Honor V10 Review: Huawei’s less pricey alternative to OnePlus 5T and Xiaomi Mi MIX 2
After the Honor 9i and the Honor 7x, Huawei has released another thin bezel smartphone called the View 10 or V10. It runs the latest version of Android, and claims to offer superior camera and supposedly more powerful than any of its predecessors.
It is available at Rs29,999 on Amazon.in, but it could be a more affordable alternative to the OnePlus 5T (starts at Rs 32,999) and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 (Rs 32,999).
The Honor V10’s front panel almost looks like the Honor 7x, except for the change in the form of the non-clickable home button on the lower bezel.
The finger print sensor, integrated with the home button, is fast and accurate to use. It is better placed than some of the sensors that are placed on the back panel in a few phones.
The Honor V10 is encased in an aluminium shell which comes in funky colour options such as navy blue, with discreet plastic bands around the edges.
The other element which literally sticks out from the back panel is the dual camera module. It makes the phone wobble every time you put it down on a flat surface. Not to say that it increases the risk of damage to the cameras.
The lustreless metal finish, chamfered edges and the phone’s narrow form factor makes it really handy. We didn’t find it slipping out of the hand at any point. It weighs 175g and doesn’t look bigger than the OnePlus 5T or the Mi Mix 2.
The 6-inch screen has a resolution of 2,160x1080p and wider than usual aspect ratio of 18:9. While the display reproduces colours well and looks quite immersive, it doesn’t look as rich as the higher resolution screens on the LG G6 or the Samsung Galaxy S8. Both of its closest rivals, the Mi Mix 2 and OnePlus 5T offer similar resolution of 2,160x1,080p.
The View10 runs on Huawei’s new Kirin 970 octa-core processor which comes with a built in neural processing unit which uses AI to remember users activities so it can anticipate their requirements better and allocate resources quickly.
It is clubbed with 6GB RAM and offers 128GB internal storage with the option to add more through microSD cards.
In terms of performance, the Honor V10 is right up there with the Mi Mix 2 and OnePlus 5T, which run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. The V10 felt smoother to use, opened apps quickly, and handled games such as Shadow fight 3 and FIFA 16 without any niggle or frame drops.
What sets the phone part from rivals is the fact that it runs the new Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box. Most Android smartphones including the Mi Mix 2 run on Android 7.1. The OnePlus 5T has started getting the Oreo update now.
Like all Huawei smartphone this one also runs the Emotion UI on top. It is has nicely designed themes, lockscreen wallpapers, but doesn’t feel premium. There are some useful features such as game mode which blocks out calls when user is playing a game, allows users to change screen resolution and switch to the app drawer mode.
The Honor V10 is powered by a 3,750mAh battery, which barely lasts a whole day of active use with frequent internet browsing. But supports fast charging and takes less than an hour to charge a fully drained battery.
Camera is one of the main highlights of the Honor V10. The back cameras include a 20–megapixel monochrome sensor and a 16-megapixel RGB sensor with 2x optical zoom and superior depth of field In terms of picture quality, the camera impresses with its ability to capture finer details, even in rooms with limited light. Colours look rich without feeling oversaturated. The 13-megapixel camera is a treat for selfie fans with its clarity and the fun portrait mode.
It is indeed a tough choice if you are looking for a powerful phone with a big screen, around the Rs30,000 price point. While the V10 does make a strong case for itself with good cameras and slick performance, we do feel that among this, the OnePlus 5T and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, we would still vouch for the OnePlus 5T simply because of the cleaner Android interface and a more likeable personality overall.