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Honor View 10 Review: At Rs 29,999 This Promises to be a Better Buy Than OnePlus 5T

Honor is starting the year 2018 with their AI enabled smartphone the View 10. At Rs 29,999 the Honor View 10 gives you all the bang for your buck.

Siddhartha Sharma | News18.comSidnChips

Updated:January 11, 2018, 3:33 PM IST
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Honor View 10 Review: At Rs 29,999 This Promises to be a Better Buy Than OnePlus 5T
Honor View 10. (Image: News18.com)
In December 2017, Honor which is a sub-brand of Huawei and makes consumer technology products that are targeted towards millennials, showcased the Honor View 10 to the world along the global launch of Honor 7X. One month down the road, the View 10 finally arrives on the Indian shores with a promise of giving its users a taste of artificial intelligence in a budget. Honor View 10 was launched exclusively with Amazon India at a price point of Rs 29,999. We have had this device for over a month now and after testing it throughout we get you the review of this smartphone offering from the house of Honor.

What's Cool?
The Honor View 10 has a bold new elegant design promising the right mix of performance and durability. The device sports a full metal body design and the design language is pretty much similar to the Honor products that we have seen in 2017.The closest resembling device to the new View 10 is the Honor 8 Pro that was also a fantastic device in 2017. The View 10 from Honor promises to take things to the next level. The back has a nice matte finish to it and the dual camera module does protrude a little out of the body of this device. It is not a completely flat back design from Honor which we were getting used to in 2017. Nonetheless, the reason for that is that the View 10 is an extremely slim device and also sports a bezel-less FullView display.

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The Honor View 10 is just 0.7 mm thin but don't be fooled by its slim looks, it weighs at 172 grams which is on the higher side. This adds to the overall balance of this device in one's hand. In fact, it is a fantastic device to hold on to without being bothered that you'll drop it. Honor has also managed to put in a fingerprint sensor on the device that's on the front of the device and not at the back. The device does come with Facial Unlock feature and though it does have the fingerprint sensor on the front lower half of the device, we hardly used it once the Facial Unlock feature was rolled out as an update. The new blue colour also adds to the beautiful design of this smartphone. In terms of design, we really like this device as it does give a premium feel and also is good to hold on to.

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The display on the Honor View 10 was a surprise for us, as this one is by far the brightest display on an Honor device. We loved the Honor 8 Pro last year and even the Honor 8 from 2016, but what those phones lacked in terms of the display was brightness. The Honor View 10 comes of age and offers a beautiful 5.99 - inch bezel-less display that's bright and offers a good spectrum of colours. The display on this device is immersive and offers the now almost standard aspect ratio of 18:9 as well. The 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution on offer on this device is also quite good for the price.

The Honor View 10's major USP is its Artificial Intelligence capabilities. To make it possible Honor has loaded this device with their new an powerful octa-core Kirin 970 AI processor that's backed by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The processor performance on this device is at power with Qualcomm's flagship for 2017 if not better. When it comes to multitasking, gaming and multimedia capabilities the View 10's Kirin chipset is so much at ease with itself. So the basic is pretty much covered by this device for average users. What impressed us the most was its AI capabilities and functions that were just seamless and lag-free. The processor runs Android Oreo that's also loaded on top with Huawei's own EMUI 8.0. This marriage between software and hardware on this device is made compatible with so much ease by Honor's product team. In terms of AI features that are right now on offer and work seamlessly are, Facial Unlock, AI Accelerated translator and some smart tips that keep changing the way you use the device. The device optimisation for performance is well managed on this device as it learns your ways of handling the device and offers you good battery management as well as performance management solutions. If you are willing enough to listen to what the device is telling you to optimise, the users are sure to get a smooth operating device irrespective of how much you multitask or put the device under stress. AI is also used on the cameras of the View 10.

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Honor is known for making some amazing dual-camera smartphones and keeping the tradition intact, the View 10 also offers that. It comes with a 20+16MP AI-powered dual primary camera and 13MP front-facing camera with f/1.8 aperture. The rear camera module has one lens that has an RGB sensor and one is a monochrome. The camera is quite good on the Honor View 10, and things like bokeh effect images and full HD videos are like a walk in the park for this phone. The AI that the camera uses on the Honor View 10 is when it comes to scene detection. The View 10 has over 13 different objects and scene recognition modes. This device with the help of its processor and ISP can also detect whether you are clicking a male or a female person. That's not all it can also recognise your dog or cat and adjust the shooter accordingly for good quality imaging. The AI works in the background so that whenever you are clicking in the Auto mode you never miss the moment. The camera also comes with AI motion detection and AI-powered portrait mode that delivers on sharp edges around the subject.

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The View 10 is also an ace when it comes to battery management and battery longevity. We were even able to squeeze out two days out of this device with average usage. Heave usages do make this device also last only a day. The battery is a non-removable 3750 mAh on the View 10 that also offers a 9V/2A fast charging capability. But the star for us was the battery management system on the View 10. In fact, it is one of the best battery management systems on a smartphone that we have seen after a really long time. For charging and data transfer by wire, there is a USB Type-C connector on this device. Basic features that one expects from a Rs 30,000 smartphone are also covered completely by Honor on the View 10. The device comes with Dual SIM - dual LTE/VoLTE & 4G, GPS, Music Player, Video Player, Fingerprint sensor and Facial Unlock, Digital compass, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer and a Status indicator.

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What's Not So Cool?
The Honor View 10 is a device that's pretty much perfect it especially if you consider its price tag. But then nothing is perfect in this world. The AI that the Honor View 10 right now offers is pretty basic and at power with devices that are at the higher spectrum of the price range. It's not comparable to an iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X and certainly, is not a replacement. What the Honor View 10 provides right now is an entry point for more users to hop on to the AI bus. Also, Honor View 10 does come with Animoji's for messaging just like the iPhone X, but they are not as well done as you see on the iPhone. Having said that, it still provides that feature and many smartphones in this price range don't even offer usable AI capabilities.

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Verdict
At a price point of Rs 29,999, the Honor View 10 is a device that right at the start of 2018 has set the trend rolling for its competitors. This is a full value for money flagship device which makes me wonder about the OnePlus 5T as well. Honor might not have the fan following of the OnePlus, but it certainly has a better product on their hands than them and at a lower price point. When we saw this device in London for the first time, we were hoping for it to be priced at Rs 32,999 and compete directly with the OnePlus 5T. But with a killer pricing that it offers in a price sensitive country like ours, picking up the Honor View 10 right now looks like a no-brainer.

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