Honor starting the year off with a bang in the UK with the new Honor 10 Lite
The first phone to launch in Europe this 2019 shows we’re off to a great start. So what does £199 exactly get you from Honor?
The Lite is a far more affordable device than its flagship sibling, albeit the flagship only costing a mere £400, but it isn’t hard to see that Honor have packed this device with almost as much tech as the original Honor 10, but for literally half the cost.
Pick the phone up and you’ll immediately notice that despite presenting as glass and metal, it actually sports an all-plastic build. Something which I’m glad to see as every glass back phone i touch seems to crack. The back is resilient and seems forgiving should you choose to not wrap it in a cover. To the eye, you’d never tell it was plastic as the thing is buffed up so much it looks the same as glass.
The giant 6.21-inch Full HD+ FullView IPS LCD on the phone’s front renders the Lite one of the largest handsets out there right now. The perfectly rounded corners of the very thin bezel ensure the phone boasts 2019 styling, while the small rounded “Dewdrop” notch at the top houses the impressive 24-megapixel front-facing camera, which also allows for face unlocking and perfect selfies.
As for the processor itself, it uses four A73 and four A53 CPU cores. The maximum frequencies are 2.2GHz and 1.7GHz, respectively. Compared with the Kirin 659, the performance of a single core is improved by 75% and multi-core performance is improved by 68%.
On the GPU side, the Kirin 710 integrates the Mali-G51 graphics card, achieving 130% performance improvement and 100% energy efficiency improvement compared to the 659. With the support of Huawei’s GPU Turbo 2.0 technology, it continues to achieve super-level stability.
Honor’s used the same Kirin 710 processor that the Honor 8X it’s a fast and efficient mid-range processor with enough power for most user’s everyday smartphone needs, however, where the Honor 10 Lite is concerned, you’d be better of with the 8x if it’s gaming you’re more concerned about.
The camera… a beast.
The Honor 10 Lite’s rear cameras are superb (for the price) they give great depth and have brilliant portrait modes. The AI is more useful, boosting colour saturation and sharpness when it recognises a particular type of shot.
Another useful addition is Night Mode, a more basic version of the one seen in Huawei’s flagships.