Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 10 is a slightly better phone than the Vivo X21, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 10!

Huawei Honor 10  Vivo X21 
Huawei Honor 10 Vivo X21
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Excellence Score
79.9
75.6
Value for Money Score
86.2
70.8
Price ₹ 32,999 onwards ₹ 34,800 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.84 inches 6.28 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Aluminosilicate Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass Super AMOLED, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Eye Protection Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 970 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
GPU Mali-G72 MP12 Adreno 512
RAM 6 GB 6 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 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
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 (12MP + 5MP), 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.5" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Dual Pixel Sensors, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 24.0 MP 12.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, Screen flash
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.7 mm 7.37 mm
Weight 153 gm 156 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh 3200 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 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 In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Face Unlock; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; 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
  • Good front camera too
  • 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
  • Refined, understated design - the phone is sleek and features an all-black aluminum frame and a glass back with tapered edges, which make it very comfortable to hold
  • Surprisingly easy to handle, especially considering the 6.28-inch screen - the tall 19:9 aspect ratio helps a lot, and it also gives the front of the phone that modern bezel-less look everyone craves these days
  • Fans of minimalism will enjoy the Vivo X21 too - with the fingerprint sensor hidden under the screen, the back of the phone is very clean
  • The Vivo X21’s display is otherwise beautiful too with the characteristic vibrant color palette and inky blacks of an OLED display - it has excellent brightness levels, and outdoor visibility too
  • The Vivo X21 also features an always-on display that looks pretty similar to Samsung’s implementation, with a clock and other notifications on screen
  • The key USP of the phone, however, is the world's first under-display fingerprint sensor - the sensor works well most of the time, although it can be buggy now and then
  • In case you are not into that, you can also opt for the infrared-based facial recognition, which is fast and accurate, and pleasantly works in all kinds of lighting conditions
  • Good speed/performance backed by the solid Snapdragon 660 processor and an ample 6GB of RAM - mostly, in actual use, you will be hard pressed to see any differences in performance even compared to the top-end Android flagships like the Pixel 2 or the Galaxy S9
  • Decent dual camera setup at the back - does well especially in good lighting conditions, and with bokeh effects - it's not quite to the level of the Pixel 2 or the Galaxy S9 - but for its price bracket, it does a decent job
  • The front 12MP camera is decent too, and can also do (software based) bokeh images
  • Good audio quality via headphones
  • The single bottom-firing speaker also gets pretty loud
  • Good battery life - will last the day with medium to heavy use
  • Fast charging support
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The glass gets slippery so you might want to use a case
  • 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 EMUI Android skin is not the most light Android skin around
  • The phone has a bit of a tendency to warm up when stressed during gaming and while using other heavy apps
  • The cameras while good for the price bracket, are not up to the level of the (more expensive) senior cousin P20 Pro, especially in terms of low light performance
  • No water resistance - a feature thats now present in most phones in this price bracket
  • Uses the old microUSB standard, instead of the modern USB-C port
  • One area where the X21 loses out is the refinement of the UI - the OS which is basically a copy of the iOS, can often be un-intuitive, and sometimes buggy - the devil is in the details - and details are not very well done here
  • On the whole, the Vivo X21 is a good all-round phone, and has an innovative under-glass fingerprint sensor, but it's let down to some extent by its UI - everything considered, unless you are into the cutting edge fingerprint sensor tech, you are likely to find better overall value devices in this price segment, like the OnePlus 6, or the Honor 10
Expert Reviews
  1. Undoubtedly the most capable smartphone that Huawei's sub-brand Honor has ever released in India
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Outstanding quality at an enticingly low price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Buy the Honor 10 for its camera. Love it for that kaleidoscopic glass back
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Comes with a great design and a superior camera
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Strong camera and design will compel buyers
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. Honor’s latest phone brings significant camera upgrades and looks stunning, too
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. It's the best camera phone that you can buy at its price point
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  21. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  25. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The under-display fingerprint scanner is a welcome change in the tech industry
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Vivo X21 is an all-rounder with good performance, decent camera performance and a snazzy new in-display fingerprint scanning technology
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Vivo X21 is a fun device that gets a lot of things right
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A device for tech enthusiasts
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Vivo X21 is a device straight out of the future
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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