Not everyone can afford to spend money on the new flagship smartphones of the most expensive manufacturers. Many instead of looking for a device for $900, more graciously look at smartphones that cost around $400 to $500 and this is the price range in which brands like OnePlus and Honor operates. Today Honor which is the sub-brand of Huawei has lifted the curtains off its new flagship phone, The Honor 10.
The premiere of Honora 10 is essentially divided into two stages. Today the smartphone was announced at a conference in China, but the European premiere is planned for May 15. However, this does not interfere with the look and specification of the new representative of this recognized product line.
If you look at the front of the Honor 10, you can’t distinguish it from the Huawei P20, P20 Pro or P20 Lite. It has a full view display with a notch at the top and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner at the bottom. Its diagonal is 5.84 inches, and the picture itself is displayed in Full HD+ resolution (2280 x 1080 pixels). I am not a fan of the notch and luckily there is a built-in way to hide the notch with the software.
The notch at the top holds the earpiece, sensors and a camera sensor with a matrix with a resolution of 24 Mpix (with a f/2.0 light). The front camera also has support for portrait mode, however, we are not sure how good that is. The front camera can also be used for face unlock.
Just like the Honor 8 and the Honor 9, the Honor 10 also comes with a glass back. There will be several color versions to choose from (it’s known black, blue and purple). The purple color has this strange effect when looking at it from different angles.
On the rear panel, we can find the inscriptions “Honor” and “AI Camera”, the latter proudly refers to the photographic possibilities of the new flagship. We have a set of two cameras here. The matrices have a resolution of 16 megapixels color sensor and 24 megapixels monochrome sensor both with f/1.8 apertures. The already mentioned “AI Camera” is supposed to significantly affect the dynamic selection of scenes and quick focusing (also thanks to the Dual Pixel), but how it will actually look like, we will know when we get our hands on this beauty.
What about the rest of the specification?
There is a Kirin 970 processor (made in 10 nm, eight cores, 2 × 2.4 GHz + 2 × 1.8 GHz) with Mali-G72 graphics inside powering the device. A separate subsystem deals with the processing of information from the camera (it is responsible for the sounding “AI Camera”). The same processor can be found in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro so it’s not without reason Honor 10 is called a flagship. we also get 6 GB of RAM as a standard.
There are two versions when it comes to the internal memory. You can either get a 64GB version or a 128GB version, both of which come with 6GB RAM. Sadly, this time there is no microSD card slot to beef up the memory further. At least the headphone jack has been retained, despite the use of USB type C. The battery has also been increased to 34mAh which is good enough.
As for the software, the smartphone will come preinstalled with Android 8.1 Oreo.
Availability & Price
The pre-orders for the Honor 10 starts today and the phone will be available in the Chinese stores on April 27. As for the price, the 64GB version of the Honor 10 Costs 2.599 Yuan ~$414 while the 128GB version costs 2,999 Yuan ~ $477 which is a steal considering the specs and beauty that it offers.