Honor View 10 first impressions: the smarter smartphone


Honor is a name that has lately become familiar to Indian smartphone enthusiasts with devices like the Honor 8 Pro, Honor 8 lite, Honor 6x, and more. After recently launching the Honor 7x in India, the Huawei sub-brand is back with what looks like a “Flagship Killer”  Killer. The View 10 – as it is called – is Honor’s attempt to break into the arena, where the OnePlus 5T right reigns supreme. But, the question is – will the View 10 beat the incumbent leader? Let’s find out.

Talking about the build and the design, the View 10 looks like a winner. It feels premium from the get-go. The cold metal feels very satisfying and the curves make way for excellent ergonomics too. It’s also got a little bit of reassuring heft to it, which adds to the premium feel. At the back, we have a very clean layout with just the dual cameras on the top along with the subtly curved antenna lines on both the top and bottom. This is one of the first Blue coloured phones I’ve reviewed, and I think I am gonna like this one.

Moving on, we have a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display on the front and it looks good. Its employs LCD tech and a really bright one at that; the colors pop and it’s all in all enjoyable to look at. The trendy 18:9 aspect ratio is complimented by some beautiful curves around the corners. There’s a thin black bar all around the display and but I don’t find it bothersome, which might not be the same for you.

The View 10 has a Kirin 970 AI Processor inside which is HiSilicon’s flagship processor. It’s coupled with 6GB of RAM inside along with 128GB of storage. The 12-Core Mali G-72 is responsible for handling the graphics and working along with it is an NPU. Now for the uninitiated, NPU stands for Neural Processing unit and is responsible for all the AI-related stuff on your phone. From the lock screen to the camera, the V10 uses various AI features to make your life easier. In an attempt to not fall behind on the trend the View 10 also supports face recognition, with the NPU making it more accurate each minute. There are Voice Controls too from unlocking your phone to answering calls with it.

Going into the software, we are greeted with Emotion UI 8.0 built on top of Android 8.0 Oreo and this get’s me excited. The V10 is one of the first devices to come out-of-the-box with Oreo, when more than a third of the world is not even on Android Nougat. The Settings panel is also arranged in the Oreo UI style with the Wifi and Bluetooth toggles grouped seperatedly. We also see various smart features on this phone like motion controls, one-button navigation and also a smart auto-rotate which rotates the screen according to your face. Having said that, Emotion UI on the whole looks cleaner than before and is much better looking than the ones from Oppo, Gionee or Vivo but still it’s not my cup of tea. 

Coming to the camera department, we have a dual camera setup which inludes a 20MP monochrome sensor along with another 16MP RGB sensor. Allow me to decode this for you. The monochrome sensor, since it doesn’t have to worry about getting colours right, takes pictures with excellent dynamic range. Once that is done the colour sensor simply fills in the colors resulting in an image with true HDR. The camera also has a lot of AI features. For example, the software recognises whatever’s in front of the camera and caliberates all the different settings to suit that situation. The camera app is also stuffed with a ton of settings from seperate photo and video manual modes to filters. You won’t be missing out on much here. 

The View10 has a 3750mAh battery which sounds good enough on paper but we’ll have to wait till the full review for a confirmed battery life measure. The pricing for this metal clad beauty is not yet official, we expect it to be somewhere between Rs 35k to 40k. The official pricing will be out on the 5th of Jan but the pre-orders will start on 28th December on Amazon.in. So, if you wish to pre-register then go ahead.

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