Huawei P Smart +, Huawei Mate 20 Lite, Honor 8X or Huawei P Smart 2019. Smartphones that look alike, the two brands mentioned here are used to launch and in recent months this trend has been confirmed. But now an Honor 10 Lite enters the arena. What are his assets to differentiate? To find out, here is our test of the product.
The Honor 10 Lite and its discreet notch
Honor 10 Lite
2340 x 1080 pixels
Kirin 710 to 2.2GHz
Graphics Chip (GPU)
Internal memory (flash)
1:13 megapixel sensor, 2 megapixel sensor
4.2 + A2DP + LE
LTE, HSPA, GSM
2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
2x nano SIM
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
154.8 x 73.6 x 8 mm
Red, White, Blue, Black
This test was made from a copy loaned by the brand.
The Honor 10 Lite offers a comfortable design. Using a huge Samsung Galaxy Note 9 daily, my judgment is probably a bit biased, but I found the format of the device well suited to normal sized hands. Rather late, it does not weigh too much. If it would be daring to call it compact, the phone has been able to maintain a moderate size.
I wrote it already at the time of the grip: the notch on the front of the phone is very discreet and would go unnoticed even in the eyes of the biggest detractors of the notch. Another discreet detail: the notification LED placed at the bottom of the screen. The bright spot is very small and would go almost unnoticed.
Discreet light notification
Personally, I rather appreciated that, but the users being afraid to miss their notifications may not be of the same opinion …
At the back of the camera, the glass back is dirty a little too easily, but still offers a nice note of elegance with a pleasant touch and reflections always worked well at Honor. The dual camera is embedded in the upper left corner, vertically – the two lenses are distinct from each other. The round fingerprint reader is centrally placed in the classical way.
The Honor 10 Lite has a convincing sense of sobriety. As a result, this design will suit a large portion of consumers who do not seek to acquire a smartphone-jewel. Too bad the beast does not equip a USB-C port. In 2019, the micro-USB really should not be more relevant. The jack is included, as well as a hybrid dual nano SIM or nano SIM + microSD drawer.
The Honor 10 Lite's LCD IPS display features a 6.21-inch diagonal with Full HD + definition. I never had to complain except when under the blazing sun of my vacation, I had to tilt the camera from different angles to clearly distinguish what it showed. The slab has indeed a little trouble to push the brightness of the balls. This is not particularly disabling, but just annoying enough to be relieved.
Our probe also indicates a maximum brightness of about 400 cd / m², which is a bit ric-rac in very bright environments. On other points, the slab of Honor 10 Lite is doing very well with a contrast measured at 1249: 1, more than enough to ensure images pleasing to the eye. Add to that a color temperature of around 7200K, which is already very correct, and can be set more precisely in the phone settings.
In summary, we have a very satisfactory screen that could have been almost perfect with a little more intensity on its brightness.
Android 9.0 Pie and EMUI 9 are in the spotlight here with a security patch dating from November 2018 when we publish this test. What about original on this software part? Not much. The interface runs quite well, despite some occasional delays, especially on animations when closing an application. These inconveniences are quite rare and despite these few grains of sand that a little warmer, the user experience is quite comfortable and we can hope that Honor is quick to solve this problem.
With Android Pie, gesture navigation is available. As usual, it saves a little space on the bottom of the screen is no longer occupied by the three-button navigation bar. Obviously, you always need this little moment of adaptation whose duration varies according to the users. Personally it is the configuration that I preferred because it is well thought. An inward slide from the edges allows you to go back and a short slip up from the bottom of the screen returns to the home. By doing this same gesture and then keeping your finger pressed, you access multitasking. Finally, Google Assistant can be accessed by dragging from the bottom corners of the phone.
For a long time, we also appreciate the possibility offered by EMUI to activate or not an application drawer. On a completely different register, the status bar is well managed and is absolutely not obstructed by the notch. All the notification icons are easily displayed and that's nice. Alas, the somewhat outdated character of some of EMUI's design elements can still put some people off despite the variety of personalization themes offered by the smartphone. This defect is not really one since an alternative launcher will bypass, in part, this aesthetic contrariety.
On the side of the notch, an option to hide it by blackening the bottom of the status bar on the top of the screen. But as I said above, this drop of water can be very discreet.
Alas, some preinstalled applications are to report such as Facebook, eBay or Booking. These can, however, be deleted. The internal storage space is 64 GB (expandable). Finally, unfortunately, the Honor 10 Lite does not enjoy the HD quality on SVoD platforms because of the minimum level of security of its DRM (Widevine L3).
The speaker phone is any and just a fairly basic audio quality. High tones often sound too strident, while basses tend to be too muffled. The listening is not unpleasant, it is just banal and will be enough to watch videos on YouTube.
In the headphones, we necessarily gain in quality of listening, but here either, it is obviously not necessary to expect an audio quality that will give you chills. But for a smartphone of 200 euros, it is quite suitable.
The Honor 10 Lite puts on a dual photo sensor of 13 and 2 megapixels. You will not be surprised to learn that the latter is doing very well in good light conditions. In 2019, a smartphone at 200 euros no longer has the right to plant at this level. The phone can sometimes encounter some difficulties in managing serenely strong dynamics, but the vast majority of immortalized scenes are transcribed with beautiful tones well contrasted and with a level of sharpness convincing. The development is done quite quickly.
Note that the Honor 10 Lite offers an AI option ("Artificial Intelligence") to optimize the colors at the time of processing based on the things that are being photographed. Quite regularly, this is quite useful, especially when you want to bring out an intense blue sky. The sharpness is also a little forced, but without excess. In return, the images lose their naturalness.
In the photo on the right, the AI mode has been activated
At night, with or without AI mode, the quality of the images takes a very severe blow. It becomes difficult to avoid blurry images while the white balance panics too easily. Do not go so far as to say that it is mediocre – it would be far too exaggerated – and let us just say that the result is disappointing.
For Portrait, the presence of two photo sensors (and a lot of software processing) can create blur behind the person photographed. Outdoors, the result is convincing with a fairly good (but not perfect) tracing between the foreground face and the decor. This option is very easily damaged by backlighting while indoors, the fuzzy effect tends to nibble the cheeks and temples.
For selfies, the Honor 10 Lite does very well and transcribes well the details of the face both indoors and outdoors, but with a smoothing of the skin that can be more or less accentuated depending on the conditions of lighting.
For the Selfie Portrait mode, you can not help noticing a net / blur effect that looks too artificial, with a facial contour that would be better refined. In one picture, the rebellious spikes on the back of my hair have been interpreted as elements of the decor. The result is disturbing.
For video, the Honor 10 Lite can shoot up to 1080p at 60 frames per second.
On the Honor 10 Lite, we find a combination identical to that of the Huawei P Smart 2019, namely: a Kirin 710 coupled with 3 GB of RAM. Nothing too good to report on this side except that the navigation is not hampered by any noticeable slowdown. At least, this is proven if you stay away from the most resource-hungry games.
To have an order of magnitude on the benchmarks, do not hesitate to consult the performance part of the P Smart 2019 test.
Honor 10 LiteHuawei Smart P 2019Honor 8XXiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
SoCKirin 710Kirin 710Kirin 710Snapdragon 636
AnTuTu 7.x130 370130 237139 437116 426
If it is impossible to enjoy the 60 fps on Arena of Valor with phone, it can still easily hold on 30 frames per second on the screen, without falling. On this game, as on PUBG Mobile, the graphics are automatically adjusted to the average level and it is better not to go higher.
The in-game experience is nice, without real frost and the phone does not heat up in this exercise.
The Honor 10 Lite is entitled to a battery of 3400 mAh. A fairly conventional ability on paper, but what about in fact? Well the phone has a very good autonomy that allows it to easily hold on a whole day with regular use, without extended sessions.
Specifically, the Honor 10 Lite battery has struggled to keep up the pace when it rubs with continuous use with very little pause. That's why he scores a very low score on our ViSer custom test protocol with a time of only 8 hours and 3 minutes. My daily use comes to qualify this benchmark.
Indeed, I observed that in standby, the device does not lose battery: about 2% in one night – certainly thanks (or because) the aggressive management of EMUI to kill the applications in background. Aside from that, on a game of about 25 minutes on Arena of Valor, the Honor 10 Lite usually loses around 7% battery. Nothing amazing, but it's still a really satisfying performance. We can clearly trust this device, provided not to frantically open several applications in a row.
As for the 10W charge unit supplied in the box, it allows to go from 10 to 100% of battery in just over an hour and a half (41% after 30 minutes, 72% after 1 hour).
Network and communication
The search for Wi-Fi was a bit of a problem. When all the other smartphones present at the editorial office picked up without difficulty the network in our premises, the Honor 10 Lite was sometimes capricious and sometimes required that I move a little less than 3 meters to get closer of the router before the list of available networks becomes active. Same observation at home.
I do not think this is a hardware problem with antennas, because back at my workstation, the signal was still very good when connected. The concern lies more in the responsiveness of the network search.
For the 4G, the Honor 10 Lite is not compatible with the band B28 (700 MHz), which can be a problem if you subscribe to Free Mobile. Aside from that, in the Paris region, the phone has never had a hard time capturing the Orange network. For GPS, I have no problem to report.
Price and availability
The Honor 10 Lite is sold in France in one color (blue) at the recommended price of 229 euros. This is an interesting alternative to Honor 8X (more convincing) and Huawei P Smart 2019 which cost 20 ECU more for different screen sizes and overall performance quite close.
Where to buy the Honor 10 Lite at the best price?
Honor 10 Lite test The verdict
A classic and comfortable design in hand, highlighted by a very discreet notch. We expected no more, we did not have less. The Honor 10 Lite is a nice object to use and is simply not intended to be exhibited as a jewel. Damage to the micro-USB port.
Although it lacks a little brightness, the screen of this smartphone is well made with high contrast and color temperature greatly adjustable and already pleasant by default.
The obsolete aesthetics and the rare slowness unfortunately do not pay tribute to the pleasant user experience that EMUI and Android 9.0 Pie combined offer. The navigation by gesture and the many customizations are very good software points. Too bad that pre-installed dispensable applications have been invited and that the phone does not take advantage of Widevine L1.
The double camera can capture beautiful images during the day, but unfortunately it fears a little too low light. On this price is excusable, however. The selfies and the portrait mode are not bad on their part, but they are not free of reproaches.
The Kirin 710 on the phone is perfectly on the road. Do not expect him to perform at peak performance, but he does his job well on resource-hungry games and avoids overheating.
The autonomy of the Honor 10 Lite is very correct without being perfect. The phone has the advantage of losing very little battery on its watches and does not exhaust too quickly throughout the day … unless you chained the applications over long sessions. The phone is tough, but he needs to rest from time to time.
With an output quite close to that of the Honor View 20 which wins the stars, the Honor 10 Lite could easily go unnoticed. It does not matter, his goals are much more modest and he achieves them easily. Its very classic but neat design, its comfortable screen and convincing performance make it a good phone for its price bracket. Add to this, a satisfactory photo quality (but greatly improved) and good autonomy and we get a value for money that seduced by its simplicity. Never transcendent, the Honor 10 Lite will provide a small satisfaction. It's not much, but it's already very good;
Improved night photos
micro-USB in 2019