Honor 10 View review: cut-price tip smartphone with two-day battery life

It competence usually come in blue though you’d have to spend a lot some-more than £449 to find a softened smartphone than this

Fri 9 Feb 2018

Last mutated on Fri 9 Feb 2018







The Honor 10 View is a new aristocrat of a cut-price flagship smartphone, charity glorious opening and features.
Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for a Guardian

The Honor 10 View’s all-screen design, good opening and stellar battery life puts opposition phones retailing during twice a cost to shame, creation we doubt because you’re profitable any some-more for a top-end smartphone in 2018.

All-screen design

Huawei’s Honor 10 View is a judicious prolongation of what happens when we take a normal smartphone with a fingerprint scanner on a front and widen a shade lengthways. Its 5.99in 18:9 full HD+ shade dominates with a tiny oval fingerprint sensor during a bottom and a stalk and front-facing camera during a top.

It’s not utterly symmetrical, though tighten adequate to be unnoticeable during a glance, while a bezels during a side are super slim. It comes in a appealing blue colour, with an all-metal physique and potion front. The dull sides and corners feel great, while build peculiarity is top-notch. The behind is flattering plain, usually with a pointed Honor logo, receiver bands during a tip and bottom and a twin cameras adhering out a back.



The steel physique feels good made, with a simple, minimalist design. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for a Guardian

The Honor 10 View is conjunction appealing nor nauseous – it’s got a minimalist practical vibe about it. At 7mm thick and 75mm wide, a 10 View is flattering compress for a phone with such a vast screen. It’s 0.9mm thinner than Huawei’s other 6in smartphone, the Mate 10 Pro, as good as Google’s Pixel 2 XL, and 1.1mm thinner than a Samsung Galaxy S8+. It also stacks adult good opposite a closest competitor, a OnePlus 5T, that is 0.3mm thicker, somewhat shorter and 10g lighter – though it’s all many of a muchness.

The shade is a star of a show, and is good looking. The stretched 18:9 full HD+ LCD won’t kick any of a tip OLED displays from Samsung or Apple, though it’s unequivocally not that distant off with good observation angles, liughtness and colour, definition we have to spend a lot some-more income to get something noticeably better.

Specifications

  • Screen: 5.99in FHD+ LCD (403ppi)
  • Processor: octa-core Huawei Kirin 970
  • RAM: 6GB of RAM
  • Storage: 128GB + microSD label slot
  • Operating system: EMUI 8.0 formed on Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Camera: Dual behind camera 16MP + 20MP, 13MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity: Dual sim LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS
  • Dimensions: 157 x 75 x 7 mm
  • Weight: 172g

Two-days of battery



The Honor 10 View has a USB-C slot, that is usually USB 2.0 not a faster 3.0, and a headphone hollow in a bottom of a phone, that is apropos a monument in complicated smartphones. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for a Guardian

As with a Huawei Mate 10 Pro, battery life is a star of a uncover for a Honor 10 View, that is unsurprising as it runs a same processor, a same program and has a identical sized screen.

Where a Mate 10 Pro managed a extensive 50 hours between charges, a Honor 10 View lasted for usually over 46 hours, definition it would get by twin full operative days and simply need charging overnight on a second evening.

That was while regulating a 10 View as my primary device, with 5 hours of browsing and apps usage, hundreds of pull emails and messages, 60 mins Netflix viewing, a tiny walking navigation in Google maps, around 20 photos and listening to around 5 hours of song around Bluetooth headphones.

As with a Mate 10 Pro, a Honor 10 View is no slump in a opening dialect either. It was unequivocally poignant in day-to-day usage, and promises to get softened a some-more we use it with built-in appurtenance training that can envision what we wish when we wish it and pre-load a app. Huawei also promises that a 10 View will run as quick in a year as it does on day one, that has valid a box with some other Huawei devices.

The tiny oval fingerprint scanner is quick and accurate. Some could find it a bit of a widen to strike it with their ride while holding a phone firmly where they can strech many of a screen, though it comes down to personal preference.

EMUI 8



EMUI 8 has a few good touches and is generally utterly good during removing out of a way. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for a Guardian

The Honor 10 View runs a same mutated chronicle of Android 8 Oreo, called EMUI 8, as a Mate 10 Pro, with a same features, power-saving modes and peculiar quirks. Some will hatred it compared to unmodified Android, though many will like it. For some-more information on EMUI 8, see a Mate 10 Pro review.

Cameras



The dual-camera complement is utterly fun to use, while a app is good solely for a miss of a loyal involuntary HDR function. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for a Guardian

The 10 View has one of Huawei’s twin camera systems on a back, with one colour 16-megapixel and one monochrome 20-megapixel, mixing to furnish some engaging shots and modes. They can be used together for softened fact and light levels in images, to furnish a hybrid digital zoom, while a monochrome sensor can be used on a possess for some unequivocally sharp-looking images.

The camera app is generally good, though there’s no loyal involuntary HDR mode as has turn a normal with other devices. It produces appealing images with plain fact and colour reproduction. Overall they’re not utterly as good as a top-end foe such as a Pixel 2 XL or iPhone X, utterly in low-light, though a camera is good for a money.

The 13-megapixel selfie camera is equally good, though struggled some-more than many with approach backlighting.

Observations



The fingerprint sensor is quick and accurate, and a Honor 10 View comes with a shade guardian commissioned out of a box. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for a Guardian
  • The phone comes with a shade guardian pre-installed
  • The camera pile on a behind creates a phone stone when used on a table or table
  • The Honor 10 View is not H2O resistant during all
  • You can have twin sims in a phone or one sim and a microSD card, though not twin sims and a microSD card
  • The steel behind is surprisingly good during attracting fingerprints

Price

The Honor 10 View costs £450.

For comparison, a OnePlus 5T costs £449 with 64GB of storage, a Huawei Mate 10 Pro costs £699 with 128GB, a Samsung Galaxy S8+ costs £779 with 64GB, a Google Pixel 2 XL costs £799 with 64GB and a iPhone X costs £999 with 64GB of storage.

Verdict

The Honor 10 View takes a comprehensive best pieces of a Huawei Mate 10 Pro and shoves them into a simpler, cheaper support formulating a mid-range king.

If real, two-day battery life wasn’t enough, a 10 View has poignant performance, a good fingerprint scanner, double a storage of a competition, dual-sim support, expandable storage and even has a headphones socket. The large shade is good, so is a camera, though while conjunction are utterly in a same joining as a unequivocally best smartphones on a market, many users are doubtful to care.

It’s not a many appealing smartphone on a marketplace and we can positively find cheaper with a identical underline set, though nothing of them are utterly as good a package for a money. You have to spend an awful lot some-more to find a softened smartphone than a Honor 10 View.

Pros: glorious battery life, Android 8 Oreo, good performance, good twin camera, full-screen design, steel body, microSD label slot, twin sim support, headphone socket

Cons: no H2O resistance, no wireless charging, shade not a top resolution, no Bluetooth 5 support

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