Review of Honor View 10 - Flagship specifications and features at mainstream price


Introduction




Huawei has been very aggressive in the Singapore market recently, and their launch of the new Mate 10 series last year, and more recently the P20 series has created much hype in the smartphone market. In fact, these flagship smartphones were considered one of the biggest threats to brands such as Apple and Samsung here in the local market. 

Honor, which is a sub-brand from Huawei, aims to ride the wave from Huawei and decided to launch more affordable versions of these smartphones. We’ve understood that Honor has already been a success in many emerging markets in the region, but how will it fair in Singapore? We had the opportunity to get our hands on the latest Honor View 10 to find out.

The Honor View 10 can be seen as a direct variant of the Mate 10 series. In fact, both devices seemed to have very similar specifications and design. The main difference? Price. Not to mention, as we spent more time with the Honor View 10, we also realized more distinct features that sets the two phones apart. Regardless, is the View 10 worth its price? Let’s take a closer look.

Model
Honor View 10
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Dimensions
157 x 75 x 7mm
154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm
Display
1080 x 2160 LTPS IPS LCD
1080 x 2160 AMOLED
Platform
Android 8.0
Android 8.0
CPU
HiSilicon Kirin 970
HiSilicon Kirin 970
GPU
Mali-G72 MP12
Mali-G72 MP12
MicroSD Card Slot
Yes – Takes up 2nd SIM Card Slot
No
Internal Storage
128GB
128GB
RAM
6GB
6GB
Camera
Dual 16MP + 20MP B/W
Dual 12MP + 20MP B/W with Leica Optics
Battery
Li-Po 3750 mAh battery
Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Price (SRP)
$599
$1,098

First and foremost, I have to clearly state that I am a user of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and am quite familiar with the EMUI operating system. In my personal opinion, performance was not an issue at all, as the Kirin 970 was able to handle all the day-to-day tasks that I’ve thrown at it. Moreover, with a huge 6GB RAM on the smartphone (which could be somewhat excessive), the Mate 10 Pro could literally run multiple apps in the background without you feeling any kind of sluggishness. That’s where the Honor View 10 has got it right. It has its base specifications identical to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in order to match the user experience that a flagship smartphone can provide. That is why we will expect the same kind of performance on a Huawei flagship phone as on the Honor View 10 (and the latest P20), despite it costing almost half the price.


Since that is the case, what exactly are the main differences between the two phones? If there is such a huge difference in terms of the price, who in the right mind would purchase a Huawei Mate 10 Pro?

Design


Even though the Honor View 10 has the same display resolution and aspect ration as compared to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, it is slightly longer. This is due to the placement of the fingerprint sensor at the front of the phone, rather than the rear. Huawei probably realised that the more conventional 16:9 aspect ratio is starting to lose its traction, as the an 18:9 screen not only provides more screen real estate, but also generally a easier grip for users.


The Honor View 10 has a much simpler and minimal design, but this does not mean that the phone looks cheap. The matte back of the View 10 is preferable, as fingerprint stains will not be as big of a problem. In fact, we consider the simple design down to earth, as they have the fundamentals right. Gone were the days where we will get thick and ugly bezels at the side of the display. The View 10 is an affordable and up-to-date phone in today’s context.


Display


The Honor View 10 uses the LTPS LCD. In terms of brightness, and contrast levels, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s AMOLED display beats the Honor View 10 hands down. However, we still have to give credits to the Honor View 10’s display. Unlike other kinds of LCD, LTPS supports higher resolution and lower power consumption. This is also why Honor managed to squeeze a 2160 x 1080 resolution display to a small 6-inch size. Generally, the phone continues to perform very well for entertainment purposes. This could probably be due to the color calibration done by the engineers at Huawei.

Storage Expansion


Unlike the Mate 10 Pro, the Honor View 10 still accepts an additional MicroSD card for storage expansion. However, this will use up the 2nd SIM Card slot for the phone. Nonetheless, we felt that the MicroSD card expansion slot is good to have, but probably not necessary as the Honor View 10 already comes with a huge 128GB of built-in storage.

Battery

In terms of battery life, the Honor View 10 can easily last a full day just on a single charge. Based on our tests and daily usage with social media browsing, emails and instant messaging, we can still end up with to about 20% to 30% of charge left by the end of the day. Additionally, the Honor View 10 also supports Huawei’s proprietary Super Charging technology, which can easily charge up the phone extremely quickly. Honestly, we haven’t seen any other smartphones charge up as quickly as the Huawei and Honor smartphones. We managed to get about 50% of battery capacity from 5%, in about 25 minutes. That’s about 1.8% per minute!


Camera
We did not expect much from the Honor View 10 as compared to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, as the Mate 10 Pro is dubbed to be one of the best smartphone cameras in the industry. However, the Honor View 10 did surprise us as the images produced looked great! Additionally, the same AI image recognition technology that was exclusive to the Mate 10 and P20 series can also be found on the Honor View 10. This allows specific settings to be set on the camera, depending on the image scenario. The optimization of the camera could probably be the reason why the images looked this good. Here are some samples to prove my point.

Honor View 10 Photo

Honor View 10 Photo

Honor View 10 Photo


Huawei Mate 10 Pro Photo
Honor View 10 Photo
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Photo

Honor View 10 Photo

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Photo
Honor View 10 Photo

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Photo


Honor View 10 Photo

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Photo
Generally, the photos on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro looked better as the images seemed to be more vibrant and well lit in darker areas. However, the Honor View 10 is not very far behind either. In fact, the Honor View 10's image quality is definitely above the average, as compared to any other smartphones in the market! The image quality in low light scenarios were also impressive, all thanks to its f/1.8 lens. Indeed, the Honor View 10's camera system is respectable.

Speakers & 3.5mm Jack



The Honor View 10 almost got everything right. Sadly, the only down side of it is that it only features a single mono loudspeaker. This is the only key feature that really sets it apart from the costlier Mate 10 series. We have to say that the lack of stereo speakers really makes a big difference when it comes to watching videos and listening to songs on the phone. Regardless, the speaker spotted on the Honor View 10 performs better than average. This is mainly due to the ability to produce balanced sound different frequencies, which is lacking in many other smartphones. Thankfully, the Honor View 10 also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, allowing users to plug in their good old headphones for the best possible audio experience they can imagine, without the need to rely on the built-in speakers.

Final Words and Conclusion


If I was told to recommend a sub $600 smartphone for anyone, the Honor View 10 will be my no.1 choice. It is an all-rounded device that has the specifications of a flagship smartphone, with built in smart AI camera features that takes really pretty photos, and great battery life. Basically, the Honor View 10 has you covered for whatever feature you wanted. The only small issue I had with the Honor View 10 was its lack of stereo speakers. If not for that, it should be the best smartphone available in this pricing category. I mean… which other manufacturer provides 128GB of built in storage, 6GB of RAM, built-in MicroSD card and a 3.5mm jack + many other value-added features at such a price point? The Honor View 10 provides unparalleled price-performance ratio and would be hard not to recommend. 


Pricing and Availability
The Honor View 10 will be available through selected Challenger outlets, authorized retail partners and e-tailers at a SRP of SGD599.


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