HuaweiMate10Litelong-term Review

Intro

Here’s a Mate 10 that is much less than half the rate of any type of other Friend 10. Yet it looks similarly modern-day with its high display, and even includes four video cameras. So what’s going on? Can you actually obtain flagship-like functions for a fraction of the cost?

Lite is the new Mini, which has ringed true for a couple of years currently. If you’ve been adhering to the mobile space enough time, then you most likely bear in mind Samsung’s Galaxy S5 mini and also its precursors, lovingly or less so. That was the phone unofficially described as ‘the S5 for people that couldn’t manage an S5’. While the Korean firm has considering that given up on using a flagship’s brand for a mid-ranger, Huawei has actioned in and suffered with its Lite designs.

The Friend 10 Lite is the latest in that collection of devices. Its name wants you to think it’s carefully pertaining to the other members of the Friend 10 family, yet also a general comparison of specifications will certainly disclose it not to in fact be the case. The branding is there just to give the Lite a better understanding. What regarding the experience of utilizing it, though? Is that as far eliminated from a Friend 10 Pro as the Friend 10 Lite’s prices?

That’s what we wished to find out in this long-lasting testimonial. The Companion 10 Lite should obviously load plenty of concessions in order to reach its cost factor, yet it intriguingly has more electronic cameras than its expensive family members. So what does it supply if you use it for weeks on end, as your one and only everyday smartphone?

Join us over the next couple of web pages and we’ll let you recognize. We’re going to cover a great deal of ground as well as reveal where the concessions make sense as well as where they seriously affect the phone’s use. Additionally, you’ll find out what we have actually surprisingly found that the Mate 10 Lite does much better than most of its competitors and also even some authentic flagships.

Final thought

The Friend 10 Lite is a Friend 10 in name only. Despite what Huawei’s advertising and marketing would certainly have you think, this phone has nothing alike with the Friend 10 and Friend 10 Pro apart from the quantity of RAM inside. The business has been using the ‘Lite’ method for a few years now as well as it appears to have functioned well, sales-wise, so far. We do however really hope that no person buying a Friend 10 Lite will certainly do that merely to boast that they have a “Companion 10”, due to the fact that the key words in its name is “Lite”.

It does feature a Lite rate, contrasted to its brother or sisters. Yet it likewise boasts Lite performance and also lower-end specifications. In the long run whether you opt for a Mate 10 Lite or otherwise relies on whether you’re willing to deal with its problems as well as concessions for taking pleasure in the big screen. We have actually tried to note everything we have actually come across on this front while we have actually used it as our one and only smartphone, to see to it you have all the info before you decide if it’s for you.

Coming to the Companion 10 Lite from a flagship mobile phone of any type of brand name, not likely as that may be as a course of action, will leave you rather irritated. Living with it isn’t all plain sailing, you will certainly encounter numerous hiccups, stagnations, and stutters throughout the day if you use it thoroughly and also multitask a great deal. Every now and then you may even handle to make it come to a full standstill, iced up momentarily or 2 prior to points go back to regular. This all depends on your usage and also just how much of a so called ‘power user’ you are.

Huawei’s UI overlay that is built into the Mate 10 Lite in addition to Android 7.0 will certainly show to be frustrating to those who love a software program experience as pure as Google can potentially make it. That doesn’t indicate EMUI doesn’t have its strengths, though – they’re simply wrapped in a layout that seems to have actually come straight from an iPhone, with some neon blue accents sprayed ahead completely step.

If this is your initial mobile phone or if you’re coming from a lower-end model, after that the Companion 10 Lite will certainly be more impressive. It has a great deal of attributes as well as customization choices, a lot of which you simply don’t get with supply Android. You also have numerous applications in the Play Shop waiting on you to try them. The phone comes with great cams for the price point, though it’s most likely best if you neglect Huawei’s ‘a lot more is better’ method of marketing them – the two secondary 2 MP sensing units exist to record depth details only and won’t apply any kind of magic techniques to the normal pictures you take.

If you don’t mind the means EMUI looks, then performance is truly the Mate 10 Lite’s only apparent weak point, and even that does not emerge regularly. It’s the main compromise you will need to live with when you choose this tool over others. Yet provided that you’re extremely careful about the amount of things you toss at the phone at the same time you will certainly have the ability to minimize this concern somewhat.

In the long run, ‘you obtain what you spend for’ is true for mobile phones in this day and also age as a general guideline. There are exemptions, but the Friend 10 Lite isn’t among them. Life with it will not be totally niggle-free, however if your resistance is pretty high it will make for an excellent friend.

Network
  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2017, October
  • Status: Available. Released 2017, November
  • Body
  • Dimensions: 156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5 mm (6.15 x 2.96 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 164 g (5.78 oz)
  • Build: Front glass, aluminum body
  • Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display
  • Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.9 inches, 89.8 cm2 (~76.5% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • – EMUI 5.1
  • Platform
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659 (16 nm)
  • Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Mali-T830 MP2
  • Memory
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Internal: 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
  • Main Camera
  • Dual: 16 MP, f/2.2, 27mm (wide), PDAF
    2 MP, depth sensor
  • Features: LED flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie camera
  • Dual: 13 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
    2 MP, depth sensor
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Radio: FM radio
  • microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
  • Features
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – MP4/H.264 player
    – MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
    – Document viewer
    – Photo/video editor
  • Battery
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3340 mAh battery
  • Misc
  • Colors: Graphite Black, Prestige Gold, Aurora Blue
  • Price: About 200 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 1530 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1408Basemark X: 8721
  • Display: Contrast ratio: 1852:1 (nominal), 2.654 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 67dB / Noise 71dB / Ring 84dB
  • Audio quality: Noise -89.2dB / Crosstalk -83.8dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 76h
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