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Test: Honor 10 a review

Test: Honor 10 a review
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Christian Boas

Since the presentation of Honor 10 on May 15, 2018 in London, now three months have passed since I used the smartphone every day. First, I want to make a quick comparison with the Huawei P20, because one thing is certain, with the Honor 10, Huawei, with her daughter Honor, is attracting an ever-improving competitor in-house.

Design & Hardware
The inner life of the two smartphones seems identical at first glance. But at second glance, there are small differences. Although both devices use the Huawei-developed Octa-Core processor “Kirin 970”, they have four gigabytes of RAM available in the Huawei P20 and Honor 10. Differences exist however with the internal device memory. Honor offers his smartphone with 64 GB or 128 GB. The Huawei P20 has only 128 GB. Common to both devices is that the internal memory can not be expanded.

Also, the bar design of the two smartphones is not exactly innovative and like most modern Android devices little custom. Both smartphones have a Notch, which you can turn off if necessary via the settings.

Below you will find the key data of both smartphones in comparison:

Technical data

Honor 10                                                                          Huawei P20
Display 5.8 inches                                                          5.8 inches
Kirin 970 processor (4 x 2.36 GHz + 4 x 1.8 GHz)  Kirin 970 (4 x 2.36 GHz + 4 x 1.8 GHz)
Memory 4 GB                                                                  4 GB
Device memory 64/128 GB                                          128 GB
Battery 3,400 mAh                                                        3,400 mAh
Camera 16 + 24 megapixels                                        12 + 20 megapixels
Front camera 24 megapixels                                      24 megapixels
System Android 8.1                                                      Android 8.1
Dimensions 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7 mm                            149.1 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm
Weight 153 g                                                                  165 g

But enough of the theoretical comparison of the smartphone siblings and the test:

When I was holding the Honor 10 in London shortly after the press conference, I was surprised at how well the phone is in my hand and how little bothers me the notch of the 5.84-inch screen of the smartphone, which is much narrower than the on the Apple iPhone X. The screen of the Honor dissolves according to the data sheet with 2,280 x 1,080 pixels and has 432 ppi. The device draws its energy from a built-in lithium-ion battery with 3,400 milliamp hours, which was already well-preloaded Glückweise factory.

I immediately used this fact to shoot the first photos with the Honor 10. Although I think the term “AI Camera” (AI stands for Artificial Intelligence, German Artificial Intelligence, editor’s note.) Is a bit exaggerated, because this is de facto only about machine learning, but good. The camera of the Honor 10 has surprised me positively, even if this does not require Leica optics, the juxtaposed dual camera (24 megapixel and 16 megapixel color sensor) surprised me by their photosensitivity.

The Honor 10 brings the already mentioned “AI” support of the camera, which proves to be quite useful, but each time before must be activated. What I do not understand, however, is why this AI function is not active by default. Because if you use the AI ​​advantages, the function must be active when taking pictures. If you do not like the picture with AI, you can turn off the option afterwards with each picture. Therefore, in my view, it is not a sensible option to switch on or off before taking a picture.
London aufgenommen mit dem Honor 10 mit AI. (Bild: Thorsten Claus)  London aufgenommen mit dem Honor 10 ohne AI. (Bild: Thorsten Claus)  Ein schöner Salat, fotografiert mit dem Honor 10 ohne AI. (Bild: Thorsten Claus)  Ein schöner Salat, fotografiert mit dem Honor 10 mit AI. (Bild: Thorsten Claus)


Eine Londoner Telefonzelle mit dem Honor 10 und AI fotografiert. (Bild: Thorsten Claus)   Eine Londoner Telefonzelle mit dem Honor 10 ohne AI fotografiert. (Bild: Thorsten Claus)

Because even with AI, all images without the AI ​​manipulation can be used by these disabled later. Subsequent activation of the function is not possible. The AI ​​deactivation is particularly useful in food photography, because here shoots the AI ​​of Honor 10 beyond the goal or is not very accurate and makes the food appear unnatural. When it comes to architecture and landscape photography, the AI ​​camera of the Honor 10 comes into its own. Incidentally, said image manipulations are strongly reminiscent of filters that are also used on Instagram or other apps.


My conclusion at this point to Honor 10 is positive, even if there is still some room here and there. Offers the Honor 10 with an RRP of 399, – € for 64 GB and 449, – € for 128 GB a good price performance ratio and thus a lot of technology for the money.

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