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The Honor 10 SmartPhone looks a lot like the recent Samsung Galaxy S9 and others who have held both together struggle to tell them apart when blindfolded.
Someone has done the maths and worked out that the viewable screen is 78% of the front and as a landscape fingerprint sensor is also on the front that does not leave much else.
The Honor comes with twice the memory that you get with the Samsung and is a lot cheaper. However others will make comparisons with its larger sibling the Huawei but here there are differences both have the notch cut into the top of the display which some hate, others don’t mind, it just to me looks strange but you can lose the bit of the display either side of the notch but it your choice.
There is one place where Honor try to go and that is with the camera they do not have Leica lenses and it shows, while the cameras take reasonable pictures they do not come close to those taken with the Huawei. Having two separate cameras seem to be the thing a colour one and a slightly more powerful monochrome offering and the camera takes bits of each and stiches them together, with the aid of the superior lenses from Leica Huawei get it right but although Honor tries hard they just fall short, the final problem is no optical stabilization but it is only 2/3 of the price.
There is a good amount of volume but although stated to be rain showerproof it is not IP67 waterproof so no taking it into the shower.
You do get a headphone jack that a number of others have removed.
The fact that it is a glass phone may make you think it’s more likely to break but that is not said to be likely. Available coloured backs are blue, grey, green all of which alter and black that does not change colour.
So now the facts it is 15x7x.8cm it weighs 183 grams, has a 5.84 inch screen which shows 1080x2280 display at 432PPI.
You get the latest version of Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI skin.
The cameras are 24MP mono, 16MP colour and the front selfie offering is also 24MP.
The battery should satisfy those who work very long days as it has a 3400mAh battery.
While you may think that more memory is good the reason is no Micro SD Card slot.
The buzz word around this offering is ‘AI’ but for me anyway I fail to get it, others say it’s the ability of the camera and how it treats images but as I was not happy with what the camera offered me that does not help to persuade me.
For me this is a nearly phone, having a powered glass back means that if it’s wet be aware, there is a basic rear see through cover but that of course hides the shimmer.
The Honor 10 is available SIM free from Amazon for £399.23.