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Huawei Honor 10 review: Good value, but no match for the OnePlus 6

Beyond the AI, the Honor 10's camera is no match for the Huawei P20 Pro's. Outdoor shots were hit and miss, with some images looking flat, with little contrast and mushy details. Others were better, with more vibrant colours and more satisfying contrast, but this inconsistency is frustrating.

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Honor 10 outdoor camera test.

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Honor 10 outdoor camera test.

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Honor 10 outdoor camera test, with AI mode enabled.

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Honor 10 front-facing camera test.

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Low-light shots come out reasonably bright, but there's evidently a lot of software trying to reduce image noise, which results in fuzzy details when you look close up. It's certainly no match for the incredible low light skills of the P20 Pro.

Selfies from the 24-megapixel front-facing camera were similarly disappointing. An overall lack of contrast and fine details resulted in drab, lifeless images, even when taken outdoors with good light. If photography is your main concern, look towards the P20 Pro.

Inside, the phone runs the same top-end Kirin 970 chip found in Huawei's flagship (the company makes the chip itself) so it's no surprise the phones gave almost identical performances on our benchmark tests. That's impressive when you bear in mind that the P20 Pro costs twice as much. It's not quite a match for the OnePlus 6, however, which achieved better scores on all of our tests. In everyday use, the Honor 10 is speedy. Apps load quickly, photo editing is hassle-free and demanding games such as Riptide GP: Renegade play smoothly.

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The phone has an all-glass back which looks vivid blue in some light.

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The phone charges with USB-C. There's no waterproofing to keep it safe from spilled beer, but there is at least a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom. The 3,400 mAh battery kept going for a little under 16 hours on our tests, putting it right alongside the OnePlus 6. You'll comfortably get a day of use from it, but you'll want to give it a full charge each night.

Overall the Honor 10 looks great and has plenty of power for its reasonable asking price, so it's a shame the camera doesn't shine. Its biggest competition comes from the brand-new OnePlus 6. The OnePlus also has a glossy design, its processor is more powerful and its dual camera captures much better shots. It's only £70 more here in the UK, and for my money it's definitely worth ponying up that extra cash. 

Honor 10 specs comparison chart

Huawei Honor 10 OnePlus 6 Samsung Galaxy S9 Huawei P20 Pro Google Pixel 2
Display size, resolution 5.84-inch; 1,080x2,280-pixels 6.28-inch OLED; 2,280x1,080 pixels 5.8-inch OLED; 2,960x1,440 pixels 6.1-inch; 2,240x1,080 pixels (OLED) 5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 432 ppi 402 ppi 570 ppi 408 ppi 441 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.89x2.8x0.3 inches 6.13x2.97x0.31 in 5.81x2.70x0.33 in 6.1x2.9x0.31 in 5.7x2.7x0.3 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 149.6x71.2x7.7 mm 155.7x75.4x7.75 mm 147.7x68.7x8.5 mm 155x73.9x7.8mm 145.7x69.7x7.8 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.4 oz; 153 g 6.2 oz; 177 g 5.75 oz; 163 g 6.3 oz; 180 g 5.04 oz; 143 g
Mobile software Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8 Oreo
Camera (megapixels) 24MP mono, 16MP colour 16MP standard, 20MP telephoto 12MP 40MP colour, 20MP monochrome, 8MP telephoto 12MP
Front-facing camera (megapixels) 24MP 16MP 8MP 24MP 8MP
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor 2.3GHz Kirin 970 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz) 2.3GHz Kirin 970 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Storage 128GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB
Expandable storage None None 400GB None None
Battery 3,400mAh 3,300mAh 3,000mAh 4,000mAh 2,700mAh
Fingerprint sensor Below screen Back of phone Back Below screen Back cover
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes No No
Special features Blue-purple shimmering colour, notch at top of screen, affordable Portrait mode, notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning Three rear cameras, super slow-mo video (960fps), 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, water-resistant (IP67) Google Assistant; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready
Price off-contract (USD) $540 (converted) $529 (64GB), $579 (128GB), $629 (256GB) Varies: $720-$800 (64GB) Converts to $1,140 $649 (64GB), $749 (128GB)
Price (GBP) £399 £469 (64GB), £519 (128GB), £569 (256GB) £739 £799 £629 (64GB), £729 (128GB)
Price (AUD) AU$720 (converted) AU$702 (64GB), AU$769 (128GB), AU$835 (256GB) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB) AU$1,099 AU$1,079 (64GB), AU$1,229 (128GB)

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