Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 | Last Update : 02:07 AM IST
The Honor View 10 at first glance is a well-conceived package with flagship-class specifications and premium build.
2017 has been the year of narrow-bezel displays and AI-enabled chips in smartphones across all categories. Honor and OnePlus, the two names to be reckoned with in the affordable flagship category, have been looking to tap in the new trends with their capable yet conventional offerings — Honor 8 Pro and OnePlus 5. Since consumers prefer to go for products with the latest trends, both of them have come up with refreshed versions of the same. The View 10 is Honor’s latest flagship offering and will be made available in India early 2018.
The View 10 at first glance essentially looks like a tweaked Huawei Mate 10. It sports a narrow-bezel 5.99-inch LCD display with 1080 x 2160 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The display looks vibrant, although doesn’t produce punchy colours as an AMOLED panel. What’s surprising is that Honor has managed to maintain the fingerprint sensor-mounted home button at the front. The face of the phone also retains the front camera and speaker grille on top.
Look to the sides and you will be glad to see the Honor View 10 still in the same league as the OnePlus 5T — retain the 3.5mm jack. It also comes with a USB Type-C port, meaning that it also supports fast charging. The rear panel gets Honor’s new design language with independent dual-lens housing. It even adopts the iPhone 7’s antenna band design to allow for a cleaner look.
The View 10 is powered by Huawei’s latest Kirin 970 chipset along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage, which is also expandable. It runs on EMUI 8.0, which is based Android Oreo. The phone has it own NPU (neural processing unit) for AI features including face unlocking, 3D face construction, AI-accelerated translator, Smart Tips and even an AI-powered portrait mode for selfies. It also has Apple-inspired Animojis, which should appeal to those looking for iPhone X features on a budget.
During our brief time with smartphone, the View 10 appears to be pretty responsive throughout its user interface. App loading times are swift and the View 10 can manage multiple apps in its memory with ease. The phone also managed to maintain its composure with casual gaming, although we will reserve our verdict for the final review.
As for the camera, the 16MP+20MP dual lens setup still misses out on the OIS but retains Huawei’s impressive monochrome sensor for enhanced details. We managed to grab a few shots indoors and they looked decent, however, our full test will see the View 10 go through some considerable stress.
The View 10 will grace the Indian shores on January 8, 2018, and should be competitively priced alongside the OnePlus 5T. Keep an eye on our full review of the Honor View 10.