Honor 10 Lite first impressions

Honor had a good last year in terms of sales and the brand is all set to make a bang this year too. With two launches planned for this month, the brand is all set to announce the Honor 10 Lite in the Indian market. The newer smartphone carries the brand signature traits like the glossy gradient backs and builds upon it.

We got our on a unit and oh boy, the phone looks good. The phone packs in a punch and though the pricing isn’t clear, we hope it is priced under INR 16k. We have been using the phone for 3 days now and here’s our experience so far.

Beautiful Design

Honor has always been known for their design and especially the Gradient paint job that has taken the smartphone industry by storm. The Honor 10 Lite follows the same approach and comes in three colours. Unlike the Honor 8X which had a glass back, the 10 Lite uses a clear polycarbonate back with the reflective design underneath. The outer frame also has a glossy silver finish complementing the overall design.

There is a dual camera setup on the back along with the fingerprint. The triple slot tray is on the top along with the secondary mic. The right side houses the volume rockers and the power bottom while the 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port, and the speaker grill are on the bottom. Turning the phone reveals the gorgeous 6.2-inch display with a teardrop notch and minimum bezels.

 

Modern Displays

2018 was the year when notches became mainstream and since then we have seen multiple variations of it. The Honor 10 Lite comes with a teardrop notch that the brand refers to as dewdrop. The phone comes with a 6.21-inch FHD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio making slight taller. Honor has trimmed off quite a lot of bezels and has even kept the notch to a minimum.

From the initial impressions, the display seems fairly good with decent colours making it ideal for content consumption. It also gets plenty bright so outdoor visibility is no issue.

Hardware and Software

The Honor 10 Lite is powered by Kirin 710 SoC which we have seen in the past on the Honor 8X. The chipset comes in the mid-range category and is quite capable of providing a decent overall experience from gaming to day to day use.

Honor 10 Lite is the first phone from the brand to come with the newer EMUI 9.0 which is based on Android 9 Pie. There are all the bells and whistles present here as well. The UI element has seen a slight change and EMUI has adopted the guidelines laid out in the latest Android build.

Optics

The phone comes with a dual-camera setup, which includes a primary 13-megapixel (f/1.8) sensor, paired with a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) depth sensor. There is a 24-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture which comes with support for portrait mode and 3D lighting effects. As seen on the previous phones, AI is heavily integrated into the camera app adding to the overall experience.

From the initial impressions, the phone seems to pack a decent shooter both on the front and back. We will dive much further in our full review so stay tuned for that.

Final Thoughts

From the looks of it, the Honor 10 Lite seems to be a very decent offering from the brand but the make or break option is the price which will be revealed next week. We liked the build and design while the performance is good for a mid-range smartphone. For in-depth analysis keep an eye out for our full review coming next week.

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