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Honor View 10: Does It Still Stand Good As A Flagship?

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Source: NDTV

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor’s flagship The View 10 could be considered the successor to the impressive Huawei Honor 8 Pro, which came into the market July last year. The 8 Pro was a great offering by Honor and many things were going its way. As a comprehensive package, the View 10 could also give stiff competition to the OnePlus 5T. The 5T was launched only in November last year.

But the real questions is that does it stand up to the last year’s ideal while managing to fend off stiff competition from the likes of OnePlus, Motorola, Xiaomi and Vivo?

Design

The phone has a ‘FullView’ display which has an 18:9 aspect ratio. It also has a near-bezel-less design that could be considered the norm going forward.

But it looks as though the prominently placed dual-camera bumps are oddly placed, and actually look like the eyes of a minion.

Honor seems to have made an ergonomically sound decision by giving the fingerprint sensor placement in the front of the device, a feature which was not seen on most phones with tall screens.

The designs can be better observed in this unboxing video:

Internals

The 18:9 FullView display gives the phone a 5.9-inch FHD+ LTPS IPS LCD screen. It packs in a curved 2.5D aluminosilicate glass on the front to give it a flushed look.

One of the most of the important things of the Honor View10 is that it packs in Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC. The chip was developed in-house and features an octa-core CPU with 4x Cortex A73 cores. The CPU is maxed out at 2.36 GHz, and the 4x Cortex A53 cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz. This setup sits alongside a Mali G72 MP12 GPU for all graphics-related tasks.

In terms of the hardware, the Honor View 10 has a 6 GB RAM coupled with a 128 GB internal storage. Users can expand the storage by up to 256 GB via a microSD card placed in the second, hybrid SIM slot.

Media and AI

As for the optics – the phone has a 16 MP camera having a f/1.8 aperture. There’s also a 20 MP unit with the f/1.8 aperture in the dual camera configuration on the back of the device. The front of the device has a 16 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. The shooter is also capable of FaceID like features.

Mainly, the HiSilicon Kirin 970 is being referred to as the device that packs in an NPU to bring the magic of machine learning and artificial intelligence to users.

However, Qualcomm’s flagship SoCs already support a whole host of machine learning frameworks like Tensor Flow and Caffe2. This means developers can easily develop AI-enabled experiences for Qualcomm’s platform. Huawei hasn’t even hinted at such support, which lays waste to it’s supposed unique AI capabilities.

Verdict

In conclusion, we can say that the performance of the View 10 is good, but it really needs innovation and improvement in the gaming section in addition to the much-needed improvements of its camera quality, which is being labelled as not up to the mark at all.

If you don’t want to compromise on any aspect of a great device and have a few grand to spare, you can look at the OnePlus 5T with 64 GB internal storage for Rs 32,999. It’s probably a better deal.