In the recent past, smartphone brands have realized one thing about the Indian marketplace – if you want to be successful, then keep the gap between the global launch and the Indian launch as short as possible. While Xiaomi has demonstrated that very well when it comes to their entry-level phones, one other player following those footsteps is Honor. These brands may launch the phones with a different name, but they are doing it nonetheless. Honor V10 which was announced in China in November was globally announced in London as Honor View10 in December, and Honor is stipulated to launch it in India in early January. Any good? Well, we got some quick time with the View10 and here are our first impressions.
At first look, you’d instantly recognize that the View10 resembles its cousins, the Honor 9i and the Honor 7x – slim bezels, taller screen ratio, but with one major difference. The fingerprint scanner is now at the front bottom of the phone. Honor claims this is an achievement in their design, and we must admit it is. At the risk of nitpicking, while this position is welcome, your thumb has to change its angle of traverse by 10-15 degrees downwards that it would normally do with other phones, due to the taller screen aspect ratio. And since it’s shorter than normal, you would have to program your thumb to make the right touch, especially if you have bigger fingers.
The phone is slim at 7mm and weighs a good 172gms – thankfully, the weight is evenly distributed. The power button and the volume rockers sit on the right side, and we appreciate the quality and the tactile feedback. On the left, there is a dual sim hybrid tray that can also take a microSD card for storage expansion. The tray itself seems to be made of rubber and if not handled carefully, may easily break. At the bottom, there is a mono speaker grille, a 3.5 mm audio jack and the USB Type-C charging port.
Onto the back, there is a pair of primary camera lens, very pokey at that with an LED flash. The Honor branding is subtly etched on a matte finish back that catches smudges very easily. Careful observations reveal the black antenna lines on the top and bottom. Overall, the phone feels good in the hand, a feel of sturdiness is abundant. The edges are rounded and curved, and the front portion of the phone is shiny metal and comes with a screen guard attached.
That screen is a 5.99-inch display packing around 403 pixels per inch with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Just like the back, the display too is a fingerprint magnet and super shiny and reflective, making it a tad harder to use it under the lights, both indoor and outdoor. The viewing angles are good, and the phone gets bright enough.
Under the hood, the View 10 sports Huawei’s flagship Kirin 970 chipset clocked at 2.4GHz, coupled with Mali G72 GPU with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory, of which around 115GB is left for the user. It also has a 3750mAh worth battery inside that is supposed to deliver more-than-a-day worth of juice and supported by custom fast charge capability. Of course, we will test that out in detail.
That dual camera on the back is a set of 16MP and a 20MP shooter, one for RGB and the other for monochrome. The former coming with f/1.8 aperture should make for some cool bokeh. The camera also has tons of modes and options, typical to Honor phones. There is a lot of talk about the AI-powered portraits and landscapes, and we cannot wait to see how that works.
Coming with EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo, the Honor View10 is priced at €499 in Europe with Indian pricing expected on January 3rd. Placed in a price range where there are very few players, and successful at that, direct comparisons will be made with the OnePlus 5T which comes in similar configurations. Can the View10 challenge that? We will have to wait and see. For now, the specs are promising, so are its initial performance. What we need to figure out is the reality of the hype surrounding its AI proficiencies. Hang in there for our full review and let us know what aspects of the View 10 would you want to know more about.