“Both the Honor 10 Lite and Realme U1 ship with waterdrop notches and powerful selfie cameras”

Selfies are really important to some, and owning a phone that has particularly been made with them in mind is hence a big boon. The Honor 10 Lite (review) and the Realme U1 (review) are two such devices, which are catering to the selfie lovers. It’s no surprise then that they both offer high-resolution front cameras, and are available at affordable prices. But there’s a lot more to these phones than just that, including interesting designs and loaded internals. So let’s compare the Honor 10 Lite and Realme U1 to see which one offers the most bang for your buck.

Design and display

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Seeing their prices, you wouldn’t expect these offerings to come with glass-back designs. However, despite the use of plastic, they still grab the looks of glass surfaces owing to the glossy nature of the materials used. Both the phones have dual cameras and fingerprint scanners on their rear panels, and waterdrop-style notches on their fronts. Thankfully, they have been blessed with 3.5mm headphone sockets. While both hold microSD card slots on their sides, only the Realme U1 has a dedicated slot, while the Honor 10 Lite comes with a hybrid tray. The dimensions of both these phones are more or less similar.

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Coming to their displays, the Honor handset ships with a 6.21-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. As for the Realme U1, it flaunts a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with the same resolution.

Hardware and software

The Honor 10 Lite uses Huawei’s Kirin 710 chipset, which offers a 2.2GHz octa-core processor and a Mali-G51 MP4 graphics chip. This phone prides itself on its GPU Turbo technology that’s aimed at improving the efficiency of graphics processing and overall performance during gaming sessions. The U1 has been furnished with the Mediatek Helio P70 SoC, which features a 2.1GHz octa-core CPU and a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.

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Honor’s offering is available in the form of two configurations – a 4GB RAM model with 64GB of storage and 6GB RAM variant with 128GB of memory. In contrast, the Realme U1 has a 3GB RAM + 32GB storage option and a 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version. Both the phones offer expandable storage.

The 10 Lite has been infused with the Android Pie-based EMUI 9 software by Honor. Fresh UI changes make their way into this release, apart from features like AI enhanced calls, a video enhancer and much more. The Realme U1 runs OPPO’s ColorOS 5.2, which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Gesture navigation is one highlight of this software, apart from Smart Scan, which now supports Hindi language transcription. A feature called ORoaming allows you to create a virtual SIM card, so you can use local data services in the countries you’re travelling to, without switching SIM cards or using international roaming.

Camera and battery

Being selfie-focused phones, both offer high-resolution front cameras. The Honor 10 Lite offers a 24MP f/2.0 shooter with scene detection capabilities, beauty features and studio lighting effects. The Realme U1 on the other hand, sports a 25MP f/2.0 front camera with beauty features, a night mode and an HDR mode. The rear camera setups on both these phones include 13MP + 2MP snappers that come with scene detection and other AI features.

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The battery capacities of these phones are pretty similar. While the Honor 10 Lite carries inside it a 3,400mAh unit, the U1 packs a 3,500mAh power pack. 10W fast charging is on offer on both these devices.

Closing thoughts

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While the Honor handset has been priced at Rs 13,999 for the base 4GB RAM model, the U1 will set you back by Rs 14,499 for the higher-end 4GB RAM version. As is evident by the comparison, both the Honor 10 Lite and Realme U1 have more things in common than different. Selfie fans can choose either of them, and they’ll definitely get their money’s worth.