Honor launched its latest smartphone, the Honor 10, at a global event on 15 May. The device has a beautiful finish and some impressive specs, but it also faces some stiff competition, especially following the announcement of the OnePlus 6 just 24 hours later on 16 May. And hence the relevance of comparing Oneplus 6 vs Honor 10.
Oneplus 6 vs Honor 10: Design and Build Quality
- Honor 10 smaller and lighter
- Both have notched displays
- Both retain headphone jack
- OnePlus 6 is ‘water resistant’
The Honor 10 has a striking finish thanks to the 15 layers of 3D glass featured on the back of the device. It is available in Phantom Blue and Glacier Grey in the UK, with the Phantom Blue being the stand out option.
There is a horizontally-arranged dual rear camera in the top left corner, while the Honor logo is positioned towards the bottom of the device. On the front, the Honor 10 is nearly all screen with a small notch at the top and an oval fingerprint sensor at the bottom. The Honor 10 measures 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm, weighs 153g and it keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack intact.
A dual rear camera is present on the OnePlus 6 too, though it is in a vertically-arranged format positioned in the centre. The company explicitly mentioned during their launch event that after experimenting with cameras positioned in the corner, they are going back to their roots and positioning it in the center like the Oneplus One. A fingerprint sensor is also present below the dual camera arrangement, with the OnePlus logo beneath that.
The OnePlus 6 measures 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75mm and weighs 177g, making it slightly larger and heavier than the Honor 10. It too features a glass rear, with four colour options available and there is a display notch on this device too, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. The OnePlus 6 is also water resistant however, something the Honor 10 is not.
As far as the design is concerned, both the devices fight it out equally in this category. However with its sturdier and robust form, Oneplus 6 takes a slight lead and finishes the lap ahead of the Honor 10 with its extremely useful alert slider as the big difference in this category of Oneplus 6 vs Honor 10.
Winner: Oneplus 6
OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10: Display
- Honor 10: 5.84-inch, LCD, 2280 x 1080 resolution, 432ppi
- OnePlus 6: 6.28-inch, AMOLED, 2280 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
- Both notched designs
- Both have 19:9 aspect ratio
The Honor 10 features a 5.84-inch IPS LCD display that offers a 2280 x 1080 pixel resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 432ppi. As mentioned above, the Honor 10 has a notch at the top of its display, and its aspect ratio is 19:9, which is the same as the OnePlus 6.
The OnePlus 6 comes with a 6.28-inch display, which is larger than its predecessors, the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5 but keeps to the same resolution of 1080p. As mentioned above, it features a small notch, which has led its aspect ratio to increase to 19:9.
Unlike many flagship smartphones, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t offer a Quad HD or Quad HD+ resolution, opting for Full HD+ instead at 2280 x 1080 resolution, like the Honor 10. This means the OnePlus 6 offers a 401ppi, with the Honor 10 packing in a few more pixels per inch even if they aren’t likely to be noticeable to the human eye – only because the OnePlus display is larger. The Oneplus 6 also gives the unique feature of hiding the notch, the AMOLED screen making sure you never notice that notch again.
Neither device appears to support mobile HDR though both are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The OnePlus 6’s display is also AMOLED, which will mean rich, vibrant colours and black blacks. AMOLED screen also leads to better battery utilization if you can tweak your device to a dark theme and black wallpaper. And so in this round of Oneplus 6 vs Honor 10 once again, Oneplus 6 is slightly ahead of the Honor 10.
Winner : Oneplus 6
OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10: Hardware
- Honor 10: Kirin 970, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, no microSD, 3400mAh battery
- OnePlus 6: SD845, up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, no microSD, 3300mAh
The Honor 10 runs on the Kirin 970 processor supported by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the Oneplus flexes its muscles with a top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor with 6/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB ROM. Thus, with the Oneplus the consumer gets a better choice of internals.
There is a 3400mAh battery capacity on board the Honor 10, charged via USB Type-C and Supercharging is also available. The Honor 10, just like the Oneplus 6, is also dual SIM device and just like its competitor, does not allow expandable memory storage. The fingerprint sensor on the Honor 10 is located on the bottom chin and hence easily accessible if like me, you have a tendency to keep your phone face up. Both the device feature advance face unlock feature which we found reliable and equally snappy.
In terms of battery capacity, the OnePlus 6 has a 3300mAh capacity. But Dash (Warp?) Charge beats any other fast charging solution out there. We have said this for all the Oneplus devices that we have reviewed. This itself is a huge reason to buy any Oneplus phone.
While the mighty Snapdragon 845 edges out the Kirin 970 just slightly, the excellent RAM management coupled with Dash charge, Oneplus 6 definitely takes lead in the Hardware department of Oneplus 6 vs Honor 10 comparison.
Winner : Oneplus 6
OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10: Camera
- Honor 10: Dual rear camera, 24MP and 16MP, AI technology, 24MP front camera
- OnePlus 6: Dual rear camera, 16MP and 20MP sensors, 16MP front camera
- Facial recognition software on both
The Honor 10 features a dual camera on its rear. This camera is made up of a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor coupled with a 16-megapixel RGB colour sensor. Both have an aperture of f/1.8 and thanks to AI 2.0 technology, they will be able to recognise over 500 scenarios in 22 categories in real time.
The front camera on the Honor 10 is a 24-megapixel sensor that supports 3D facial recognition, optimises facial details and detects facial points to the pixel. It also supports studio lighting and can deliver bokeh effects.
The OnePlus 6 meanwhile, also comes with a dual rear camera made up of a 16-megapixel sensor and 20-megapixel sensor, as per the OnePlus 5T. OnePlus has made the main sensor 19 per cent larger for the new device though, whilst also adding OIS.
On the front, the OnePlus 6 has a 16-megapixel sensor with support for the company’s Face Unlock feature and the Portrait Mode for selfies too.
While the camera set up (Both front and back) are really good on the Oneplus 6 (Personally love the pro-mode), the Honor 10 takes this round with its excellent HDR and AI capabilities. However we must mention that Oneplus 6 has recently gotten a new camera related update and our conclusion for the Oneplus 6 vs Honor 10 Camera comparison might just change post it.
Winner : Honor 10
OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10: Software
- Honor 10: Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.1
- OnePlus 6: Android 8.1 with OxygenOS
The Honor 10 runs on Android with the company’s EMUI 8.1 software over the top. This software includes features such as Easy Talk, which reduces background noise in a windy environment and increases the volume of whispers for quiet conversations, for example. But it looks and feels quite different to Android. It is also heavy on the processor and comes with its own set of bloatware.
The OnePlus 6 runs Android 8.1 with OxygenOS. This software offers OnePlus-specific features like Gaming Mode, gestures and customisation options, delivering a different user experience to the Honor 10. OxygenOS looks and feels just like Android, and there’s the added advantage that the OnePlus 6 is already on the Android P beta.
No guessing who wins this round of Oneplus 6 vs Honor 10, with its super snappy and uber loved Oxygen OS, Oneplus 6 is the clear winner here. There is minimum bloatware, near stock feel, excellent memory management and frequent updates.
Winner : Oneplus 6
OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10: Price and Conclusion
- Honor 10 is priced at Rs 32,999
- OnePlus 6 starts at Rs 34,999
Honor’s device is slightly smaller, with a smaller but sharper display, a higher resolution front camera and a dual rear camera full of AI tricks. It also has a slightly larger battery capacity and it certainly has an appealing design.
The OnePlus 6 offers a lovely design too though, and it comes with Qualcomm’s latest processor under the hood, coupled with more RAM and storage than the Honor 10, as well as a larger display. It is also water resistant, and edges out the Honor 10 in almost all departments. With all the tiny leads adding up, Oneplus is clearly the winner here even if that means shelling out a little more.