Honor 10 Lite Review: The (almost) perfect low-end device

Honor 10 Lite it is practically the first smartphone to come out in 2019. A modern device, very interesting and above all very cheap. But how does it behave in everyday life? To find out, I decided to take it with me to CES in Las Vegas as well.

Honor 10 Lite: the technical sheet

dimensions: 154,8 x 73,6 x 8,0 mm
Weight: 162 g
Display: 6,2″ IPS LCD – 1080 x 2340 pixel
CPU: Kirin HiSilicon 710
GPU: Mali G-51 MP4
Memory: 64 GB - expandable via microSD
Network: 4G LTE – Dual SIM
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.1 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB, GPS, NFC
Battery: 3400 mAh
Rear camera: 13 + 2 MP
Front Camera: 24 MP
Videos: Full HD @ 60 fps
Operating system: Android 9.0 Pie

Young and modern

Honor 10 Lite if presenting with a modern design and a series of colors designed primarily for younger users: we have the Blue (the one I got to try myself), the Sky Blue (which fades from blue to white) and the classic black. All showing off a glass back shell and a shiny metal frame. The result is a device that stands out among the plastics of the competition and which is enriched by good ergonomics and a discreet olephobic treatment.

A more in-depth analysis will allow you to notice the rear camera modules, slightly raised but not annoying, the fingerprint reader, absolutely lightning, and the on / off and volume adjustment keys, both located on the right side . On the other hand, the left side is free, while on the upper one you will find the slot for the two SIMs or the possible microSD. The lower profile finally houses the 3,5mm jack, the speaker and, alas, the microUSB connector. A choice that I can understand considering the low cost of the device but that I struggle to share. In 2019, in my opinion, all devices should come out with the now popular USB-C.

On the front we find a 6,21-inch display, very wide, bright enough and above all equipped with a notch to drop which goes almost unnoticed. Practically a super-cheap borderless device. Don't you love the notch? Just go to the settings to remove it by inserting the usual black bar.

Average performance

Honor 10 Lite comes with the new processor Kirin HiSilicon 710, accompanied by 3 GB of RAM, the Mali G-51 MP4 GPU and an internal memory of 64 GB. A mix that offers absolutely good performance despite some slowdown and too many lag.

On board then the operating system Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0. The functions are not exactly identical to the top of the range but we still have many useful features: the themes, the phone manager, the gestures, the unlocking with the face and the possibility of adjusting the volume of phone calls taking into account the ambient noise.

Good connectivity (although I would have appreciated the WiFi ac instead of the monoband one) and the speaker discreet, while it is the notification LED is almost useless, too small and too low to really notice.

Finally we arrive atautonomy, truly amazing. The device arrives serenely at the end of the day with a good percentage of remaining battery. During CES he also acted as a hotspot but this did not upset his performances. In short, a truly reliable device.

Artificial intelligence makes the difference

Honor 10 Lite if presenting with a double rear camera, with a 13 megapixel sensor with f / 1.8 aperture and a 2 megapixel sensor with f / 2.4 aperture. A rather classic combination on this band that is however enriched by the presence of artificial intelligence. It can be activated and deactivated at your convenience so as to be less invasive as possible, theAI Room allows you to get much more interesting shots, with more vivid colors and good contrast. All this, however, provided that the lighting conditions are good. In the dark even artificial intelligence gives up, leaving room for decidedly less defined contours and the inevitable noise.

The front camera, on the other hand, is 24 megapixel with f / 2.0 aperture, it allows you to get absolutely good selfies and to apply the usual beauty filter that saves you even in the worst situations.

And the videos? Rather standard. Don't expect big things and get ready to settle for Full HD.


    Honor 10 Lite: to buy it or not to buy it?

    Honor 10 Lite isn't perfect but it definitely is a great low-end device. To reward it really many elements, including the large display, the attractive design, the excellent autonomy and the presence of Android Pie. TO 239,90 € it's a really good deal.

    Honor 10 Lite

    • large display
    • Attractive design and colors
    • Excellent autonomy
    • Android 9.0 Pie
    • Some slowdown
    • MicroUSB port
    • WiFi monobanda
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