Smartphones are often high-priced. Fortunately, they’ll even below cost and, as it happens, pretty smart. Better than pretty quick. The Honor 10 Lite is one among those superb budget smartphones that have us curious why you have got to pay five times more for the ‘best’ phones out there.
It has an outsized, bright display, incredible performance, good dual cameras and solid battery life. For the value, you can’t ask for much more.
Price and availability
And that price could be a sensible one. The honor 10 lite is £199.99 within the United Kingdom with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage.
It’s obtainable currently direct from Honor.
It puts it at the high end of ‘cheap’ however far more affordable than most of the phones on the market. You may purchase five 10 Lites rather than one iPhone XS. Not that those phones are comparable or perhaps for the same consumer. However, you get the point.
Let there be lite
The Honor 10 lite could be a cheaper appropriation of the superb Honor 10 that prices double as much (itself a comparatively negotiate at £399). It shows that you will cut a couple of more corners on materials and internal specs whereas maintaining an equivalent essential smartphone experience.
Our Honor 10 Lite review unit was by now acquainted Honor deep blue hue however the headline new colour obtainable is named sky blue, that fades from blue to silver. Honor is Huawei’s sub-brand. Therefore, it’s no surprise to check it ape the flashy dynamical colours of its parent company’s flagship phones.
There’s a black one too however you’ll most likely choose a bit of flash as otherwise, this is often a reasonably regular plastic backed phone. Ours picked up a chip when a comparatively short fall onto the bottom however it’s not glass, so it didn’t smash, an advantage with cheaper handsets.
The front houses a generous 6.21in LCD display with a bit dewdrop notch at the top to accommodate the 24Mp front facing camera. That’s pretty smart for a £200 phone that additionally packs in dual rear cameras though it’s value noting the honor 9 lite had two front-facing cameras too. The notch on the Honor 10 Lite means that there’s just the one.
The 13Mp and 2Mp rear cameras mean you’ll be able to zoom with better clarity and take pretty smart portrait shots with the blurred background effect. It even features a pretty good night mode that provides you with a higher colour balance and sharpness in low light. We found this worked OK, however not very well significantly on close up shots in dingy settings.
The cameras don’t seem to be near the standard of phones just like Google pixel 3 or Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro however once more, for the price, it’s all rather spectacular.
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As is clumsily emblazoned on the rear of the phone, the Honor 10 Lite has Honor’s ‘AI camera’ that means it has a mode that saturates colours to make your snaps a bit more social media ready. Results are good enough without, however, it’s an inoffensive enough feature that you may appreciate.
Less fun is the extreme beauty modes applied to the front-facing camera. Turn it off though, and it’s a wonderfully smart selfie camera which will even muster a portrait effect.
Despite the tall 19.5:9 ratio of the screen it’s still very pocket-size, measuring 154.8 x 73.6 x 8mm. This makes it solely slightly larger than the superb Honor 9 lite however adds half inch to the 2340 x 1080p display. It’s a decent upgrade.
Within that plastic frame, there’s additionally a headphone jack, a fascinating feature you see on cheaper phones these days, a rear-mounted fingerprint detector that works very well and a micro USB port that hints at the very fact this is a budget smartphone.
We hoped to ascertain the better USB-C here however you can’t have everything. There’s even the lesser noticed FM radio, provided you connect wired headphones to act as an antenna.
Performance is additionally lovely for the value. There’s a Kirin 710 processor paired with 3GB RAM in our review unit. Add to that 64GB expandable storage up to 512GB, and it’s a reasonably versatile device. You’ll even use the microSD slot for a second SIM if you’d like.
The phone sometimes stuttered with graphical overlays like with Facebook Messenger’s floating chat heads and once switching quickly between apps. However it never entirely crashed on us as we used the Honor 10 Lite as our main phone for many days over a busy Christmas vacation. Just do not expect to play high-level games on it.
There are hints of judder once opening data-heavy apps like Instagram or a zesty WhatsApp group chat however it’s all to be expected on a phone of this value and specs. We found a similar on the honor 9 lite, Moto G6 and some other budget Xiaomi phones. You won’t find a £200 phone without these problems however they’re not a problem on the Honor 10 Lite unless you’re very meticulous. If you are, you’ll pay more.
Time to do some Pie
An excellent feather in the Honor 10 Lite’s cap is that it runs Android 9 Pie, the most recent version of Android at the time of the phone’s release. This implies it beats Huawei’s flagship P20 pro to the Pie game as well as the premium Samsung Galaxy S9. That’s smart going, Honor.
It runs Huawei and Honor’s EMUI 9.0.1 over the top of Android, and you’ll apprehend by now that EMUI changes an awful heap of the look and feel of stock android, creating it a bit like Apple’s iOS. However, you know what? It doesn’t matter. Sure, there are changes, however using it as our main phone we presently got used to its quirks.
We really can’t complain when a £200 phone has the most recent version of Android at launch before phones that price three or four times as much. Honor isn’t the best at updating software though, so bear this in mind if you would like your new phone to get android q or timely security updates.
An advantage of many budget phones is nice battery life, and therefore the Honor 10 lite isn’t an exception. Its generous 3400mAh battery paired with its low-end specs mean this is a phone that with light use lasted us two whole days. Heavier users can still comfortably end one day on around 30 minutes.
Although there’s a faster charger in the box, the phone doesn’t really fast charge. Hey ho, it fills up fast enough. As you’d expect here, there’s also no wireless charging.
This is one of the best cheap phones you’ll obtain with a large screen, nice battery life and versatile if not great cameras. You may prefer the plainer software of the Moto G6 series, but otherwise, if you’re on a budget, the Honor 10 Lite is the best going.
Honor 10 Lite: Specs
- Android 9.0 Oreo with EMUI 9.0.1
- 6.21in 2340×1080 19.5:9 touchscreen, 415ppi
- Kirin 710 octa-core processor (4×2.2GHz, 4×1.7GHz)
- Mali-G51 MP4 GPU 3/4GB RAM
- 64/128GB storage
- microSD card slot (up to 512GB)
- Dual lens rear camera – 13Mp + 2Mp, video up to 1080p
- Single front camera – 24Mp
- Fingerprint sensor
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.2 4G LTE
- Headphone jack
- Dual nano-SIM (uses SD slot)
- 3400mAh non-removable battery
- 154.8 x 73.6 x 8mm