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Honor V10 vs OnePlus 5T : Top-notch performers meet at the battleground

08 December 2017 5

Huawei's subsidiary Honor recently announced a budget-friendly flagship killer device Honor View 10. The device is well appreciated since the day one due to top-notch hardware, sleek design and above all the price tag is much lower than most of the flagships available in the market. Undoubtedly the Honor V10 announced in last quarter of the year but the device soon becomes a heartthrob of customers and gadget geeks. The Honor V10 is often dubbed as a mixture of Huawei's recently announced Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The device picks the best features of both the device to become the best affordable flagship in the market.

As expected to be a top-tier smartphone it will have to compete well against its competitors to prove its worth. We already put it in a head-to-head comparison with the Huawei's premium Mate 10 Pro and today we will be comparing it to another flagship killer device. Yes, you guessed it right we will compare the Honor V10 against the OnePlus 5T. The OnePlus 5T is certainly the most wanted pocket-friendly flagship currently available in the market. Both the Honor V10 and OnePlus 5T falls in the same category as both are offering the best value for customers money.

We are hopeful today's comparison will certainly help you decide whether you should grab the Honor V10 or go for the OnePlus 5T. If you don't want to spend the hefty amount on your next smartphone and at the same time you want powerhouse as well. Both the Honor V10 and OnePlus 5T are certainly the best pocket-friendly options available in the market at the affordable price range. Without any further ado, let's start with the design.

75 x 157 x 6.97 mm
5.99 inches - 2160x1080 px
75 x 156.1 x 7.3 mm
6.01 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

The Honor V10 and OnePlus 5T are bringing different design language. The Honor V10 chassis is made up of metal with toned downed metal covering the rear side. The darker rear with solid metal looks quite luring and undoubtedly it feels premium in hand. The Honor V10 dimensions are 157 x 75 x 7 mm and weigh 172g. Despite having the full front-facing display it can be grabbed easily single handily. The good thing is despite having the bezel-less display, the company managed to have the fingerprint scanner on the front-facing side below the display under the physical home button. We have to appreciate Honor did a commendable job here by putting the fingerprint scanner at the most convenient place.

Unlike most of the flagships, it lacks water and dust resistance capabilities. The Honor V10 has the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C for connectivity and charging. On the rear side, the dual rear snappers are placed in the top left corner with dual-tone LED flashlight. The device is available in four striking colors including Blue, Red, Gold, and Black. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5T is featuring a unibody metal design. It shares the somewhat similar design with Oppo R11S and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

The OnePlus 5T measurements are 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm and weigh 162g. It also has 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port. Though it is also not waterproof, a recent teardown video reveals the OnePlus 5T is somewhat capable to bear water splash. The glass rear of Honor V10 is more prone to scratches as opposed to OnePlus 5T. The unibody metal body of OnePlus 5T is more sturdy. Due to full front-facing display, the OnePlus 5T lacks any physical home button but instead, it has the fingerprint scanner on the rear side. The dual rear snappers are placed in the top left corner, the sensors are slightly protruding but the device overall round edges design blends it pretty well.

The Honor V10 design seems like original whereas the OnePlus 5T shares similarities with a number of smartphones. Overall in terms of looks, the Honor V10 is the better-looking device with premium glass rear.

Display

Despite being pocket-friendly devices, both the devices have futuristic bezel-less display panels. The Honor V10 features a 5.99-inches IPS LCD display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The device aspect ratio is 2:1. The color saturation, brightness, sharpness and viewing angles are pretty much average what you can expect from an LCD display panel with HD screen resolution.

The OnePlus 5T is featuring a 6.01-inches Optic AMOLED display panel manufactured by Samsung. Its screen resolution is Full HD+ 1080 x 2160 pixels with an aspect ratio of 2:1. The display comes with sRGB and DCI-P3 tech for better colors saturation and contrast ratio. Though it doesn't have quad HD screen resolution still its contrast ratio and viewing angles are much better than ordinary Full HD displays. The color accuracy and brightness level of OnePlus 5T make it a better display than its competitor. Its good to see OnePlus learned from its mistake of jelly scrolling issue, they resolved it with the latest OnePlus 5T.

Hardware

The hardware department of both Honor V10 and OnePlus 5T is quite impressive. Indeed in this section, the devices bring much better hardware than most of the devices in this price range. As most of you are already aware Honor didn't use hardware from other companies but instead, they use the Huawei's R&D products. With the latest Mate 10 series, Huawei introduced latest Kirin 970 chipset as the most powerful chipset up to date. The Honor V10 is featuring the same chipset clocking at a 2.4GHz. The base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage whereas the top-tier variant has 6GB RAM and 128GB memory. Its built-in storage is further expandable via MicroSD card up to 256GB.

The device features hybrid second SIM slot which means either it can be used for second SIM or MicroSD card. The AnTuTu benchmark tests of Honor V10 showcases the device managed to score 165,000 points which aren't far away from the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The benchmark results clearly showcase the device real strength in managing tasks, HIFI games. The device power under the hood is strong enough to provide lightning speed without worrying about lags. The V10 has the latest Bluetooth 5.0 tech for the better wireless audio experience.

The OnePlus 5T is amongst the smartphone manufacturers who are known for bringing the best in the market, same is the case for the latest OnePlus 5T as it brings the latest Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC. The base variant comes with 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top of the line variant comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB memory. Unfortunately, the device built-in memory isn't further expandable via MicroSD card. Though it doesn't support memory expansion it comes with dual SIM slots. It also has Bluetooth 5.0 tech on board.

Specs Honor V10 OnePlus 5T
Display 5.99-inches 6.01-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Kirin 970 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 4/6GB 6/8GB
Storage 64/128GB Expandable via MicroSD card 64/128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 16MP RGB +20MP Monochrome 16+20MP with f/1.7 aperture
Front camera 13MP 16MP
Battery 3,750mAh 3,300mAh
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
USB Type-C Type-C
OS Android Oreo with EMUI 8 Android Nougat 7.1.1 with Oxygen OS
Software

In software department, the Honor V10 takes lead as it is the cheapest smartphone pre-installed with Android Oreo straight out of the box. The latest Android OS comes with the Huawei's custom EMUI 8 layer over it. The new UI from Huawei comes with few additional features as opposed to stock Android OS. The new Kirin 970 SoC chipset has a dedicated Neural Processing unit for AI that's why EMUI has a number of features to get full use of AI capabilities of the V10. The latest custom UI layer from the Huawei is much improved from the earlier versions, the bloatware level is quite low and the company tried their best to make it slick and better performing.

The OnePlus 5T is running on the slightly older Android Nougat 7.1.1 with Oxygen OS custom UI layer. The company confirmed the stable version of Android Oreo 8.0 will be rolled out in early Q1 2018. The Oxygen OS layer is quite thin over the stock Android OS, in fact, most of the apps are same without any customizations. We have to admit it is the slickest UI after the stock Android OS. Mostly features are positive addition to further enhance the usability. The OnePlus 5T features facial recognition feature to unlock the device instantly.

Camera

Following the latest trend both the devices have dual cameras on the rear side. The V10 comes with an RGB+ monochrome sensor like most of the Huawei branded smartphones but it lacks Leica-certified lens. The primary RGB sensor is 16MP module whereas the monochrome lens is 20MP. The setup is exactly same as Mate 10 but lacks Leica-lens. The sensor aperture size is F/1.8 with the dual-tone single LED flashlight. The camera sensors are surely not the best feature of the Honor V10. Up front, the selfie camera on the Honor V10 is the 13MP module for selfies and video chats.

OnePlus brought a new dual camera setup for the OnePlus 5T. The dual rear snappers are 16+20MP with f/1.7 aperture. Both the sensors are color lens solely focused on providing better low-light photography. The sensors also have intelligent pixel tech which joins four pixels into one for better lightning during capturing. It lacks optical image stabilization so you can't expect it to beat top camera-centric devices. However in low-light still photography the OnePlus 5T perform pretty well.

The front-facing selfie camera on the OnePlus 5T is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture. In-camera section, the OnePlus 5T dual cameras performance is better than Honor V10 thanks to its larger aperture and intelligent pixel technology.

Battery

This year we haven't seen many flagships with giant battery cell but instead, there are the only couple of flagships with gigantic battery cell of 4,000mAh. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Razer Phone are amongst those phones with the large battery cell. However, the Honor V10 takes lead here with its fairly large 3,750mAh battery cell. Though the battery cell isn't large like the Mate 10 Pro still larger than most of the flagships announced this year. The good thing is it supports fast charging as well.

On the other hand, the battery cell on OnePlus 5T is 3,300mAh which isn't larger than most of the devices however the good thing is the company optimized it pretty well. It is the same battery we have seen on the OnePlus 5, it still provides awesome battery life despite having the much larger display. On normal to heavy usage the device easily lasts more than one day, however, on normal usage, it provides more than one day. The OnePlus 5T comes with Dash Charge tech which is one of the fastest fast charging techs in the market.

Price

The key selling aspect of both the devices is their pricing. The companies paid special attention to provide the best value for customers money. They are incredibly affordable considering their price tag. The Honor V10 base variant is initially released for Chinese customers at a price tag of 2,700 Yen which is $410 at the current currency exchange rate. The top of the line variant with 6GB RAM can be grabbed for 3,500 Yen which is $530 for international customers. The company recently announced Honor V10 for European and Sub-continent region on December 5.

OnePlus 5T is just $20 expensive than OnePlus 5. The base variant with 6GB RAM can be grabbed for $499 whereas the top-tier variant costs $559. The base variant of Honor V10 is significantly cheaper than OnePlus 5T, it provides better value for money. However, you can't expect the somewhat similar discount on the latest OnePlus smartphone.

Conclusion:

As both the devices fall into the same category of affordable pocket-friendly flagships that's why both the devices are pretty close to each other in most of the sections. The Honor V10 takes lead in design department due to its unique metal design whereas as OnePlus 5T sturdy metal body shares looks with a number of smartphones. In display section, the OnePlus 5T features significantly better panel than Honor V10. The hardware performance on both the devices is pretty great but the top-tier variant of OnePlus 5T takes lead here.

The Honor V10 has the latest Android Oreo straight out of the box but the OnePlus 5T has more slick UI. The camera setup on the OnePlus 5T performs better than Honor V10. The battery cell on Honor V10 is bigger and performs better. Last but not the least the OnePlus 5T build quality is pretty awesome. Both the flagships are incredible in most of the sections, feel free to share your views regarding the Honor V10 vs OnePlus 5T in the comments section below.

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MarkJosh

I've seen the OP 5T being compared with so many phones in the recent past. But in most cases, it has overtaken the others in the camera department.

DianaAngela

This is the first time, really, I don't understand what to say about these two devices. Both brands are close to me as I use both their phones. They are the best and that's why I got them.

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