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Honor 10: Premium look, more storage, optimum run, less cost (Mobile Phone Review)
If you have a little over Rs 30,000 and wish for a
top-of-the-line smartphone, there aren't many good options available in India
although the price segment is full of Chinese devices and older Apple phones.
The truth is that barring OnePlus 6, no device comes closer -- even the
much-hyped Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 -- to charm the wannabes in the Rs 30,000-Rs 40,000
Sensing the opportunity, Chinese conglomerate Huawei has brought its acclaimed
Honor 10 to India which turns out to be a value-for-money device with more
storage, all-glass premium look and optimum performance at a lower cost than
Honor 10 is the second device from Huawei with the number '10' that arrived in
India within a time span of less than five months. In January, Honor View 10 was
launched for Rs 29,999 -- a successor to Honor 8 Pro -- which is still available
Let us see if the 5.8-inch, full-HD+ Honor 10 will be able to catch 'em young.
OnePlus 6 price starts at Rs 34,999 (6GB RAM+64GB storage) and Rs 39,999 for the
8GB RAM+128GB variant.
At Rs 32,999, Honor 10 packs 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM, hence more storage at less
The Aurora glass design stands out in the crowd, made with 15 layers of 3D glass
on the back which reveals a colourful radiance from every angle -- in natural
light and shade.
The "Phantom Blue" colour was created at The Paris Aesthetics Centre where
several Honor engineers and designers worked round-the-clock to make it happen.
At 153 gram, Honor 10c sports Full View FHD+ screen with a 19:9 bezel-less
display and 86.2 per cent screen-to-body ratio.
The device is the latest to capture "notch" -- the smartphone trend for this
year wherein the top of the display cuts into the screen to accommodate the
selfie camera, earpiece speaker and sensor (and yes, it looks trendy).
Another industry-first feature is an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor (most other
devices have capacitive sensors) under the glass at the end of the front that
opened the device in a jiffy (although you need to extra hard-press while
registering your fingerprints for the first time).
Face Unlock, however, is faster than the fingerprint scanner.
When it comes to camera, the device sports 24MP+16MP rear duel-lens Artificial
Intelligence (AI) camera. According to Honor, the AI camera is supported by the
AI chipset with built-in neural processing unit (NPU), meaning it may recognise
over 500 scenarios in 22 categories in real-time.
This feature is supported by the "Semantic Image Segmentation" technology, which
allows the device to identify multiple objects in one single image.
The 24MP front camera supports 3D face recognition, optimises facial details and
detects over a hundred facial points to pixel-level accuracy.
We clicked images with accurate "bokeh" effect that captured subtle features of
the face, even in a 'groufie' shot.
The device runs Huawei's very own EMUI 8.1 OS which is based on the latest
Android Oreo 8.1, which gave a smooth experience while using the entire app
The battery life was great and the 3,400mAh (typical value) battery lasted for
more than a day on a single fast charge, while browsing, using apps, emails,
messages and watching YouTube most of the time.
The device has kept the quintessential 3.5mm headphone jack for the old timers
to listen to music.
What doesn't work.
The device lacks wireless charging and water resistance.
It is slippery owing to an all-glass design; so an external case is advisable to
At Rs 32,999, no device packs so much -- premium
look and feel, more in-built storage and stunning performance. It won't be wrong
to say the OnePlus 6 has got a really tough contender in Honor 10 which comes
with "Dus ka Dum".
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