The past couple of weeks I have been using the Honor 10 Lite and Huawei P Smart 2019, swapping my daily usage between the two. Huawei owns Honor, and they are both priced the same, so in direct competition to each other.
However, there is more than just a similarity with pricing, in almost every aspect they are identical, it seems like a strange move by the companies, spending money marketing two phones when they are so similar. I am sure someone in their marketing departments has crunched the numbers and deemed it worth it.
From a consumer perspective, I view this as a good thing, you have two similar phones competing against each other, so you have double the choice if your main criteria is the price. It is quite likely you will be able to shop around and find one cheaper than the other, alternatively if you like contracts, you will be able to shop around for which phone works out best on price and included contract features.
At the moment, on Amazon, the cheapest option of each device is the Blue model, Sky Blue for Honor or Aurora Blue for Huawei. Both of these are priced at £189.95. However, if you look at Three, they don’t have matching contracts, for the Honor, you can get it for £19 upfront and £19pcm with 4GB of data, but the Huawei is £19 and £18pcm but for 2GB of data.
Both phones have the excellent Kirin 710 chipset combined with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and both are expandable with microSD. They also both have Android Pie with the EMUI running on top of it.
They are not 100% identical though. In particular, the camera specification is quite different with the Honor 10 Lite having a superior front-facing camera of 24 MP with f/2.0 while the Huawei has 8MP f/2.0. So if you are particularly keen on selfies, the Honor does have a slight edge over the Huawei.
In terms of build and design, they are almost identical, they appear to have the same dimensions and weight though the specification shows the Honor is 2g lighter. In particular, the screen of each device is identical, both have that fantastic 6.2-inch display with a very small water drop notch running at 1080 x 2340 pixels with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
The rear of the phones shows a slightly different camera design with the P Smart having the lenses sort of joined together, and the Honor a clear separation.
While I am not a particularly good photographer all the camera samples below were taken at the same time, so should give a rough idea of their performance. The main issues with the camera is the lack of image stabilisation and less than perfect low light performance, this is common with affordable phones, and I am not sure of any that perform much better.
Overall, during my use I found both phones to be superb, and either one makes an excellent choice for an affordable phone.
I will be posting full reviews of the two phones over the next couple of days.
Camera sample comparison
Full specification comparison
|Honor 10 Lite||Huawei P smart 2019|
|BODY||Dimensions||154.8 x 73.6 x 8 mm (6.09 x 2.90 x 0.31 in)||155.2 x 73.4 x 8 mm (6.11 x 2.89 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||162 g (5.71 oz)||160 g (5.64 oz)|
|SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors||LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.21 inches, 94.7 cm2 (~83.1% screen-to-body ratio)||6.21 inches, 94.7 cm2 (~83.1% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~415 ppi density)||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~415 ppi density)|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9||Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9|
|Chipset||Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)||Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)||Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|GPU||Mali-G51 MP4||Mali-G51 MP4|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)||microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Internal||3GB RAM / 64GB Storage||3GB RAM / 64GB Storage|
|MAIN CAMERA||Modules||13 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF||13 MP, f/1.8, PDAF|
|2 MP, depth sensor||2 MP, depth sensor|
|Features||LED flash, HDR, panorama||LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Modules||24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 0.9µm||16 MP or 8 MP, f/2.0|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic||- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.2, A2DP, LE||4.2, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Radio||FM radio||FM radio|
|USB||microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go||microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|- Charging 5V/2A 10W||- Charging 5V/2A 10W|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 3400 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery|
|Colors||Black, Aurora Blue||Midnight Black, Aurora Blue, Sapphire Blue|