Honor, Huawei's sub-brand, who happens to have her own CEO, is out and about with a new Android flagship today, and it's a nice, budget-friendly reinterpretation of the Huawei P20 Pro. The new Honor 10 shows the same design philosophy as the P20 Pro: ugly notch on the front, stunning blue-purple iridescence on the back. Its display measures 5.84 inches diagonally, with an aspect ratio of 19: 9, making it a fairly compact device according to modern flagship standards. Honor chooses an LCD instead of OLED, helping to save costs, though the resolution is still a satisfactorily dense 2280 x 1080 (432ppi).
I've tried the honor 10 years before his announcement today, and this phone gets a bunch of fundamentals and essentials right.
Its ergonomics are good, with an underglass ultrasonic fingerprint reader occupying the chin at the bottom of the phone, providing a reliable and consistent method of unlocking. I have not had much experience with fingerprint sensors of this kind, but the only real difference to the more common optical technology is that you have to press a little bit more (which many people might prefer as it helps to reduce accidental errors)
The Tracking on the back is graciously small, though the absolute main attraction of this phone must be its Phantom Blue case. Honor says it will throw away one of five of these 2.5D glass backs made because of the difficulty of producing the desired effect. Unlike the P20 Pro, the Honor 10 captures the light in different vertical stripes, and the way it shifts from the purple is also different. Just like the P20 Pro, this phone radiates the glamorous premium feeling that every phone company aspires to, but most do not. That Honor did this with a phone targeting the upper middle class of the market is very praiseworthy.
The dual-camera system used in the Honor 10 is basically a trickle-down from the parent company Huawei, working together with a 16-megapixel main sensor and a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor. Both have lenses with a aperture of 1: 1.8. Honor also borrowed some of the AI scene and object recognition that made Huawei the focus of his P series, but of course you should not expect P20 Pro image performance.
Besides the display, that's not the best but is still of a high quality, Honor has really cut no corners. The processor is the same as in the Huawei P20 Pro, the Kirin 970, and it is accompanied by 4GB of RAM and a generous 128GB of memory. The battery is also great for the screen size and comes to 3,400mAh. This phone even has some nice extras that most flagship now neglects: a headphone jack and an IR blaster.
The Honor 10 is immediately available for sale all over Europe, with a price of € 449 (about $ 540) for the 128GB version or € 399 if you can live with 64GB. In the UK, only the 128GB version will be available, costing £ 399.