Huawei sub-brand Honor 10: Budget-friendly flagship

In recent years, the battleground in the fiercely competitive smartphone market has shifted from top-tier phones with top-tier pricing to mid-range pricing with top-tier specs and for the Chinese Honor brand (a sub-brand of Huawei) this is a battleground they want to dominate in, especially with the introduction of Honor 10.

There’s a lot to love about this phone, starting from its design which has the almost bezel-less display and iridescent color, the variant BusinessWorld was sent to review is called Phantom Blue and bears striking resemblance to Huawei’s Klein Blue, a Royal Blue with a “Twilight” effect for a bit more shine.

At first glance, the design for the Honor 10 is very similar to the mother brand’s P20 line. This writer has a P20 Lite and aside from the repositioning of things — the rear camera in Honor is horizontal while P20 Lite is vertical — and the position of the fingerprint scanner (Honor’s is in front while P20 Lite is at the back), it was entirely possible for the two to be mistaken for the other.

And that’s not necessarily a bad thing as the 128 GB/4 GB RAM variant of the Honor 10 is priced at Php23,990 while the P20 with 128 GB/4 GB RAM is priced at Php34,990. So if one wants to have the P20 but cannot afford the price, Honor 10 is more than just a good alternative as inside, the Honor 10 contains the same Kirin 970 chipset that powers the P20.