Honor has presented his best model, the Honor 10, a few days ago. This is the flagship that will be used to fight against direct and indirect rivals and thanks to the prices they have announced they have the possibility to establish themselves as one of the references in terms of price quality of powerful mobile phones.
To check how this Smartphone behaves we have been using this model every day for just over a week, in which we have analyzed all the features and their operation.
A striking design
When Huawei introduced the Huawei P20 one of the things that stood out most were the colors chosen, especially the so-called Twilight.
This is something that Honor has taken note of and this brand has already accustomed us to striking finishes and metallic colors but this time they have gone a step further with the tones called Phantom, blue and green.
The colors change a lot as the light gives them and of course attract the eyes. The back uses glass, which is a success or an error depending on who we ask. Currently the metal phones are no longer the most premium and mobile as the iPhone X or Huawei Mate 10 have shown that the glass finish is more elegant and striking. But they are also more fragile. That is why we appreciate the inclusion of a silicone sleeve, to use it when it seems appropriate.
The front in black without leaving space to the tone of the rear area is also a success as it hides both the frames and the notch, although none takes up too much space.
The doubt comes in the material used in the terminal chassis, or at least in the frame. That blue color can be nice, but I do not know if with continued use it will end up scratching in the area of the headphone and charging connector.
The size of the mobile is quite content seeing the dimensions to which other models of other brands go. Compared with a Huawei Mate 10 Lite it is smaller, although the screen is not much smaller. The one with 2.5 D glass is appreciated.
Our feeling is that it balances well the duality between a large-screen terminal and a mobile that is easy to carry and handle.
In 2018 there will be many mobile phones with notch or notch on the screen and the differentiation will come in small details. On the front of this Honor we have the fingerprint sensor, which will help in this.
Characteristics Honor 10
- Display: 5.84 inches LCD with 18.7: 9 ratio and FHD + resolution (2244 x 1080 pixels)
- Processor: Huawei Kirin 970 with NPU for artificial intelligence
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal memory: 128 GB
- Rear camera: dual 16 Mpx with lf / 1.8, PDAF, flash and 24 Mpx
- Front: 24 Mpx with aperture f / 2.0.
- Battery: 3400 mAh with fast charge.
- Dimensions: 149.6 × 71.2 × 7.7 mm
- Weight: 153 gr
- Connectivity: Wifi dual band, LTE Cat 18, USB Type C, NFC …
- Android version: 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1.
Performance and power
Artificial intelligence has reached the Honors by the big door with the Kirin 970 and this is the processor that uses the Honor 10.
As it happens in other models with this chip performance in both games and with
Demanding applications has been more than good. The RAM accompanies and we have been testing some particularly intense titles in terms of resource consumption, given that Honor is a brand focused on users who value playing and who sponsors teams such as Movistar Riders, this is a noteworthy section.
With titles like Marvel: Battle of superheroes, Asphalt 8 or Tekken we have demanded a lot from the components and we have not seen performance fall at any time. The autoconfiguración of some games does not get to be the highest and although the graphics are well they are not loaded to the maximum of resolution. We have solved this by changing the performance mode from the Game Suite application, but it is not entirely intuitive.
Of course, on occasion the game we were using has been closed by the mobile due to overheating it. Little has happened to us but it is strange since it uses hardware very similar to Huawei’s P20.
Something that I increasingly give importance to is the presence of dual-band Wifi connectivity. This model incorporates it, but it has given me the feeling that the speed it reaches could be higher.
The presence of NFC is a success, currently mobile payments in Spain are becoming more normal and a terminal in this category should take it.
The fingerprint sensor has a correct position and does not take much, as we have seen in Huawei mobiles. The problem is that it is not as effective as others that we have tested Honor and in the end we have chosen to use facial unlocking.
The infrared emitter is one of the great unknown for the general public. Honor is one of the few brands that bet on it. Of course, we do not have FM radio.
However, here we have to note that we think that the coverage of the Wi-Fi network is not as good as in other mobiles, gives the impression that it is too noticeable when we move a little away from the router.
This section is carried out by a single loudspeaker located in a known position, the lower frame. Given the playful approach of this model, it might have been better to put it on the left side since there are no buttons and that it is not covered either by taking it vertically or horizontally.
The sound is clean and loud and despite not having a stereo system with two speakers, this section is not something that needs to be improved urgently.
This section has given us an acceptable use. We have had between 5 and 6 hours with one day of use. Obviously this depends on the use we give to the mobile, since the games are the most demanding are with this section.
In the case of squeezing in the playful use we have stayed with between 3 and 4 hours of screen in a whole day of use. This moves it away from other phones of this same price.
This is not a remarkable section of the mobile phone although we have not considered it a problem or an element that makes us discourage the mobile.
The chosen screen is right in the aesthetics when rounding the corners, which makes the notch not stand out so much. The size, of 5.65 inches and the resolution, of 2280 × 1080 px, adapts the needs to show a complete ratio of 18: 9 for the content leaving that extra space for information.
The configurable parameters of the screen are multiple, and work well. Programming the use of the blue filter is a useful addition, as well as the option to hide the notch with a simple resource such as applying a black background.
Adapting the resolution intelligently is also appreciated, allowing the system to choose according to the need.
Outdoors we have not had any problem of reflections or loss of visibility due to lack of brightness. The panel did not give us problems to turn the terminal; there are no brightness or strange changes in the color of the screen.
The application of the camera is simple enough not to impose too much on a new user, but with appropriate settings for the most professional. Of course, it is necessary to give something more prominence to the sensor in black and white since it is something differentiating in this model and goes largely unnoticed.
In the camera interface the buttons to close the advanced options look good, but they are too small and sometimes we have had to press several times to use them.
It is also somewhat confusing that the settings vary according to the chosen function.
The double rear sensor of 24 Mpx has left us with a very good taste, although some aspects have to be qualified.
It is strange that the 2x zoom, which is not optical, cannot be used at maximum resolution.
Portrait mode works better than in previous models but still too often the cut is not as good as it should be. Having a double sensor this should be at the height of other models of other brands. This is also seen in the studio mode with configurable lightings.
To test the quality of the shots, we have switched between shooting in JPG, RAW and using the monochrome sensor. We have seen that the detail in RAW is higher than that achieved in JPG. Sometimes it is subtle but other times it is too marked.
At night you can also see this difference, with a feeling of having more real photos in DNG even though they are more flat images.
The black and white shot is not bad but it does not have the sharpness increase that would be expected from a monochromatic sensor, which in theory should be clearer than one in color.
Of course, the quality resembles more the result of the DNG or RAW file than the one we obtain in the JPG.
We have also tested the panoramic mode with the rear camera and the result is very correct. The simultaneous taking does not cause strange effects between the different zones.
The video shows a good quality and it is appreciated being able to use the 4K resolution. The problem is that the lack of optical stabilization makes the tests we have made in motion end up trembling a lot. If we make static planes or panning by turning the terminal, but without moving, the result does convince us.
It would also be appreciated the presence of recording in slow mode at least 240 fps. Perhaps the 960 fps that are now fashionable is too much, but the 120 are somewhat short.
Also the front sensor has 24 Mpx and the tests we have done have given us some very correct shots.
Among the options we highlight the digital makeup with the possibility of controlling quite the amount that we apply and the portrait mode, which to have a single camera has given us some very good results as seen in the photos.
Yes, I found the front panoramic mode to be improvable and it is that the joints of the three shots that we made to conform the final image do not go unnoticed.
A known interface
Android 8.1 Oreo is currently the best choice, as the latest stable version is available.
One of the strengths of EMUI is its extreme personalization capacity. It is something positive, but it would be appreciated if a visual theme that emulates Android Stock was included natively, with cleaner and less recharged lines, more of western than oriental taste.
On the other hand, although it is appreciated that there are options to use drawer applications or folders on the desktops, viewing that option in the configuration of the phone would be a success, in the same way that you are invited to configure an unlock method.
The inclusion of Swiftkey as an alternative keyboard seems to me to be superfluous. The native of Google, Gboard, seems a good enough option not to modify it.
The presence of the notch draws attention at the beginning, but it is appreciated that we have the possibility of hiding it simply by choosing an option in the settings.
Currently, sliding your finger on one side or another of the notch executes the same task. Since the element breaks the continuity of the front, being able to configure an extra gesture on one of the sides could be a useful addition so that the notch separates both functions, the configurable and the normal display of notifications. Something similar to what the iPhone does.
I have thoroughly tested the facial release and I was surprised by the speed at which it works and the efficiency. It is very fast and has not failed on any occasion.