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Honor 10

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8/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #2 in category Honor
it isn't perfect but for around 400 euros it's a lot cheaper than huawei p20, while being almost identical in every aspect, it's even available in most of the same markets, for this kind of value the Honor 10 definitely earns our recommendation .
Design
8
Display
9
Software
8
Performance
8
Battery Life
7
Camera
8
Value for Money
9
PROS:
  • Hard to match bang for buck ratio
  • Feature-rich software
  • Loud speaker
  • Dependable performance
  • Very capable main camera, color or monochrome, lots of artsy options
  • Great screen with superb contrast, and you can hide the notch
  • Nicely looking body, seems sturdy enough
CONS:
  • Something is wrong with the 1080p at 60fps clips as they come out blurry
  • The low-light photos not as good as on P20, nor is the 2x zoom
  • Ultrasonic fingerprint reader is slower/fiddlier than we're used to
  • Mediocre screen contrast in bright light
  • No IP67 rating, don't dunk it in water

Honor 10

these days mid-range phones are getting harder and harder to beat and a perfect example of this is the Honor 10 by Huawei, it looks to deliver a lot of what the big guns are offering so let’s put that to the test .

and we’ll try to answer some of your questions from our unboxing essay, we are nasphones.com and this is our Honor 10 Review .

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at least build wise the owner tens design seems fit for a flagship phone, in fact if you set it next to the Huawei P20, it isn’t easy to tell the two apart, but while the Huawei P20 is splash proof there is no waterproofing on the Honor 10 .

the edge of the aluminum frame is tapered blending a bit of grip to the phone, the back is made of glass and slightly curved towards the frame, when it catches the light the reflections create some neat patterns on the surface .

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near the top you’ll see the horizontal dual camera, and AI camera label next to it, but more on that in a bit, our black model isn’t too flashy, but there are some other color options that really catch the eye .

moving on to the front of the phone, you’ll see the tall screen complete with a notch at the top, but don’t worry if you want you can hide the notch in settings .

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the bottom bezel is a bit thick, thanks to the front mounted fingerprint reader, it’s unique and that is sits under the glass, there are no raised borders and the chin feels totally smooth .

using the fingerprint reader to wake up the phone as a breeze, although senses based on ultrasonic technology it isn’t quite as fast as on Huawei phones .

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face unlock is another option and is quite responsive, if you’re looking for expandable memory you won’t find it on the Honor 10, but you can have up to 128 gigs built-in .

also built into the phone is an IR blaster, which the p20 doesn’t have, you can use it to control certain appliances around the house, for audio the Honor 10 has a single bottom firing speaker next to the USBC port .

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escort an excellent mark and 11 tests and sound quality is very good, and we’re happy that the Honor 10 includes a 3.5 millimeter jack too, unlike Huawei’s flag chips, Audio is decently clear and sounds good through headphones.

let’s talk some more about the screen is a 5.84 inch IPS LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, it’s a little bigger than the P20’s, the screen has different properties based on his color settings, in the default vivid mode colors really pop, the screen is quite bright at around 510 nits, and blacks look great .

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however sunlight legibility is MIDI-ocher, nothing too impressive here, switch over to normal mode and the screen gets a bit dimmer, with 415 nits of max brightness, but with the color slider moved over to warm, this is one of the most color accurate screens we’ve ever tested .

the user interface of the Honor 10 is flawless emui 8.1 over Android 8.1 Oreo, there are plenty of custom Huawei apps, including the gallery, music player and video player as well as some other preloaded apps and utilities .

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you can keep apps on the home screen by default or switch to an app drawer, navigation is customizable, besides the default buttons on the screen you can have a swipe over navigation bar or use gestures on the fingerprint sensor, which for me is the way to go, and Huawei theme store allows you to customize the look of your home screen to .

the battery of the Honor 10 is 3400 mAh hours, and battery life is decent but not outstanding, now proprietary test so during the seventy four hour endurance rating about the same as the p20 .

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but with the bundled Huawei super charger you can charge up lightning-fast, we go from zero to an impressive 63% and only half an hour, under the hood as well as most powerful chipset the Hisilicon Kirin 970 .

also seen in the p20 and p20 Pro, coupled with four gigs of RAM performance and benchmarks, is just as great among the best in the markets, we did notice some heating but nothing compared to P20 .

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the Kirin 970 also has a dedicated chip for machine learning acceleration, which is behind the AI driven camera features, the Honor 10’s dual camera setup contains a 16 megapixel color sensor and a 24 megapixel monochrome, both a F1.8 .

there are some differences from the p20, the Honor 10’s lenses aren’t like a branded and the cameras are missing OIS, and it only relies on phase detection autofocus, but in other ways there are some improvements, by default the Honor 10 uses AI to recognize the subject of the photo and adjust settings, just as on the P 20, but here the enhancements don’t go overboard like on the wall a flagship .

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colors end up saturated and sometimes vignetting is added but the effect can come out nice, there’s very low noise and superb contrast but some over sharpening but despite the dial down processing we prefer to turn it off when shooting .

normal daylight photos have plenty of detail very accurate colors, high contrast and almost no visible noise, the dynamic range isn’t quite as impressive as on the AI samples though and there’s again a bit of over sharpening here .

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the camera also provides two times hybrid zoom, it’s not totally lossless but there is still more detail than a regular digital zoom on other phones, monochrome photos have even better resolve detail than the color ones, as well as a wider dynamic range amazing contrast and low noise, still shooting in black and white is more of an artistic decision and not for everyone .

the two cameras can work together to produce shots with a defocused background behind the subject, you can choose different lighting effects too, which don’t change things too dramatically .

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portraits come out decent and sometimes really convincing, however edge detection isn’t always perfect, in contrast to the Huawei p20 both light photos by the Honor 10 are nothing special, they have lifelike colors but are often quite soft, sometimes noisy, and other times the noise reduction smears the fine detail, they’re still alright though, we’ve definitely seen a lot worse .

turning on the AI at night causes shots to come out noisier but with greater exposure and warmer colors, it isn’t quite the same as the P20 tripod free night mode, there is actually a night mode on the Honor 10 but it requires a tripod and in the end the results definitely aren’t worth the hassle .

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turning our attention to the front a 24 megapixel selfie cam is fixed focus the same as on qualies flagships, if you get the focus right selfies look great, with lifelike colors amazing detail and good dynamic range .

it also has a portrait mode if you liked her selfie backgrounds defocused, video recordings in 4k at 30fps come out nice and detailed with pleasing colors great dynamic range plenty of contrast and a steady framerate .

the audio recording is quite nice too, the same can be said for the videos in 1080p at 30fps and look and sound great, but at 60fps we really weren’t happy with the quality it comes out quite blurry, there is no stabilization at any resolution either, so you have to keep your hands still to avoid jittery footage .

now we could admit that Honor 10 is a mid-range phone that brings a lot of flagship features, such as a great-looking build, really fast charging, a high-end chipset and a good camera .

it isn’t perfect but for around 400 euros it’s a lot cheaper than huawei p20, while being almost identical in every aspect, it’s even available in most of the same markets, for this kind of value the Honor 10 definitely earns our recommendation .

Update - 2019.02.16

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Honor 10

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

2G bands

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G bands

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G bands

LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 19(800), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps

GPRS

Yes

Edge

Yes

Announced

2018, May

Status

Available. Released 2018, May

Dimensions

149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7 mm (5.89 x 2.80 x 0.30 in)

Weight

153 g (5.40 oz)

Build

Front/back glass, aluminum frame

SIM

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display Type

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

5.84 inches, 85.1 cm2 (~79.9% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)

Operation System

Android 8.1 (Oreo); EMUI 8.1

Chipset

Hisilicon Kirin 970 (10 nm)

CPU

Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU

Mali-G72 MP12

Memory Card Slot

No

Internal Memory

64/128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM (GT version)

Main Camera

16 MP, f/1.8, PDAF, 24 MP B/W, f/1.8, PDAF, Dual

Camera Features

LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video

2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps (gyro-EIS)

Selfie Camera

24 MP, f/2.0, Single

Selfie Camera Video

1080p@30fps

Loud Speaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

Other Features

32-bit/192kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.2, A2DP, aptX HD, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

NFC

Yes

Infrared port

Yes

Radio

No

USB

2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

Sensors

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

BATTERY

Fast battery charging: 50% in 24 min (5V/4.5A 22.5W), Non-removable Li-Po 3400 mAh battery

Colors

Phantom Blue, Phantom Green, Midnight Black, Glacier Grey, Lily White (GT version only)

Price

About 400 EUR

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