Scorching on the heels of the mid-range 7X, Honor has introduced the Honor View 10, a flagship system that begins 2018 with the 2017’s greatest smartphone pattern, an 18:9 show.
The cellphone was anticipated to be referred to as the Honor 9 Professional as per its ordinary naming conventions, however the firm have chosen View 10 due to its similarities to the Huawei Mate 10 Professional.
It is the primary time the View branding has been used outdoors of Asia.
The system has premium construct, and whereas just isn’t precisely the identical dimensions as both Huawei’s Mate 10 or Mate 10 Professional shares lots of the traits of the 2.
For an organization making an attempt to interrupt into the UK mainstream similtaneously its guardian firm Huawei, this inexpensive high-end flagship makes a good case for itself as long as you’re trying to purchase a handset outright – Honor telephones usually are not at all times simply obtainable from UK operators.
Worth and availability
The UK value of the Honor View 10 is £449, making it the identical as the bottom OnePlus 5T, and £70 greater than the Honor 9 retailed for at launch.
It’s going to go on sale within the UK on eight January 2018. It’s going to even be obtainable in France, Germany, India, Italy, the US, Spain and Russia presently.
Design and construct
The Honor View 10 seems like quite a lot of different premium telephones this 12 months, sporting an 18:9 show. First seen on the LG G6 after which the Samsung Galaxy S8, the shape issue retains the View 10 slim and manageable within the hand whereas including some top to the display.
This is similar facet ratio because the Huawei Mate 10 Professional, but there’s a front-placed fingerprint sensor and headphone jack like on the Mate 10. Confused? It means you get the higher 18:9 show measurement with the acquainted fingerprint sensor and headphone jack. This implies the View 10 has a wonderful mixture of options from each variations of Huawei’s current flagship.
The entrance of the cellphone is visually just like the OnePlus 5T, although the View 10 has a extra uniform, straight edged really feel to it and has a entrance dealing with fingerprint sensor in an extended tablet form not usually seen.
The again of the cellphone is much less thrilling, with iPhone-esque antenna traces on the prime and backside, with a solitary Honor brand and twin rear cameras. Squint, and the View 10 resembles an iPhone 7 Plus with a taller display working Android.
Two cameras are good to see, two ugly digicam bumps usually are not, and is a disgrace when Huawei’s flagships handle to deliver design that retains the lenses flush with the physique.
With no glass again, there is not any likelihood of wi-fi charging, although that’s nonetheless a non-essential characteristic that might have elevated the value.
The Honor View 10 is alarmingly skinny at 6.97mm and remembers the Apple of some years in the past that grew to become obsessive about this measurement, to the detriment of construct high quality and Bendgate. In our time with the cellphone although it hasn’t exhibited a lot signal of damage in any respect, even with no case.
In the event you’re on a funds, that is as premium a tool as you’ll get for the value – the identical £449 asking value because the OnePlus 5T whereas just about matching that cellphone’s specs.
We just like the matte again compared to smeary glass, and the View 10 has enticing shiny edges working across the show, sandwiching the matte rim that helps you maintain it. It solely provides to the premium really feel of this decidedly mid-range value cellphone.
The View 10 is offered in midnight black and navy blue (although solely the latter within the UK), however is not as notably gorgeous as different flagships this 12 months, and even in comparison with the older glass-backed Honor 9. It seems similar to the eight Professional that we reviewed final 12 months.
Regardless of its upsides, the design is not notably inspiring, and reeks of a cellphone whose options you may have to like far more than the to shell out for it. Maybe the black model we haven’t used fares higher, however we nonetheless aren’t satisfied many individuals really need a blue cellphone.
Options and specs
The show on the View 10 is a vibrant 5.99in LCD with a 2160 x 1080 decision. It’s pleasingly punchy for an LCD, however just isn’t as vibrant as a Samsung or OnePlus OLED panel, even when you could have the settings on Honor’s ‘vibrant’ mode.
However the measurement of the display and its excessive brightness capabilities means video streaming and gaming on the View 10 is greater than acceptable, and simply adequate for lengthy classes.
Honor is main with the AI options that Huawei pushed on the Mate 10 Professional and Honor had on its Asia-only Magic cellphone, and in concept they’re spectacular. There’s an argument available that it’s probably not AI in any respect and reasonably a outstanding assistant-style layer to the software program, however we’ll allow them to have it for now.
The Kirin 970 processor permits for language translation within the preloaded Translator app, whereas the AI smarts additionally enable the digicam to intelligently choose the suitable parameters of a sure shot, with out you having to enter a complicated professional mode.
It’s value noting that you simply nonetheless want an information connection to make use of the interpretation options, very like Google Translate, so in case you are planning on going overseas then you’ll have to obtain the related language pack.
Actually what the NPU (neural processing unit, what Huawei calls its Kirin 970 chip) does is study your behaviours to raised improve the day after day use of your cellphone. From sleeping background processes of unused apps to prioritising sure capabilities at sure instances, supposedly the View 10 learns you higher than different telephones.
However on use there isn’t any proof of that within the quick time period, and we doubt there can be in the long run both. Many Android telephones are clever sufficient to prioritise processes, and face recognition capabilities and obscure claims like ‘AI enhanced translation’ are pretty vacuous.
The twin 20Mp and 16Mp cameras are extra spectacular, and provide portrait mode for a depth impact on images, in addition to a monochrome lens for glorious black and white pictures. The 20Mp sensor is monochrome, and provides a pure impact in comparison with telephones whose software program simulate black and white.
Element in panorama pictures resembling this exhibits glorious element and lightweight steadiness
The twin cameras additionally enable for respectable portrait mode results
An AI characteristic that proved genuinely good is the inbuilt object recognition within the digicam app. Level the digicam at one thing, and an icon seems. Faucet it, and the cellphone runs a search of what it thinks is in body.
When it really works, it really works very well, figuring out landmarks and even particular merchandise like a Tough Commerce mug. However frustratingly, the characteristic usually disappears from the digicam app with no strategy to recollect it. And naturally, it doesn’t at all times work. Honor additionally claims AI helps cut back blur in images of transferring objects.
It additionally says AI helps you get higher selfies with the 13Mp entrance digicam. In actuality, this isn’t AI in any respect however post-processing software program. Honor’s insistence of getting the terrible magnificence mode on by default can be annoying, however a minimum of you’ll be able to flip it off. Selfies nonetheless look pretty washed out to us, despite the fact that there are some enjoyable AR masks within the native digicam app.
In its razor skinny physique, Honor has packed a whopping three,750mAh battery with fast-charge the corporate claims can get you to 50% from useless in half an hour. In our testing, it proved good on that promise.
It’s additionally nice to see the octa-core Kirin 970 processor carried over, as it’s Huawei’s newest chip and a strong various to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in most different high-end Android telephones this 12 months. The pure processing energy and pace of this chip is a greater promote for Honor than the half-baked, half-functional ‘AI’ capabilities.
The View 10 has what the corporate describes as ‘quick and safe facial recognition’, however its solely performance is to disclose lock display notifications while you have a look at the display. The cellphone nonetheless falls again on its fingerprint sensor for safe app exercise like banking, and it’s odd that the facial recognition is reserved for notifications solely and never even unlocking the display.
The cellphone is twin SIM energetic (the perfect sort) and has a headphone jack, mercifully, although no headphones within the field. In the event you did not just like the omission of the jack on the Huawei Mate 10 Professional, here is a strategy to get the identical fundamental specs, a headphone jack, and save over £200.
Software program might be what lets this cellphone down for those who’re not a fan of Honor (and Huawei’s) EMUI pores and skin. Granted, EMUI eight.zero is rather a lot higher than earlier iterations, however the modifications it makes to inventory Android don’t at all times make quite a lot of sense. Intuitive actions from inventory Android are overlayed with completely different actions and icons, whereas the notification shade remains to be a little bit of a large number.
Huawei and Honor’s modifications to the fundamental look and performance of Android is off-putting in case you are used to Google’s model. OnePlus’ OxygenOS is a a lot better instance of refined change to Android, the place EMUI is the definition of change for change sake. Having mentioned this, it doesn’t limit use, it’s only a lot to regulate to for those who’re coming from one other Android system.
But the View 10 ships on Android Oreo eight.zero, nonetheless one of many first handsets worldwide to take action, and stays an excellently inexpensive strategy to get your fingers on an OS working Google’s newest software program – even whether it is masked by the huge modifications EMUI brings.
You’ll be able to add the preferable app drawer the place EMUI by default shows all app on the house screens iOS model, or you can simply add the Google or Nova launchers from the Play Retailer to vary the vibe.
The truth is, Honor contains in all probability probably the most granular customisation settings of any extensively obtainable Android producer, from display decision to accessibility options, safe enclaves and file encryption. In case you are in search of a cellphone you’ll be able to fully and totally make your personal, this can be a nice possibility. However if you’d like a clear, straight ahead Android expertise out of the field, you might be finest off a OnePlus 5T or Pixel 2.