December 8, 2017

Huawei Honor V10 Hands On

Our first impression of Huawei wasn’t one that someone would call exciting; the new chipset isn’t as awe-inspiring and having a big screen just doesn’t cut it anymore. Still, there is some hope, the Honor series is bent on providing cheaper alternatives to the OnePlus trademark phones, not only in style but in performance as well. The new View 10 is Honor’s new phone that is putting some serious competition on the market.

The View10’s screen dominates the face of the phone; leaving little room for anything else. Its 5.99-inch LCD screen is already making the news. As compared to the earlier Honor phones, the screen is visibly longer diagonally and is notably slimmer as well, which draws inspiration from the phone’s contender One Plus 5T. Honor still hasn’t gotten rid of their iconic frames, but still, the new design is light and easy and can be used with just one hand. Considering how that there is a 3,750mAH battery inside the View 10, it’s hard to imagine as the phone is very light even with an all-metal body. One downside of the design is that there is nothing new, it’s pretty vanilla for those people who might hope for a little chic vibe like that of the Honor.

With little to no space left on the tremendous screen, the View 10 does have a fingerprint sensor on the front screen. Apart from this the phone along with its inbuilt 128 GB storage, can handle memory cards up to 256GB. So unlike other phones which would ditch the external option for good, Huawei is still keeping the tradition alive. With just enough room left for the headphone jack, the View 10 isn’t to be taken lightly.

Putting all of that aside, let’s move on to the power of the View 10. The Honor View 10 houses the Huawei Kirin 970 chipset, which we’ve seen in the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro previously – Yes, the one that had a neural processing unit.  It would seem that Huawei is still adamant about trying to fix in the element of AI in their smartphones. The chipset’s ability to actually learn wasn’t all that great in the older Mate 10 pro, to be honest, but it’s still promising to see an affordable version of such a powerful smartphone. All that’s missing at this point are better developers so that we may get more intuitive software that really builds on the NPU. Don’t get us wrong, the 970 is a brilliant chipset by itself, and especially so if you couple it with some 6GB of RAM.

Huawei has decided to stick with its dual back camera option, nothing new for the fans here. One thing that is unusual about this phone is that it doesn’t house a camera from Leica, that isn’t a big deal since it has a combination of two powerful cameras; color and monochrome that are 16-megapixel and 20-megapixels respectively. The camera produced good results upon testing, and we were especially happy with the monochrome sensor. The cameras do stick out a bit from the back that is slightly inconvenient because it can damage the camera if the user isn’t careful. Those of us who still use the iPhone would be familiar with the same design. However, it might’ve been better if Huawei had stuck to the Honor 9’s flat camera design.

The unit we tested out before writing this review was still running on underdeveloped software, so there’s kind of a limit to what we could learn from what the device told us about itself. The device is set to run on the all-new Android Oreo, which wears Huawei’s own EMUI interface, which proved to be pretty fast and easy to use but we feel like it still needs to be smoothened along the edges. If you’re expecting to see Huawei’s TrueDepth camera clone feature then you’ll have to prepare yourself to make do with the standard face unlock feature instead and that too an OTA update later. You can use your face to rotate your screen and keep it awake as long as you’re looking at it and how you’re looking at it. Like we said earlier, the phone isn’t ready, which is probably why we didn’t see any games among the stock apps either; we didn’t get to check out how well the gaming mode works in locking the screen orientation change while a game is running.

We still haven’t caught word of the View 10’s availability or even the price yet, and we’re hoping that Honor lets us have the details already. All we know thus far is that we’ll see the View 10 in the USA sometime early in 2018 and that it’s going to be pricier than what we’re used to paying for devices from Honor. However, we’re still pretty confident in how well the View 10 will stand out in the US – after all, it’s a bold and powerful move by the usually docile Huawei.

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