• Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • System on Chip: Kirin 970
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable with microSD
  • Display: 5.84-inch 1080 x 2280 IPS
  • Camera: 16+24MP (dual-rear), 24MP (front)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 + A2DP + LE + aptX, 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Dimensions: 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 153g
  • Pros:
  • AI camera
  • Fast unlock
  • Cons:
  • No microSD support

10-talising Upgrade

Brands that are established tend to opt for an individual identity and Honor’s identity has always leaned towards being more youth oriented. Indeed, the Honor 10 has the size, colour choices and looks that will appeal to a younger crowd. You may ask, “What’s the difference between this and the View 10?” Let’s find out.

Although largely similar, the Honor 10’s differences are clear at a glance. Firstly, it’s a smaller device that should feel more comfortable in the hands of the ladies. It also haves a curvier edge, shinier glass body, and the ear speaker was shrunk to accommodate a notch design. Besides that, the rear camera lenses have slightly better protection against potential scratches.

The other parts of the device are fairly standard, with buttons on the right and SIM tray (but no microSD support) on the left, as well as a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, a small microphone, and a speaker. There’s another small mic at the top, so that you can have bi-directional audio recordings, and an infrared port. Lastly, a 24MP camera and a rear 16MP plus 24MP combo camera can be found.

As mentioned, the Honor 10 follows the latest fancy trend of the year – the notch design. Combine that with its near-bezelless design, Honor squeezed a 5.84-inch screen that looks seamless into a relatively average sized body. The notch can be hidden using the UI’s settings, so whether you’d want it is entirely up to personal preference; there’s no tangible advantage or disadvantage to it.
Under the hood, the Honor 10 runs the same Kirin 970 chipset that is found in the Honor View 10 and Huawei P20 series. In terms of performance, it does extremely well and handles all apps with ease, even the high-end 3D games that are becoming more common.

The Honor 10 does have some new features that stand out, such as Face Unlock and the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor attached to the touch-enabled button at the front. Both of these can unlock the device almost instantly, so using either one is again up to the user’s preference.

Honor clearly wanted this device to excel in camera, not only by virtue of camera pixel count but also useful features like portrait mode or AR lens. Using the device’s AI-enabled core, it can recognise a variety of backgrounds and change the scene mode accordingly. Picture quality is also excellent, delivering good dynamic range and colours.

CHIP CONCLUDE: At its asking price, this device offers great bang for your buck.

(previously published in issue June 2018)