Huawei Honor V10 is a blend of Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, cheaper than both

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is pretty sweet, but you know what would make it even sweeter? A lower price and a 3.5mm headphone jack! The Huawei Honor V10 sounds almost too good to be true.

Were looking at a 5.99 screen with 1,080 x 2,160px resolution, though it is an LCD rather than an AMOLED like the vanilla Mate 10. Despite using the Mate 10 Pro screen, the V10 has a fingerprint reader on the front like the vanilla Mate 10.

Youre also getting the premium power a Kirin 970 chipset with up to 6GB of RAM (a cheaper 4GB option is also available). Base storage is 64GB and while theres a 128GB option, the microSD slot means its probably not worth it.

There’s a 3.5mm audio jack as we mentioned. Its as if the Honor V10 took most of the best specs of the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro and mashed them together.

Huawei Honor V10 in Aurora Blue
Huawei Honor V10 in Aurora Blue
Huawei Honor V10 in Aurora Blue
Huawei Honor V10 in Aurora Blue

Huawei Honor V10 in Aurora Blue

Perhaps the biggest omission is the Leica-branded camera. Youre still getting a capable dual-shooter with a 16MP color and 20MP B&W sensors. It has a relatively fast f/1.8 aperture but no OIS. The selfie cam is a 13MP shooter (f/2.0).

Theres no waterpoofing (the vanilla Mate 10 isnt waterproof either) and the battery is a tad smaller. At 3,750mAh it still decent and the awesome 5V / 4.5A fast charge is on board.

So, how much? CNY 2,700 for the 4GB/64GB model thats the equivalent of $410. The 6GB/64GB model is CNY 3,000 ($450) while the top spec model with 128GB storage is CNY 3,500 ($530, as we said probably not worth it).

For comparison, the Huawei Mate 10 starts at CNY 3,900 while the Mate 10 Pro is CNY 4,900 and up. Certainly there are a few trade-offs, but some advantages too.

Honor V10 in: Beach Gold
Honor V10 in: Night Black
Honor V10 in: Charm Red

Honor V10 in Beach Gold, Night Black and Charm Red

The Huawei Honor V10 is on pre-order now, sales start December 5. You can check Vmall, JD, Tmall and others online retailers in China.

What about Europe and the US? There will be an event on December 5 (which we will attend) and we’ll get the info for the Western launch. Chances are that local taxes and tariffs will bump up the final price. That is also true for the Mates, however.

Note: at the time of this writing, only Vmall had actually started the pre-orders and only the 6GB/64GB model.