“The Honor 10 Lite is the new kid on the block that’s able to give a tough fight to the reigning champs in the sub-Rs 15k segment”
Honor has taken great strides in the Indian handset market, especially in the budget and mid-range segment. The actual influx started with the launch of the 9 Lite, which was the most affordable smartphone with quad cameras along with offering powerful specs in a glass-back design. Ever since then, the company has been constantly evolving and has recently launched the successor to the Honor 9 Lite, aptly called the Honor 10 Lite. The latest launch goes up against some strong contenders in the mid-range like the Realme U1 and Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro. If you are wondering which handset is the best buy in the Rs 15k category, then here’s a lowdown on how the Honor 10 Lite fares against its contenders.
A display that keeps up with the latest trend
In case you haven’t got that memo yet, the wildfire that was the display notch is now being put out as brands are looking for ways to increase the display estate even more. While the high-end smartphones are moving towards more advanced technology like sliding design and punch-hole displays, budget smartphones are leaning towards the waterdrop notch. The Honor 10 Lite keeps up with the trend and comes with a 6.21-inch FHD+ display with dewdrop notch at the top. The display has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and offers a screen-to-body ratio of 91%.
The Realme U1 too shares that aspect and while it has a slightly bigger 6.3-inch full HD+ panel, it has a slightly lesser 90% screen-to-body ratio. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro features an almost identical 6.26-inch FHD+ screen but due to a conventional elongated notch and 19:9 aspect ratio, it has a considerably lesser screen-to-body ratio of 81%.
A speedy performer
Under the hood, the Honor 10 Lite comes equipped with the latest mid-range chipset from Huawei — the Kirin 710 SoC. The chip has been fabricated using 12nm process with eight cores clocked at 2.2GHz and comes with AI capabilities. The Realme U1 is also at par with the Honor 10 Lite with a 12nm, 2.1GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 AI-backed processor. However, the Honor offering gets an edge over Realme owing to the latest GPU Turbo 2.0 technology. The technology offers a significant boost in the gaming department. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro lags behind once again because of the less efficient 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor which has eight cores clocked at 1.8-GHz.
The Realme U1 is offered in two RAM and storage configurations of 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. As opposed to that, the Redmi Note 6 Pro and Honor 10 Lite are available in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants, with just a single storage option of 64GB.
Selfies with an AI Edge
The Honor 10 Lite again takes the cake when it comes to the selfie department with a 24MPl shooter on the front. The snapper is backed by several AI features including 8 AI Selfie Scene detection – Stage, Sky, Plant, Flower, Beach, Night, Room, Snow; Beauty Mode and Portrait mode. The Realme U1 also comes with an almost identical 25MP camera on the front but misses out on features like AI scene detection. In comparison, the Redmi Note 6 Pro features a combination of 20MP and 2MP snappers
As for the primary camera, both the Realme U1 and Honor 10 Lite come with 13MP + 5MP sensors on the back. In comparison, the Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a pair of 12MP and 5MP shooters on the rear.
Latest Android operating system
The Realme U1 and Redmi Note 6 Pro are both running the older iteration of Android i.e., 8.1 Oreo. In contrast, the Honor 10 Lite boots the latest Android 9.0 Pie and EMUI 9.0, that ships with a number of interesting features along with its own take on Google’s Digital Wellbeing feature (dubbed as Digital Balance) which aims to help you reduce your phone usage.
As can be seen from the aforesaid points, the Honor 10 Lite comes across as a more commendable option of the lot, even if by a slight margin. The smartphone’s base model is priced at Rs 13,999 and can be picked up from Flipkart and HiHonor.com exclusively.