At a global event held yesterday in London, Honor unveiled the View 10 alongside the Honor 7X. The View 10 is the flagship smartphone of the company whereas the Honor 7X is a mid-budget offering. As claimed by the company’s president, George Zhao, the brand is looking to ‘be friends’ with the young audience. Does this phone really manage to live up to the company’s claim? Let’s find out.
Design and Display
The design of the phone is pretty interesting. The View 10 features a bezel-less design and is fitted with a home button which doubles up as a fingerprint sensor on the front. This seems like a great idea to use the extra space on the chin. However, this was not the case with the Honor 7X which lacks the home button and compensates with software keys and fingerprint sensor on the back.
Coming to the display aspect, the phone rocks a huge 5.99-inch Full HD+ panel having a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen covers up most of the phone’s front leaving very little borders on either side. The bottom of the device is where the speaker grill is located next to the headphone jack. Yes, you heard that right! Honor has decided to feature a 3.5mm jack where most companies have decided to eliminate it in their flagships.
Performance and Storage
Underneath its hood, the View 10 shares internals with the more premium-priced Mate 10 by Huawei. The phone is powered by the octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 970 SoC paired with the Mali-G72 GPU for enhanced graphics performance. Speaking of gaming performance, the phone also packs in either 4GB or 6GB of RAM depending on the storage variant you opt for.
The smartphone will ship with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage which can be expanded further through a microSD card. Interestingly, the 64GB variant will be further bifurcated into two variants: 4GB and 6GB RAM, whereas the 128GB storage variant comes standard with 6GB of RAM.
Another feature that sets this phone apart from its competition is its inbuilt Neural Processing Unit (NPU). This is incorporated in its chipset, the Kirin 970. With the NPU, the phone is capable of providing an enhanced software experience, by using artificial intelligence (AI). With the AI-powered chip, Honor has copied Apple’s Animoji and integrated it into the View 10. They have dubbed this feature as 3D Facial Animation.
Camera and Software
On the camera side of things, Honor has kept up with the dual-rear camera trend. The primary lens setup on the back comprises of a 16-megapixel colour sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. This is unlike the OnePlus 5T with two colour sensors: a 16-megapixel primary sensor for low light images and a 20-megapixel sensor for more clarity. Nevertheless, this camera setup is expected to capture just as great images. The camera app will also enable capturing images in portrait mode and bokeh mode. With the NPU on-board, only time will tell how the company manages to make even more out of this phone’s camera setup.
Up front, the phone caters to selfie enthusiasts as well. The front-facing camera features a 13-megapixel sensor having an aperture of f/2.0. What this means is that the camera will be able to take in more light and capture vivid images even in poor lighting. Similar to the rear camera, the selfie shooter is also enhanced with software tricks like portrait mode, beauty filters and Bokeh option. In addition to that, as mentioned above, the camera will also allow you to compete with iPhone X users and make your own Animoji (read: 3D Facial Animation).
Coming to the software that runs this smartphone. The Honor View 10 is one of the very first phones to come with Android Oreo out of the box. But, the company has heavily skinned Oreo with their custom skin called EMUI. The custom skin will come with its own set of additional features on top of what stock Android has to offer.
Connectivity and Battery
The Honor View 10 supports all the necessary connectivity options that include 2G, 3G, 4G with VoLTE. In addition to that, it also supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and FC. On the top, the phone also integrates an Infrared sensor to control home appliances.
The smartphone draws power from a non-removable 3,750 mAh Li-Po battery which can last you a little more over a day. The phone charges through the reversible USB Type-C port located on the bottom. A nice addition to this phone’s spec-list is the capability to quick charge. The phone can charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes.
In all, the phone seems like a well featured smartphone that ticks all the right boxes. The View 10 is priced at 499 euros (~Rs. 38,000) and 449 GBP (~Rs. 38,900). It will be launched in European and US markets on 8th January, 2018 but the specific pricing hasn’t been announced yet. The phone is expected to compete with the popular OnePlus 5T and we expect it to be priced in the same range.