Huawei Mate 10 Pro at half the price – that would be the Honor V10. Made official in China last week, the V10 was just announced for the world, and we were there for some hands-on action.
Now, the Honor V10 may share the form-factor and some of the hardware with the top-of the line Mate 10 Pro, but certain things didn’t make the cut. Two hundredths of an inch smaller than the Pro’s, the display is not AMOLED, but LCD instead – still in an 18:9 ratio and with a 1080p resolution.
Moving on, the Leica branding has been stripped, though the camera configuration is still a similar color + monochrome duo – 16MP + 20MP in this case, each behind an f/1.8 aperture lens. On the front, the V10 could actually have the upper hand – it packs a 13MP f/2.0 camera vs. Mates’ 8MP shooters.
The chipset is the same Kirin 970 powerhouse you’d find on the Mates, RAM’s plenty at 4GB or 6GB, and you won’t be strapped for storage with either the 64GB or the 128GB option, plus there’s a card slot if you do end up needing more.
A few mAh have been chiseled off the battery capacity, but the 3,750mAh powerpack isn’t exactly tiny. The Huawei SuperCharge 5V/4.5 charger is quite beefy itself, and Huawei promises 0-50% in 30minutes – our past experience doesn’t leave us doubting.
Honor V10 at a glance
Body: Aluminum back, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 on the front. Midnight Black and Navy Blue color schemes (Beach Gold, Aurora Blue, Charm Red, Night Black in some markets).
Display: 5.99″ LTPS LCD, 2,160×1,080px resolution, 403ppi.
Rear cameras: Main camera: 16MP, f/1.8, color. Secondary camera: 20MP, f/1.8, monochrome. Phase detection autofocus; f/0.95-f/16 aperture simulation. 2160p/30fps video recording.
Front camera: 13MP, f/2.0 aperture; fixed focus. 1080p/30fps video recording.
OS/Software: Android 8.0 Oreo; Huawei EMUI 8.0 custom overlay.
Chipset: Huawei Kirin 970: octa-core CPU (4×2.36 GHz+4×1.8 GHz), Mali-G72 12-Core GPU.
Memory: 4/6GB of LPDDR4X RAM; 64/128GB storage; hybrid microSD slot for expansion (shared with SIM 2 slot).
Battery: 3,750mAh Li-Po (sealed); Huawei SuperCharge proprietary fast charging (5V/4.5A).
Connectivity: Dual SIM; 4G VoLTE on both cards; USB-C (v2.0); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou; NFC; Bluetooth 4.2.
Misc: Front-mounted fingerprint reader; single speaker on the bottom; 3.5mm jack.
Huawei didn’t bother with weather sealing on the Honor 10 and it has no IP rating – you do need to step up to the Pro to get that, as not even the regular Mate 10 is properly protected (just IP53 on that one). But hey, Mate 10 Pro user, show us your 3.5mm jack. You can’t, can you? The Honor V10 swaps out the dongle for a built-in headphone jack, just the way it should be.
Anyway, let’s not get hung up on the jack debate, and move on to the hands-on. Join us on the next page.