Huawei Honor 10 Lite smartphone review

Android 9 (Pie)
Hisilicon Kirin 710
Octa-core (4 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73, 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
Mali-G51 MP4
32 GB
Li-Po 3400 mAh

Huawei is a company that has been slowly dominating the smartphone market all around the world. In fact, its been going after the peripheral and notebook markets too with great success. The reason why Huawei has been able to do so is that they produce top quality hardware. It’s a simple model that is reflective of what Apple’s been doing for decades and it seems Huawei is catching up.

As a sub-brand of Huawei, the Honor range of smartphones can usually be found in the entry-level section of your local mobile phone retailer, catering to users who seek value for money while retaining the best bits of what smartphones has to offer. Considering that we’re always looking for new devices to game on, I was particularly interested to see how it performs with some of my mobile games.

The Honor 10 Lite is a slightly stepped down version of the Honor 10 that was released last year but I was happy to find that the screen is larger on the Lite at 6.21 inches compared to 5.84 inches. For watching videos or playing games, the 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution is great.

Huawei has also updated the design of the Honor 10 series, making the Lite a much better-looking device than its predecessor. First up, they’ve done away with the fingerprint sensor and home button on the front of the device and reduced the notch size, and the fingerprint sensor is now at the back. Although the screen is not a curved display, the bezel design makes it feel a little bigger than it really is. There’s a small chin at the bottom of the display and while it didn’t bug me, I’ve received comments from other smartphone users that they’re not a fan of the style. I just think they are spoilt by their R20k smartphones. Considering this is not a high-end device, the bezel gets no complaints from me.

This smartphone features a Kirin 710 chipset with an octa-core CPU to crunch the numbers, and 3 GB of RAM. For your data, there’s 64 GB of storage space which you can expand by adding a microSD card.

As a high-end smartphone user, using the Honor 10 was quite a jump down in performance from my beloved Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Day to day tasks executed a little slower than I’m used to but that wasn’t unexpected. The most noticeable performance bumps occur when you switch apps and handle a few tasks at the same time. For example, I shoot and edit a lot of photos on my smartphone and the process require a few rapid actions like taking a pic, switching to Adobe Lightroom to make some edits, then back to Instagram or Facebook to create the post.  In all fairness, the Honor 10 Lite managed these tasks like a champ, albeit a little slower than I’m used to.

When it comes to gaming, I was impressed by how well the Honor 10 Lite managed games. Of course, PUBG mobile took most of my time but I did play some Asphalt 9 and in both games I experienced no issues with regards to performance or graphics when the games were set on High settings. Its snappy game performance is largely thanks to GPU turbo feature, which improves game performance with some architecture-level GPU restructuring. If you’re looking for a mobile phone to game with, the Honor 10 Lite is well worth adding to your list for consideration.

As a photo and video shooter, the Honor 10 Lite faired well and will deliver great results for those social media shots we seek. The rear camera cluster features a 13 MP f/1.8 wide angle lens and a 2 MP f/2.4 camera which is used as the depth sensor. For video, the 1080p camera with 30 fps and 60 fps slow motion capabilities offer a great choice for shooting short clips. Surprisingly, the front-facing selfie camera is a 24 MP shooter with an aperture rating of F/2.0. It can also shoot video at 1080p at 30 fps. The quality of images produces by this camera is good and the camera delivers a great balance between contrast and sharpness. The camera’s low light performance was impressive and although the images were noisy in very dark conditions, there was nothing a few creative edits could not fix.

Looking at the I/O options on this smartphone, Huawei opted to keep the 3.5 mm audio jack but decided on a microUSB charging port instead of the more popular USB Type C. This is no doubt a cost saving exercise, it also has the added benefit that microUSB charging cables are much more readily available and are cheaper to replace.


Considering how reluctant I was to review this phone, I was pleasantly surprised when it performed better than I expected. For just under R5,000 there is a lot to like about the Honor 10 Lite. It looks great in hand, its performance is good, and it’s a great device for gaming.
Price versus performance is great
Decent for gaming
Good low light photos
No dual Sim
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