Smartphone Honor Review

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is known for its budget-friendly smartphones. Most of its offerings from the last few years, in fact, were priced well below the $500 mark – back in the fall, for instance, the Honor 7X made a deep impression on us with its solid build quality, decent performance, and irresistible $200 sticker price. The Honor View 10 takes things up a notch with its higher-end specs, and with a price tag of $500, it is significantly more affordable than those ultra-premium devices priced around $1000. But is it worth picking up? We’ll find out!

Design

Honor didn’t exactly do much to differentiate the Honor View 10 from the aforementioned Honor 7X in terms of design. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when the View 10 is flaunting a premium metal construction with those beveled edges, but for the price difference, we’re left craving for more. Aside from a few minor differences, like the placement of its antenna lines and the addition of a fingerprint sensor below the display, the View 10 essentially looks identical to the 7X. We will, however, note that Honor has been able to package in an IR blaster with the View 10 – while still offering a headphone jack! Overall, there’s not much about its design to get us truly excited, but we’re satisfied with the way the Honor View 10 looks and feels.

Display

On paper, the Honor View 10’s display shares nearly the same specs as those found with the Honor 7X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Specifically, it’s donning a sizable, 6-inch, 1080 x 2160 FullView IPS LCD display with the trendy 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Comparing it to the Honor 7X, there are noticeable improvements with the View 10’s display: better viewing angles, brightness output, and color reproduction, but it’s not as eye-catching as the Mate 10 Pro’s OLED display

Processor and performance

Don’t worry, there’s some serious firepower under the hood of the View 10! In fact, it leverages Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 970 chipset, the same package that’s powering the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Accompanied by 6GB of RAM and a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, it delivers the same impressive, rock-solid performance and results as its esteemed sibling. Sure, it might not exhibit the same level of snappiness we find in other devices like the iPhone X or Google Pixel 2 XL, but we have no major complaints whatsoever about its overall performance!

Adding more value to its package, the Honor View 10 is packing a whopping 128GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by its available microSD card slot.

Camera

Dual cameras are all the rage nowadays, so it’s no surprise to find a pair here with the View 10. The setup breaks down to a 20MP monochrome sensor paired with a 16MP RGB one, allowing it to intelligently apply bokeh effects to portrait shots. Unlike the Mate 10 Pro, the View 10’s dual camera setup lacks OIS and the Leica attachment, while also reaching an aperture of only f/1.8, versus the Mate 10 Pro’s f/1.6 aperture.

Battery life

Finding itself in between the Honor 7X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s capacities, the Honor View 10 is packing along a 3750 mAh battery cell, capable of achieving easily a day’s worth of normal usage. In most instances, we found its level at around 40% by the evening, which still means that nightly charges are still highly recommended if you’re looking to get through the next day. Using the supplied wall charger, the View 10 requires 129 minutes to charge up, which is rather lengthy by today’s standards, but somewhat expected given the battery’s capacity.

Call Quality

Voices are surprisingly sharp on both ends of the line, almost to the point of being too sharp. Specifically, there’s strong emphasis with the speaker when our callers speak, as if it’s amplifying it, but as soon as they stop speaking, there’s just abrupt silence. It’s odd to say the least, but it doesn’t negate the experience in any way. Switching to the speakerphone, we’re happy to report the same results accompanied with ample volume

8.5 Total Score
Smartphone Honor Review

Huawei's sub-brand Honor is known for its budget-friendly smartphones. Most of its offerings from the last few years, in fact, were priced well below the $500 mark – back in the fall, for instance, the Honor 7X made a deep impression on us with its solid build quality, decent performance, and irresistible $200 sticker price. The Honor View 10 takes things up a notch with its higher-end specs, and with a price tag of $500, it is significantly more affordable than those ultra-premium devices priced around $1000. But is it worth picking up? We'll find out!

Design
9.5
Camera
9
Battery life
9.5
Processor and performance
9.5
PROS
  • Fluid performance
  • Sharp-looking screen
  • Generous 128GB of storage
  • IR blaster & headphone jack included
  • Cool-looking artist mode effects with camera
CONS
  • AI features are still gimmicky
  • Camera struggles in low light
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