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Honor V10 vs Huawei Mate 10 pro: An in-house battle to rule the bezel-less market

29 November 2017 5

Finally, the wait is over for the Honor fans, the company wraps off the cover from their latest bezel-less smartphone Honor V10 in a dedicated event. The device is in rumors and leaks from last few weeks, as expected the device is well appreciated by gadget geeks since the announcement due to its sleek looks, dual rear cameras, metal rear and above all best value for customers money. The Honor V10 is the company's second bezel-less smartphone for the Chinese customers. The Honor 7X and V10 are two different smartphones with different prices, design and specs sheet.

Although the company yet to announce the global availability of V10 it is pretty much on cards because the Chinese companies usually release their smartphones pretty soon globally. The Honor 7X was announced last month for the Chinese buyers, now the company is holding a launch event on December 5 for India and other global markets. So we can expect V10 will also be released pretty soon for the International buyers.

Those who are unaware the Honor brand is the subsidiary of Huawei, it is exactly similar what Mini is for BMW. Honor uses all tech of Huawei but the good thing about this brand is better value for money. The recently announced Honor 9 shared many features with the Huawei's flagship P10.

After the unveiling of Honor V10, everyone is claiming it to be the pocket-friendly variant of Huawei's flagship Mate 10 Pro. Today we will find out what are the similarities and differences between the Honor V10 and Mate 10 Pro on the basis of specs sheet. We are hopeful this comparison will certainly help out our readers to decide which device is better in what aspects and should you opt Honor V10 if you are looking for a pocket-friendly flagship device.

75 x 157 x 6.97 mm
5.99 inches - 2160x1080 px
74.5 x 154.2 x 7.9 mm
6 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

The key selling aspect of Honor V10 is indeed its full front-facing display with ultra-thin bezels on edges. The chassis and rear are made up of metal. The best thing about the design is despite having thick bezels, the device is featuring physical home button on the front side with the fingerprint scanner embedded under it. Its a good move from Honor when most of the bezel-less devices don't have any physical button on the front-facing side.

The front-facing fingerprint scanner is the most convenient method to unlock the device. The rear side is adorned with dual rear cameras placed on the top left corner with the single LED flashlight. The volume and power rockers are placed on the right edge. The device will be available in Gold, Red, Black, and Blue. The Honor V10 dimensions are 157x74.98x6.97mm and weigh 172g. It retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the other hand, the Mate 10 Pro is featuring glass and metal sandwich design with flat edges. The rear glass gives shiny look which further beautifies the overall striking design of the Mate 10 Pro. The glass rear attracts fingerprints that's why users have to take extra care of it. Up front, the Mate 10 Pro has all front-facing display screen. It lacks physical home button on the front but instead comes with rear fingerprint scanner placed below the camera sensors.

The dual Leica certified rear cameras are placed vertically in the center, this portion is dissected with a strip to make it prominent. The camera sensors are slightly protruding. The Mate 10 Pro measurements are 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm and weigh 178g. The Mate 10 Pro is IP67 certified device which means it can resist 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. Unfortunately, it lacks 3.5mm headphone jack. The Mate 10 Pro announced in four striking colors including Mocha Brown, Titanium Gray, Midnight Blue and Pink Gold

Display

Without any doubt, the display is one of the main luring aspects of both the devices. The Honor V10 is featuring a 5.99-inches display with an aspect ratio of 2:1. Its an IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display pixels density is 403 pixels per inch. It is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass in case of accidental drops.

The Mate 10 one of the key highlight is also it's 2:1 display of 6.0-inches. The display screen resolution is 1080 x 2160 pixels. The best thing is it is OLED display panel with pixels density of 402 pixels per inch. The full front facing display on both V10 and Mate 10 Pro is surely head turner which will attract buyers.

Though both the device's display is almost same with same screen resolution what makes the Mate 10 Pro display is better is being OLED instead of LCD. The Mate 10 Pro OLED display has better color saturation, the contrast ratio is pretty good, one of the brightest display from Huawei and it has deep blacks which LCD display lacks.

Software

In software department, its good to see Huawei and Honor adapter the latest stock Android OS. Yes, both the devices have Android Oreo 8.0 straight out of the box with EMUI 8.0 layer over it. Overall UI experience is pretty great for both the devices. The EMUI 8.0 is the company biggest leap forward from EMUI 5.1. The new UI is pretty clean and fluent as opposed to the thick layer of earlier EMUI versions. To facilitate the one hand operations the company introduces a number of gestures. It's good to see Huawei specially optimized the EMUI for 2:1 display.

Hardware

The second most prominent aspect of Honor V10 is its chipset under the hood which puts it in the same league as Huawei's Mate 10 Pro. Yes, you guessed it right the Honor V10 is featuring the Huawei's latest Kirin 970 SoC which accompanies Neural Processing unit for better AI capabilities. The AI power of Kirin 970 NPU brings a number of exciting features, for instance, you have the ability to recognize images using your rear camera in a blink of the second. Another advantage of NPU is that the device automatically adjusts what rear camera is capturing. For instance, it will detect you are capturing food, plants, flowers, low-light images and so on. Every time you open up camera it automatically adjusts the cameras according to it.

Its an Octa-core chipset with four Cortex-A73 cores clocking at a speed of 2.36GHz whereas the other quad is Cortex-A53 clocking at 1.8GHz. There is an i7 Coprocessor as well. The Octa-core SoC is accompanied with 4/6GB RAM. The base variant built-in storage is 64GB whereas the top of the line variant comes with 128GB storage. The built-in storage of both the devices is further expandable via MicroSD card.

The Mate 10 Pro is the company's first flagship smartphone which is featuring the latest Kirin 970 SoC with NPU. The Octa-core chipset is coupled with 12-cores GPU and 6GB RAM. The device built-in storage is 128GB which isn't further expandable via MicroSD card. So we can claim in terms of raw power both the Honor V10 and Mate 10 Pro are on the same page. You won't find any difference in the performance of both the devices.

Specs Honor V10 Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Display 5.99-inches IPS LCD 6.0-inches OLED
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Kirin 970 SoC Kirin 970 SoC
RAM 4/6GB 6GB
Storage 64/128GB Expandable via MicroSD card 128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 16MP RGB+20MP Monochrome 12MP RGB+20MP Monochrome Leica cameras
Front camera 13MP 8MP
Battery 3,750mAh 4,000mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
IP-ratings None IP67
OS Android Oreo with EMUI 8 Android Oreo with EMUI 8
Camera

As far as camera sensors are a concern, both the devices are featuring dual cameras on the rear side. Huawei is known for introducing RGB sensor along with the monochrome sensor. However, they opt different setups for their smartphones according to price range. All Huawei flagships have Leica certified camera lens, same is the case with the Mate 10 Pro.

The Honor V10 primary rear snapper is 16MP RGB lens whereas the secondary sensor is the 20MP monochrome lens. The aperture of both the rear cameras is f/1.8. Up front, the selfie-camera is the 13MP module for selfies. At the moment is still unclear how Honor V10 cameras take benefit of NPU, either it is same as Mate 10 Pro or not. The dual sensors have Phase Detection Autofocus.

The Mate 10 Pro features dual Leica-certified cameras. The primary sensor is the 12MP RGB sensor with f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. The secondary sensor is the 20MP monochrome lens with f/1.6 aperture but it doesn't have OIS. The aperture clearly confirms the Mate 10 Pro works pretty efficiently even in low-light conditions. The Mate 10 Pro cameras can be operated separately as well if you are Pro user, you can manually set the settings of both the sensors. The devices come with software aperture to further enhance the capturing capability.

If you like Bokeh effect, the Mate 10 Pro allows you to capture images solely focused on the subject with blurred background. The good thing is the camera sensors on the Mate 10 are wide-angle camera lens with hybrid zoom. The selfie-camera on the front facing side is 8MP.

Battery

The Honor V10 is bringing a fairly large battery cell of 3,750mAh to keep its lights on. According to Honor, the device brings 22 days standby time, it lasts 23 hours on continuous talk-time. It comes with 5V/ 4.5A fast charging which means you don't have to wait longer to completely charge the device from O to 100. For connectivity and charging it has USB Type-C port.

The Mate 10 Pro features a gigantic battery cell of 4,000mAh which easily last more than one day on normal to heavy usage, it even lasts two days on normal usage. The device supports fast charging tech. The connectivity and charging port on Mate 10 Pro is USB Type-C. If your device is connected to WIFI for the whole day, it still ends the day with 30% juice. Unfortunately, despite having glass rear it still lacks wireless charging support.

Price and Release

The Honor V10 is announced in three variants, the base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory at 2,700 Yuan in China which is $410 for international customers, the standard variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, it can be grabbed for 3,000 Yuan in China($455). Last but not the least the top of the line variant comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage at 3,500 Yuan in China, at current currency exchange rate it costs $530. The device goes up for pre-orders soon after the unveiling via JD.com, Sunin.com, Gome.come, Tmall.com and Vmall.com with a release from December 5.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is currently widely available in most of the regions, initially, it was released for the European at a price tag of Euros 799. The device is available for UK and Australia customers as well but still not released for the US.

Conclusion:

Without any doubt in terms of sheer power under the hood, both the devices are equally good. The Honor V10 features a sturdy metal design whereas the glass rear on the Mate 10 Pro is more premium and striking. The display department is lead by Mate 10 Pro due to OLED, otherwise, screen resolution and pixels density on both the devices is equally good. The camera sensors on Mate 10 Pro are exceptionally good due to the large aperture and AI support. At the moment the Mate 10 Pro cameras are awarded 97 scores by DxOMark, it is placed right next to the Pixel 2 lineup. The software experience on both the devices is similar. In battery section, the Mate 10 Pro has the slight upper hand but in terms of pricing the Honor, V10 is available at almost half of the price of Mate 10 Pro that's why it is bringing the best value for customers money.

At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the latest Honor V10 vs Mate 10 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more previews and comparison

(last update 13 December 2018 @ 21:18)

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