Test Honor 10: a smartphone close to excellence

Presentation

An a little less than a year after the release of the correct, but finally quite forgettableHonor 9, the Chinese manufacturer of the Huawei Group is back on the scene this year with the aptly named Honor 10. But this time things have changed within the brand's catalog, since it is now theView 10 that occupies the top-of-the-range position at Honor. This 10 is now interspersed between the View and the 7X, which was launched about 6 months ago.

Honor 10 occupies the €400 mobile segment, which puts it in direct competition with Asus' Zenfone 5, the Huawei P20 Lite or Samsung's Galaxy A8. In other words, the competition is tough. It is also, indirectly, a competitor and almost twin to the Huawei P20, since the two mobiles from the same factories share a large part of their technical data.

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Honor 10.

Mais the Honor 10 is still 150 € cheaper than its cousin. So a golden deal or a dirty trick, that's what we'll see...

Ergonomics and design

This year Honor has adopted the notch. Like many Android manufacturers before it, the Chinese giant has opted for this horn screen design that some people decried. This allows the Honor 10 to display a nice screen occupancy rate of about 80%. That's good, but a little less than on the Zenfone 5, which reaches 84%. This is partly due to Honor's desire to place the fingerprint reader in front of the screen. A reader to which we will return later.

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notch of Honor 10.

The design of the camera itself is very successful, with an elegant all-glass shell - but which catches fingerprints - and slightly curved edges that give the camera a very good grip. If the design is not particularly inspired, the finish is impeccable. The mobile simply has a little less character than theP20, even if the special way the back reflects the light makes its little effect.

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dos du Honor 10.

Côté technical, as we said before, the Honor 10 is equipped with a fingerprint reader on the front. However, this is not necessarily visible at first glance since there are no cut-outs on the front of the device. Only a small dotted drawing shows the location of the sensor. If this definitely looks a bit more futuristic than the competition, it doesn't bring much else. The mechanism is responsive and efficient.

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fingerprint reader (dotted line) of the Honor 10.

Autrement, the Honor 10 loses some points in this category due to some technical choices. The mobile comes with no waterproof certification and especially no microSD port. A crime of lèse-majesté in today's Android world. Those who want to store more than 64 GB of data will therefore be forced to pay 50 € more to acquire the 128 GB version. Too bad.

Screen

Malgré With its high-end ambitions, the Honor 10 is not equipped with an Oled display, the manufacturer having preferred the more economical choice of IPS. And if technology necessarily has some limitations, it is nice to see that Honor has paid special attention to the quality of its screen. In particular, the colorimetry is irreproachable as soon as one opts for the right screen profile (normal color, warm temperature). The color temperature is 6545 Kelvin and the Delta E is 1.1. In short, it's just perfect.

Question readability is pretty good: the maximum brightness of 457 cd/m² should allow you to see clearly even in full sunlight. And the minimum of 2.3 cd/m² will avoid piercing your eyes in the middle of the night. The same goes for reflectance: with only 11% reflected light, the Honor 10 remains among the good students. Only the contrast of about 1300:1 is a disappointing hair.

Enfin, in use, nothing to declare on the side of the remanence and tactile delay which are 15 and 84 ms respectively. Full HD+ definition on the 5.8-inch screen is more than sufficient for 90% of usage and will allow for a clean display. All in all, the screen of this Honor 10 is excellent (for IPS) and offers a satisfactory experience.

Performances

Sur On the performance front, Honor has made no concessions, wanting to put his mobile like a power beast despite its price well below the current top-of-the-range price. So we find in the bowels of the beast the same Kirin 970 as on the Huawei P20, still accompanied by 4 GB of RAM. In other words, Android has no problem running on the machine and all apps run in a snap.

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Température after 10 minutes of photos + videos (front and back).

Rien on the warm-up side, whether it is after long minutes of play or photo and video captures, the Honor 10 knows how to keep a cool head in all circumstances. We are far from the time of the Honor 9 which was overheating.

phone has no problem running all the games on the Play Store. He has enough in his gut to ensure smooth flow and optimal graphics.

Audio

Honor definitely doesn't manage to find the right recipe for the audio experience. After the7C which delivered very average performances, it's the turn of this Honor 10 to disappoint us a bit. While the rendering is clean thanks to a very low distortion and wide dynamics, the channel separation is too messy and the mobile severely lacks power. We will therefore have to be careful to select a headset adapted to this lack of power.

Du next to the loudspeaker, it's a little more cheerful. The volume is a bit missing, but the signal is rather complete, with a correct low-frequency reproduction for a smartphone. A rarity these days.

Photo

Si Honor cell phones are not entitled to "Leica certified" photo optics, but that doesn't stop them from doing a good job, and this Honor 10 is proof of that. While the P20 claimed to "reinvent" the photo before it finally got its foot in the door, the Honor 10 makes fewer promises, but is doing much better. It should be noted that the "artificial intelligence", which mainly has the effect of saturating the colors, is preferred to be deactivated. For a more natural look, we prefer the "standard" mode.

Capteur standard in daylight :

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On finds on the back of the mobile the favorite photo arrangement of Huawei, namely a black and white module (here 24 Mpx) and a color (16 Mpx). The two work together to supposedly offer a bright and detailed photo. And it must be admitted that the manufacturer has rather succeeded. In broad daylight, the photos are clean, full of details and suffer almost no degradation on the corners of the stage. A rare fact. The only small reproach one can make to the camera is that the processing is a bit too aggressive in places and a tendency to erase some of the finest details. When compared to Zenfone 5, some areas appear flatter.

Capteur standard in low light :

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By night is more or less the same story. Smoothing manages to erase the digital noise, but makes some textures drool a little. We also regret that the white balance is a bit too yellow, but apart from that, the mobile manages to provide a more than honest rendering in difficult lighting conditions.

Capteur black and white in daylight :

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Malheureusement, the black-and-white sensor is a bit behind, with a sharpness and sharpness that could have been greatly improved. Everything is a little flat and blurred. In comparison, the processing done on a Huawei P20 is much better and allows each element of the scene to stand out cleanly.

24MP front sensor does a good job, with a good reproduction of details and a high contrast. Unfortunately, even with the beauty mode turned off, the faces remain a bit too smooth. For the rest, the shots are successful, with a good restitution of colors.

Enfin, the application is pretty well done, with many capture modes and full disengagement options.

Autonomy

Question autonomy, the Honor 10 comes out on top. Despite its rather energy-intensive components, the mobile is a champion of endurance. On our in-house autonomy test which mixes streaming, calls, SMS, standby, etc., the cell phone does better than the competition by giving up the weapons after 17 hours and 9 minutes of racing. A score that places it in the top twenty of our ranking and ensures two big days of autonomy in moderate use. Enough to stay serene if the phone spends a night away from its charger.

Il takes a little less than two hours for the Honor 10 to fully recharge with the charger provided.