Honor View 10 Review


Huawei's sub-brand Honor is known for its budget-friendly smartphones. Most of its offerings from the last few years, in fact, were priced well below the $500 mark – back in the fall, for instance, the Honor 7X made a deep impression on us with its solid build quality, decent performance, and irresistible $200 sticker price. The Honor View 10 takes things up a notch with its higher-end specs, and with a price tag of $500, it is significantly more affordable than those ultra-premium devices priced around $1000. But is it worth picking up? We'll find out!

In the box:


Design



Honor didn't exactly do much to differentiate the Honor View 10 from the aforementioned Honor 7X in terms of design. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when the View 10 is flaunting a premium metal construction with those beveled edges, but for the price difference, we're left craving for more. Aside from a few minor differences, like the placement of its antenna lines and the addition of a fingerprint sensor below the display, the View 10 essentially looks identical to the 7X. We will, however, note that Honor has been able to package in an IR blaster with the View 10 – while still offering a headphone jack! Overall, there's not much about its design to get us truly excited, but we're satisfied with the way the Honor View 10 looks and feels.


Honor View 10

Honor View 10

Dimensions

6.18 x 2.95 x 0.27 inches

157 x 74.98 x 6.97 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Dimensions

6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 inches

156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Honor 7X

Honor 7X

Dimensions

6.16 x 2.96 x 0.3 inches

156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm

Weight

5.82 oz (165 g)

Huawei Mate 10 Lite

Huawei Mate 10 Lite

Dimensions

6.15 x 2.96 x 0.3 inches

156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5 mm

Weight

5.78 oz (164 g)

Honor View 10

Honor View 10

Dimensions

6.18 x 2.95 x 0.27 inches

157 x 74.98 x 6.97 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Dimensions

6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 inches

156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Honor 7X

Honor 7X

Dimensions

6.16 x 2.96 x 0.3 inches

156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm

Weight

5.82 oz (165 g)

Huawei Mate 10 Lite

Huawei Mate 10 Lite

Dimensions

6.15 x 2.96 x 0.3 inches

156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5 mm

Weight

5.78 oz (164 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display


On paper, the Honor View 10's display shares nearly the same specs as those found with the Honor 7X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Specifically, it's donning a sizable, 6-inch, 1080 x 2160 FullView IPS LCD display with the trendy 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Comparing it to the Honor 7X, there are noticeable improvements with the View 10's display: better viewing angles, brightness output, and color reproduction, but it's not as eye-catching as the Mate 10 Pro's OLED display.

Interface and functionality


Getting the same treatment as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the Honor View 10 jumps up to the new Emotion UI 8.0 experience running on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. For most users who are acquainted with Android, there's nothing terribly different with the experience here. However, since it's packaged along with Honor's various apps, there are times when the notifications from those apps become overbearing and obtrusive.

Artificial intelligence on the View 10: it's the feature touted the most by Honor. There's AI-photography, AI-motion detection, AI-powered camera, and AI-facial unlock, but we're not convinced these are all actual AI-driven features. Sure, it intelligently scans your face to unlock the phone and enhances photos depending on the scene, but when we think of AI, we think about a phone that's able to learn our habits and adapt to them – like knowing that we drive a specific route every day. Honor may be bragging about enabling deep learning with its built-in neural-networking processing unit (NPU), but we honestly don't see it.

Processor and performance


Don't worry, there's some serious firepower under the hood of the View 10! In fact, it leverages Huawei's octa-core Kirin 970 chipset, the same package that's powering the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Accompanied by 6GB of RAM and a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, it delivers the same impressive, rock-solid performance and results as its esteemed sibling. Sure, it might not exhibit the same level of snappiness we find in other devices like the iPhone X or Google Pixel 2 XL, but we have no major complaints whatsoever about its overall performance!

Adding more value to its package, the Honor View 10 is packing a whopping 128GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by its available microSD card slot.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Honor View 10 205637
OnePlus 5T 180651
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 175462
Google Pixel 2 XL 169541
JetStream Higher is better
Honor View 10 53.427
OnePlus 5T 66.048
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 57.887
Google Pixel 2 XL 63.163
GFXBench Car Chase on-screen Higher is better
Honor View 10 22
OnePlus 5T 23
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 21
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Honor View 10 53
OnePlus 5T 37
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 59
Google Pixel 2 XL 21
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Honor View 10 3342
OnePlus 5T 3749
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 3286
Google Pixel 2 XL 3340
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Honor View 10 1900
OnePlus 5T 1965
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 1902
Google Pixel 2 XL 1917
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Honor View 10 6602
OnePlus 5T 6638
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 6684
Google Pixel 2 XL 6315

Camera



Dual cameras are all the rage nowadays, so it's no surprise to find a pair here with the View 10. The setup breaks down to a 20MP monochrome sensor paired with a 16MP RGB one, allowing it to intelligently apply bokeh effects to portrait shots. Unlike the Mate 10 Pro, the View 10's dual camera setup lacks OIS and the Leica attachment, while also reaching an aperture of only f/1.8, versus the Mate 10 Pro's f/1.6 aperture.

As for the camera interface, it's nearly the same one found in almost any recent Honor or Huawei smartphone. There's a slew of shooting modes at our disposal, and just like the Mate 10 Pro, the View 10 leverages AI to detect what we're shooting in order to enhance photos accordingly. On top of that, we're fascinated by the new artist mode which applies some neato real-time effects to our photos.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Honor View 10 1.9
2
530
410
OnePlus 5T 1.23
No data
599
596
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 1.5
1.6
676
692
Google Pixel 2 XL 0.951
0.918
700
843

Not all dual cameras are the same, even on phones manufactured by the same maker. That's evident here because the View 10 produces sharper and more detailed images than the Honor 7X – while giving the Mate 10 Pro a good run for the money as well. With low-lit scenes, however, photos come out significantly softer in tone and muted. It doesn't help when the focus struggles at times and when there's on OIS.

When taking portrait shots using the front-facing camera, the View 10 is a bit too aggressive with the bokeh effect along the edges because we often find our hair being blurry. The dual cameras in the rear do a better job at isolating subjects from the background, but the effect is still not perfect.


Capable of shooting 4K video, just like the Mate 10 Pro, the View 10 is capable of producing usable footage when there's adequate lighting. Details are plentiful, but there's some noticeable artifacting when quickly panning from dark to light areas and vice versa. Since the camera lacks OIS, it's almost impossible to shoot video without any evident jittery movements or shakes.

Battery life


Finding itself in between the Honor 7X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro's capacities, the Honor View 10 is packing along a 3750 mAh battery cell, capable of achieving easily a day's worth of normal usage. In most instances, we found its level at around 40% by the evening, which still means that nightly charges are still highly recommended if you're looking to get through the next day. Using the supplied wall charger, the View 10 requires 129 minutes to charge up, which is rather lengthy by today's standards, but somewhat expected given the battery's capacity.

Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Honor View 10 129
OnePlus 5T 93
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 102
Google Pixel 2 XL 152

Call Quality


Voices are surprisingly sharp on both ends of the line, almost to the point of being too sharp. Specifically, there's strong emphasis with the speaker when our callers speak, as if it's amplifying it, but as soon as they stop speaking, there's just abrupt silence. It's odd to say the least, but it doesn't negate the experience in any way. Switching to the speakerphone, we're happy to report the same results accompanied with ample volume.

Conclusion



Regarded as a flagship without the flagship cost, the $499 outright cost clearly validates the Honor View 10's ambitious intentions. It may not be able to match high-end phones like the $800 Huawei Mate 10 Pro in areas like camera performance, but it is much more affordable. At the same time, even though it looks so similar to the $200 Honor 7X, it is far superior from a technical standpoint. Ultimately, the Honor View 10 does a good job at bridging the gap between these two pricing extremes, all while giving consumers more choice when picking up their next phone.



Pros

  • Fluid performance
  • Sharp-looking screen
  • Generous 128GB of storage
  • IR blaster & headphone jack included
  • Cool-looking artist mode effects with camera

Cons

  • AI features are still gimmicky
  • Camera struggles in low light

PhoneArena Rating:

8.3

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16 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

PROS: + No notch. Anyhow, a great looking phone, marred by a ridiculously ugly UI that's STILL partly inspired by iOS, most notably the "Settings" menu whose snapshot is 'mysteriously' absent in the review, for some reason. Does PhoneArena has a Huawei's 'secret lover' lurking around in its HQ? And call me whatever you fancy but... I don't have much faith in these Chinese Made SoCs. These chips are relatively new and might go belly up after few years of usage. Huawei users often report over-heating and CPU throttling with these Kirin Chips so its best to AVOID them, period. Kudos to Xiaomi for sticking with no notch designs and top-notch (No pun intended) Snapdragon Chips. Might definitely grab a Xiaomi with Snapdragon 845 and an affordable sub $500 price-tag with AndroidOne on board. G'Day!

3. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Mi7 will have a notch.

9. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

The heating with the Kirin is down to the mali GPU which is behind Qualcomm and needs higher voltages to match performance. That's getting better every generation and the 970 is really good with 1080p displays. The view 10 does support treble and already has stock roms. I read the Kirin reviews on anandtech btw.

2. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

EMUI 8 is actually nice imo

11. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I concur. I don't see why everyone has an issue with it. It's been nothing but useful for me.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

This is the kind of less bezel design that I actually want. One that has an FPS on the front without any notches or curved edges.

5. michaelny2001

Posts: 345; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

no notch is awesome. front looks like a Galaxy S5. Is it just me who sees this?

6. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

I have never really understood the combination of front FPS and onscreen bottom, it really doesn't make sense

7. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I have it and love it. My only cons: *No support for USB-C to HDMI v_v *No Bluetooth 5 (I do have Bluetooth 5 accessories like a Wireless headphone amplifier, offers better battery life) *No Hi-Res audio playback (thought it does have AptX HD, but even that isn't the same quality as AptX HD on my HTC U11) *Front-facing camera is too aggressive w/ exposure, and there's no way to edit that in default camera or third-party cameras *Colors in video mode come out a bit under exposed, almost like a cinematic video effect, but I kinda of like it *NO EIS or OIS I know that seems like a lot, but I love it otherwise. Great camera, exceptional battery life (got over 6 hours SOT w/ Bluetooth on using it for audio, GPS for hours, screen on 60%, checking text, email, browsing the web, and watching YouTube videos). Performance is super speedy. Design is beauty and definitely premium. EMUI has tons of convenient features. AI is actually very efficient. Love Face unlock, very speedy and efficient.

8. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Not to mention it's running Android 8.1 out of the box.

16. piratestation

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

May I ask which carrier are you using this on? Trying to find out if wifi-calling works on T-Mobile.

10. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So, for a great phone they gave only 8,3 score!? What should it do for a 500$ to get a same score as 1000$ iphone!? I think this is unrealistic....they have 2 clear favourites and no one else can't get a good grade here

12. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Be happy cause at least theh gave a score above 8. The new sony flagship phones had 7.5 and below scores. Don't ask more from a tech site favoring more on a fruity company.

13. sunnyfpy

Posts: 293; Member since: May 12, 2013

Realistic price,ok.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That price for the same processor as Mate 10 pro? (also same with $2000 Mate RS porsche Design) This one is really OP5T killer, or "Flagships Killer" killer..

15. R_Amin

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 24, 2018

What type of stabilization is there on the camera (s)??
View 10
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3750 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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