“Can the Honor 10 Lite be a good alternative to the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 in the mid-range?”

The Honor 10 Lite (review) and the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (review) are very dissimilar smartphones, but they have very similar price tags. They occupy the budget segment, and offer attractive specifications to appease buyers. While the Honor handset does this by equipping itself with a high-resolution selfie camera, the Max Pro M2 prides itself on its massive battery. But there are plenty of other features that make these smartphones worthy contenders for your hard-earned cash. So which one makes for a better buy? Let’s find out in an in-depth comparison between the Honor 10 Lite and ZenFone Max Pro M2. 

Design and display

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For their rear surfaces, these phones rely on a plastic design that has been given a glossy finish to emulate the looks of glass. Dual cameras and fingerprint scanners occupy the back panels of both these phones. The Honor 10 Lite does have gradient colours, which gives it some added points in the design department. Coming to the front, while both the phones have notched displays, the one on the 10 Lite has a dewdrop notch, while the one on the ZenFone device has a traditional wide notch that’s home to the front camera as well as a flash.

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Headphone sockets are offered by both these phones, apart from the regular array of sensors. The display on the Honor 10 Lite is a 6.21-inch panel with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. As for the ZenFone Max Pro M2, it ships with a 6.26-inch screen with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,280 pixels. Both of them are IPS LCDs with tall aspect ratios.

Hardware and software

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At the heart of the Honor 10 Lite lies the Kirin 710 chipset, which features a 2.2GHz octa-core processor and a Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. This hardware is complemented by Honor’s GPU Turbo technology, which increases performance and battery efficiency during gaming sessions. The Snapdragon 660 chipset powers the ASUS handset, offering a 2.2GHz octa core processor and an Adreno 512 GPU. The 6GB RAM model of the Honor 10 Lite will be sold with 128GB storage, whereas the 4GB RAM variant will be offered with 64GB in-built memory. As for the ZenFone Max Pro M2, it’s base version is a 3GB RAM model with 32GB of storage, and its 4GB and 6GB RAM versions come with 64GB of storage. Both the phones offer microSD card slots, but the one on ASUS’ offering is a dedicated one, while the one on the Honor device is a hybrid one.

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The software onboard the 10 Lite is an Android Pie-based version of EMUI 9. Apart from the usual bells and whistles of Chinese ROMs, it introduces new traits like AI-enhanced calls, a video enhancer and more. The software on the ZenFone device is a near-stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo. Only the Camera app is made by ASUS, and comes with several AI capabilities, which brings us to… 

Camera and battery

The dual-camera array of the Honor 10 Lite includes a 13MP camera and a 2MP depth sensor, while that of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 consists of a 12MP shooter paired with a 5MP depth-sensing unit. The main shooters of both these phones grab f/1.8 lenses, which aid low light photography. In fact, the Honor device even offers a special Night Shoot mode. On the front of the Honor phone is a powerful 24MP selfie camera, which is its main selling point. Apart from offering a portrait mode, AI beauty and studio lighting effects, this camera also offers scene detection. The front camera of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is a 13MP unit that’s accompanied by a softlight flash for night-time shots. This camera too offers a portrait mode of its own.

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When it comes to battery life, the Max Pro M2 wins by a huge margin thanks to its incorporation of a 5,000mAh battery. This guarantees up to two-day usage, which is great news for those craving a long battery life. The Honor 10 Lite carries inside it a 3,400mAh power pack, which doesn’t necessarily compare with the M2’s battery, but is well suited for one-day usage. Both the phones offer 10W fast charging. 

Closing thoughts 

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While the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 has been priced at Rs 12,999 for the 3GB RAM model, its 4GB RAM variant carries a price tag of Rs 14,999, which is Rs 1k more than the 4-gig version of the Honor 10 Lite. Slight price difference aside, the decision of buying any of these two handsets really comes down to whether you are a selfie enthusiast or someone who wants long battery life from their phone. The Honor 10 Lite is strictly for the former audience, while the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is for the latter.