Huawei wowed me with its hyper-colourful flagship P20 Professional ($1,098.98 at Amazon.com) and now Honor — Huawei’s sub-brand — is getting in on the colourful motion with the Honor 10.
The Honor 10 brings the color with out the excessive price ticket nevertheless. At solely £399 it is half the worth of Huawei’s flagship. Worldwide availability hasn’t been confirmed but, however that UK worth converts to about $540 or AU$720.
The telephone has an all-glass again which appears to be like vivid blue in some gentle, however give it a twirl in your fingers and you will see the hue subtly mix right into a deep purple tone. I prefer it so much — as I did the pink and blue Huawei P20 Professional — because it’s rather more fascinating to have a look at than the standard gray and black rectangles that move as telephones nowadays.
Flip it over and you will see a 5.84-inch show. Honor has joined the ranks of Huawei, LG, Asus and others in utilising a cut-out “notch” that juts into the show on the prime and homes the speaker and front-facing digicam. You possibly can fill within the gaps both aspect of the notch to make it appear like a strong standing bar when you’d favor.
The show itself has a 2,280×1,080-pixel decision and is vivid and vibrant, with textual content remaining simply readable below harsh overhead workplace lights. There is a fingerprint scanner beneath the show, though you would be forgiven for lacking it because it’s molded into the bezel. There is not any melancholy the place a house button would usually be, which supplies the telephone a neat, seamless look. The draw back is that it makes it a little bit more durable to put your thumb in the suitable spot in a rush, however I rapidly bought used to it. The scanner itself is lightning quick and largely correct and it doubles as a touch-sensitive house button when the telephone’s in use.
There are two digicam lenses on the again. A 24-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 16mp color sensor. Just like the Huawei P20 Professional, the digicam makes use of synthetic intelligence to detect what scene is being photographed and tweaks the picture accordingly. Additionally just like the P20 Professional, I discovered these tweaks to be heavy-handed, typically boosting saturation (the blues when it detects a sky, for instance) to unnatural ranges. You possibly can flip this setting off altogether and you can even flip off the “boosted” impact after you’ve got taken your shot. I discovered it greatest to go away AI mode switched on when taking pictures, giving me the choice to show it off later if I do not just like the tweaks.
Past the AI, the Honor 10’s digicam isn’t any match for the Huawei P20 Professional’s. Outside pictures had been very hit or miss, with some photographs trying flat, with little distinction and really mushy particulars. Others had been higher, with extra vibrant colors and extra satisfying distinction, however this inconsistency is irritating.