16 January 2019

Honor 10 Lite Review

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16 January 2019
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Huawei's Honor sub-brand flooded the smartphone market last year with a number of offers. The company was mainly focused on the budget sector, with good designs and efficient hardware. We also have the Honor Play, a powerful smartphone focused on gaming for budget-conscious customers. The Chinese manufacturer's first smartphone for 2019 is the 10 Lite fee. It is powered by the new Kirin 710 SoC and has a large display with a small dewdrop clamp. Interestingly, the Honor 10 Lite price in India puts it in a hot segment where several manufacturers exchange blows already. Can the 10 Lite Honor deliver the Punch? To find out, we review it.

Honor 10 Lite design

You know this is a phone of honor when you look at its glistening background. Honor is known to use this type of finish on its equipment, and the Honor 10 Lite comes in three glossy colors: Sapphire Blue, Sky Blue and Midnight Black. We had the Sapphire Blue variant for review, and it reminded us of the fee 8X Euros 14,999 (Review) and the fee 9N Euros 9,687 (Review).

Although the back attracts a lot of attention, it also easily picks up smudges. Honor ships in the box a transparent case that helps. The 10 Lite is Honor's first smartphone with a dewdrop notch. The small clamp sits on the top of the display in the center and only houses the selfie camera. To make the edge small, Honor moved the earpiece to the smartphone frame. The notification LED is moved to the bottom of the bezel and you will only notice it when it illuminates.

The front is dominated by a 6.21 " display, which is surrounded by thin bezels. Honor claims that its chip-on-film screen technology allows it to avoid a thick chin by curving the layer downwards with the circuitry. Both the frame and the back of the phone are made of plastic and do not feel superior to the touch. This could be an attempt to reduce the costs and the weight of the device.

The power and volume buttons have been placed on the right. The power button is easy to hit, but you may have to shift the phone to the volume buttons. The left side of the phone is bare because the SIM tray sits next to a secondary microphone on the top. We fear that placing a secondary microphone could confuse people into this hole instead of the SIM tray itself.

The phone has a micro USB port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a primary microphone and a bottom- fired loudspeaker at the bottom of it. Honor ships a 10W loader in the phone box to top. The Honor 10 Lite features a dual camera setup with a single LED flash and fingerprint scanner at the back. Honor curved the phone's sides, making it easy to hold.

Honor 10 Lite software and specifications

Thanks to its large display, Honor claims that the 10 Lite has a 91% screen- to- body ratio. The 6.21 " panel has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a full HD+ resolution. There's no mention of any kind of display protection, so you might want to be careful when handling the device. Honor pre- applies a screen protector that should protect it from small scratches.

10 Lite is powered by the Huawei Kirin 710 SoC, which is also seen powering phones such as the Huawei Nova 3i 20,990( Review) and the Honor 8X. It's a 12nm- based octa- core processor and is clocked at 2.2GHz. The 10 Lite fee is available in 4 GB RAM and 6 GB RAM variants, although storage remains the same for both 64 GB.

If you are not satisfied with the storage, you can extend it with the hybrid dual- SIM slot by up to 512 GB. If you do not expand storage, two nano- SIMs can be used. The device has dual 4 G VoLTE support. Bluetooth 4.2, Wi- Fi 802.11ac, GPS and GLONASS are also available for other connectivity options.

The 10 Lite is Honor's first smartphone to ship with Android Pie out of the box. Our review unit operated EMUI 9.0.1 at the top of the security patch in November. It is similar to what we saw with previous EMUI versions, but it has a couple of additions. The first is the Digital Balance app that is similar to the Android stock Digital Wellbeing. It provides you with an overview of how you spent your time on this smartphone.

You will also find a screen management setting that allows you to limit the overall screen time or specific applications. Finally, when it is in bedtime, it has the option to switch the screen to a gray scale. As a parent, you can also set screen time and application restrictions here and use a passcode to secure them.

Like most other smartphones recently launched, you have the option to allow gesture-based navigation. This hides the Android navigation bar and instead you have to switch to navigate. There are other controls on gestures, such as flip to mute and screenshot with three fingers. Honor has also been added to the theme support, which makes it easy for you to change the look of the UI from the icon pack to the style and font of the lock.

Honor 10 Lite performance, lifetime of battery and cameras

The Kirin 710 is able to carry out the daily tasks without falling into a sweat. Our review unit was the 4 GB variant of RAM and we found it able to provide a smooth experience for everyday use. We found no lag or stutter and the phone could easily multiply.

We found that the fingerprint scanner was slow to unlock the smartphone while we were using it. The Honor 10 Lite also features a face unlock function that uses a selfie. Face recognition was quicker than the fingerprint scanner and in most lighting scenarios worked.

We put a few benchmarks on the 10 Lite honor to see how it works. The phone scored 1,29,535 in AnTuTu and managed 1539 and 5502 in the single-core and multi-core tests of Geekbench 4 respectively. 36fps in GFXBench T-Rex and 13fps in Manhattan 3.1 were managed by the phone. It scored 947 in 3DMark Slingshot and maximized in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme. The Kirin 710 scored higher in CPU benchmarks than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, but fell behind in GPU testing.

The Honor 10 Lite ran games like PUBG Mobile in the medium setting with the balanced graphics and the medium frame rate. We did not notice lag during play with these settings. After 36 minutes of PUBG Mobile, we found that the battery drain was 11 per cent.

The Honor 10 Lite 3400mAh battery lasted 11 hours and 20 minutes in our HD video loop test. Our use consisted of an active WhatsApp account, about one hour of gaming, 50 minutes of Google Maps navigation and a few YouTube videos, and at the end of 24 hours we were still left with 46 percent. The fee does not provide a quick charger in the box, and the standard 10W charger is slow to charge the phone.

A dual rear camera setup for the 10 Lite consisting of a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor was given the honor. You get a 24-megapixel shooter for selfies in the clutch. The camera software is similar to what we saw on other phones, and the company boasts both primary and selfie cameras with AI.

Aperture, night, portrait, panoramic, professional and time- lapse modes are available, apart from the usual photo and video. HDR is a different mode rather than a fast switch that would have been preferred. HiVision, the AI function we saw on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro RS. 69,990( Review), is also available, but limited to object identification, text translation and QR scanning.

The Honor 10 Lite is quick to focus and can correctly measure scenes. The smartphone could detect what it was pointing to with the AI mode enabled. However, the output in this mode was too saturated. While the skies looked bluer and the grass looked greener on the telephone, the shots looked more artificial.

In several cases, we noted that photos taken without AI were better than those taken using AI mode, with this behavior especially noticeable with macro shots. The Honor 10 Lite also managed to separate the topic and the background decently.

The Honor 10 Lite portrait mode did not deliver good results. The edge detection was not accurate and in some instances the phone did not blur the background completely. The Honor 10 Lite did not capture details in objects from a distance in landscape shots.

Low- light output was also below average. If AI is enabled, it automatically enables night mode, which keeps the shutter open for longer. This led to blurred shots when the subjects moved at all. Photos taken at night did n't have much noise, but the details were missing.

The selfie camera has default beautification enabled, which smoothes the faces. You can switch it off completely or adjust the beauty level. There is also a bokeh mode that allows you to blur the background. However, it doesn't allow you to adjust the blur level.

Video recording maxis for both the primary and selfie cameras at 1080p. You can also record footage with the rear camera at 60fps. However, this phone does not have image stabilization leading to a shaky output.


Another smartphone in the very competitive sub- Rs is the lower price variant of the Honor 10 Lite. Segment of 15,000 prices. To stand out, the 10 Lite sports a glittering finish. It's also the first phone from Honor to get a dewdrop knife and ship out of the box with Android Pie.

The Kirin 710 SoC is powerful and can stand up against the very popular Snapdragon 660 SoC in this segment. Where Honor 10 Lite 's cameras are. It faces severe competition from the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 tube 12,999 (Review), the Realme U1 tube 11,999 (Review) and Xiaomi Mi A2 tube 13,980 (Review). While it is worth considering the 4GB/64 GB variant in Rs. We think that the price of the 6GB/64 GB variant at Rs is 13,999. 17,999 is much less attractive than other options under Rs. 20,000.

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