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Honor View 10 review: Hands on with the £449 OnePlus 5T rival

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Honor, like its parent company Huawei, has been producing smartphones of steadily improving quality recently. The Honor 8, 8 Pro and Honor 9 were, and are still, great smartphones at very tempting prices; the Honor View 10, however, ramps things up even further, incorporating a massive 6in display with an on-trend 18:9 aspect ratio and matching the OnePlus 5T on price.

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Honor View 10 UK release date and price

The View 10 will launch on 8 January 2018 in France, Germany, India, Italy, the UK, US, Spain and Russia. In the UK, the Honor View 10 will cost £449 and in Europe it’s €499. This puts it at the same price as the OnePlus 5T.

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Honor View 10 specs

  • 6in, 18:9, 1,080 x 2,160 IPS display
  • 2.4GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • MicroSD expansion (up to 256GB)
  • Dual 16MP/20MP rear camera, both f/1.8; 13MP front camera
  • Dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.2
  • 3,750mAh Battery
  • 75 x 6.97 x 157mm (WDH)
  • Price: £449
  • Availability: 8 January 2018

Honor View 10 build quality and design

In recent times, Honor has really upped its game when it comes to design. The Honor 8, 8 Pro and 9 all looked and felt like flagship smartphones, just without the high price tag. The Honor View 10 is different and lacks the glitzy glass rear of its stablemates, but its matte aluminium chassis still looks great, and it’s available in either blue or black.

What’s more, the Honor View 10 doesn’t sacrifice anything in other areas of its design. It’s ultra-slim at 6.97mm and its enormous 6in 18:9 aspect ratio display means it’s keeping up with the Joneses when it comes to the visual side of things.

Another key difference between the View 10 and most other recent Honor handsets is that the fingerprint sensor has made its way from the rear onto the front, and can be found nestled underneath the display. Personally, I prefer a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, but a front-mounted reader has its benefits. Swipe gestures make a return as seen previously on both the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, meaning you can do away with those annoying onscreen home, back and recent-app buttons.

In other good news, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom edge of the phone, a feature that’s inexplicably being removed by some manufacturers. There’s also a USB Type-C port, that has fast-charging capabilities, NFC and dual-SIM 4G LTE capabilities, too. The phone’s secondary SIM slot can be sacrificed for a microSD card, for expanding the View 10’s 128GB storage with an additional 256GB.

With such a slim design, it’s impressive to see a high-capacity battery in the View 10 and at 3,750mAh, critically, it’s bigger than the 3,300mAh battery found in its closest rival, the OnePlus 5T.

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Honor View 10 performance and camera

During my brief time with the phone at the launch event, I found the View 10 was both responsive and snappy in operation. Indeed, the View 10’s core specification is similar to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro: it has a 2.4GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor and 6GB of RAM.

In the Mate 10 Pro this setup delivered near-identical performance to 2017’s Snapdragon 835 handsets, such as the OnePlus 5T and Samsung’s Galaxy S8, so it’s safe to assume the Honor View 10 will have flagship performance. The View 10 also ships with Android Oreo 8 and Huawei’s EMUI 8 overlay out of the box.

Honor has upped the ante with its cameras, too. On the rear, you’ll find a dual 16- and 20-megapixel cameras, each with an f/1.8 aperture and phase detect autofocus (PDAF), a similar setup, again, to the Huawei Mate 10. There’s also a 13-megapixel camera on the front with an aperture of f/2.0. If performance is anything like the Mate 10 Pro we’re in for a treat.

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Honor View 10 early verdict

On first impression, the View 10 looks like a very strong offering. It has a big 18:9 aspect ratio display, a high-capacity battery and the same core specification as the excellent Huawei Mate 10 Pro, but at a OnePlus 5T-matching price of £450

If it can get close to either of those phones in terms of its overall performance, I’ll be sold, and OnePlus will have a big, big rival on its hands. Keep your eyes peeled for my full review, which I’ll be posting just as soon as I can get my hands on a review sample.

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