The Good The Honor 10 delivers the same fast speeds and stylish colors as its cousin Huawei P20 Pro for half the price. It also has a standard headphone jack.
The Bad The camera does not begin to come close to the perfection of P20 or OnePlus 6 models at a similar price.
The Bottom Line The Honor 10 is a stylish mid-range Android phone, but the OnePlus 6 offers the best performance worldwide with just a little more money.
Huawei impressed me with its flagship P20 Pro ($ 500 on Amazon) phone, and now Honor – the Huawei brand name – is starting to take off with the Honor 10.
But the Honor 10 brings color without the high price tag. Only £ 399 is half the price of the main Huawei smartphone. International availability is not yet confirmed – Huawei phones are not available in the US, but the UK price is around $ 540 or $ 720.
Hue and cry
The phone has a glass back that looks bright blue in some light, but give it a twist in your fingers, and you’ll see how the tint blends into a deep purple tone. I like it a lot – just like the pink and blue Huawei P20 Pro – as it is a lot more fun to look at than the regular gray and black rectangles that come today for phones. New OnePlus 6 also has all-glass design, and although I like the stylish look of the black model, I prefer the bright Honor colors.
Flip it over and you’ll see a 5.84-inch screen. Honor entered the ranks of Fr. Huawei, LG, Asus and others in the use of cutout which turns on the display at the top and accommodates the speaker and the front camera. You can fill in the gaps on either side of the recess to make it look like a solid status bar, if you like.
The display itself has a resolution of 2,280×1,080 pixels and is bright and bright, the text is easy to read under sharp office lights. Below the display is a fingerprint scanner, though you will be forgiven for missing it as it is glued to the frame. Where there is usually a home button, there is no depression that gives the phone a neat, seamless look. The downside is that it is a little harder to hurry to place your thumb in the right place, but I quickly got used to it. The scanner itself is lightning-fast and mostly accurate. It is used as a touch house when the phone is in use.
The camera does not cut the mustard
There are two camera lenses on the back: a monochrome sensor with 24-megapixel mode and a color 16-megapixel sensor. Like the Huawei P20 Pro, the camera uses artificial intelligence to analyze the scene being photographed and adjust the image accordingly.
Also, as with the P20 Pro, I found these creations to be heavy, often enhancing saturation – such as the blues when it detects the sky, for example, to unnatural levels. You can completely disable this option, and you can also disable the “gain” effect after you take the picture. I thought it best to keep AI mode on while shooting, allowing me to turn it off later if I don’t like the tweaks.
In addition to AI, the Honor 10 camera is not responsible for the Huawei P20 Pro. The outdoor shooting was stunning and some of the images looked flat, with little contrast and murky details. Others were better, with brighter colors and more satisfying contrast, but this discrepancy is frustrating.
Low-light shots turn out to be quite bright, but obviously a lot of software tries to reduce image noise, which results in fuzzy details when you look close-up. This, of course, does not fit the incredible low-light skills of the P20 Pro .
Selfies from the 24-megapixel front camera were also disappointing. The overall lack of contrast and subtle detail resulted in vivid, lifeless images, even when brought out in good light. If photography is your main concern, take a look at the P20 Pro.
The inside of the phone runs the same Kirin 970 chip found on Huawei’s flagship (the company makes the chip itself), so it’s no surprise that the phones gave almost the same characteristics on our test benchmarks. This is impressive considering that the P20 Pro costs twice as much. However, this is not exactly the same as the OnePlus 6, but it has achieved the best results in all our tests. In everyday use, the Honor 10 is fast. Apps are fast downloads, photo editing is a hassle-free and demanding game, such as Riptide GP: Renegade runs smoothly.
The phone is charging via USB-C. There is no waterproofing to protect it from spilled beer, but there is at least a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom. The 3400 mAh battery lasted just under 16 hours for our tests, and it was right next to the OnePlus 6. You get a comfortable day of use, but you want to charge it every month.
Overall, the Honor 10 looks great and has enough power at a reasonable price, so it’s a pity the camera doesn’t shine. Its biggest competition is related to the all-new OnePlus 6. The OnePlus also has a glossy design, its processor is more powerful, and the dual camera takes much better pictures. There is only £ 70 here in the UK, and my money is definitely worth the extra money.
Honor 10 comparison tables
|Huawei Honor 10||OnePlus 6||Samsung Galaxy S9||Huawei P20 Pro||Google Pixel 2|
|Display size, resolution||5.84-inch; 1,080×2,280-pixels||6.28-inch OLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels||5.8-inch OLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels||6.1-inch; 2,240×1,080 pixels (OLED)||5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||432 ppi||402 ppi||570 ppi||408 ppi||441 ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.89×2.8×0.3 inches||6.13×2.97×0.31 in||5.81×2.70×0.33 in||6.1×2.9×0.31 in||5.7×2.7×0.3 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||149.6×71.2×7.7 mm||155.7×75.4×7.75 mm||147.7×68.7×8.5 mm||155×73.9×7.8mm||145.7×69.7×7.8 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.4 oz; 153 g||6.2 oz; 177 g||5.75 oz; 163 g||6.3 oz; 180 g||5.04 oz; 143 g|
|Mobile software||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8 Oreo|
|Camera (megapixels)||24MP mono, 16MP colour||16MP standard, 20MP telephoto||12MP||40MP colour, 20MP monochrome, 8MP telephoto||12MP|
|Front-facing camera (megapixels)||24MP||16MP||8MP||24MP||8MP|
|Processor||2.3GHz Kirin 970||2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)||2.3GHz Kirin 970||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Storage||128GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||128GB||64GB, 128GB|
|Fingerprint sensor||Below screen||Back of phone||Back||Below screen||Back cover|
|Special features||Blue-purple shimmering colour, notch at top of screen, affordable||Portrait mode, notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging||Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning||Three rear cameras, super slow-mo video (960fps), 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, water-resistant (IP67)||Google Assistant; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$540 (converted)||$529 (64GB), $579 (128GB), $629 (256GB)||Varies: $720-$800 (64GB)||Converts to $1,140||$649 (64GB), $749 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£399||£469 (64GB), £519 (128GB), £569 (256GB)||£739||£799||£629 (64GB), £729 (128GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$720 (converted)||AU$702 (64GB), AU$769 (128GB), AU$835 (256GB)||AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB)||AU$1,099||AU$1,079 (64GB), AU$1,229 (128GB)|