In November last year, Honor 10 Lite launched in China at a starting price of 1,399 Yuan or $201 (Rs 15,000). Today, the phone launched in the Indian market as a Flipkart Exclusive device. As we know, the sub Rs 15,000 segment is the most competitive segment in the Indian market and brands have to keep their profits low to ensure good sales. Just like Xiaomi, Honor launches multiple phones around the same price with slight change in the specifications.
The Honor 10 Lite is like the Honor 8X regarding the specs, but there are some noticeable changes like the addition of a waterdrop notch, a better front camera, and better color options. Like the Honor 8X, the 10 Lite too has a small chin on the bottom and feels very premium in hand, thanks to that glass and metal build.
The phone has a smaller screen than the Honor 8X. It is a 6.21-inch Full-HD+ LCD panel (compared to the 8X’s 6.5-inch screen) with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. There is a tiny waterdrop notch on top that houses the single front camera.
The processor powering the phone is the HiSilicon Kirin 710, which is the same chipset that powers the Honor 8X. It is a 12nm octa-core processor, the performance of which lies between Snapdragon 636 and the Snapdragon 660 as we already know from the comparisons. The phone also has the GPU Turbo 2.0 technology for better performance while gaming or doing other graphics-intensive tasks.
There is 4/6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB storage that can be expanded up to 512GB via micro SD card. The camera setup on the rear is slightly different from the 8X. Compared to the 20MP f/1.8 primary camera on the 8X, the 10 Lite has a primary 13MP f/1.8 camera. There is a secondary 2MP depth sensor that is present on the 8X as well. On the front, the Honor 10 Lite has a 24MP single camera with f/2.0 aperture.
Like all the Honor phones, the cameras have a lot of ‘so-called’ AI features like Scene Detection, Portrait Mode, Super Night Mode, Portrait Lighting, etc.
Finally, Android 9 Pie runs out of the box with EMUI 9 on top. There is a 3,400mAh battery that charges via the normal 5V/2A charging provided in the box. It is a shame that it’s 2019 and phones still have a micro USB port.
The Honor 10 Lite comes in Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, and Sky Blue color options. The red and white color variants (shown in the images above) are not coming to India at the moment.
The price starts at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant and 17,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant. The 4GB variant might be a good choice, but the 6GB variant is undoubtedly overpriced. The phone will be available on Flipkart and the Honor India’s official website starting January 20. What are your thoughts on the pricing? Do let us know via the comments section.