Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Honor 10 United Kingdom reveal: Flagship just £399, available in two-tone Phantom Blue

Honor 10 United Kingdom reveal: Flagship just £399, available in two-tone Phantom Blue

Along with the global debut in London, the company has also introduced the smartphone in India. The new Honor 10 is the former, so get used to it. Is this a recipe for success or is Honor courting disaster? "That's what we work hard for everyday at Honor", said George Zhao, President of Honor.

Honor 7C was previously launched in China and comes in two variants - with both variants available in Red, Black, Gold, and Blue colour options. You should probably be happy to know that it's capable of shooting up to 22 different object and sceneries, what's more, honor will add in more via OTA updates in the near future.

So the Honor 10's screen is ever so slightly larger, higher resolution and sharper, but it really is a very small difference. If that wasn't enough, Honor's choice of colours for the Honor 10, Phantom Blue and Midnight Black, is crazier still.

Not sure whether it's the phone for you? In keeping with recent trends, this device was pitched with the quality of the camera being the main selling point. The volume rocker and power buttons are on the right-hand side and the dual SIM tray is on the left. Connectivity features to include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G VoLTE and Bluetooth 4.1. It is also quite slippery, especially if you have sweaty palms. Though it feels solid, I don't trust any glass-backed phone to survive even a minor accidental drop scratch- or crack-free without a case. Thanks to the glossy back, it is a tad bit slippery. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 659 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM. However, there is no microSD card slot for internal memory expansion, unfortunately. The phone packs a 3400mAh battery along with quick charging support.

The Honor 10 comes runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with a layer of EMUI on top. Also, Honor 10 is powered by the Kirin 970 chipset which also powers the P20 Pro. There are minor animation freezes while using the device.

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Huawei, the Chinese smartphone maker is on a roll after recently launched the flagship Huawei P20 Pro with triple rear cameras, and Huawei P20 Lite smartphone with dual cameras in India. Android 8.1 Oreo with the company's own EMUI 8.1 on top rounds up the pretty package. The premium smartphone comes with dual rear camera setup comprising one 24MP and another 16MP sensor. Both of them have an aperture of f/1.8 and also there's PDAF for fast focusing.

- The bottom bezel on-board houses a rather unconventional always-on fingerprint scanner. We're talking mostly photography enhancements, like real-time scene recognition, an AI portrait mode for "authentic bokeh" effects, 3D portrait lighting, as well as "professional yet natural" selfies.

But outside of the ultra-bright colouring, the Honor 10 has a similar mixed metal and glass design to pretty much every other flagship to arrive this year. There's definitely an audience for these kind of photographs as well. It adopts trending Full-Screen design with the 18:9 aspect ratio.

The Honor 10 has a 3D glass back with a nano-scale optical coating. This means it can reflect light differently depending on how you view it, and as a result, it can have this insane psychedelic effect on your eyes. It remains to be seen whether the Honor 10 can match it there.

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