Honor View 10 Review: Lab Tests: Display, Battery Life, Loudspeaker, Audio Quality

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The 6-inch display looks great

Honor included an 18:9 display with FHD+ resolution (1,080 x 2,160 px) and it looks pretty good. It has remarkable viewing angles with no color shifting. We kind of wish it packed more pixels, but if it did, then Honor wouldn't be able to offer it for this price. Honor didn't specify which kind of glass the phone uses, so we'd recommdiscontinue you don't rego the factory-installed classy screen protector.

When it came to testing, the Honor View 10 did fairly well. The phone was able to reach a remarkable 506 nits of full brightness. This was achieved in Auto mode, however. Switch Auto mode off and the phone will display 453 nits when the brightness meter is cranked up.

Contrast ratio was quite good, too at 1,629:1 - blacks are generally quite dark, but become more noticeable as the classy screen goes up to its brightest.

As for nighttime use, the Honor View 10 produced very dim lighting at minimum brightness - just 1.5 nits. Granted, you need to set the brightness manually to acquire this low.

Sunlight legibility was great. The display boosts up in direct sunlight to show what's being displayed as best as possible. Going back to the factory classy screen protector, we removed ours and the bare glass isn't oleophobic so fingerprints accumulate much more, which obstructs the view of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel in direct sunlight. No biggie, just haged it clean.

Display test

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Apple iPhone 8 (Max Auto) 0.468 640 1368

Huawei Mate 10 Pro (max auto vivid) 0 623 ∞

LG V30 (Max Auto) 0.032 616 19250

HTC U11 (Max Auto) 0.373 583 1563

Apple iPhone 8 (Standard) 0.399 566 1419

Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone) 0.397 554 1395

Huawei Honor View 10 (Max Auto) 0.311 507 1629

HTC U11 0.308 483 1568

Huawei Honor View 10 0.278 453 1629

Huawei Mate 10 Pro (vivid) 0 440 ∞

OnePlus 5T 0 437 ∞

Google Pixel XL 0 432 ∞

Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal) 0 422 ∞

LG V30 0.002 414 207000

This display reproduced an average deltaE of 6.2, which isn't terrible, but whites did appear a bit on the cooler side and were generally almost 11 units off. Switching to the "warm" setting in the color temperature option yielded much more accurate results across the board. Whiles were still ever-so-slightly cool but they are now about 5 units cool, meanwhile, the average deltaE dropped to 4.

Color temperature adjustment

We'd personally prefer the more accurate "warm" setting to be able to color-correct images on the go. You can really fine tune the display's temperature to your liking by choosing a point on the color sphere.

Battery life

Disclaimer : We tested battery life on a non-retail European version of the View 10 in the United States on T-Mobile, so a possible network incompatibility can severely affect standby times. We shall update the battery test results once we can test a European unit at our office or once we can acquire our hands on an American variant in the US.

The Honor View 10 is powered by a large 3,750 mAh battery, which is rechargeable using Huawei's Super Charge adapter. Although the View 10 has internals very similar to the Mate 10 Pro's, it didn't score very close to what we expected.

It could be a combination of the fact that the unit we tested was a European model on an American carrier: T-Mobile. The results we got weren't terrible, but we think they could have been better with such a large battery. Either that, or the display that Honor went with is pretty inefficient.

Once we do acquire a fully compatible unit, we'll retest and update the scores accordingly.

Huawei's Super Charge adapter charges the phone from a dead battery to 50% in 30 minutes and it never fails to impress us. The only downside is you need to utilize the included cable to hold advantage of the full charging current of 22.5W (5V @ 4.5A). The phone warms a bit while charging, but never too much.

EMUI has always been a remarkable Android skin for managing battery life. The Mate 10 Pro has simplified things for battery management significantly since the days of EMUI 4.0. EMUI will notify you when it detects that an app is using a lot of power and you can go into the battery settings to address that app accordingly.

You can decide which apps are allowed to start themselves, which can be triggered by other apps, and which are allowed to run in the background.

Battery settings • Optimize • Manage power settings per-app

Loudspeaker gets the job done

The Honor View 10 features a single bottom-facing loudspeaker next to its USB-C charging port. In our tests, the loudspeaker scored an overall rating of Good. The Honor 9 that came last year scored just marginally better. While the trebles and higher tones like ringers and notification sounds are plenty loud, mids and lows like spoken word or percussion weren't as strong.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

OnePlus 5T 68.4 73.2 69.9 Good

Huawei Honor View 10 68.6 69.9 77.8 Good

HTC U11 (Theater) 69.2 72.7 78.4 Very Good

Honor 9 68.5 71.7 80.3 Very Good

HTC U11 (Music) 68.7 73.0 79.1 Very Good

Lenovo Moto Z2 Force 68.2 70.2 86.1 Very Good

Huawei Mate 10 Pro 70.1 73.8 84.2 Excellent

Google Pixel XL 73.4 72.1 84.1 Excellent

Apple iPhone 8 71.7 77.8 80.3 Excellent

Huawei Mate 10 90.6 73.7 84.0 Excellent

Audio output is solid

Updated 05 Feb: We've identified an issue with our test unit and redid it. The text below has been updated to reflect the final performance.

The Huawei View 10 had excellent readings in the active external amplifier part of our test. Loud and free of distortion accurate its output is as fine as they come.

Headphones introduced an average amount of stereo crosstalk, but overall it's still a solid performance. Loudness stayed high, too, so there's really small to complain about here.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Honor View 10+0.02, -0.01 -92.692.60.00210.012-94.4

Honor View 10 (headphones)+0.17, -0.03-

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)+0.01, -0.03-

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) (headphones)+0.30, -0.07-91.791.80.0220.206-72.4

Samsung Galaxy S8++0.01, -0.03-

Samsung Galaxy S8+ (headphones)+0.03, -0.03-92.592.50.00240.046-77.3

Oppo R11s+0.02, -0.02-93.493.20.00250.012-90.8

Oppo R11s (headphones)+0.20, -0.37-93.493.00.0150.320-55.7

OnePlus 5T+0.01, -0.03-

OnePlus 5T (headphones)+0.15, -0.09-94.394.30.00710.135-60.1

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2+0.02, -0.02-94.394.30.00380.0072-93.5

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 (headphones)+0.31, -0.01-93.393.30.0160.243-63.8

LG V30+0.02, -0.01-

LG V30 (headphones)+0.03, -0.02-92.992.90.00570.051-68.1

HTC U11+0.05, -0.11-

HTC U11 (headphones)+0.05, -0.02-93.793.80.00180.105-53.7

Honor View 10 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.



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