“Here’s how the newly-launched Honor 10 Lite fares against the reigning mid-budget offering from Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 6 Pro”

One of the most fiercely fought battles in the smartphone market of India takes place among phones priced around the Rs 15,000 mark. And the Redmi Note series has been reigning the segment for quite some time. With the arrival of the new Honor 10 Lite (review), which costs Rs 13,999 for the base model — the same as the Redmi Note 6 Pro (review) — Xiaomi does have solid competition. Its dual front cameras may have been pleasing selfie fans for a long time, but the Honor device also aims to appease buyers with its 24MP front camera. So which one should you go for? We pit the Honor 10 Lite and Redmi Note 6 Pro against each other to find out. 

Design and display

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Notched displays sit on the front surfaces of these phones, but while the Honor 10 Lite’s notch is a tiny waterdrop-shaped cut-out, the notch on the Redmi Note 6 Pro is noticeably wider. The Honor phone has been built using plastic, which gives it a slightly inferior vibe if compared against the metal back of the Xiaomi device. But the 10 Lite does have a polished glass-like finish which gives it a glossy effect along with enhancing its appeal. The rear surfaces of these phones have been adorned with dual cameras and fingerprint scanners. Headphone ports are also part of both these handsets, but the Note 6 Pro gains a slight advantage with its incorporation of an IR blaster.

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Speaking about their displays, the one on the Honor 10 Lite measures 6.21-inches diagonally and bears a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. The Note 6 Pro on the other hand, features a 6.26-inch panel with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,280 pixels. Both phones utilise IPS LCD tech and offer tall aspect ratios.

Hardware and software

The internals of these two phones are pretty much in the same league. Being Honor’s offering, the 10 Lite adopts the Kirin 710 chipset, which comes with a 2.2GHz octa-core CPU and a Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. As for the Note 6 Pro, it ships with the Snapdragon 636 SoC, that comprises a 1.8GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 509 graphics. Honor has provided two RAM and storage options to Indian buyers, in the form of 4GB + 64GB version and 6GB + 128GB model. On the contrary, the Note 6 Pro comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants, with both offering 64GB of storage. That said, both these handsets ship with microSD card slots that are of the hybrid type.

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EMUI 9 based on Android 9.0 Pie runs the show on the Honor 10 Lite. Apart from the usual features you would expect from this software, you also get new stuff like AI-enhanced calls, a video enhancer and more. The Redmi Note 6 Pro has also been blessed with the MIUI 10 which runs atop Android Pie. This interface offers features like nature ringtones, an updated UI, autofill support and more.

Camera and battery

On the rear of the Honor 10 Lite sits the combination of a 13MP f/1.8 camera and a 2MP depth sensor, while the rear camera setup of the Redmi phone includes a 12MP f/1.9 snapper and a 5MP depth-sensing unit. The singular front camera of the Honor phone offers a 24MP resolution, but Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro also impresses with its dual front cameras, which includes a 20MP main shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. This allows it to offer better portrait effects than the other device. Other stuff like AI scene detection, beauty effects and studio lighting effects are of course present on both the phones. 

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A 3,400mAh battery can be found inside the Honor 10 Lite, but it’s again the Redmi Note 6 Pro that takes the cake with its 4,000mAh cell. Both the phones support 10W fast charging.

Closing thoughts 

As you can see, the competition between these two Chinese smartphones is pretty tough. Both offer great displays, dual rear cameras, solid performance and of course excellent selfie cameras. Perhaps the size of the notch will end up being the distinguishing factor for many? Or will it be the size of the battery? Asking these questions does make the choice between the two devices easier… though you wouldn’t go wrong with either the Honor 10 Lite or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro.