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The affordable, shimmering Honor 10

It's blue in some lights, it's purple in others.

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Andrew Lanxon

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At £399 (converts to about $540 or AU$720), the new Honor 10 is certainly affordable. But that cheap price doesn't mean skimping out on the essentials. 

As well as a shimmery design, it's got a big edge-to-edge screen (complete with optional notch), a powerful processor and a dual camera on the back. 

Not bad for a midrange phone.

The phone is available now in Europe although wider availability is yet to be announced.  

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The back is all glass and in some lights will have this nice blue colour. 

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Move it about and that blue transforms into a rich purple hue. Lovely stuff.

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The Honor 10 has a notch at the top of the display for the speaker and the front-facing camera. Much like every other phone, then.

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Like Huawei, LG and others, you can turn the notch off in the settings by having virtual black bars appear either side.

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There's a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor and 16-megapixel colour sensor on the back. 

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I'm not impressed with the Honor 10's shots. Outdoor images can sometimes lack contrast, looking dull and lifeless. 

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It uses artificial intelligence to detect what scene it's seeing and adjusts settings accordingly. I didn't always like the result as the phone tended to boost saturation to unnatural levels.

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You can turn off the AI mode if you're not keen.

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There's a headphone jack on the bottom. Hooray! 

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It runs Android Oreo and it won't slow you down thanks to its top-end Kirin 970 processor.

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Notch on or off?

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I love the shimmering effect.

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There's a fingerprint scanner under the glass, leaving the top layer entirely flat. I like the seamless look but it can make the scanner a bit difficult to find in a hurry. It's quick to recognise my prints once I've found it, though.

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There's no waterproofing, so keep it safe from spilled drinks.

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It charges with USB-C

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The 5.84-inch display has a 2,280x1,080-pixel resolution. 

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