Monday, January 15, 2018

Mobile Review Honor View 10




PROS

Kirin 970 chipset 
Dual SIM slots
128GB of internal storage plus MicroSD expansion
All-day battery life
Good cameras (mono/colour rear, 13MP front)
Android 8

CONS

Protruding rear cameras
No IP rating for dust/water resistance

Honor has built a reputation for delivering good handsets at an attractive price. Launched at the same time as the mid-ranging Honor 7x, the new flagship Honor View 10boasts features like a dual-lens camera an 18:9, 6-inch 1,080-by-2,160 screen and 128GB of storage. These are topped off with the latest must-have feature -- artificial intelligence, based around Huawei's latest Kirin 970 processor.

The View 10 is a clear competitor for the OnePlus 5T and also has enough punch to be a competent rival to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro -- at a considerably lower price than Honor's parent-brand flagship handset.

The Honor View 10 has a deep blue chassis which looks distinctive (the colour is an Honor favourite) and the matte finish to its backplate is reasonably grippy. The antenna bands are neatly disguised as black strips at the very top and bottom of the back. There's not much to distinguish this phone from any other handset with an 18:9, 6-inch screen these days, but there are a couple of points to note.

The Honor View 10 has a 5.99-inch screen and is powered by Huawei's latest AI-augmented Kirin 970 chipset.




The first is the presence of a fingerprint sensor beneath the screen, in contrast to both the Huawei Mate 10 and the OnePlus 5T, which both put their sensors on the back of the handset. The rear-mounted option is much more ergonomic for one-handed use, and is my preferred location.

Even though the sensor is on the front of the chassis this isn't an overly tall handset. Measuring 157mm tall by 74.98mm wide by 6.97mm thick, and weighing 172g, there's not much between this and either the Huawei Mate 10 Pro or the OnePlus 5T (see table below).

The other notable design point is that the two camera lenses protrude significantly from the back of the chassis. To be fair, the Honor View 10 is just 6.97mm thick, and a raised camera lens area can also be found on the somewhat thicker OnePlus 5T, although the single raised lozenge on that handset deals with the situation rather more neatly.

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