Honor was kind enough to let me check out their new Honor View10 flagship device and as is usual on this channel I figured that I would try and do a complete walkthrough with it for you guys. If you’re not familiar, my complete walkthroughs are where I try and got through every feature of a device to help anyone out there who might be interesting in buying one in the future.
So let’s start with the hardware.
The device has a super minimalist look to it and it comes in either Blue, which I have here, or Black.
The device is made out of aluminum and feels pretty light. It’s also only 7mm thin (the iPhone X is about 7.7mm thin and the Galaxy S9 is about 8.5mm thin, for a reference).
The screen is a 5.99″ 18:9 1080×2160 resolution IPS display with pretty thin bezels on the sides.
At the top of the screen, we have our front facing f2.0 aperture 12MP camera and at the bottom, we have our capacitive home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. And just like with other Honor devices, this fingerprint sensor can double as a navigation option by turning off the on-screen navigation buttons and then tapping to go back, tapping and holding to go home, etc. on it.
There’s also a facial unlocking feature that works pretty well.
The Honor View10 has no IP rating as such, but we were told it should still manage a few spills (they just didn’t want to spend on the rating, and we’ll get to how that might have benefited the user towards the end of this).
The battery in it is a decent 3750mah and has fast-charging that Honor claims will get it to 58% in about 30 mins.
Moving to the bottom of the phone, we have the usual mono-speaker (the device also has AptX HD for higher quality Bluetooth streaming), a USB-C port and, remarkably, a headphone jack.
On the left side, we have our dual SIM card slot that also allows you to put a MicroSD card in SIM slot 2 instead of another SIM if you want.
On the right, our volume rocker and power button.
And at the top, we have an IR blaster which we’ll get into more in a sec.
Finally, the device is powered by the Kirin 970 chipset and paired with either a 128GB storage and 6GBs of RAM or 64GBs of storage and a choice of 4GBs or 6GBs of RAM with that model and it supports 1.2Gbps LTE.
Software-wise, the Honor View10 is running on Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.1 on top. Since it’s the same variety of EMUI we’re used to seeing on other devices, I won’t go into it too much but really quick let’s run down the apps that Honor has added to the device.
- Backup: A phone backup and restore program.
- Files: Their own file explorer that can sort by type of file or location.
- Flashlight: Which is used to magically illuminate things behind the phone when you tap this button…
- Gallery: Their own photo album that sorts photos and videos by Albums and locations.
- Mirror: A strange app to use as a mirror that offers basically the same features as just turning on the selfie camera…
- Music: Huawei’s own music player.
- Notes: A simple note-taking application.
- Phone Clone: Which allows you to download the app on another phone and quickly transfer all of your photos, videos, apps, etc. from one device to the other.
- Phone Management: Their own app for cleaning up cache/storage, monitoring or limiting mobile data, battery monitoring and scanning for viruses.
- Recorder: A simple voice recording app.
- Smart Remote: Which uses the built-in IR blaster to use the phone as a universal remote to control any number of devices from TVs to ACs to Cameras, etc.
- Themes: Where you can download or buy new themes from Huawei’s repository.
- Tips: Huawei’s app for showing you how to get more out of the device.
- Translator: A partnership between Microsoft and Huawei. The Translator app is the same one we find in the Play Store but Huawei says Microsoft has tuned it to use the NPU in the Kirin 970 and so it can translate a lot faster than normal.
And now, let’s talk about the camera.
The Honor View10 has a dual camera setup featuring an RGB camera that is 16MPs paired with a 20MP monochrome camera. The idea here is familiar to most people nowadays, I think. When in auto mode the camera will automatically take the image from the monochrome and RGB sensors and combine them to make a higher-quality image.
You can also, of course, use Monochrome mode to just enable the monochrome camera and get black and white shots that way.
For stabilization, there is only EIS available instead of optical stabilization.
It does utilize the Kirin 970’s NPU for AI scene detection that, in auto mode, will detect what you are trying to shoot and automatically adjust the camera settings for you to optimize for that type of photo. The nice thing here though is that there is an X that you can easily tap if you don’t want it to apply the settings and even a setting in the camera settings to completely disable it.
Going through the camera’s modes we have the following besides our normal Photo and Video mode:
- Pro: Allows you to adjust all of the camera’s functions like ISO, shutter speed, exposure, autofocus, white balance, etc.
- Slow-Mo: Regular slow-motion can also be recorded but at 120 fps in 1080P only (no 240 that I saw in the settings).
- Monochrome: Which of course allows you to use only the monochrome sensor to take black and white photos.
- Time-Lapse: Which allows you to shoot at lower frame rates to have a sped up video.
- HDR: Which is a mode on Huawei devices instead of just being an automatically detected thing in the Auto mode like most manufacturers which I don’t understand.
- Light Painting: Which allows you to create long exposure photos that you’ve undoubtedly seen on social media somewhere.
- Portrait Mode: Now this does automatically turn on as part of the AI scene detection if you’re taking a photo of a person (and you can X it out if you don’t want that). But you can also turn it on manually. If you aren’t familiar it’s the concept of blurring out the background of a photo using software
And there you go, a walkthrough of the features on the new Honor View10. Let me know what you guys think of the phone and these types of videos in the comments below and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for tech photos, camera comparisons, and more.