Honor 10: Simple Is Better

The review is about the newly announced Honor 10 which seems to be a close relative of Huawei P20. The looks also do somewhat matches P20 but some features are missing. We know Honor’s recent high-end devices have been impressive and so is the new Honor 10. Let’s read more!!


Honor is one of the flagships not using the Snapdragon processor. Its devices are composed of HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor which is also a great performer. The phone has a small notch above the screen which has 18:9 aspect ratio. It comes in two model where the basic difference is of RAM, 6 GB or 4 GB and internal storage mounted, 128 GB or 64 GB. As the device does not have the ability of expandable memory, the choice becomes a simpler one.

Sneak Peek

Honor 10 has HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core Processor which is clocked at maximum 2.4GHz, while the base model has a 4GB RAM is stock, the top-end version has 6GB RAM. The smartphone offers an impressive Mali-G72 MP12 GPU which holds it in some high-quality gaming. The base model is fitted with 64GB of internal storage and the top model features 128GB of internal storage both of which are non-expandable. Although the non-expandability might disturb a lot of people that they do not get the freedom that they should have had, practically with 128GB, there is not much need of expandability.

What’s cool What’s not so cool
Great Built

Sleek And Stylish Design

Superb Performance

Dual Camera Setup


EMUI Over Android Is Bloated

The Under The Glass Finger Print Scanner Is Not At Its Best

Inconsistent Battery Life




Glass Body And Huawei P20 Inherited Design

The body of the smartphone is made of 3D 15 layer glass to reflect light in two different colours. The device is slim built and the looks shine more because of the trim bezel edges. The thing to be noticed is that the fingerprint scanner resides on the front and also is totally Under-the-glass designed to give the device a better smoother finish. The 3.5mm audio jack is intact, thankfully, but there is no IP certification for Dust and Water resistance which is not a down-point at this price.



IPS Display FHD+ And Single Speaker Audio

The Honor 10 features an elongated 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The notch is located above the screen where the front camera sensor, audio receiver and other sensors reside. However, the panel is LCD not OLED but it delivers a sharp and bright image. It has a decent display and high-quality colour balance in vivid mode. The speaker is a single mounted one which, in fact, does not match with two speaker stereo effect but it does a great job with a rich quality sound that doesn’t crackle even at the maximum, however, the maximum volume is not that loud that it should have been.


Good Performance With Some Drawbacks

The phone’s performance is great but due to its EMUI structure which has been a great headache for a few years and is known to down-grade phone’s performance still persists in Honor 10. The events are not that frequent to be observed but with a massive Kirin 970 processor and more than enough 4GB of RAM, it should not be happening. Still, for the usage the Honor 10 gives a great performance as playing games like PUBG doesn’t make the phone to lag even a little bit and the Mali GPU contributes in the smooth and soft gaming experience.


Similar Battery To Honor 9 But Improved Camera Setup

Honor has tweaked the battery of Honor 10 over Honor 9 i.e., from 3200mAh to 3400mAh. We don’t expect much difference though because the screen size has also increased but like the previous Honor 9, the phone should go for a full day, provided that the phone does have fast-charging and has been claimed to get fully charged for 2 hours. As the present trend has begun, the smartphone features a dual 24MP rear camera and 24MP front camera that includes one monochrome sensor and one colour sensor. The camera has the AI feature that, as claimed by Honor, can detect 22 different scenes using the AI settings. There is also a feature of looking back what your picture looks like without the AI enhancement, and uses revert mode to save it. The pictures are great, the Pro Mode works very well and opens new features as one gets deeper.


The Honor 10 comes with an Android Oreo 8.1 and a custom UI, EMUI bloated over it. Though it seems fashionable and a lot not like stock android, but it has been a fair contributor to keeping the products from Honor and Huawei entering the best league. The unwanted duplicate apps prove to be quite a humongous obstacle to tackle through. Apart from that, the phone features FACE-ID which is actually a good move at the price that the device bears.

Some Unique Features Of Honor 10:

·Dual-Tone reflecting the back panel
·3D glass design
·AI built rear camera setup

Tech Specs 


Release date April 2018
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 149.60 x 71.20 x 7.70
Weight (g) 153.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3400
Colours Midnight Black, Phantom Blue


Screen size (inches) 5.84
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2280 pixels


Processor 1.8GHz octa-core
Processor make HiSilicon Kirin 970
Internal storage 128GB
Expandable storage No


Rear camera 24-megapixel
Rear Flash Dual LED
Front camera 24-megapixel


Operating System Android 8.1
Skin EMUI 8.1


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
Headphones 3.5mm
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes


Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes


Honor has recently launched some great products in the market and many of them have become seriously hit. The Honor 10 proves to be a value-for-money type of product which has the potential to score well in domestic as well as international market. Agreed EMUI is the cause of underestimation of Honor’s products, but increasing demand for better at a lower price may give a great lift to the company. Overall, performance-wise Honor 10 matches its competitors in every way and might be a really good choice if you consider.



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"Gadgets For You" Belongs to Srishti Agarwal, a commerce graduate by degree but a technophile and a writer by heart. Her love for gadgets and writing made her choose a profession which is altogether a new journey. Being a novice in the blogging community, she strives to provide her audience with reviews on the latest gadgets and guidance tips on OS and Applications.

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