Following the success of Honor 7X, the company’s bargain basement smartphone with huge potential, a full display device with super slim bezels, Honor takes on the mid-range to high-end market with Honor View 10.
It’s worth noting that Honor is a subsidiary of Huawei. While Huawei caters more to the high-end market, with offerings like the company’s most recent flagship, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Honor is used as a platform to drive sales at the mid to low end of the market and have been very successful at that.
Honor recently blew us away with its ultra cheap and super cable smartphone, the Honor 7X. It is the first 5.93-inch all-display smartphone with 18:9 ratio vibrant display, a screen ratio once reserved for premium flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Google Pixel 2 XL and Apple iPhone X (19.5:9).
What You Need to Know About the Honor View 10
Honor is back again in the spotlight, this time with their own flagship to replace the Honor 9, the Honor View 10. The new phone with its 5.99-inch screen does take its design Here is what we know about the device.
Display Size: Honor View 10 also spots a near 6-inch display, 5.99-inch to be precise with the same 18:9 screen ratio with zero bezel on the long edges and super narrow top and bottom bezels bringing the flagship in-line with todays full-display all-screen devices.
Display Type: Honor chose to use the cheaper LCD display for the Honor VIew 10 to keep cost down. OLED type display while more desirable, comes with its own set of problems and can definitely push the price point of any phone up, think iPhone X.
Resolution: The display pushes 1080 x 2160 pixels. It is no where near Samsung Galaxy S8’s 1440 x 2950 pixels, iPhone X’s 1125 x 2436 pixels and Google Pixel 2 XL’s 1440 x 2880 pixels but its bigger than Full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels.
Design: Full metal body with glass front. Slim bezel all round, with ultra slim side bezels comparable to high-end phones. The top camera houses the camera, sensors and speaker while the bottom sensor holds the pill shaped home button that also doubles as the finger print scanner. Available in Honor’s iconic metallic blue metal trim and matte blue metal back.
Processor: at the heart of the Honor View 10 is the home grown Huawei Kirin 970 chip with built-in NPU or Neural-network Processing Unit. This allows the phone to learn and cater to you usage and behavior starting at the hardware level. You also get plenty of memory and storage at 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM.
Front Camera: The Honor View 10 has front facing 13MP cameras that you can use for face login or facial unlock as they like to call it. Other times, you can use it to take AI-powered portrait just like that found on the Pixel 2s.
Rear Cameras: For the main cameras, you get a pair of 20MP and 16MP shooters. The dual lens camera are capable of faster focusing and incredible image capture thanks to the combination of 20MP monochrome sensor and 16MP RGB sensor with F/1.8 aperture.
AI-assisted Smart Cameras: That’s not all, the phone uses intelligent photography algorithms to identify the subject and scene so that you shoot the best camera settings all the time. There is even AI assisted motion detection and smart camera configuration for better quality photos.
Fingerprint Scanner: Sticking with what works, leaving the fingerprint scanner albeit squeezed at the bottom of the screen meant you do not need to reach to the back to unlock your phone. Most high-end flagships have either removed this completed or placed at around the back.
Fast Charging High Capacity Battery: at 3750 mAh capacity with over 20 hours of 4G browsing or 23 hours of 3G talk time, it will outlive most average smartphones even some expensive flagship per charge. If you like your music, it will push continuous music up to 160 hours. And, if you are the complete opposite and would rather watch than listen, then the Honor View 10 lets you play videos for up to 19 hours.
Headphone Jack: You won’t be disappointed if you are old school and prefers to connect your favourite pair of headphones. The Honor View 10 lets you hook up your own pair of headphones instead of having to get a Bluetooth pair especially since Apple and Google are ditching their headphone socket.
Smart OS: the Honor View 10 runs on the latest Android 8 Oreo OS and their own custom skin and smart enhancements with their EMUI8.
Gaming: If you are into mobile gaming, the Honor View 10 has several modes that keeps on focused on the game such as Uninterrupted Gaming function, Intelligent Game Suite, Network Acceleration and Gaming power management for speedy game play.
Finally, Apple’s latest fiasco related to clocking back the performance of their old iPhones to stop phones with ageing batteries from switching off by itself has allowed more companies to focus on this aspect of the user experience. Honor, not being left out has claimed that their EMUI 8.0 enhancement with AI technology learns and anticipates your usage and works quietly in the background to allocate resources to ensure that your phone runs smooth all the time.