Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 10 is a significantly better phone than the Vivo V9, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 10!

Huawei Honor 10  Vivo V9 
Huawei Honor 10 Vivo V9
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Excellence Score
75.9
52.6
Value for Money Score
87.2
80.9
Price ₹ 27,999 onwards ₹ 17,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.84 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Aluminosilicate Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 970Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP12 Adreno 506
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 24MP), 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Professional mode, Slow motion, Time-Lapse Photography, Camera Filter, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, Palm capture, Gender detection, AR Stickers
Secondary Camera 24.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 7.89 mm
Weight 153 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh 3260 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 360 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 18.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Charging Time: upto 108 mins N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely dazzling glass design, identical to the much more expensive P20 Pro - this phone is a looker
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • The fingerprint sensor below the display is molded into the bezel itself - there's no depression where a home button would normally be, which gives the phone a neat, seamless look - the sensor also doubles as a touch-sensitive home button when the phone's in use
  • Very good, modern 19:9 tall display, with minimal bezels, and a 'notch' design, like the iPhone X - the display itself is sharp and bright
  • Packed with powerful top-end hardware - the phone runs the same top-end Kirin 970 chip found in Huawei's flagship (Huawei makes the chip itself) and gives almost identical performance - thus putting it in the league of the top-end flagship phones, at a much cheaper price - apps load quickly, photo editing is hassle-free and demanding games play very well
  • Good set of dual cameras on the back, enhanced by Huawei's AI tech - the camera uses artificial intelligence to detect what scene is being photographed and tweaks the image accordingly - and it works quite well - overall the cameras are only one notch below the best of the best like the Pixel 2 (which costs a lot more)
  • Good front camera too
  • Loud speaker
  • Good battery life - will last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • On the whole, the Honor 10 is a pretty solid phone, and delivers the same fast speeds and stylish colours as its flagship cousin the Huawei P20 Pro (although not quite the same superlative camera quality), at a much lower price, and has a standard headphone jack too - it's also a solid alternative to the excellent OnePlus 6, within this price bracket
  • Beautiful, elegant notch-based full screen design (that is clearly inspired from the iPhone X) - the device feels slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back - and it looks great
  • In terms of the ease of using the one-handed, the Vivo V9 actually goes one up on the iPhone X - it packs a bigger screen (6.2 inches) - and is still feels incredibly easy to use one hand
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Facial recognition to unlock works very well too
  • The tall 19:9 display is bright and vibrant, and ticks all the right boxes
  • Vivo's custom Android UI (Funtouch) is very inspired from iOS too - it works decently well, although a lot of Android users do tend to prefer close-to-stock Android UIs
  • The UI also brings in a new gesture based navigation system, that operates without buttons (a la iPhone X), and thus gives you even more screen real estate to play with - the system itself is not too difficult to get a hang of - so it works out pretty well - and makes navigation on the V9 feel more 2018 than getting around on, say, a Samsung Galaxy S9 with its standard touch buttons
  • Decent set of rear and front cameras, especially in daylight - colors are accurate, dynamic range is slightly above average, and the camera focuses relatively fast - of course, photo quality falls quite a bit short when compared to an iPhone X or Galaxy S9 - but for the price range, it's decent
  • Decent battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • Dedicated Dual SIM and MicroSD card slots
  • On the whole, the Vivo V9 is an all-round good device in this price range - especially for people who are more interested in a great design, great screen, and decent cameras - at the cost of a little bit of raw performance power
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The Honor 10's fingerprint sensor looks pretty seamless from the outside, but is somewhat hard to reach with one hand, and is can sometimes be slow and inaccurate - you might find yourself relying more on the face unlock in daily use
  • The glass gets slippery so you might want to use a case
  • The EMUI Android skin is quite feature packed, but not the most light Android skin around
  • The phone has a little bit of a tendency to warm up when stressed during gaming and while using other heavy apps
  • The Funtouch Android UI continues to come pre-installed with about six or seven bloatware apps - which could have been avoided
  • While the performance is good in regular use, the Snapdragon 626 chipset inside is not the best of the pack in this price bracket
  • Doesn't support the modern USB-C port
Expert Reviews
  1. The Honor 10 easily matches some of the best phones on the market in terms of looks, performance, camera, and yet it costs half of their price tags
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Honor 10 looks great and has plenty of power for its reasonable asking price
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. There's a lot to love about the Honor 10
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Undoubtedly the most capable smartphone that Huawei's sub-brand Honor has ever released in India
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An impressive all-round package
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Honor 10 is a beautiful phone with surprisingly good overall performance and impressive photography prowess
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Has a lot going in its favor...It comes with a stunning front and back glass design, compact form factor, and reliable AI-powered dual-camera setup
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Outstanding quality at an enticingly low price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Buy the Honor 10 for its camera. Love it for that kaleidoscopic glass back
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you liked the look of the Huawei P20 Pro, but didn’t fancy the price, then the Honor 10 is a solid alternative
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Comes with a great design and a superior camera
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Strong camera and design will compel buyers
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. Honor’s latest phone brings significant camera upgrades and looks stunning, too
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. It's the best camera phone that you can buy at its price point
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  20. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  22. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. With the V9, Vivo has managed to ship the first Android phone with a notch in India - for whatever that's worth
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A surprisingly refined package... the device feels very slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back, and little things like facial recognition to unlock works very well
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Vivo V9 offers quite a bit for its price tag.... it is a beautiful looking device worth showing off, and it comes with decent hardware, and plenty of software customizations
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great midrange smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Vivo V9 targets the masses....the handset should appeal to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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