Huawei Honor 10

8.5/10 AVG.
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8.5/10
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The Huawei Honor 10 currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 33 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

Honor’s latest release wowed reviewers. It’s a solid phone that pushes into flagship territory while sitting at a price well in the middle of mid-tier price lists. Unless you need the absolute best camera, there Honor 10 should be on your list to consider.

What's good

  • Price
  • Bright, vivid display
  • Blazing performance
  • Attractive design
  • Dual SIM

What's bad

  • Camera AI is a personal taste
  • So-so low-light camera performance
  • No microSD support
  • Fingerprint sensor placement

While they’re not quite a household name, Honor is making a name for itself as a brand that offers flagship performance at mid-tier prices. The Honor 10 is their latest release and in many ways identical to the Huawei P20 except for one major consideration -- it’s half the price. 

The phone features a metal frame and glass back -- something common in today’s flagships. But the glass features a multicolored treatment that reviewers found stunning. Every reviewer gushed about the interesting color shifting effect and the people who noticed their phone on the street.

That said, scratches and fingerprints are always an issue with glass backs. Fortunately, Honor included a slim, clear gel case to help keep it looking good.

Around front, you’re greeted by a 5.84-inch 1080p IPS display with a notch for the front-facing camera and sensors. The front of the phone is nearly all screen, with minimal side bezels and a tiny chin for the fingerprint sensor. This sounds good on paper, but many reviewers found that the fingerprint sensor was hard to hit accurately due to its placement.

Otherwise, the screen offers excellent contrast, vivid colors, and a slightly cool color balance. If you’re not a fan of the notch, there’s also a setting to hide it using a black bar across the top of the screen.

Pushing all those pixels, you’ll find an octa-core 2.36 Kirin 970 processor with 4 to 6GB of RAM depending on the variant you choose. Reviewers had no trouble with gaming or multitasking -- even with the 4GB model. That said, opting for the 6GB model will add more future proofing to your investment. 

You’ll also find 64GB or 128GB of internal storage depending on the variant you choose. If you have any storage space concerns, opting for the 128GB is likely the best idea as there is no microSD support. 

You can, however, use two SIM cards complete with 4G on both SIMs.

The phone ships with Android 8.1 Oreo running EMUI 8.1.0. Unlike earlier versions of EMUI, Honor has trimmed down the bloat and streamlined performance. Reviewers have no issues with stuttering, lockups, or crashing. 

The cameras on the Honor 10 were the biggest area of contention among reviewers. The phone includes a dual-lens rear camera with a 16MP color sensor and 24MP monochrome sensor. It also offers an AI-assisted mode to tweak color balance, exposure, and other settings and optimize your images.

Some reviewers loved the added AI touches while others hated them. With good lighting, the camera offers snappy response time, fast focusing, and an effective portrait/bokeh mode. In low-light, the camera performs admirably, but can’t keep up with higher-priced competitors.

Reviews were similar for the 24MP front-facing selfie shooter...

With a 3400mAh battery, reviewers had zero issues with lasting a full day on a single charge. Some reviewers hit close to two days with moderate to light usage. Honor includes a USB Type-C fast charge adapter for top offs in about 1.5 hours should you find yourself in need power mid-day.

Simply put, reviews for the phone were phenomenal. Cool Smartphone said, “Don’t think, don’t think for a minute or a second that you’re short-changing yourself by getting a phone from a company you may not be aware of, because this rocks. This phone rocks. Get this phone. Get this phone right now. Buy one. Go.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.36 GHz
Screen Size
5.84"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

By most accounts, it appears Honor’s turned in another solid, albeit potentially fragile device. It’s certainly a very good-looking one, and with its swift performance and long-lasting battery, this will be a prompt helper throughout the day.

- Corey Gaskin, PhoneArena
Fone Arena

Honor 10 has great build quality, appealing design, smooth performance and an above average camera. On the other hand, the device fall short on video stablization options since it lacks OIS, slightly slow Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and lack of IP ratings for water-resistance .

- Vigneshwar SR, Fone Arena
Android and Me

The Honor 10 is a fantastic device for a mid-range price. Yes the software can be funky, but the hardware is on point and the camera and battery life (two of the most important things in a phone) are great. It’s easy to use with one hand, it has an attractive design, and it’s sure to be a hit.

- Dima Aryeh, Android and Me
Deccan Chronicle

The Honor 10 is a gorgeous phone with a killer camera. Is it better than the OnePlus 6? Well, as far as aesthetics are concerned, it gives the OnePlus 6 a run for its money. In terms of camera performance, it blows the competition out of the water. However, the OnePlus 6 has an edge in the screen an...

- Chandrakant Isi, Deccan Chronicle
BGR

At Rs 32,999, the Honor 10 has a lot going in its favor. It comes with a stunning front and back glass design, compact form factor, and reliable AI-powered dual-camera setup. Color-wise, the Phantom Blue color looks amazing. Even the front camera performs well. Face unlock is quick in unlocking the...

- Ritesh Bendre, BGR


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Huawei released the Honor 10 on May 15, 2018.


The Honor 10 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Huawei Honor 10 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Huawei backs up the Honor 10 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Honor 10 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.84"

The Huawei Honor 10's screen size is 5.84 inches with 1080 x 2280 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.36 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 970 Octa core 2.36 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3400 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1274 minutes, 710 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Honor 10 Specs

Overview
Release date May 15, 2018
Regions available Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/850/900 /1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 970 Octa core 2.36 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.79 W/kg
Body: 1.15 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 697 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 710 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1274 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Mirage Purple, Mirage Blue, Magic Night Black, Gray Pull
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.96 x 7.12 x 0.77 cm (5.9 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 153 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
Pixel density 432 pixels
Size 5.84 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Dual camera feature (24 MP 2nd camera), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
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Critic Reviews


PhoneArena

A device worth spending

from PhoneArena

By most accounts, it appears Honor’s turned in another solid, albeit potentially fragile device. It’s certainly a very good-looking one, and with its swift performance and long-lasting battery, this will be a prompt helper throughout the day.

Read full review

By most accounts, it appears Honor’s turned in another solid, albeit potentially fragile device. It’s certainly a very good-looking one, and with its swift performance and long-lasting battery, this will be a prompt helper throughout the day.

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Fone Arena

Good display, smooth performance

from Fone Arena

Honor 10 has great build quality, appealing design, smooth performance and an above average camera. On the other hand, the device fall short on video stablization options since it lacks OIS, slightly slow Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and lack of IP ratings for water-resistance .

Read full review

Honor 10 has great build quality, appealing design, smooth performance and an above average camera. On the other hand, the device fall short on video stablization options since it lacks OIS, slightly slow Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and lack of IP ratings for water-resistance .

Read full review

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Android and Me

This is one of the best

from Android and Me

The Honor 10 is a fantastic device for a mid-range price. Yes the software can be funky, but the hardware is on point and the camera and battery life (two of the most important things in a phone) are great. It’s easy to use with one hand, it has an attractive design, and it’s sure to be a hit.

Read full review

The Honor 10 is a fantastic device for a mid-range price. Yes the software can be funky, but the hardware is on point and the camera and battery life (two of the most important things in a phone) are great. It’s easy to use with one hand, it has an attractive design, and it’s sure to be a hit.

Read full review

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Deccan Chronicle

Beauty with (AI) brains

from Deccan Chronicle

The Honor 10 is a gorgeous phone with a killer camera. Is it better than the OnePlus 6? Well, as far as aesthetics are concerned, it gives the OnePlus 6 a run for its money. In terms of camera performance, it blows the competition out of the water. However, the OnePlus 6 has an edge in the screen...More

The Honor 10 is a gorgeous phone with a killer camera. Is it better than the OnePlus 6? Well, as far as aesthetics are concerned, it gives the OnePlus 6 a run for its money. In terms of camera performance, it blows the competition out of the water. However, the OnePlus 6 has an edge in the screen and UI department. It is quite difficult to choose between these two, but if I have to make a decision, I will go with the Honor 10 purely because of the camera.

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BGR

Beauty meets performance

from BGR

At Rs 32,999, the Honor 10 has a lot going in its favor. It comes with a stunning front and back glass design, compact form factor, and reliable AI-powered dual-camera setup. Color-wise, the Phantom Blue color looks amazing. Even the front camera performs well. Face unlock is quick in unlocking t...More

At Rs 32,999, the Honor 10 has a lot going in its favor. It comes with a stunning front and back glass design, compact form factor, and reliable AI-powered dual-camera setup. Color-wise, the Phantom Blue color looks amazing. Even the front camera performs well. Face unlock is quick in unlocking the smartphone too. If you want style, substance and a good camera, the Honor 10 could be the right pick for you.

Read full review

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Gadgets Now

High on performance, low on looks

from Gadgets Now

The smartphone offers all the high-end specifications and also packs a powerful processor. The AI camera works as an added advantage and the functionality to enable or disable the screen notch is also a welcome feature. The only issue we had we the smartphone is of the design.

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The smartphone offers all the high-end specifications and also packs a powerful processor. The AI camera works as an added advantage and the functionality to enable or disable the screen notch is also a welcome feature. The only issue we had we the smartphone is of the design.

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Firstpost

A great all-rounder with good pricing

from Firstpost

The Honor 10 is a well-rounded device which offers great real-life performance, a really good camera with a lot of options to play around with, gorgeous design language — the Phantom Blue especially is a stunner, and all coming at a Rs 32,999 price point.

Read full review

The Honor 10 is a well-rounded device which offers great real-life performance, a really good camera with a lot of options to play around with, gorgeous design language — the Phantom Blue especially is a stunner, and all coming at a Rs 32,999 price point.

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Gizbot

Future driven AI Android smartphone with an excellent camera

from Gizbot

Honor 10 is an excellent value for money deal in its respective price-segment, especially for photography enthusiasts. It is smart, snappy and looks stylish. However, it is not perfect and also has some definite letdowns in the form of no microSD card support and no water-dust resistivity. If you...More

Honor 10 is an excellent value for money deal in its respective price-segment, especially for photography enthusiasts. It is smart, snappy and looks stylish. However, it is not perfect and also has some definite letdowns in the form of no microSD card support and no water-dust resistivity. If you can live up with these two shortcomings, Honor 10 will not disappoint you as it delivers flagship class performance.

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Coolsmartphone

Just as good as the top-end Huawei phones

from Coolsmartphone

At last. A flagship smartphone without the insane price tag. Go out and buy this right now.

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At last. A flagship smartphone without the insane price tag. Go out and buy this right now.

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KitGuru

A solid phone considering its price

from KitGuru

Overall, the Honor 10 is still worth buying – it really does offer a lot of features considering the price, and I think the display is a real highlight for a £400 flagship. I can’t give the Honor 10 our top award due to the occasional performance hitches – which are far from regular – bu...More

Overall, the Honor 10 is still worth buying – it really does offer a lot of features considering the price, and I think the display is a real highlight for a £400 flagship. I can’t give the Honor 10 our top award due to the occasional performance hitches – which are far from regular – but hopefully a software update can fix those niggles.

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