"Honor 10's shimmering design is the main reason to like this phone"
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Honor 10's shimmering design is the main reason to like this phone
Huawei wowed me with its hyper colorful P20 Pro.
And now Honor, Huawei's sub brand, is getting in on the vibrant action with the Honor 10.
This phone has an all-glass back, which looks vivid blue in sunlight.
But give it a bit of a twirl in your finger, and you'll start to see some lovely purple tones come through.
Flip it around and you'll see a 5.84-inch screen, complete with a cut-out notch at the top, which you can turn off in the settings if you want to.
It's got a 2280 by 1080 pixel resolution, and it's bright and vibrant, with a fingerprint scanner below the screen hidden under the glass.
There's no indentation to let you know it's there, so it is sometimes a little tricky to get your finger placement right in a hurry.
Still, I do like this seamless look to it, and the scanner itself works well.
With a 24 megapixel monochrome sensor on the back, joined by a 16 megapixel color sensor, The camera uses the same artificial intelligence that we've seen before on Qwest phone.
The idea being they recognizes the scene you're trying to take a photo of and adjust them at the settings accordingly.
The problem is that in my use I found that those settings are a little bit too much with colors like blues in the skies or greens in trees, looking horribly over saturated.
Luckily though, you can turn off that AI if you want to.
AI aside, I'm still not impressed with the camera.
Outdoor shots were very hit and miss, with some shots looking flat, with little contrast and mushy details.
Others were better with more vibrant colors and more satisfying contrasts, but I do find this inconsistency frustrating.
Selfies from the 24 megapixel front camera were similarly disappointing with poor contrast again producing drab lifeless images.
If photography is your main concern you should probably look elsewhere.
Inside the phone runs the same top end Kirin 970 processor that Huawei's got inside its flagship P20 Pro.
It's no surprise then that these phones give almost identical high performances on our suite of benchmark tests.
In everyday use this phone is very nifty.
Apps load quickly, photo editing is hassle-free and even demanding games like Riptide GP Renegade play very smoothly.
It charges with USBC and while there's no waterproofing to keep it safe from spilled beer there is at least a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the bottom.
Overall then the Honor 10 looks great and has plenty of power for its very reasonable asking price as long as you are not after the best camera performance around it's definitely one to consider.
But what do you think of the phone.
Are you interested at all or would you rather spend a bit more money to get the Huawei P20 Pro with it's amazing low light camera?
Do let us know in the comments below and be sure to like and subscribe to cnet
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