At a global event on 15 May, Honor launched its latest flagship handset – the Honor 10 – it features a stunning finish, along with a high spec sheet. This launch came 24 hours before OnePlus unveiled their next flagship device – the OnePlus 6, which can be seen as a direct rival to the Honor 10. With both companies renowned for producing powerful hardware at reasonable prices compared to the likes of Apple and Samsung. Here we will look at the differences between the two latest affordable yet powerful devices.
To begin with, they both have brilliant designs – with the Honor 10 rocking a striking finish due to 15 layers of 3D glass on the rear of the handset. The Honor 10 is available in Phantom Blue and Glacier Grey for us in the UK. There is a horizontally arranged dual rear camera in the top left corner, with the Honor logo positioned toward the bottom of the phone. On the front side, we have a nearly all screen display which features a small notch on top and also an oval fingerprint sensor on the bottom.
Now, the OnePlus 6 also features a rear dual camera that is vertically arranged instead of horizontally like the Honor. The fingerprint scanner here is positioned below the camera setup, with the OnePlus logo underneath this. The OnePlus 6 is slightly larger than the Honor 10 – measuring in at 155.7x75.4x7.75mm compared to the Honor which is 149.6x71.2x7.7mm. The OnePlus is also noticeably heavier than the Honor with a weight of 177g, whereas the Honor weighs just 153g. Both handsets have kept the much-loved 3.5mm headphone jack, and the OnePlus is also following the trend of the notch with a small one featuring at the top of its screen.
With the OnePlus being a bigger size it also comes with a bigger display – a 6.28-inch AMOLED one, which has 401ppi coupled with a 2280x1080 resolution. The Honor 10 comes with a 5.84-inch LCD display, which has more pixels per inch at 432ppi and also features the same resolution of 2280x1080. They both include notches at the top of the screen which in turn means they both have 19:9 aspect ratios. The only difference you’ll see here is with the two different screen types – the AMOLED display on the OnePlus 6 will offer more vibrant colours and blacker blacks, but overall they aren’t too dissimilar.
The power behind the Honor 10 comes from the Kirin 970 processor, which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Unfortunately there is no microSD expansion available, but this standard amount should do the trick for most. The OnePlus 6 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset instead, which can come with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM which can be joined by 64 GB, 128GB or 256GB of storage – there is also no microSD expansion available here. The OnePlus 6 has a 3300aMh battery, whereas the Honor 10 has a 3400aMh capacity – but they will both generally give your phone power to run a full day of use, and also both support fast charging.
The Honor 10 has a dual camera which is made up of a 24MP monochrome sensor and a 16MP RGB colour sensor, they both have apertures of f/1.8. It also features AI 2.0 technology that is able to recognise over 500 scenarios in 22 categories, and all in real time. It has a 24MP front camera, which supports 3D facial recognition and optimises facial details and detects facial points to the pixel. The front camera also allows for plenty of modes, including bokeh effects and also supports studio lighting.
On the OnePlus 6, you will also find a dual camera set up with a 16MP sensor and a 20MP sensor. This camera also comes with OIS, and OnePlus has made the main sensor 19% larger than the OnePlus 5T had. The front camera has 16MP sensor which has support for the company’s Face Unlock feature, and will also support Portrait Mode for selfies soon.
Both handsets run on Android 8.1, and both come with their respective companies own UI overlay. The Honor 10 comes with the company’s own EMUI 8.1 software, which includes features like Easy Talk – which reduces background noise in windy environments and can also increase the volume of whispers in quiet scenarios. The overall feel of their UI is different to that of the vanilla Android software, and is decent in that respect to say the least.
The OnePlus 6 also runs an overlay which is called Oxygen OS, which offers some OnePlus specific features. Some of these features include Gaming Mode, gestures and customisation options, which all help in delivering the user a much different experience to that of the Honor 10. The Oxygen OS has a much more Android feel to it, and the OnePlus 6 has a one-up on Honor being that it is featured on the Android P beta already.
To conclude then, the Honor 10 is slightly smaller in size but comes with a sharper display, and also a higher resolution front camera. The dual camera on the rear also features a vast amount of AI tricks that enhance images for you. The OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 both have brilliant designs, they both offer flagship spec hardware and are both available for brilliant value at much cheaper prices than products from Apple and Samsung.