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Honor 10 Lite Hands-On Preview

Honor bound: sophisticated 10 Lite smartphone launched at a value-added price and we've got our hands on the brand-new device.

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Described as the 'little brother' to the larger Huawei group - it's owned by them, shares R&D and manufacturing facilities, but has separate sales and marketing teams - Honor, which only started in business in 2013, has a new affordable and surprisingly sophisticated smartphone in the Honor 10 Lite.

This sits beneath its Honor 10 flagship phone – described as a 'huge seller' for the group – and thus has a lower price point of £199.99, while the launch date is 7 January 2019 (today).


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ePHOTOzine attended the London unveiling and was able to get hands-on where we were told the new handset utilises tech from the existing Honor 9 Lite phone.

"In terms of the target audience, it’s all about the look and feel of the device and its camera quality, even though it’s at a lower tier price point," the company’s Marketing Manager Ali Qureshi told us. "It has a very powerful camera both at the front and the rear. And we’ve also added in a lot of new features to ensure functionality and ease of use."

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Despite that affordable price it still squeezes in a Kirin 710 processor. "It wouldn’t be an Honor device without GPU Turbo tech," Ali added. "The key thing we’re trying to say is that even though you’re buying a device at a lower price point you’d don't need to sacrifice performance. To coincide with that we’re now introducing GPU Turbo 2.0 – it’s a lot faster; the average frame rate and jitter rate fluctuations have been improved on, with the latter reduced down by 88.9%, which is more than drastic, while the average frame rate is up by just under 14%. Those who use their phone for gaming will get a much smoother and better experience."

Attendant spec for the phone in the UK market includes 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM and expandable memory via microSD card of up to 512GB. The Honor 10 Lite adopts the Android P operating system from launch and, with a generous 6.2-inch screen, offers a 90% screen-to-body ratio on this particular device.

Honor’s new smartphone arrives in a choice of three colours: Sky Blue (as shown in sample images from the launch), Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue.


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Key features for photographers include a 24-megapixel front-facing camera that among its features offers 'AI multi-frame synthesis' - combining individually optimised 'layers', as Honor described it, to form one sharply detailed, richly coloured image. "A 24-megapixel image allows you to zoom into your photos and still retain quality a lot more,” Ali added. Low light selfies are further aided and abetted by '4-in-1 pixel technology' which is described as providing extra illumination for both camera and handset screen.

Another feature that will appeal to low light photographers is the fact the unit’s rear 13-megapixel AI Dual Camera boasts an f/1.8 equivalent aperture, while the handset also comes with a Super Night Photography mode that again performs the trick of combining several different images to produce a perfectly exposed and blur-free single one. "So you can take images without the use of a tripod; hold your phone for a period of six to seven seconds and the phone will capture multiple shots to produce one optimised image." The same 13-megapixel rear camera utilises the output from two separate sensors - one 13MP, the other 2MP.

Also helpful for those who simply want to 'point and shoot' is the Honor 10 Lite's onboard AI Scene Recognition, which, in utilising 22 tags, its maker claims can recognise a whopping 500+ scenarios and therefore optimise results in any given one. "When you point the phone’s camera toward different objects and people, it will identify what it’s actually seeing", Honor’s Ali elaborated. "So if I was to point the camera at myself it would recognise that there’s a person and blur the background. If I take an image of my food, it will bump up the contrast to help it ‘pop out’ a little more."


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The phone's 'AI' functionality helps produce more dynamic looking results, says Honor, although the AI can also be switched off once you’ve taken the image. "When you open up the image in your phone’s gallery you can tap ‘AI’ to turn it on, or tap it again to turn it off – so you get two different variants. You’ve got the 'base' version of the image and the AI version as well. The whole purpose of that is for the consumer who wants to get into photography but doesn’t want to know the technical details. We’ve really pushed AI in our devices; not just for the camera, but as a means of battery optimisation and in assisting the overall performance of the device."

Away from the image capture aspect of the smartphone - in truth what 90% of the presentation we attended focused on, mirroring the fact that handsets are viewed as much as imagining devices as they are verbal communication devices - Honor also highlighted the 10 Lite's AI communications feature, which can reduce wind noise when you’re on the phone, ensuring greater clarity for your call.


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Other features to note include a 3400 mAH battery, a 3.5mm headphone jack, plus a few modes with Honor’s Emotion UI 9.0 in order to analyse how consumers are using the phone - and provide them (the consumers that is) with a full summary report.

"It’s also much smarter when it comes to object categorisation. So when you’re taking photos it again identifies what’s in the photo by date, by location and what’s actually pictured and then organises it accordingly within your gallery."

Ali concludes: "All of these features are available in some of our flagship products, but via the Honor 10 Lite we’re now introducing them at this particular price point."

The company also told us that a new Honor flagship product - which has already been teased online as the 48-megapixel camera incorporating Honor View 20 - will be officially launched in Paris on 22 January 2019.


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