As previously mentioned, the Honor View10 has a 5.99” display with an 18 x 9 aspect ratio. The FullView Display means this phone is all screen. And it’s gorgeous. Yes, there are phones with higher pixel density, but if you don’t look at numbers on paper, you won’t think this is anything but top shelf.
The phone offers dual-LTE/VoLTE and dual-4G. Honor claims it provides “wider signal coverage and a more stable signal to ensure you always stay connected.” In my experience, it does quite well finding and holding a connection. In my use, the phone I’ve never had a problem with it connecting to my data or with the quality of a phone call.
Honor didn’t skimp on the cameras either. On the back sit both a 20MP monochrome and a 16MP RGB camera along with a flash. On the front, there is a 13-megapixel camera. That’s impressive in its own right, but it is the combination of such powerful hardware with AI that sets this phone apart.
The Honor View10 will change all your mind about what a smartphone camera can do. Thanks to the combination of a dual-lens rear camera and faster focusing technology, it delivers incredible image quality even when you’re shooting from afar.
The artificial intelligence allows for intelligent photography algorithms that identify 13 different types of scenes and objects. It identifies what it is that you’re shooting and then automatically adjusts the camera settings to help you get the best picture possible. In other words, the adjustments that professional photographer would make depending on what he or she is shooting happen automatically on the phone thanks to the artificial intelligence.
This is no longer a smartphone camera but rather a camera that has a smartphone attached.
The phone also has what Honor refers to as AI Motion Detection. This technology means that, if you’re shooting something that is moving quickly, the camera will detect that fact and make adjustments that allow youth capture the action as it happens. The pictures that you can potentially get with this technology are stunning and something that, just a year or two ago, we never would’ve imagined being able to do with our phones.
The artificial intelligence comes into play about the front facing camera as well. This 13MP camera has a portrait mode that delivers sharp portrait edges and background blurring. It helps the individual you’re shooting stand out. Thanks to the artificial intelligence all the necessary adjustments happen without you having to, consciously, think about it and make specific changes.
In short, I have to admit that when I first heard about artificial intelligence being built into a smartphone, I saw it was one of those gimmicky features that will never be used. I was wrong. It’s not a gimmick but rather something that will take the features of the camera and make them better than ever. More than that, because it is onboard and happens automatically,t you don’t have to choose whether you are using it or not. It’s there in the background all the time. When it’s able to make your life easier or make your picture better, it simply gets the job done. And remember, all of this exists on a phone that is under $500.
So let me talk about the phone itself a little bit.
I know that Judie and Helena were completely “wowed” when they saw this device at CES. Giving it a Gear Diary Best of CES 2018 was a no-brainer. Still, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. What is now clear is the fact that this is not the “discounted Huawei phone.” Rather, it is an Honor phone that shares certain components with Huawei’s flagships devices but is part of a brand that stands on its own.
This is Honor’s flagship, but it is still what we would consider a mid-level phone. That means, in part, that there are a minimal number of inclusions that come with it. In the box, you get a wall adapter and a USB-A to USB-C cable. No headphones are included with the device.
What is quite striking, however, is that a clear TPU case was included with the phone. I love and appreciate that a company looking to find ways to keep the price down did not skimp when it came to keeping the device looking gorgeous. And that’s important because this device is gorgeous.
When I pulled the phone out of the box, I was blown away. The front of the phone is almost entirely screen. The bezels on the side are almost nonexistent and the bezel that the top and bottom are surprisingly narrow.
The top bezel houses the earpiece, the selfie camera, and a light sensor. There no “notch” here which, I believe, is a notch in Honor’s belt.
The bottom bezel of the phone houses a physical button that doubles as a fingerprint reader. (The phone also has Face Unlock which works quite well.)