Huawei split its large flagship into two smartphones, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, with both having their own unique characteristics to set themselves apart. But what if you want a mix of both? That’s where the Honor V10 comes in.
As part of Huawei’s online-only sub-brand, the Honor V10 takes the best of each handset while lowering its own price considerably — well, at least for the Chinese market.
It has a near-borderless 6-inch 1080p display, but instead of placing the fingerprint scanner on the back, it manages to squeeze the sensor into the thin bottom bezel.
To our delight, the Honor V10 uses Huawei’s top-of-the-line Kirin 970 chipset with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage which you can expand using a microSD card.
While there’s no waterproofing, you do get a 3.5mm audio port with the Honor V10. The battery capacity is also smaller at 3750mAh, but that’s still a lot by flagship standards.
Looking good thus far, so what’s the compromise? For this Honor, there’s no Leica branding like on all the recent Huawei flagships. You’re instead treated to a 20- and 16-megapixel dual-camera setup on the rear with a 13-megapixel selfie camera.
How much of a downgrade that is will be decided by real-world camera comparisons. The good news is that the Honor V10 ships with Android 8.0 Oreo skinned with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 interface. That’s updated software not a lot of smartphones from China offer.
And for the best part: Its retail price starts at CNY 2,699 for the 4GB memory variant with 64GB of storage. That’s only US$ 410 with the current conversion rates!
Choosing the variant with 6GB of memory would cost you CNY 2,999 (US$ 455). For 6GB of memory and a more generous storage capacity of 128GB, you’d have to pay CNY 3,499 (US$ 530).
Availability is currently exclusive to China. Pre-orders are already being accepted, with the official sales starting on December 5. Gold, blue, black, and red are the colors of choice.