Overview & Price
The Honor View 10 was released in the UK on March 3rd of 2018, offering users a flagship device but for half the cost of one.
In this Honor View 10 review we go over everything you need to know about the phone, as well as showcasing the best Honor View 10 contract deals.
Honor does a fantastic job at offering its users a high spec device, with a stunning design and build quality.
All whilst not breaking the bank and keeping your bank account happy.
Check out these Honor View 10 contract deals..If you’re looking to buy the Honor view 10, it is priced at £449 in the UK, the Honor View 10 shares similarities with its cousin the Huawei Mate 10.
It gives the OnePlus 6 a run for it money and we have no doubt you will want to check this review out before purchasing such device.
Lets take a look at what makes this phone special..
Design & Display
Honor does an extremely good job at designing their phones, they generally go for a more out there approach with shimmery finishes that almost looks like a disco ball when the light bounces off the phone.
We were lucky enough to use the Navy Blue, the Honor View 10 does also come in; Midnight Black, Beach Gold, Aurora Blue and Charm Red, all of which look stunning.
Design wise the phone is pretty clean; it has a small fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the phone, at the base you will find a 3.5mm headphone jack, a single firing speaker and also the USB-C charging port.
All of the buttons are along the right side of the phone, you will see the volume rocker and the power button, which feels nice to press and super clicky.
Then on the back of the device Honor has gone for a minimalistic approach, with a small Honor logo in the center, then up top they have the dual portholes which house the dual camera setup.
The lenses do stick out a little from the frame; it looks pretty cool and gives the Honor View 10 a unique design.
The Honor View 10 has ditched the standard 16:9 ratio and opted for a slimmer 18:9, allowing the big 6-inch display to be compact and way easier to hold in one hand.
One of the biggest Honor View 10 problems is that it does not have an IP rating, so dropping this phone in water will damage the phone.
The phone does have small bezels at the top and bottom; the top bezel houses the speakerphone and selfie camera, whilst the bottom solely houses the fingerprint reader.
The scanner is pretty cool as it has some built in gestures, removing the need for soft key on the phone to give you as much display as possible, by simply swiping the sensor will navigate the phone forward and back, and swiping up will trigger Google Assistant.
The Honor View 10 is well built and feels more premium than it is, it has a aluminium back panel, which looks like glass but unfortunately isn’t.
This removes the option for wireless charging, the aluminium body does feel like it could be easily damaged so investing into a case and screen protector is not a bad idea.
The display is a 5.99-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen, with a resolution of 1080 x 2160, similar to the screen used on the OnePlus 5T, although this is a LCD rather than the OLED used in the OnePlus.
Now with this being an LCD display, colours aren’t quite as rich and OLEDs generally have more contrast, the LCD display still look sharp and colours look great.
Contrast is good and viewing angles are great too, the perfect combination for watching movies on your phone.
The phone comes out the box in ‘vivid mode’, which generally makes colours look brighter, and more saturated, however if this is not to your liking you can simply change it to normal mode by digging into the settings.
Brightness is great too, so don’t worry when it comes to summer as you wont need to be covering you hand over the screen, on full brightness its near impossible to not see this screen no matter the lighting conditions.
Under the hood of the Honor View 10 we find the Kirin 970 chipset that packs plenty of horsepower.
The phone literally barges through almost anything you throw at it in terms of performance; 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage is also present which is nice to see.
Scrolling through the interface and applications is a breeze on this phone, we didn’t notice any lag or stutter even when multi-tasking on the device.
There is also a SIM slot which can be used to boost the internal storage up to 256GB, not that most people will use this amount, but its nice to know it can be boosted up if necessary.
We tested the phone on a couple of our favourite games, starting with our favourite, Runescape.
A graphically intense MMORPG, we were delighted to find that the Honor View 10 sailed through without any interference at all, even on the higher settings options for the game.
We then moved onto PUBG, which again ran like a dream and didn’t cause it any problems whatsoever.
The Honor View 10 was release with Android 8.0 Oreo, but has since seen an upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie; Honor has also used Huawei’s emotion UI (EMUI) to give users the option to really customise their interface.
The EMUI has some questionable features though; firstly it strips out the app drawer, which many android users have come to love, although there is now an option to add one back in through the settings.
EMUI also lets you choose how many columns of icons you would like on your homescreen, and you also have the option to select a theme for your device, which alter the background, icon style and lock screen.
The Honor View 10 has a built in translator app, which not only let you translate text from a photo, but lets you translate language in real time from over 60 different languages, ideal for those who love to travel.
The Face-ID feature works well and is extremely snappy and responsive, this is a cool feature as it means you phone is super secure and only you can access it.
Sunglasses or photos cannot trick face-unlock either thanks to the AI technology.
Overall we were impressed with the phones performance and had no issues to report, everything ran smoothly and the phone was extremely nice to use, it just may take some time to configure all of the settings in the EMUI.
The Honor View 10 has a dual camera setup; it has a 20MP monochrome lens coupled with a 16MP RGB lens, both with an aperture of f/1.8.
They don’t have any optical image stabilisation which is unfortunate but we can see why as it keeps the cost lower without this.
The bigger 20MP lens allows you to zoom in at up to 2x and see more detail than you would in a regular image, whilst the 16MP RBG fills in the detail to help produce the best image possible.
There is no Auto HDR mode, however the phone does have virtually no shutter lag at all, and it already focuses extremely quick, allowing you to take quality pictures of moving objects.
Honor likes to big up the fact that it uses AI in its camera technology, when they speak about AI they generally talk about ‘scene detection’, which essentially means that the phone will enhance colours automatically based on the environment you take the photo in.
For example when taking a photo of a tall building with the sky in it, AI will recognise the sky and automatically make it bluer.
This comes down to personal preference as to whether you agree with the AI or not, we found ourselves disagreeing with the adjusted settings sometimes and turning off the scene detection mode, allowing for a more natural shot.
There are lots of different modes to play around with on the Honor View 10; we found that the movie picture mode is cool, as it takes a short video just like the iPhone XS does in order for you to be able to get the optimal image from that short clip.
There is a ‘shallow depth of field’ effect which allows you to blur out backgrounds to create a more dramatic effect on an image, and there are some classics; Pro mode, HDR, Artist Mode, Panorama, all are super fun to play around with.
The Honor View 10 camera is great for the most part, especially when in good lighting conditions, however at night it is hit and miss.
When taking photos in low light we noticed a significant amount of noise, and quality does drop a fair bit too.
The 13MP selfie cam does a good job at capturing good amounts of detail too, especially when in strong lighting conditions, images look clean with little to no noise.
There are plenty of modes to play around with when using the selfie camera too, ensuring that you get an Instagram worth image without the need for editing or hard work.
‘Beauty mode’ uses AI to smooth over your selfies and make you look more like a mannequin than an human being, this is to individual taste and we found ourselves looking like a super model in some photos but then back to our usual trash can self in others.
When it comes to video recording the Honor View 10 shoots up to 4K at 30fps and Full HD and 30/60 and 120fps for slow motion too, cool to play around with a more than capable of capturing some awesome footage.
The Honor View 10 has a 3750mAh battery, which will comfortably last you a full day of usage.
As always this is dependent on the individual as those who tend to watch YouTube videos and Netflix, or game more than other will find they are reaching for the charger more.
The battery is of higher capacity of the OnePlus 6T too, the Honor View 10 will sometimes even last you well into your second day on a single charge.
Honor has implemented supercharge tech into its View 10, which means it will provide you with 50% charge in just 30 minute.
Ideal for those who are always on the move as they can quickly get fro 0-100 real quick!
So is the Honor View 10 worth your cash?
Well if you’re a lover of flagship phones but not a lover of flagship prices then this could be the phone for you.
The Honor View 10 has a clean simplistic design, with some stunning colours to choose from.
It packs a punch in the performance department with a whopping 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, giving you plenty of room to store tons of music and photos.
The Honor View 10 is not without its problems, however the value for money on this phone is great, a solid camera with great performance is what you can expect if you buy the Honor View 10.
The camera is solid and is more than capable of capture some fantastic shots and some impressive slow-mo video recording too.
We definitely recommend a case for this phone however as like most Honor phones the phone can start to look grubby after holding it thanks to its shimmery design.
We also recommend checking out our review on the OnePlus 6, as this is the View 10’s primary competitor.
We hope you have enjoyed our Honor View 10 review, and feel free to comment and check out the best Honor View 10 contract deals at the top of this post.
Full Spec Below:
Launch: 2017, December
- Dimension: 157 x 75 x 7mm (6.18 x 2.95 x 0.28 inches)
- Weight: 172g (6.07 oz)
- Build: Front glass, aluminium body
- Sim: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Type: LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
- Size: 5.99 inches, 92.6cm² (-78.6% screen-to-body-ratio)
- Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (-403 ppi density)
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 8
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 970 (10nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP12
- Card slot: microSD, up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- Internal: 128GB, 6GB RAM or 64GB, 4/6GB RAM
– 16MP, f/1.8, PDAF
– 20MP B/W, 2x lossless zoom
- Features: Panorama, HDR, LED flash
- Video: 2160@30fps, 1080p@30fps
– 13MP, f/2.0
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, aptX, HD, LE
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Port: Yes
- Radio: No
- USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB on-the-go
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Non-removeable Li-Pro 3750 mAh battery
- Charging: Fast battery charging 5V/4.5A 22.5W (50% in 30 mins)
- Colours: Navy Blue, Midnight Black, Beach Gold, Aurora Blue, Charm Red
- Price: As seen in above post
- Performance: Basemark OS ||: 3604 / Basemark OS || 2.0: 3164 / Basemark X: 33499
- Camera: Photo / Video
- Loudspeaker: Voice 68dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 77dB
- Battery life: Endurance rating 74h