The honor View 10 is expected to arrive in Malaysia on 15 January next year, but at the launch event of the honor 7X, we managed to spend some time with the Chinese company’s latest flagship smartphone. It goes without saying the View 10 is honor’s sleekest-looking phone yet, and if priced right, it may just be a winner for the company.
First up, specifications. The View 10 features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 FullView Display with minimal bezels, a HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and a 3,750mAh battery. Yes, it also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
On the back, the View 10 comes with a dual-camera system made up of a 16MP RGB shooter and a 20MP monochrome sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The selfie camera, on the other hand, is a 13MP shooter.
Much like the company’s other 18:9 smartphone, the honor 7X, the View 10 comes with an all-metal chassis too. Naturally, this gives the View 10 a reassuring build quality, though the metal back can be quite a fingerprint magnet – nothing a quick wipe can’t solve, of course.
Build quality aside, the View 10’s 5.99-inch FullView Display looks good and vibrant. Sure, the display isn’t quite as sharp as other smartphones in the market, but for all intents and purposes, the View 10’s 2160 x 1080 panel will do the job just fine. It won’t be quite as power-consuming too, which should result in better battery life.
Speaking of the display, the View 10’s bezels…aren’t quite as impressive to look at in person. Yes, they’re still quite minimal, but next to, say, the Samsung Galaxy S8+, the View 10’s bezels don’t look quite as thin. Heck, even the Huawei Mate 10 phones sport smaller bezels.
Regardless, let’s move on to the View 10’s performance, and I reckon it will not disappoint in this area. Although I didn’t manage to put the phone through it paces, navigating its user interface and launching a couple of apps feels very fast and responsive. This really isn’t a surprise, of course: it’s powered by the same chipset found in the Huawei Mate 10 series.
And then we have the View 10’s 16MP + 20MP dual-camera system, and it’s very, very promising. The camera app is pretty pleasant to use without any sign of sluggishness, and the images look sharp and vibrant. In fact, photographing with the View 10 feels a lot like using the Mate 10; as far as the actual shooting experience goes, of course.
Oh, but there is one issue with the dual-camera system: it has a very noticeable camera bump.
The honor View 10 is the company’s first flagship smartphone with an 18:9 display, and it holds quite a lot of promise. It is fast, its camera system shows a lot of potential, and the FullView Display gives it a modern aesthetic. All that’s left, of course, is the View 10’s local retail price.
If honor Malaysia price the View 10 competitively on our shores, we reckon it will be a compelling choice for those who are looking for a sleek, high-end smartphone without breaking the bank. We’ll find out for ourselves come 15 January exactly how much the View 10 will go for – that’s when honor is expected to launch the phone in Malaysia.