Honor View 10 is priced at a very aggressive Rs 29,999 in India, a sweet spot price that fills in a vacuum in this price band with a flagship offering that can match the hitherto unchallenged OnePlus 5T on every count.
Honor just threw in a new year surprise by unveiling the pricing of its much awaited Honor View 10 ( or is it Honor V10 ) , I expected the price to be around Rs 35,000 (USD$ 550) but the revealed price brings us what could be a potential smashing hit flagship and read ahead the review to know why I thinks so.
Let’s dig into the box to see what are stuffed inside.
- Honor View 10 Smartphone
- Soft back case
- USB Type C charger
- Power adapter supporting 9V/2A fast charging
Design and Build Quality
- Aluminum-alloy uni body
- 157.00 mm (L) x 74.98 mm (W) x 6.97mm (T)
- 172 grams
Fall 2017 Smartphone designs have shed those thick bezels and Honor has been adapting it quickly on their phones with both the Honor 9i and Honor 7x flaunting thin bezels, so its not surprising Honor View 10 to follow the design lines but they have taken one big design change with Honor V10 which was unfamiliar in their lineup. While maintaining thin strips surrounding the screen and still having a small room for accommodating the selfie camera, earpiece grille and sensors on the top, the bottom chin sees a fingerprint sensor at the front , a first in the Honor lineup which usually have the sensor at the rear.
The Smartphone is an all metal-glass affair, the phone is quiet thin and the weight distribution is pretty neat. The rest of the design is familiar, with the power and volume button at the right offering a good tactile feedback and placed at the right optimal positioning for ease of use.
The left side has the SIM tray and it is a hybrid dual-SIM. One of the key highlight of the View 10 is that it supports dual VoLTE on both the slots simultaneously.
The bottom has the audio jack (Thanks heavens for not chewing this out yet), USB Type-C port and speaker grille.
The top houses an IR blaster and a mic. I usually wonder who uses a phone as a smart remote till my set-top box of the TV decides to go dead few days back and the View 10 came to the rescue with its IR sensor!
The back has the dual-camera at the top corner along with the LED flash, the camera bump is quiet prominent , sticking out like barrel guns ready to fire. The antenna lines The antenna lines design on top edge makes it to the august company of OnePlus and iPhone. A subtle honor branding also makes its presence.
The front as I mentioned earlier has the fingerprint sensor at the chin, there are on-screen navigation buttons but if you want an a clean display sans buttons, Honor also gives an option of an one-finger navigation in place of the standard android navigation bar, where you can use the fingerprint sensor and some gestures to getting around on your smartphone.
- 5.99-inch LTPS IPS LCD display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio
- Full-vision display
- 78.6% screen-to-body ratio
- 403 ppi density
Apart from the obvious aesthetic preference the thin bezels that wraps around the screen also makes the display stick out prominently for a full-vision and it is all about the display. Honor View 10 does a pretty good job with the huge 5.99-inch display that is fitted into the same dimension the previous Honor 8 Pro came with a 5.7″display. Going bezel-less and opting for the taller 18:9 aspect ratio means making big display still manageable on hands compared to earlier days where many users would have been put off by such humongous big screen with thick bezels all around.
Honor View 10 display is beautiful and shines bright, it makes for a good viewing experience and hits the right levels of saturation without straining the eyes and still managing vivid colors. The viewing angles are good, so is under sunlight legibility.
The display setting offers eye comfort mode which is the blue filter setting with an option to schedule the mode, a full screen display allows you to manage the full vision display for apps, there is even a resolution mode setting in case you want to pare down to HD+ 1440 x 720p.
Software Features – EMUI sees a jump to 8.0
- Android Oreo 8.0.0
- EMUI 8.0
It is satisfying to have Android Oreo straight out of the box and Honor has optimized their EMUI to 8.0 to blend with it. It blends best of the Android Oreo features along with some of the nifty EMUI add-ons. The settings menu gets a revamp in the EMUI with Oreo flavour and is just a page and half with nesting of options. The color icon touch on the menu though cuts the bland stock Android look. While the look of settings is same, Honor has included their own layers into the nested options like the Display setting which has more options unlike the stock.
While some of the Oreo features like snooze notifications, auto-fill forms with google, dot notifications finds its place few have been left out like picture in picture mode, notification channels. But Honor has their own flavour of customization brought it like the one-key navigation I mentioned earlier, easy one-handed UI, shifting keyboard, motion control options like flip to mute, raise to ear to answer to make calls, answer calls, smart screenshot via knuckle gestures, draw gestures to open apps and split screen gesture. There is also a glove mode. The storage setting has its own storage cleaner so you don’t need a third party cleaner app.
EMUI 8.0 also brings in private space feature to the Honor View 10 , allowing user to have a separate private space , kind of partition with its own set of apps separated from main space. There is also the App Twin feature to simultaneously run two instances of apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and Messenger.
Fingerprint sensor in Honor View 10
Honor phones have a reputation for a fast and accurate fingerprint sensors with plethora of features. View 10 fingerprint sensor now moved to the front performs to the reputation and is very fast and very accurate. It supports app lock but sheds some of the previous features like touch and hold gestures and touch and slide features. Those features doesn’t make sense now since the fingerprint sensor is moved to the front and those gestures where optimized for rear placement. The app lock with fingerprint is there though.
Face recognition in Honor View 10
Honor View 10 also has face recognition capability but right now it is limited in nature. Its only functionality as of now is to reveal the lock screen notifications when you look at it. Face unlock is not supported as of now but a software update should enable it and I don’t see any reason why Honor won’t do it.
- HiSilicon Kirin 970
- Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
- AI + NPU
- Mali-G72 MP12
- 6GB RAM
- 10nm processor
The Honor View 10 comes blazing with their in-house latest and greatest HiSilicon Kirin 970 that boasts of Artificial Intelligence capability and complete with Neural Processing Unit, something which you would hear a lot in this year with Samsung also announcing their next-gen Exynos 9810 to have a NPU / AI built-in. AI is going to be the buzz of the year and Kirin 970 is future-proofed for it. Aided with 6GB RAM and Mali-G72 MP12. The Mali G72 MP12 was first introduced in the Huawei Mate 10 and uses 12 clusters and hence the MP12 name. It boasts of better machine learning efficiency and supports all modern graphics APIs like OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12 FL11_1 and Renderscript.
Talking about the performance in layman terms, it is butter smooth and handles at ease everything you throw at it. The apps load briskly and there is no lag of any sorts. In every iteration Honor has been making their EMUI more pacier and EMUI 8.0 doesn’t weigh down. he View 10 is both responsive and snappy in performance. Performance is great, heavy games play smooth and the big vibrant display means it makes for a good gaming device. It also has a Games suite app, which is like a DND mode when playing games.
Honor calls the View 10 as the “First AI phone” , they have teamed up with Microsoft Translate to live translate languages up to 300% faster than other phones without an NPU. There are also some AI implementation on the camera app, will talk about that when I discuss the camera a little below.
One big concern on the flagship phones are their demanding battery needs and hence a toll on the battery life. Honor View 10 has a 3750mAh battery which is a decent power to be packed in. I have been using this phone as my primary driver for more than 10 days now and with two SIM cards, Wifi / data always on and social accounts synced , the View 10 manages to last from morning till way past night on a good use which is a big positive news. It also comes with quick charge support with the included adapter reading 9V/2A , it can charge 30% in 30 minutes and 60% in one hour, it takes a little under 2 hour for full charge.
- Dual: 16 MP (f/1.8) + 20 MP (Rear)
- 13 MP, f/2.0 (Front)
The dual camera setup at the rear comprises of one RGB sensor and another monochrome senor, a combination which it has tried and tested in many of their phones. The 20MP secondary sensor is the monochrome sensor and the monochrome pictures are a treat, the blacks are deep and natural unlike the software induced black and white images produced by other Smartphones.
The camera app offers portrait mode and wide aperture mode, both producing some excellent output. The bokeh when produced are well rounded and Honor has done some good software algorithm here.
The pictures have good detailing and the dynamic range are impressive enough.
The camera app also include some AI filters for some fun elements.
The selfies are pretty good too and the beauty filter by default is applied both on front and rear and you can turn them off in the settings.
Now, lets turn to the AI capability in the camera which is an interesting take. Point the camera at something and you see an relevant icon appearing on the camera app. If you aim at a person, it shows portrait icon, if you turn to a plate of food, food mode icon triggers, it can even recognizes text. The AI apparently is good at object recognition and optimizes the camera for the best scenario depending on what it “sees” and it is good at what it does.
Verdict – Should you buy Honor View 10 or not?
Honor View 10 is a complete package, it’s a fantastic phone for the price and if you want a flagship phone at a not so flagship cost, look no further. This year would be all about AI on phone and Honor View 10 sets the trend.