The new Honor 10 brings powerful hardware, an AI chip for automated camera functions, and a beautifully crafted body to the mid-range segment, and that's great - but if you've been keeping an eye on recent phone launches, you'll notice that it's nearly identical to the Huawei P20 - and that's a good thing. Unlike the Chinese variant of the smartphone, the variant launched in India ships with Google services. In India, the smartphone has been launched as a Flipkart exclusive and is set to take on OnePlus' next flagship device, the OnePlus 6. The device will be available in India along with the other global markets.
Honor 10 will be available in India from midnight of May 16 for Rs 32,999. The Phantom blue model boasts Aurora Glass design inspired from Northern lights in the Arctic. If you exchange an old smartphone to purchase the Honor 10, you will be able to get up to Rs.5,000 extra over the regular exchange value on select devices.
The smartphone is running on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo OS with custom iOS style EMUI 8.1 skin on the top. the EMUI is a custom Android OS based skin developed by Huawei/Honor, which offers a sleeve of features which are missing on the stock Android OS. It is powered by a 3,400mAh battery with support for Super-fast charge (5V/4.5A) that can charge it from 0 to 50% in just 25 minutes.
In terms of performance, the Honor 10 is powered by an octa core Huawei Kirin 970 processor coupled with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. There is no option to expand the storage though.
Coming to the camera department, it sports a dual rear camera setup with a 16MP primary RGB sensor camera with LED flash, and a secondary 24MP Monochrome sensor with f/1.8 aperture, depth focus, PDAF, and CAF. Xiaomi's Mi 5s was the first smartphone to feature such ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. 3D Portrait Lighting is available as well, creating professional studio lighting effects using both front and rear cameras. The smartphone also has an iPhone X style notch on the top, which houses a microphone, front-facing camera and a couple of sensors.
Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and 4G VoLTE.