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Honor 10 Dual Camera Smartphone Review

Honor 10 Dual Camera Smartphone Review - We review the Honor 10 smartphone - does its performance live up to the price?

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Quick Verdict

The Honor 10 is a reasonably priced smartphone with cameras and performance capability to rival today's premium smartphones. If lack of waterproofing and the ability to insert a MicroSD card don't put you off, it's an excellent phone at an excellent price point.  

+ Pros

  • Fantastic price 
  • Large 5.84inch screen
  • Colour and mono cameras
  • Headphone socket
  • 128GB storage
  • Stylish

- Cons

  • Not waterproof / dustproof
  • No MicroSD slot
  • Attracts fingerprints easily
  • Lacks optical image stabilisation (OIS)
 

 

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The Honor 10 is the latest smartphone offering from Honor and offers an AI dual camera functionality to intelligently decipher what it is that you're photographing. There are 24 megapixel f/1.8 black & white and 16-megapixel f/1.8 colour cameras on the back and a 24-megapixel front-facing selfie camera, making it an interesting option for those that are interested in smartphone photography. 

Honor is the budget arm of Huawei, who has recently released the P20 family of high-performance smartphones. The Honor 10 seems to have inherited very similar specs and performance attributes to the Huawei P20 however, which looks to give you superior performance for a lower price than most other smartphones of this spec. 

The Honor 10 is available in 2 colours, iridescent blue and iridescent grey, and updates the Honor 9. You can buy it for £399.

Honor 10 Features

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The Honor 10 is a sleek smartphone with a wide range of useful features built in. On the right-hand side, there is the on/off button and volume control. On the left-hand side, there is access to the memory card slot. On the bottom along with the speaker, there is the USB-C charging port, headphone jack and microphone. There is a home button on the front that doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

The phone is equipped with a gravity sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, compass, fingerprint sensor, infrared sensor and hall sensor.

There are 2 cameras on the rear, the 24 megapixel black and white and 16mp f/1.8 cameras. Using 2 different cameras allows the phone to capture clearer images through the black and white sensor due to lack of an RGB filter, and also offer more overall light collection for all images thanks to the two sensors. 

There is a 5.84-inch Full HD+ touchscreen. 

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These cameras offer 2x hybrid zoom with no loss in image quality. The built-in AI capability of the camera can detect the scene it's looking at to put the camera in the best possible mode and Honor say that it can recognise more than 500 scenes. The camera mode has aperture and portrait modes as well as the standard photo mode and more specific modes can be selected from the more tab which includes monochrome, panorama, slo-mo and pro modes where manual settings can be applied.

Video can be recorded in UHD 4K, 1080p (2160x1064 18:9, 1920x1080 60fps and 1920x1080) and HD (1280x720). 

Key Features

  • Dual rear camera - 24mp f/1.8 black and white, 16-megapixel f/1.8 colour
  • 24-megapixel front camera
  • AI technology can identify more than 500 scenes and put the camera in the best mode
  • 4K video recording
  • 2x hybrid zoom
  • 5.84-inch Full HD+ touchscreen
  • Flash with on/off/auto toggle 
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • ISO 50-3200 (selectable in Pro mode)
  • 3400 mAh battery
  • 128GB ROM/ 4GB RAM

 

Honor 10 Handling

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The Honor 10 feels well built with a metal frame and shiny glass back. The phone is very slim and feels good in the hand, although a case is recommended, partly to protect that lovely shiny back which will be prone to scratches and partly in case of drops. Ours came with a basic protective case in the box.

Buttons on the side feel robust and reassuring when pressed. The screen is large and very bright, and the notch design at the top gives it a more infinite feel. The fingerprint sensor is in a familiar place at the bottom of the screen. 


 

It's easy to navigate the phone to camera mode, by tapping the camera button on the home screen. Once here, you can scroll through the modes. These are aperture, portrait, photo and video, and swiping to the more tab gives you 16 more mode options:

  • Night shot
  • Panorama
  • Monochrome
  • Light painting
  • HDR
  • Time-lapse
  • Filter (Sentimental, Impact, ND, Valencia, Blue, Halo, Nostalgia, Dawn)
  • 3D panorama
  • Watermark
  • Document scan
  • 3D Creator
  • Artist mode

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The phone scores 1884 for single and 6602 for multi-core performance on Geekbench 4, confirming that it is a very fast and capable phone. AnTuTu gives the phone and overall rating of 190912, placing it behind the Samsung Galaxy S9 + at 265132, and just slightly behind the Huawei P20

Battery life - At 3400mAh, the battery is very good for a smartphone at this price point, and there are a number of options to extend the battery life performance. The battery can't be removed so you'll need to take a USB-C charger if you think you'll need more power. 


 



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