Honor View 10 review

GSMArena team, 31 January 2018.

Android Oreo with EMUI 8.0

The View 10 ships with the latest Android Oreo with Huawei's EMUI 8.0 layered over it. The Kirin 970 has a few AI features built-in. These AI features are all automatic, so there is not really a way to adjust or disable the handful of functions.

Huawei Honor View 10 review

While EMUI is one of the more heavily customized Android skins, we like how fluid and snappy it feels. While it does not behave quite like stock Android, there is a lot to like but also some minor details that may be an annoyance to some.

Out of the box, there is no app drawer on the Honor View 10. However, you may choose to enable it in the Display settings. There is also a handy search feature, which can be accessed by flicking down on any empty area of any home screen.

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Home screen 1 • Home screen 2 • Home options • Search • Enable drawer

EMUI has something called Magazine lock screen which rotates through a bunch of wallpapers so you see a different one every time you fire up the display. There are a few themes to choose from with the option to change the icons, the skin, and wallpaper.

EMUI offers plenty of customization and features like face unlock, smart rotation, and lift to wake. Although, EMUI does come with its quirks.

From the Phone Manager app, you can access shortcuts to storage cleanup, battery settings, blocked numbers, Virus scan powered by Avast, and mobile data usage. The View 10 also includes an IR blaster, a feature that Samsung and LG used to include in their smartphones. It can control thousands of TVs, receivers, and even AC units.

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Lock screen • Theme chooser • Theme elements • Phone Manager • Smart Remote

The notification shade is pretty much a standard affair. There's a brightness bar with an Auto toggle - pull down again for more toggles. Huawei's own Music app is here and offers a way to listen to stored MP3s. Huawei's Health app is also pre-installed. It offers Google Fit syncing and step counting.

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Notification shade • Quick settings • Music directory • Now Playing • Huawei Health

There's a file manager app and a note-taking app. There is an abundance of replacements for these in the Play Store, however.

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Files • Notes

Multitasking is pretty standard. Tap-holding the Recents key will let you activate split screen.

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Recent apps • Split screen

There are a few nice security options on the View 10. Aside from the usual fingerprint authentication, you can opt for facial recognition. This works quite quickly and will even wake the phone when you lift it to your face. There is even a Smart lock screen notification feature which will only let the registered face see new notifications on the lock screen.

Related to this feature is Smart rotation, which will watch for your face's orientation before rotating the display such as when you're lying on your side and the phone is turned sideways. There's also Private Space, a separate secure area of the phone which can be accessed by unlocking the phone with a particular finger.

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Enrolling a fingerprint • Face unlock • Smart lock screen notifications • Private Space

Finally, the Honor View 10 comes with SwiftKey pre-installed as the default input method. It offers multi-lingual typing, gesture input, and vast customization settings.

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Kirin 970 CPU is a beast

Honor decided to go with Huawei's newest high-end processor for the View 10. The Kirin 970 is a very capable processor built on the 10nm process, just like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and the Apple A11 chip. This positions the Honor View 10 pretty high up in terms of performance and we're putting it up against other phones with high-end CPUs.

Like the other 10nm process chips available on the market, the Kirin 970 is an octa-core CPU with four Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four 1.8GHz A53 cores. The phone is paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM depending on the market.

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Huawei made a big deal about the Kirin 970's NPU (Neural processing unit) which is dedicated to processing images, natural language for translation, and for detecting camera scenes (among other things). This small portion of the CPU is able to process specific tasks more efficiently, thresholds are adjusted in the software as necessary depending on the inputs and desired outputs and voila, AI. That's the gist of it, anyway. The NPU works for certain things but not for CPU-intensive things like playing games or editing a video on your phone, so let's see how the Kirin 970 would do in this regard.

Starting with GeekBench mulit-core test, the View 10 was well in-line with other Snapdragon 835-powered phones as well as the Exynos-powered Galaxy S8+. The iPhone's A11 chip still takes the cake in this regard despite it only having 6 cores. The Honor 9 was able to keep up with even the Pixel 2 XL considering it has HiSilicon's last-generation Kirin 960.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8
    10214
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    6754
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    6738
  • OnePlus 5T
    6701
  • Huawei Mate 10
    6625
  • Essential PH-1
    6490
  • Honor 9
    6457
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    6428
  • LG V30
    6365
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    6234

The single-core benchmark was pretty much the same story, but in a different order. The iPhone still topped the chart while the Honor View 10 scored well.

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8
    4234
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    1986
  • OnePlus 5T
    1960
  • Essential PH-1
    1928
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    1924
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    1915
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    1902
  • LG V30
    1901
  • Huawei Mate 10
    1882
  • Honor 9
    1876

The Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895 are great with graphics. The View 10 still did well, but here is where we can really tell that the Honor 9 has the last-gen chipset. The Kirin 970's Mali G72 MP12 is a 12-core GPU while the Honor 9's GPU has 8 cores.

GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    25
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    25
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    25
  • OnePlus 5T
    24
  • LG V30
    24
  • Essential PH-1
    24
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    22
  • Huawei Mate 10
    21
  • Honor 9
    15

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    24
  • OnePlus 5T
    22
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    20
  • Essential PH-1
    16
  • Honor 9
    14
  • Huawei Mate 10
    13
  • LG V30
    13
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    13
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    13

Antutu encompasses CPU, GPU, and RAM performance into its score and the View 10 did quite well. The View 10 was right there with the OnePlus 5T while the Mate 10, PH-1, V30, and S8+ were in the same pack.

After that, the Pixel 2 XL tapers a tad lower toward the Mi Mix 2 and Honor 9's lower scores. None of the phones were still a match for the iPhone 8, which is still the king of benchmarks (aside from the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, of course).

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8
    202645
  • OnePlus 5T
    179790
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    178885
  • Huawei Mate 10
    175426
  • Essential PH-1
    174652
  • LG V30
    174330
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    174070
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    170407
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    160319
  • Honor 9
    143583

The Honor View 10 also offers a "Game Suite" app. It detects which apps on the phone are games and allows you to play with gaming options for a smooth gaming experience. You can have all your game shortcuts here for easy access, and you can disable accidental presses of the navigation keys during a game. To go home, you'd need to press the home key three times.

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Game Suite

You can also disable notifications and alerts like incoming phone calls, and you can change the phone's performance mode.

The Kirin 970 is a great match for both the Exynos 8895 and the Snapdragon 835. The UI is certainly optimized for this CPU and it just feels lightning fast. The Kirin 970 is a force to be reckoned with and the View 10 is powered by one of the top-performing mobile chips available.

If you like to game or multitask like crazy, the Kirin 970 can handle it with buttery smoothness and without working up a sweat.

Reader comments

  • Raz

One of the best phone ever. Still good performance, camera and battery. 6 hours of screen, Android 10 with no lags, bags and ads. Memory speed 800mbs/200mbs is excellent. Full metal body and blade like 7mm thickness.

The phone might be better in your opinion and I'd tend to agree. But the Kirin 970 in the Honor View 10 is NOT better or superior to the SD835. The SD835 beats the Kirin 970 in every benchmark other than storage access speed, which doesnt matter...

  • alchemist83

80°C is NOT normal. Normal for a computer at heavy use - but for a phone thats very high. Many phones will shutdown at this temp, defo throttling will be kicking it, so it'll run slower and games will start lagging as the phone tries to bring th...