Honor 10 first impressions: so good looking that it will turn heads

It is no secret that OnePlus and Honor — Huawei’s sub-brand — are two big smartphone brands that try to one-up each other all the time. When OnePlus launched the OnePlus 5 last year, Honor was quick to announce the Honor 8 Pro to compete with OnePlus’ flagship. This year, the same kerfuffle continues. 
 
With the OnePlus 6 right around the corner, Huawei has launched its competitor to the notch-ed flagship killer. The Honor 10 is a flagship smartphone wrapped in glass and metal, and packing some AI chops.  
 

The glass back makes unique patterns and shifts tint at certain angles 

Taking a look at the design, the Honor 10 is breathtakingly beautiful. The front is all black, and the notch’s outline is clearly visible…and so is the bottom chin. However, there is one small thing people might miss and that is the glass fingerprint scanner, which sits within the chin. While it is no in-display fingerprint scanner, it is an elegant solution nonetheless. It is called ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. 
 
The patterns on the back look ravishing and the color shifting blue tint is a treat for sore eyes. The cold metal frame, compact size, and the elegant glass design make it one of the best looking phones I’ve ever unboxed. 
 

It comes with EMUI 8.1 built on Android 8.1 Oreo

The Honor 10 comes with EMUI 8.1 built on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. EMUI is one of the better looking ROMs from China and while it comes with an app-drawerless (for the lack of a better word) layout, you can change that in the settings.
 
The quick settings panel looks pretty straightforward and anyone who’s used an Android phone before should feel right at home. There are a few apps pre-installed that usually come with every Honor phone and won’t interfere much with your everyday use. EMUI now looks a little better than previous versions and it sure looks promising.
 
 
Honor 10 has a Full-HD+ display with that near bezel-less design and of course a notch. Inside you get the Kirin 970 chipset along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This is the same processor that sits inside Huawei’s flagship phones like the latest Huawei P20 Pro and the Honor View 10. The SoC also comes with an NPU which will be specifically used for all the AI processes inside the Honor 10. A 3,400mAh battery sits inside the deceptively thin phone and at least on-paper sounds quite promising for the small size of the phone.
 

USB-C port supports fast charging

Apart from that, there is a USB-C port at the bottom, a headphone jack, and a single speaker. On the top sits an IR blaster, which can be used to control different types of IR-supported appliances using your phone.
 
 
 
Coming to the camera, we have a 16MP colour sensor plus a 24MP monochrome sensor. I prefer such dual camera setups more because instead of adding gimmicky features, it actually helps you take better pictures. The monochrome sensor is able to capture way better dynamic range since it doesn’t have to worry about colours and then the other sensor fills in the colours. On the front, we have a 24MP camera for selfies assisted by the AI-features, of course.

Closing thoughts

For many, the Honor 10 will give the impression of being a notch-ed re-incarnation of last year’s Honor View 10.  But it just feels like a lot more. The specs haven’t really changed that much but the design has been drastically changed to fit the new trends. Glass body, bezel-less display, glass fingerprint scanner, it all adds a touch of premium to the Honor 10. It will obviously face competition from the likes of OnePlus 6, but its elegant design and compact size along with all other features will be a big draw. 
 
The Honor 10 has awesome colour choices of Black, Grey, Mirage Blue, and Mirage Purple in China and has two storage variants: 6GB + 64GB and
6GB + 128GB variant. Only the 128GB storage variant is coming to India for Rs 32,999. 
 
For more updates on the Honor 10, stay tuned to Mr. Phone
   

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