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The HONOR 10 Lite Smartphone Review

The HONOR 10 Lite Smartphone Review

The HONOR 10 arrived 8 months ago, impressing us with its five key features. Now they are introducing a Lite version – the HONOR 10 Lite, at a more affordable price point.

The HONOR 10 Lite is positioned below the HONOR 10, but offers a larger Full HD+ display and a microSD card slot. Let’s take a close look, and see what else it offers!

The HONOR 10 Lite Tech Briefings

Let’s start with a video of the exclusive pre-launch tech briefing.

Now watch Zhao Zhiwei, Head of HONOR Malaysia, who shares the HONOR 10 Lite’s key features at the launch.

HONOR 10 Lite Price + Availability

The HONOR 10 Lite is avaialble in two variants, at the following price points :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 749 / ~US$ 182 / ~£143
  • 3 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 194 / ~£152

The 32 GB model will be available for sale starting 9 January 2019 in two colours – Midnight Black, and Sky Blue.

The 64 GB model, on the other hand, will be available for sale at a later date, in Sapphire Blue and Shiny Red colour options.

Unboxing The HONOR 10 Lite

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) comes in a plain an artic blue box, sealed by two security stickers. Let’s take a quick look and unbox it!

To keep costs low, Honor provided only the essentials in the Honor 10 package :

  • One Honor 10 Lite smartphone
  • One clear TPU bumper case
  • One 10 W Huawei fast charger
  • One micro USB cable
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

Next Page > The HONOR 10 Lite Up Close + Full Specifications

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The HONOR 10 Lite Up Close!

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) is built around the mid-range Kirin 710 SoC, with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Its large 6.21-inch display has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, and a dewdrop notch.

Even though it is a cheaper version of the HONOR 10, it also comes with the stunning Aurora Glass back, although the effect is more pronounced with the Sky Blue version, and less so with our Blue review sample.

Like the HONOR 10, it is powered by a 3,400 mAh battery, However, it only supports 10 watt fast charging, instead of the more advanced 22.5 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge technology.

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HONOR 10 vs HONOR 10 Lite Comparison

Look at how the new HONOR 10 Lite compares against the HONOR 10.

SpecificationsHONOR 10HONOR 10 Lite
Display5.84-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (432 ppi)
6.21-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (415 ppi)
- 90+% display-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.0.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 970Hisilicon Kirin 710
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP12ARM Mali-G51
Memory4 GB LPDDR4x memory3 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB
No microSD card slot
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasDual Camera System
- 16 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 24 MP monochrome sensor
- single LED flash
Dual Lens Camera
13 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens and single LED flash
- With 2 MP depth sensor
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityYesNo
OTG CapabilityYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIntegrated Into Home ButtonYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G SensorE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 22.5 W SuperCharge fast charging
3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions71.2 mm wide
149.6 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
73.6 mm wide
154.8 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
Weight155 grams162 grams
Colour OptionsPhantom Blue / Phantom Green / Midnight Black / Glacier GreySky Blue / Blue / Red

Next Page > The HONOR 10 Lite Key Features

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The HONOR 10 Lite Cameras

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) appears to use the same high-resolution 24 MP front camera, with a fast f/2.0 lens, as the HONOR 10.

The bright f/2.0 lens allows it to better handle low-light conditions – important since the front camera does not have any flash.

At the back, it sports an upgraded dual-lens camera from last year’s HONOR 9 Lite smartphone. It consists of a 13 MP camera with an f/1.8 lens, supported by a 2 MP depth sensor.

The depth sensor does not actually take any pictures. Instead, it lets the camera to more accurately differentiate the subject from its background, allowing for more realistic software bokeh effects.

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Fingerprint Sensor

Honor opted to go with a rear fingerprint sensor with the Honor 10 Lite. It is very fast and accurate, and allows you to trigger specific actions with different fingers.

The only downside? You can’t use it to unlock the device while it’s attached to a car mount. That’s when you need to use the Face Unlock feature. It uses the front camera and facial recognition algorithms to authenticate your identity, so it will work even with the Honor 10 Lite mounted on your car’s dashboard.

Next Page > Hybrid SIM, Dewdrop Notch, GPU Turbo

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Hybrid SIM Tray

Unlike the Honor 10, the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) has a hybrid SIM tray. This means the SIM 2 slot doubles as a microSD card slot.

You can either use a second nanoSIM card, or a microSD card for extra storage capacity. But not both at the same time.

The microSD slot will come in handy, because the HONOR 10 Lite only has 32 GB of internal storage.

There is also a higher-capacity 64 GB model, but microSD storage offers additional peace of mind – even if the phone is physically damaged or destroyed, you can still recover your data or photos and videos from the microSD card.

Dewdrop Notch

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) has a Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It features a dewdrop notch that is noticeably smaller than that of the Honor 10.

The display notch allows for notifications to be confined to the top, giving you more space for your work… or really, your games. Heh… In games or apps that do not support the notch, it will simply “disappear” by turning black.

GPU Turbo

GPU Turbo is a hardware and software combination that increases the “efficiency” of the GPU by up to 60%.

It does not mean you get a 60% boost in frame rate, although Honor says it will greatly reduce the jitter rate (variance between the highest and lowest frame rates), while appreciably increasing the overall frame rate.

How does GPU Turbo work? From what we understand, it uses a proprietary algorithm in the graphics driver to detect the change between the current frame being rendered, and the next one.

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This allows the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) to boost CPU and GPU performance for completely new frames, and reduce them for frames with few changes.

The only downside? GPU Turbo support is currently limited. Extremely limited.

From what we understand – it will only work with PUBG MobileMobile Legends: Bang Bang and King Glory. Naturally, game support will be extended to more games over time.

Next Page > HONOR 10 Lite Setup, Ergonomics, Memory + Storage

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Setting Up The HONOR 10 Lite

Setting up the HONOR 10 Lite is easy, and takes no more than 10 minutes if you are setting it up as a new device. Take a look at a video of the setup process.

Ergonomics

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) is definitely much larger than the Honor 10(Price Check). In fact, it is about the same width as the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the OPPO R17 Pro – they both have similar-sized displays, albeit shorter than both of those examples.

Its 6.21-inch IPS display is bright, although not as vivid as an AMOLED display. The non-standard 19.5:9 aspect ratio of the main display section gives you more screen space for gaming, but you will get some pillarboxing while watching movies.

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Available Memory + Storage

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) comes with 3 GB of memory, of which 1.83 GB (61%) is available for use. That’s actually pretty good, giving you enough free memory to run several memory-guzzling apps at the same time.

It also comes with 32 GB of internal storage, of which just over 22.6 GB (70%) is available for use. That’s enough for over 5,500 photos, or 4.25 hours of 1080p videos.

Next Page > HONOR 10 Lite Camera Performance – Photos + Videos

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Camera Performance – Photos

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) has a depth-sensing dual-lens camera, with a 13 MP image sensor paired with f/1.8 lens.  Photos from this camera have a 4:3 aspect ratio, with 3264 × 2448 pixels and an average file size of between 3 MB and 5 MB.

Here are 6 high-resolution samples from this 13 MP camera for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

The photos from the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) are surprisingly good for its price point. It also has the brightest lens we have seen at this price point.

Just note that it does not have a macro mode, so has trouble focusing on near objects. Also, its bright lens greatly narrows its depth of field, so make sure you focus properly on the subject, or it will appear out of focus.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Although its image sensor and processor is more than capable of handling 4K videos, the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) can only record 1080p videos.

Video Sample #1 : Piano Performance

The image quality is not comparable with flagship smartphones, but is good for its price point. That said, there are some focus seeking issues, and a notable lack of stabilisation.

Video Sample #2 : Street Market

In this walkthrough of a street market, you can see that the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) lacks image stabilisation. This is a shame, because electronic image stabilisation is not expensive from a software or performance point of view to implement.

Next Page > HONOR 10 Lite Gaming Performance + Verdict

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Benchmark Notes

For some odd reason, recent HONOR review samples (like the Honor 8X) appear to disable the installation of PCMark and AnTuTu. This prevents us from testing its work, as well as battery performance.

With that in mind, we would counsel that you take the 3DMark gaming performance results with a pinch of salt. We cannot be sure if this review sample is using the same firmware as an actual retail unit.

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

Here is the HONOR 10 Lite’s score running 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Honor Play HONOR 10 Lite OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Gaming Score 31622 16505 15354 15354
Graphics 37351 19183 15788 15788
Physics 20576 11087 14005 14005
Graphics Test 1 208.9 fps 120.7 fps 136.5 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 132.8 fps 63.7 fps 45.8 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 65.3 fps 35.2 fps 44.5 fps 44.5 fps
Review Links Honor Play Review   OPPO R17 Pro Review Galaxy A7 2018 Review
Price Check MY | US | UK MY MY | US MY | US | UK

The Kirin 710 appears to have a slight 7.5% performance advantage over its rival, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, which powers the OPPO R17 Pro.

A closer examination of the results will show that its ARM Mali-G51 GPU is faster than the Snapdragon 710’s Adreno 616 GPU. On the other hand, it has a slower CPU.

Our Verdict

At first glance, the HONOR 10 Lite is hardly a notable smartphone. Those of us who are used to flagship devices will dismiss it. In fact, we would naturally favour the Honor 10 over it.

But we are not its target market. The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) is designed for the lower mid-range market, against rivals like the Realme 2 and Realme 2 Pro. In that regard, it is a formidable competitor.

The HONOR 10 Lite offers a large dewdrop display with a new processor in an elegant package, and a great price point. It also boasts a dual-lens camera with very bright f/1.8 lens.

Unfortunately, we are unable to give you a complete verdict because we are unable to test its work and battery performance. But we hope we have provided you with enough information in this review to make an informed decision if this is the right smartphone for you.

Where To Buy The HONOR 10 Lite

The HONOR 10 Lite is available in two variants, at the following price points :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 749 / ~US$ 182 / ~£143
  • 3 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 194 / ~£152

The 32 GB model will be available for sale starting 9 January 2019 in two colours – Midnight Black, and Sky Blue.

The 64 GB model, on the other hand, will be available for sale at a later date, in Sapphire Blue and Shiny Red colour options.

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The HONOR 10 Lite Price, Offer + Tech Briefing!

Today, HONOR officially revealed the HONOR 10 Lite smartphone at a very attractive price point. We will have a review of it shortly, but in the meantime, here are the official HONOR 10 Lite tech briefing, price and offer!

The HONOR 10 Lite Tech Briefing

Zhao Zhiwei, Head of HONOR Malaysia, shares the HONOR 10 Lite’s key features in this video!

HONOR 10 Lite Specification Comparison

Here is a specification comparison of the new HONOR 10 Lite, and its big brother, the HONOR 10.

SpecificationsHONOR 10HONOR 10 Lite
Display5.84-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (432 ppi)
6.21-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (415 ppi)
- 90+% display-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.0.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 970Hisilicon Kirin 710
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP12ARM Mali-G51
Memory4 GB LPDDR4x memory3 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB
No microSD card slot
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasDual Camera System
- 16 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 24 MP monochrome sensor
- single LED flash
Dual Lens Camera
13 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens and single LED flash
- With 2 MP depth sensor
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityYesNo
OTG CapabilityYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIntegrated Into Home ButtonYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G SensorE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 22.5 W SuperCharge fast charging
3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions71.2 mm wide
149.6 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
73.6 mm wide
154.8 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
Weight155 grams162 grams
Colour OptionsPhantom Blue / Phantom Green / Midnight Black / Glacier GreySky Blue / Blue / Red

HONOR 10 Lite Price + Availability

The HONOR 10 Lite will come in two variants, at the following price points :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 749 / ~US$ 182 / ~£143
  • 3 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 194 / ~£152

The 32 GB model will be available for sale starting 9 January 2019 in two colours – Midnight Black, and Sky Blue.

The 64 GB model, on the other hand, will be available for sale at a later date, in Sapphire Blue and Shiny Red colour options.

One Day HONOR 10 Lite Offer!

On 9 January 2019, Honor Malaysia will offer the 32 GB HONOR 10 Lite at a special price of RM 699 / ~US$ 170 / ~£133.

In addition, if you purchase before 1 PM on 9 January 2019, you will receive the HONOR 10 Lite on the same day! This express delivery offer is limited to the first 500 deliveries in the Klang Valley.

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