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Huawei's subsidiary Honor recently announced the mid-range Honor 10 Lite for the Indian market. The mid-range smartphones market is quite competitive in India as almost all Chinese OEMs brought mid-rangers with almost similar hardware specs. So it will be interesting to see how Honor 10 Lite competes against other mid-rangers in the market.
In 2018 Xiaomi beats Samsung to be the number one smartphone manufacturer in India. Xiaomi's most sales in the Indian market comprised of mid-range and entry-level phones, the Honor 10 Lite will certainly challenge their latest mid-range king. Yes, you guessed it right we are referring the Redmi Note 6 Pro which is currently selling like hot cakes due to its best value for money. In all flash sales, the Note 6 Pro vanished in minutes.
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The Honor 10 Lite comes with all ingredients to be your next mid-range companion. The device is featuring the latest design with solid mid-range hardware to lure buyers who are willing to grab mid-range phone below INR 15,000. Today we will put the latest Honor 10 Lite against the latest best mid-range Redmi Note 6 Pro to know in detail the real differences and similarities between the two phones.
Usually, the smartphones in the mid-range category don't have the latest best design. However, the Honor 10 Lite followed the latest trend of dewdrop notch. The Honor 10 Lite bezels around the display are ultra thin. Despite being plastic the Honor 10 Lite rear is quite luring thanks to sheen coating. The edges are gently curved so that the device can be grabbed easily single handidly. The device thickest point is at 7.95mm.
On the rear side, the Honor 10 has dual cameras aligned vertically on the top left corner. There are two separate modules placed side by the side with LED flashlight right below the sensors. The circular fingerprint scanner is in the center below the camera's setup.
The Redmi Note 6 Pro is featuring a traditional notch design like most of the Xiaomi phones. On the front-facing side, you will get a traditional large notch accompanying the selfie snappers, earpiece, and other sensors. Despite having thin side bezels, the Note 6 Pro has a thick prominent bezel on the bottom. It features unibody metal design. Like most of the Redmi phones, it has a single module of dual rear camera with LED flashlight between the two sensors. It also has a fingerprint scanner on the rear side.
The thickest point of the Note 6 Pro is 8.2mm. The Honor 10 Lite weighs 162g whereas the Note 6 Pro is slightly heavier at 181g. Due to plastic rear, the Honor 10 Lite will be more prone to scratches whereas the Note 6 Pro design is more durable despite having slightly old design.
Both the phones have almost similar size display that's where similarities between the two phones end. The Honor 10 Lite comes with a 6.21-inches IPS LCD display panel with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display screen-to-body ratio is 83% and the aspect ratio is 19.5:9.
The Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.2-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display aspect-ratio is 19:9 and the screen-to-body ratio is 81.1%. The display is protected with a protective glass against drops but the company didn't reveal any detail.
The Honor 10 Lite notch is a U-shaped notch which is slightly larger than the traditional waterdrop notch we have seen on other phones. As both the phones have LCD panels that's why colors saturation and reproduction level is almost the same.
Being the latest mid-rangers both are packed with solid mid-range hardware. The Honor 10 Lite is powered up by the Huawei's latest Kirin 710 chipset. Its an Octa-core SoC with max clocking at 2.2Ghz. The Mali-G51 is taking care of graphics. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is running on the Octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset which is powering almost all the latest mid-rangers in the market.
The Snapdragon 636 SoC is built on the 14nm process whereas the Kirin 710 is the latest best mid-range chipset from Huawei built on the 12nm process. The benchmark scores of both the phones confirm the Kirin 710 is a better performer.
At the Geekbench listing, the Note 6 Pro achieves 1337 points on the single-core test whereas on multi-core test the device achieves 4903 points. The Honor 10 Lite scored 1520 points on single-core test whereas on multi-core it is significantly ahead with 5445 points. On the AnTuTu benchmark, the Note 6 Pro manages 116257 points whereas the Honor 10 Lite is way ahead with 129755 points. Both the benchmark confirms the Honor 10 Lite has the better chipset.
|Specs||Honor 10 Lite||Redmi Note 6 Pro|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels||1080 x 2280 pixels|
|Chipset||Kirin 710||Snapdragon 636|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB||64GB, 128GB|
|3.5mm headphone jack||Yes||Yes|
|OS||Android Pie with EMUI 9||Android Oreo with MIUI 10|
As mentioned above both have dual cameras setup on the rear side. The primary rear snapper on the Honor 10 Lite is 13MP with f/1.8 aperture whereas the primary snapper on the Note 6 Pro is 12MP with f/2.9 aperture. The Honor 10 Lite has PDAF but that's not the case with the Note 6 Pro.
During the stable lighting conditions both the phones capture good shots but the detail and saturation level of Note 6 Pro shots are significantly better than the Honor 10 Lite. So if you want a better camera phone the Note 6 Pro is a better option. In low-light conditions, the Honor 10 Lite cameras struggle, however the Note 6 Pro can still capture shots with a good level of detail. The Note 6 Pro comes with a dedicated Night mode to enhance the image capturing capability in low-light scenarios.
The secondary sensor on the Honor 10 Lite is 2MP whereas the Note 6 Pro has 5MP snapper. Both the phones secondary sensor is meant to capture depth-of-field to capture superb portrait shots. In the portrait shots capturing capabilities, the Note 6 Pro has an upper hand.
The selfie snapper on the Honor 10 Lite is 24MP with f/2.0 aperture whereas the Note 6 Pro has dual selfie snappers, the primary rear snapper is 20MP whereas the secondary sensor is 2MP. Once again in the selfie department, the Note 6 Pro is a better option.
As OS the Honor 10 Lite is pre-installed with the latest Android Pie with EMUI 9 skin over it. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is running on the slightly older Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 10 layer. In terms of optimization, the EMUI lags behind on HIFI games whereas the MIUI 10 is better optimized and much smoother. Despite the fact, the 10 Lite is on the latest version of Android OS but still, due to heavy bloatware, it isn't snappier.
The Redmi Note 6 is packed with a 4,000mAh battery whereas the Honor 10 Lite lights are kept on by a 3,400mAH battery. The Honor 10 Lite lacks fast charging support whereas the Note 6 Pro supports fast charging. The battery juice on the Honor 10 Lite is enough to last a single day on moderate usage, however, on heavy usage, you may need to recharge it before the end of the day. If you want a phone which can last more than one day the Redmi Note 6 Pro is certainly a better option.
For the Indian market, the Honor 10 Lite is available in two configurations. The base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage can be purchased at INR 13,999. The top-tier model has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage at a price tag of INR 17,999. The device is available via Honor India store and Flipkart.
The Redmi Note 6 Pro is also available in two configurations. The model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage can be purchased at INR 13,999. The 6GB RAM model is slightly inexpensive at INR 15,999 which makes it IRN 2000 cheaper than the Honor 10 Lite.
Before making any purchase the first important aspect is what you are expecting from your next phone. If you want a good looking phone with solid hardware, good battery life and affordable pricing the Honor 10 Lite is a good option. On the other hand, if you can stick with older design, stable but older version of Android OS, great cameras, hardware, and battery life the Redmi Note 6 takes lead in these aspects.
Unfortunately, despite having better hardware on paper, the lack of EMUI 10 optimization led down the Honor 10 Lite. With great performance and amazing battery life, the Note 6 Pro is a pretty good option. Do share your thoughts regarding the Honor 10 Lite vs Redmi Note 6 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.