently, there were reports that the Kirin 970 outperformed the upcoming Snapdragon 845 by almost 7%. While I personally did not see any such results in the Honor View 10 tests, I am on par with the current Snapdragon 835.
With that said, I always urged my readers to understand that benchmarks are not always the true measure of device performance. In everyday life, average consumer consumption is not remotely close to that of a stress test. It is, with this understanding, I say that the Honor View 10 actually outperforms many of its competitors.
The 6 GB RAM memory along with the advanced Kirin 970 processor do not fail, even in the most demanding situations.
Multitasking was very easy on this device, and I had no problems at all. The custom-made Mali-G72 MP12 GPU also works very well. I tried to play graphics intensive games like Asphalt 8, PES 2018 and Shadow Fight 3, and the device showed no signs of lag.
The 18: 9 bezel-less display not only makes the game's visuals stand out, but thanks to the powerful specs, the performance is smooth.
All in all, the Kirin 970 gives the current crop of flagships a run for their money. The performance is absolutely excellent, and with the combined use of AI, it will only improve (or at least stay the same level) as time goes by.
The Honor View 10 manages to verify all points in terms of what all ports should be on your smart phone. It's 2018, so there should definitely be a USB Type-C port, and Vista 10 has that. Do you want to listen to your music collection, but still, haven't you adopted the wireless standards? Don't worry, the Vista 10 also has a 3.5mm headphone jack. But if you want to use Bluetooth, the device comes with Bluetooth 4.2 combined with A2D and aptX HD.
In the current trend for midrangers and flagship budget devices, dual-SIM devices have begun to flourish a lot. Fortunately, the Honor View 10 is backed up in that respect, too, and supports two nano-SIM cards at the same time. It is the main competitor, the OnePlus 5T, although excellent, loses on the front of the microSD card, a feature that is present in Vista 10. Oh, and apart from Xiaomi devices, the Honor 10 Vista is one of the Few rare devices for I also have an IR blaster, which I personally found to be a nice addition.
For anything that is portable, battery life is a big concern. The Honor View 10 comes with a 3,750 mAh battery along with the Honor Overcharge. The company claims that the device charges at a rate of 9V / 2A, but I personally never experienced that in my review unit. Due to the company's claims of a quick charge, I expected a charging speed comparable to the OnePlus 5T's dash load. Needless to say, when the device took more than 2 hours to fully chargeI was disappointed.
But that is just the cargo front. The overall battery life is, fortunately, a different story. In my use of the device, which includes watching a little Anime, playing the usual games, many calls and surfing a lot on Twitter; The device It managed to last easily throughout the day, while still retaining some juice.
I think that along with the enormous capacity of the battery, the operating system also deserves a good amount of praise. EMUI 8.0 is extremely good at handling the battery, and the different battery saving modes, along with a change in resolution, could allow one to push your device to higher battery life numbers.
The main USP of Honor View 10 has been the inclusion of a future processor, which uses artificial intelligence to provide better performance. The Kirin 970 is the same processor that is present in the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro devices, a processor that has been designed from scratch for AI. According to the company, Neural Processing Unit (NPU) within the 970 allows AI characteristics to occur locally, instead of on the cloud. This allows the system to process and use the AI features faster, while maintaining user privacy.
In my experience with the device, the existence of AI was very slight (considering that I only used it for a week), but it was evident. The detection of faces in my selfies better with constant use, and the blurring of the edges finally began to be much more precise. My frequently used apps like WhatsApp and Twitter started to load faster than usual, and there was a noticeable change in the overall performance of the device. I know it sounds really futuristic, but you can definitely feel that the device suits my style of use.
I could feel that the device suited my style of use.
The company claims that the built-in NPU should help the device last longer than its regular smart phone. It is still too early to confirm that, however, with my limited use, I was able to feel the truth behind that statement. If that really turns out to be true, the Honor View 10 sounds like a compelling 30K deal, considering it's a device that should last me more than a couple of years.
Honor View 10: Should You Buy It?
Well, we've discussed the incredible display, stellar performance, and decent battery life. We have talked about implementing AI and how should keep the device for years to come. So is the Honor View 10 the perfect choice for you? In many ways, I'd say yes. It absolutely is. It is presented as a direct competitor to the OnePlus 5T. But with Rs 3,000 cheaper than the 6GB variant of the 5T, the Honor View 10 offers almost everything similar, with a few additional additions They include a larger ROM, expandable storage support, and a camera that works best in broad daylight. On the downside, you'll have to live with a feature-packed UI but with a very robust look that is still very different from the AOSP in-stock experience that OxygenOS offers.
For me, the Honor View 10 offers an amazing value for money of 30,000, and one cannot be mistaken. That said, if you're a performance fanatic and love the Android experience with Android, the OnePlus 5T is the best choice for you.
- Attractive design and build quality
- Large 18: 9 screen
- Amazing AI cameras
- Amazing fast performance
- EMUI is still far from Stock Android
- Some characteristics of AI are gruesome
- Uncomfortable placement of the fingerprint sensor.
- Low light performance is sub-torque
Buy Honor View 10: (Rs. 29, 999)
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Honor View 10: Your first AI phone
Honor has managed to launch a device that will surely appeal to the majority of consumers. For a couple of years, OnePlus has ruled over the core budget segment, while giving strong competition to original equipment manufacturers. Now with Honor View 10, there is finally a decent competitor to shake OnePlus off its throne. The device comes with some great hardware included with some very useful features and some novel features. Also, the inclusion of AI in View 10 separates it from the pack and makes it a worthy choice. Having used the device, I can say that artificial intelligence is the future of mobile computing indefinitely, and the Honor View 10 is a great first step in that direction. Well that's the end of my review. Tell us your opinion about the smart phone by leaving them in the comments section below.