OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10: Choose Your Flagship-Killer Wisely
Honor 10 (left) against the OnePlus 6 (right).
Honor 10 (left) against the OnePlus 6 (right).(Photo: The Quint)

OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10: Choose Your Flagship-Killer Wisely

Okay, people who have a buttload of money and don’t even look beyond the porch of an Apple Store for a smartphone, the following comparison is not for you.

This quick comparison is for the ‘value for money’ kind of customer who wants to see a spec-loaded phone with a good camera and battery, and who also doesn’t want to pay a fortune for it.

OnePlus has been a pioneer in providing great value for the products they sell and Honor has also been making in-roads in this segment lately. The two brands have launched their respective flagships in the market and here’s a quick spec-to-spec comparison between the OnePlus 6 and the Honor 10.

A spec-to-spec comparison between the Honor 10 and OnePlus 6.
A spec-to-spec comparison between the Honor 10 and OnePlus 6.
(Photo: The Quint)

‘Notch’ Much of a Difference

Talking about the design and display, it’s like having identical twins sitting adjacently; “Wahi naak, wahi kaan”!

The OnePlus 6 comes with a FHD+ display
The OnePlus 6 comes with a FHD+ display
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The notch makes an appearance yet again on both these phones. No difference is the screen resolution as both are pumping out the exact 2280x1080 pixels.

Where you will be able to tell them apart is the screen size as the OnePlus 6 comes with a bigger 6.2-inch display while the Honor 10 sports a smaller form factor and a 5.8-inch display.

The Honor 10 comes with a fingerprint scanner on the front.
The Honor 10 comes with a fingerprint scanner on the front.
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The OnePlus 6, because of the extra bulk, carries more weight at 177 grams where the Honor 10 with more compact ergonomics comes in at 153 grams.

OnePlus have played it very safe and gone for tried and tested colours for the OnePlus 6 like the Black variant. I don’t even know what colour the Honor 10 is so let’s not open that can of worms.

Yes, both are glass-backed and one is going to have a torrid time keeping the phones clean but I’d choose the OnePlus over the Honor. Why? Because black looks good on everything.

Power Packed & Packin’

The OnePlus 6 is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with RAM options of 6GB and 8GB. I don’t suppose you’d need more power than this. We’re waiting for the phone to come to India and then we’ll put it to the test.

The glass back in black looks good. Way to go OnePlus.
The glass back in black looks good. Way to go OnePlus.
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The Honor 10 too houses a very powerful Kirin HiSilicon 970 octa-core processor coupled with 6GB RAM.

Also Read : OnePlus 6 First Impressions: Affordable Flagship Phone for 2018? 

Both the devices are running on the latest Android 8.1, though when it comes to the user interface, I am not a big fan of the EMUI on the Honor 10. OnePlus 6 just scrapes through because it’s much cleaner.

Another advantage with the OnePlus 6 is that it comes with both a 64GB and a 128GB in-built memory option while the Honor buyers will have only a 128GB variant as an option.

Where the OnePlus 6 comes with the fingerprint sensor at the back, the Honor sports it on the front.
Where the OnePlus 6 comes with the fingerprint sensor at the back, the Honor sports it on the front.
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A Good Camera or a Smart Camera? Decide

Honor has really been pushing its AI in camera technology ever since the launch of the Honor View 10. Yes, the AI plays a big role and it does make the camera experience a bit better and easier. But, do you really need it in a camera? We let the users take that call.

The OnePlus 6 sports a 6.2-inch while the Honor 10 comes with a 5.8-inch display
The OnePlus 6 sports a 6.2-inch while the Honor 10 comes with a 5.8-inch display
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On the rear of the Honor 10 is a 24+16-megapixel dual camera combination which comes with f/1.8 wide aperture. The picture quality is good and it has plentiful modes to play with if you want. But it doesn’t support super slo-mo, and I feel that’s a big miss.

For selfies, you get a 24-megapixel front camera. Again, no dearth of features there.

The OnePlus 6 on paper sports a 20+16-megapixel on the rear, which is a good snapper. There are some subtle changes in the optics to accommodate the super slo-mo feature but apart from that, the camera quality is impressive. For selfies, you get a 16-megapixel shooter.

A Little More Juice Would Have Been Good

Now here’s what could be a big deal-breaker in both the phones. The Honor 10 comes with a 3400mAh battery pack while the OnePlus 6 comes with just a 3300mAh battery (as always).

Yes, that’s the compromise companies have to make to give users a sleek form factor but are they really willing to give up on that extra battery juice? Many would beg to differ.

It’s a good thing that both the phones come with fast-charging technology, else you’d always have been lugging around a power bank.

Which One Should You Buy?

This won’t be tough to call. OnePlus has always looked to give the consumers a value-for-money product and the same is the case with the OnePlus 6. It’s a legacy that the company has built and it’s going to be tough for the Honor 10 to trump that.

At Rs 32,999, the Honor 10 is a very good phone and checks most of the boxes, but what I feel would have given the Honor an edge over the OnePlus 6 is water and dust resistance and also a camera that records super slo-mo videos.

As far as this shootout is concerned, I’ll still bet my money on the OnePlus 6.

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