The Honor 10 is one of the best value midrange smartphones in the market right now. Its Kirin 970 processor, which is Huawei’s best, is the same as Huawei P20 Pro but costs half the price. Of course many of the other hardware and software are not as premium, but it has most of the features. In this article, I will briefly compare the camera quality.
Here are the differences between the 2 phones:
Compare Honor 10 to Huawei P20 Pro
- Weight: Honor 10 is lighter, 153g vs. 180g
- Screen: Honor 10 has 5.84-inch 18:9 ratio (1080 x 2280) vs. Huawei P20 Pro 6.1-inch 2240 x 1080 OLED
- Processor: same Kirin 970
- Rear Camera: Honor 10 has 24MP + 16MP f/1.8, while Huawei P20 Pro has 40MP RGB f/1.8, 20MP monochrome f/1.6, 8MP telephoto f/2.4
- Front Camera: both has 24MP f/2.0
- RAM: 4 or 6GB (different regions may have different configuration)
- Internal Storage: 128GB (different regions may have different configuration)
- External Storage: no micro SD slots for both
- Battery: Honor has 3400 mAh while Huawei P20 Pro has 4000 mAh
- Water rating: not rated for Honor 10, IP67 for Huawei P20 Pro
- Headphone jack: Yes on Honor 10, none on Huawei P20 Pro
- Price: Honor 10 S$579 vs. Huawei P20 Pro S$1148
Honor 10 uses an older version of the Huawei camera app, which lacks the capability to capture night shots handheld in 4 seconds. There is also no 960fps super slow-motion, and the AI does not auto-convert text or detect portraits like how it does brilliantly on the Huawei P20.
But what I like on the Honor 10 is the ability to select or de-select AI mode during post-edit. It also has the 3D portrait lighting mode that creates studio-lighting shadow effects.
Huawei P20 Pro has higher pixel count, but clearly Honor 10 delivers a more vibrant and brighter image (AI mode enabled). It’s no surprise because Honor 10 is designed for the mass market while P20 Pro is tweaked by Leica who has stringent imaging standard. I had the same observation when reviewing the Honor 8 Pro comparing to Huawei P10 Plus.
Honor 10 night mode is boosted by the AI mode which brings up saturation and brightness. It’s usable, but nothing beats P20 Pro which technically captures the scene through multiple exposures in HDR fashion over 4 seconds handheld.
As for selfies, Honor 10 appears to have a little more contrast and the background blur is less than P20 Pro.
I did not compare the telephoto zoom images, but needless to say, P20 Pro wins because of the dedicated 2X zoom lens.
For a smartphone at half the price, the Honor 10 is very value for money, given the image quality is bright and saturated out of the camera. If you prefer a more traditional exposure, just deselect AI mode during post-edit and save the photo.
If you think Honor 10 is not good enough, well, of course it isn’t. That’s how Huawei teases you to get P20 Pro instead.