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Honor Note 10 vs OnePlus 6: Confrontation to rule the budget-friendly flagships market

01 August 2018 5

The Chinese giant Huawei's subsidiary Honor just wraps off the cover from the much-awaited premium smartphone Honor Note 10. The company took two years to announce Note 10 as there wasn't any Note series smartphone from Honor last year. Ahead of official unveiling the company's CEO already confirmed the Honor Note 10 was in development from the last couple of years.

The Honor Note 10 is quite special due to a number of aspects as it is currently the largest smartphone from Honor so far. The Honor Note 10 will be a direct competitor to a number of smartphones including Mi Max 3 and the latest flagships killer OnePlus 6. Like always we put the latest smartphone in head-to-head comparison with the competitor. Today we will compare the latest Honor Note 10 against the OnePlus 6 to know in detail the differences and similarities between the two devices.

We are hopeful this comparison will certainly help you better understanding which smartphone is better in what aspects. Without any further ado, let's start with the design differences between the two devices.

85 x 177 x 7.65 mm
6.95 inches - 2220x1080 px
75.4 x 155.7 x 7.75 mm
6.28 inches - 2280x1080 px
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Design

This year most of the companies adopted a new design language this year for premium smartphones with glass and metal sandwich design. Both Honor and OnePlus also followed the latest trend, however, the final finish is different.

The Honor Note 10 is featuring a metal chassis with 3D glass covering the rear side. The company claimed the 3D glass rear is comprised of 15 layers to give a shiny premium look. The device will be available in two colors including Phantom Blue and Midnight Black. The Honor Note 10 dimensions are 177 x 85 x 7.65mm and weigh 230g.

Unlike the latest smartphones, it doesn't have a notch at the top of the display instead the company opted a complete bezel. On the rear side, you will get dual cameras with dual LED flashlight on the top left side. Due to full front-facing display, the fingerprint scanner is on the rear side below the camera modules in the center. Despite the fact, the device is a premium smartphone but it lacks water and dust resistance capabilities.

Following the latest trend, the Oneplus 6 also has metal chassis with glass covering the front and rear side. Both the front and rear glass is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. On the front-facing side, you will find a notch at the top of the display, it features on-screen navigation buttons. The good thing is if you don't like notch you can remove it with black bars from settings. This year once again Oneplus opted dual cameras placed vertically in the center with fingerprint scanner below it.

The OnePlus 6 measurements are 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75mm and weighs 177g. The Honor Note is taller and wider than the OnePlus 6, however slightly slimmer. As far as colors are a concern the OnePlus 6 is available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White colors. Both the devices have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Although OnePlus 6 also lacks IP-ratings, the company claims it can resist rain and shower water due to the special coating.

Display

As far as display panels the Honor Note 10 features a gigantic display, larger than any other Honor and Huawei smartphone. The Honor 10 features an AMOLED display panel of 6.95-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. The Honor Note 10 comes with an HDR 10 compatible panel with 115% NTSC Color Gamut. The display aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and the pixels density is 355 pixels-per-inch.

The OnePlus 6 is also not a smaller smartphone, it comes with a fairly large display panel of 6.28-inches. It's an AMOLED panel from Samsung with an aspect ratio of 19:9 due to the notch. The display screen resolution is 1080 x 2280 pixels and the pixels density is 401 pixels-per-inch. It lacks HDR support. The OnePlus 6 has an advantage of higher pixels density whereas the Honor Note 10 comes with AI image tuning which improves the display quality by up to 20%.

If you are an avid gamer and likes to watch movies on your smartphone, the Honor Note 10 is certainly a better choice not only because of the display but also due to audio setup.

Hardware

For sure the hardware plays a vital role in the success or failure of the smartphone. As both the devices fall into the premium lineup that's why you can expect top-notch performance from both the devices. The Honor Note 10 is powered up by an Octa-core Kirin 970 chipset with Turbo GPU on board as GPU. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB native storage whereas the top-tier model has 8GB RAM with 128GB native storage. Both the variants support memory expansion using MicroSD card.

As being a gaming-centric smartphone, the Honor Note 10 comes with a Double Turbo Mode which enhances the device performance to the fullest. You can activate it by pressing the dedicated button on the right edge.

The heat issue usually pops up when the smartphone is used to the fullest for a long time, to cater to this issue Honor introduced "The Nine" cooling tech which uses 8 different layers to dissipate heat. The new cooling tech dissipates the CPU temp up to 10C and overall temperature up to 41%. This will be certainly a relief for those who are worried about the heating issues of the smartphone while playing HIFI games and other power requiring tasks.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 comes with the latest Octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC. The device is available in three configurations. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 8GB RAM with either 128GB or 256GB storage. The device lacks support for memory expansion.

Being a gaming-centric smartphone the device needs to have the top-notch audio setup. The Honor Note 10 features dual front-facing speakers to provide top-notch audio experience and also Dolby Atmos audio setup.

Specs Honor Note 10 OnePlus 6
Display 6.95-inches 6.28-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels 1080 x 2280 pixels
Chipset Kirin 970 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8GB 6,8GB
Storage 64GB, 128GB Expandable via MicroSD 64,128, 256GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 16MP+24MP 16MP+20MP
Front camera 13MP 16MP
Battery 5,000mAh 3,300mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1

Camera

Both the Honor Note 10 and OnePlus 6 comes with dual cameras on the rear side. The Honor Note 10 primary sensor is 24MP whereas the secondary sensor is 16MP. Both the sensors aperture size are f/1.8. Honor tuned cameras with AI 2.0 which makes it capable to detect more than 500 scenes in 22 categories. As soon as the camera app is opened, the camera sensor can detect at what you are looking to better adjust colors, contrast and other settings to provide optimal results.

The OnePlus 6 also comes with dual cameras. Both the sensors are the main lenses of 16MP+20MP. The company claims this year's primary sensor is 19% larger than last year's module and also it has optical image stabilization.

The front-facing selfie camera on the Honor Note 10 is 13MP whereas the OnePlus 6 has a 16MP sensor. Both the device rear cameras support portrait mode shots. The cameras setup on both the devices is pretty good but certainly not amongst the best ones in the market.

Software

Both the smartphones are pre-installed with the latest Android Oreo 8.1, however, the custom UI layers are different on both the devices. The Honor Note 10 comes with the latest EMUI 8.2 with significant bloatware whereas the OnePlus 6 has a very thin Oxygen OS layer over the stock Android OS. If you want a smartphone with a number of non-google apps the Honor Note 10 could be your preference whereas the stock OS lovers will prefer OnePlus 6.

Last but not the least the OnePlus 6 is amongst the first smartphones to support Android P beta version due to Project Treble support.

Battery

The Honor Note 10 is not only packed with a gigantic display but also has a fairly large battery cell. Under the hood, a 5,000mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on. For fast charging, it comes with Super Charge fast charging tech. The OnePlus 6 has a modest battery cell of 3,300mAh, it has the Dash Charge tech for fast charging. In terms of battery life, the Honor Note 10 certainly has an upper hand, it easily lasts two days on a single charge.

Price

Like most of the Chinese smartphones, the Honor Note 10 is announced in three configurations. The entry-level variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, it costs 2,799 Yuan in China. The standard model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, it costs 3,199 Yuan. Last but not the least the top-tier model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage can be purchased at 3,599 Yuan.

Apart from two regular variants the Honor Note 10 special edition Honor Note 10 GT is announced in Lily White color. Initially, the Honor targetted the budget-friendly smartphone, now they are aiming to achieve success in the budget-friendly segment. The OnePlus 6 base variant with 64GB storage costs $529, if you double the storage, you will have to pay $50 more.

The Honor Note 10 is initially available in China only whereas the OnePlus 6 is widely available in almost all regions.

Conclusion:

Both the Honor Note 10 and OnePlus 6 are offering great value for money. The Honor Note 10 key selling aspects are gigantic AMOLED display, striking glass and metal design, top-tier hardware, latest Android Oreo 8.1 and budget-friendly price tag. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 has a glass and metal sandwich design, AMOLED display, good cameras, latest hardware and great value for your hard earned money.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the Honor Note 10 vs OnePlus 6. Stay tuned.

(last update 22 October 2018 @ 13:18)

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