Huawei Honor View 10 review: A powerhouse phone that won't break the bank

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The Good The Honor View 10 has the power and performance of a top-end phone, but with a much more accessible price tag.

The Bad There's no waterproofing and the front-facing camera takes mediocre selfies.

The Bottom Line With the same core specs as the excellent Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the View 10 is a great way of snagging a powerhouse phone without emptying your bank account.

7.8 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 9
  • Camera 8
  • Battery 8

The Huawei Honor 10 is a speedy Android phone with a notch. Check out our review. 

I gave Huawei's Mate 10 Pro ($170 at Amazon) an excellent score thanks to its combination of raw power and good looks. The Honor View 10, also made by Huawei, takes almost all of the same key specs, but ditches the slick glass of the Mate in favour of a blue metal shell.

To my eye, the View 10 doesn't look as luxuriously premium as the Mate 10 Pro, but there is an ace up the View's sleeve: its price. At £450 in the UK and $499 in the US, it's a whole £250 or $300 less than the Mate 10 Pro. That's a whole lot of money saved for a phone that is functionally identical.

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For similar money you could also consider the excellent OnePlus 5T, a 6-inch phone with a slick design and a clean, easy-to-use interface. The OnePlus 5T's front-facing camera performs better, but they're both powerhouses when it comes to everyday tasks.

Or you could save yourself even more and go for the Honor 7X. It has the same 6-inch display and a similar dual-camera setup on the back, but pares down the processor performance to come in with a much lower price tag. At £270 or $200, the 7X is the one to go for if you don't care about powering through the latest games.

But for that exciting combo of top-end power and good looks, the View 10 is a superb choice if you don't want to empty your wallet.

Metal versus glass

I quite like the feel of the smooth, matte metal View 10, and the deep blue tone is a welcome change from black, too. That said, the Mate 10 Pro's all-glass back looks and feels like a much more luxurious device and will certainly draw more attention when you whip it out on the bus. Whether that slick design is worth the extra cash is a decision only you can make.

They're pretty much the same size, too, and with identical 2,160x1,080-pixel resolutions, both screens are equally sharp and bright enough to do your Instagram feed justice. The Honor 7X's display is the same size and resolution too, so is a better option for you if you're after the biggest screen for the lowest cost.