Overview & Price
The Honor 10 Lite is the little brother to the Honor 10; The Honor 10 release date was back in November of 2018, it costs around half the price of its older bro.
In this review we go over what makes the phone special, as well as showcasing some of the best Honor 10 lite contract deals.
An attractive design, strong battery and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable with a microSD are all some of the features this phone has to offer.
You may be wondering is the Honor 10 Lite waterproof? Find out shortly in the next part of this review.
Priced at around £200 in the UK, this phone can be a great alternative to some of the more mainstream phones for this price, giving users strong value for money and having some attractive qualities.
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A strong display and solid camera may be able to sway you from opting for the usual Samsung or Huawei device.
Lets take a look at what makes this phone a contender for those looking for a low-mid range device..
Design & Display
One of the first things you notice about the Honor 10 Lite is its beautiful design and colour-ways.
We reviewed the Sky Blue colour, which was simply stunning; the phone also comes in a White, Red and Black.
Honor also gives its users a free plastic case and screen protector in the box, which we thought was well needed, as the glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet.
Weighing in at 162g and being 8mm thick, the phone really is ‘Lite’, thanks to its plastic body.
Around the back you will notice that the design actually looks glass, giving it a premium look and feel to the phone without making it slippery to the touch.
Keep in mind though that it is plastic and can easily scratch if not protected by the case or dropped.
There is a rear fingerprint sensor, which is in the middle of the device, making it super easy and comfortable to unlock your phone with simply placing your finger on the sensor.
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As well as the sensor on the back you will find a dual-camera set up in the top left corner, they are slightly raised from the body of the phone.
However when placed in the free case you will find that the cameras become flush and therefore the phone can sit flat on a worktop with no wobble.
On the right hand side of the phones body you will find the volume rocker and power button, they feel solid and sturdy and feel nice to press, they are plastic of course so they do feel a little cheap.
Now you will need to be very careful when using this phone around water, as the Honor 10 Lite is not waterproof.
We were joyed to see that this phone has kept the 3.5mm headphone jack, and just next to the jack you will find a single firing speaker and a microUSB for charging.
The Honor 10 Lite has a 6.21-inch Full HD+ Fullview IPS LCD screen with a teardrop notch at the top.
The very small notch at the top of the display only houses the selfie camera, which is used for the face-unlock feature. Just above the notch.
Honor has managed to squeeze in a notification light, which will let you know if you have received a message or if your phone is fully charged by displaying a green light.
The big display has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and has a resolution of 2230 x 1080 pixels, which is incredibly competitive for this price bracket.
Honor claims to have an almost 90% screen to bezel ratio, giving users extremely thin bezels so that they can enjoy more of the LCD display.
The display itself is strong and gives decent image quality, however if you are someone who uses the phone primarily for watching movies then you might want to opt for a device with an OLED panel for brighter colours and a better overall experience.
The display itself is the same used in most Honor handsets at around the same price point, the default vivid mode gives bright colours and isn’t bad for such a budget smartphone.
However if you find the vivid mode to be a little too bright then this can easily be adjusted in the settings to offer a more natural look.
Honor has an eye-comfort mode which is great for using the device at nighttime or in bed, as it will be less damaging for your eyes.
Under the hood Honor has decided to use the Kirin 710 processor that is actually the same chip used in the Huawei Mate 20 Lite.
This chip provides more than enough power for every day usage such as scrolling through social media, reading and playing some games.
That being said if you are someone who loves to game on your smartphone then we would recommend taking a look at the Honor 10, as the lite version wasn’t capable of running games smoothly.
We found when gaming on the phone it would lag a lot and was extremely sluggish, this because so annoying to the point where we had to skip the MMORPG games and go straight for Doodle Jump.
That being said thanks to the GPU Turbo mode, we did play PUBG which ran fine on medium settings, so it’s not all bad for the Honor 10 lite in the gaming department.
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For the most part though scrolling through the UI and applications was smooth.
The Honor 10 Lite runs Android 9 Pie, which is the latest version of Android, on top of this is the Emotion UI overlay, it is super easy to get the hang of and there are plenty of tools to play around with and customise.
There is no application tray by default but you do have the option to implement one through the settings.
Some cool features of the Honor 10 Lite include the new ‘digital well-being’ feature, which will track how long you spend on different apps, you can even set a lock on to help you overcome that Instagram or Snapchat addiction.
The feature can also set a bedtime mode which will dim down the brightness of your phone at a certain time to prompt you to stop using your phone and start to unwind ready for bed.
One-handed mode is absent from the Honor 10 Lite however ‘HiSense’ is there, which is a great shopping tool and will automatically search an image on the web for you and find the best placed to shop for the product.
The Honor 10 Lite has 64GB of internal storage that is also expandable up to 512GB with the use of a microSD card, we find it very unlikely that anyone will use 512GB of storage but its nice to have the option just incase.
You will also find 3GB of RAM in the Honor 10 Lite which coupled with the chipset is more than capable of handling every day tasks.
The Honor 10 Lite release date was a huge deal, we remember when it first got announced and its easy to see why with a strong spec and low price like this.
When it comes to the camera the Honor 10 lite has a 13MP lens with a 2MP depth sensor, there are plenty of camera modes to choose from on the Honor 10 lite.
One of which being the AI mode which will detect the scene in which you are taking the image, and adjust the settings accordingly to ensure you get the best image possible.
This AI mode can get a little annoying though and sometimes over saturate images, for the more part it works well. When taking images of buildings or the sky, it will use AI to make the sky a bluer colour.
However this setting is down to personal preference and whether or not you agree with the AI scene detection setting, if not this can be turned off in the settings.
Night mode is awesome on the Honor 10 Lite just like it is on most honor phones; the camera does an excellent job at drawing in light in order to give the best image possible even when in the darkest conditions.
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Of course when shooting in night mode there is a lack of detail and overall image quality, but when in darkness its definitely better than a black screen.
One of the main features on the Honor 10 Lite’s camera is its 24MP selfie camera; this captures generous amounts of details and can produce some amazing selfies when in good lighting.
Portrait mode is available on the selfie cam to blur out the background, helping to focus the main image, we did notice that the selfie-camera has a lot more noise than the Honor 10.
But being at half the price we were expecting some sacrifices in the camera department.
The selfie-camera also houses the face unlock feature, making your phone a lot more secure when it comes to storing passwords on your device and using it for online banking.
The Honor 10 lite sadly doesn’t offer any sort of 4K video recording, however there is an option for 1080@60fps, although there is no stabilisation here so you will need a steady hand or a tripod.
Video recording is generally decent although it certainly isn’t going to win any medals.
The Honor 10 Lite has a 3400mAh battery and it is perfect for a phone with such a big screen.
The phone will easily make it through a full day of usage, of course depending on how you are using the phone; we don’t expect most people to be using the phone for intense gaming sessions being as the phone isn’t exactly a powerhouse.
Honor has also implemented ‘power saving mode‘ and ‘ultra power saving’ mode which essentially allow you to control the power output of individual apps.
Charging isn’t the best on the phone, as we found it would take almost 2 hours to get from 0-100%, which was rather annoying.
That being said once the phone is fully charged it does take a long time for the phone to drain as its extremely efficient at power distribution thanks to the processor.
The phone does come with a 10W fast charger in the box, although as mentioned don’t expect to be blown away by the “fast” charger as it took longer than expected.
The Honor 10 Lite is far from perfect, but what can you expect from a smartphone at sub £200, it is more than capable of handling every day tasks and the average phone user wont have any issues with the device.
With the Honor 10 Lite release date being back in November of 2018, this makes the phone extremely new and modern, as you can see with its premium design and feel.
However at this price point, companies are really exchanging blows and fighting to be the best value for money, the Moto G6 Plus is the main competitor here for the Honor 10 Lite.
The Honor 10 has a cool design, decent performance with a good camera too, it offers a lot more value for money than what you would find in more mainstream brands such as Samsung or Apple.
We would have loved if the Honor 10 Lite was waterproof, as in 2019 we feel this is essential, but for this price it wasn’t a deal breaker for us.
The Honor 10 Lite is easy to recommend for those looking for a little more value for money than they have previously had.
We hope you have enjoyed our Honor 10 Lite review, and feel free to check out the cheapest Honor 10 Lite contract deals at the top of the post.
Full Spec Below:
Launch: 2018, November
- Dimension: 154.8 x 73.6 x 8mm (6.09 x 2.90 x 0.31 inches)
- Weight: 162g (5.71 oz)
- Sim: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
- Size: 6.21 inches, 94.7cm² (-83.1% screen-to-body-ratio)
- Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (-415 ppi density)
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie; EMUI 9
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 710 (12nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G51 MP4
- Card slot: MicroSD, up to 512GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- Internal: 64/128GB, 6GB RAM or 64GB, 4GB RAM
– 13MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF
– 2MP, depth sensor
- Features: LED flash, HDR, Panorama
- Video: 1080p@30/60fps
– 24MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
- Features: HDR
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- NFC: Yes
- Radio: FM radio
- USB: MicroUSB 2.0, USB on-the-go
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
– Charging 5V/2A 10W
- Non-removeable Li-Pro 3400 mAh battery
- Colours: Red, Blue, Black, White
- Price: As seen in above post
- Display: Contrast ratio: 1282 (nominal), 2.497 (sunlight)
- Camera: Photo / Video
- Loudspeaker: Voice 70dB / Noise 73dB / Ring 87dB
- Audi Quality: Noise -90.2dB / Crosstalk -82.7dB
- Battery life: Endurance rating 89h