Honor 10 Lite launched in India: Unboxing, first impressions of new mid-range phone

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Honor 10 Lite launched in India: Unboxing, first impressions of new mid-range phone


Honor 10 Lite

Release Date: Jan 20, 2019 (Expected)

Rs. 13,999 ( Expected Price )

Buy For
Excellent storage capacityNice pair of camerasSound performanceGood battery backup

Beware of
Hybrid slot

The Honor 10 Lite is a mid-range smartphone, which has an excellent processing front that provides a high-end performance. It is not just about performance, other features like camera and storage are well in sync with the price tag. The key aspect of the camera setup is the front lens, which provides some amazing selfies. Besides the camera, it has a very good battery capacity which easily complies with the power needs of the user. Overall, the device shows no sign of a major drawback except for the hybrid SIM slot.

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Display and Camera

The Honor 10 Lite features a 6.21-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. Also, it has a pixel density of 415 PPI, which lends clarity in a display. The Full HD + display renders excellent display visuals. When it comes to the camera aspect the device is provided with a dual primary camera setup of 13MP and 2MP lenses backed by features like LED Flash and Phase Detection Autofocus. On the other hand, it has a 24MP front camera, which provides some really excellent selfies. Thus, the selfie freaks will love to own this device.

Configuration and Storage
As far as the performance is concerned, it is backed by two quad-core processors having 2.2GHz and 1.7GHz clock-speeds and is seated upon the HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset. The smartphone packs in a 4GB RAM and a Mali-G51 MP4 graphics, which makes the multitasking smooth and lag free. The device comes with an inbuilt storage of 64GB which is sufficient for user files and data. It comes with an expandable memory slot that supports up to 512GB.
Battery and Connectivity
The handset is fueled by the presence of a 3,400mAh Li-Po battery that can provide an ample amount of power backup to keep the running for a long time. Coming to the connectivity aspect, it has several standard connectivity options, which include- Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, and NFC.

Performance, Battery life, and Software
The Honor 10 Lite is backed by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 710 processor which works alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of user-expandable storage. During my time with the device, I seldom ran into stutters while navigating through the UI. Apps opened swiftly and despite shipping with just 4GB of RAM, multitasking was buttery smooth too, as the device managed to keep half a dozen apps in memory at any given moment.

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That said, playing intensive titles like PUBG isn’t a very smooth experience on the Honor 10 Lite. While the smartphone comfortably managed to run the game on medium graphics setting, there were noticeable frame drops during the heat of a battle. On the flip side, casual games like Dead Warfare, PAKO Forever, and Go Plane worked flawlessly on the device.

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On a related note, the smartphone’s software doesn’t play well with certain games and applications. For instance, in PUBG, a good chunk of the device’s display was blacked out. While you can force the smartphone to run games in full-screen mode, it might lead to app crashes and display errors.

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The Honor 10 Lite is fuelled by a 3,400mAh battery which lasted a full day on moderate usage. However, I found myself reaching for the charger whenever I pushed the smartphone too hard. In our battery test, the smartphone drained completely in 13 hours, which is a decent result, but I expected more out of the handset’s 3,400mAh cell.

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Coming to the software, the Honor 10 Lite boots Android Pie with a custom skin of EMUI v9 on top. If you’re not a fan of third-party skins, then EMUI will do little to change your opinion. It’s quite a way from stock Android and comes riddled with a bunch of bloatware and Honor’s own applications, most of which cannot be uninstalled. On the bright side, you do get some nifty features with the skin, such as the ability to mute incoming notifications by flipping the device and a full-fledged theme store to satiate all your customisation cravings.

The Honor 10 Lite is expected to be priced between Rs 13K to Rs 14K, which pits the device against smartphones like the Realme U1 (review), the Realme 2 Pro (review), the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (review) and the Xiaomi Mi A2. While the Honor 10 Lite has a lot going for it, including a good-looking design and dependable performance, it does little to stand out from the herd of other compelling choices. That said, my verdict could change if the smartphone is priced more competitively.

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