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OnePlus 5T vs Honor View 10: Battle of The Budget Flagships

When it comes to Android flagships, the first names that come to mind are Google Pixels and Samsung's high-end Galaxies, which load beautifully for the smartphone experience that defines the class they offer. But there is also another league of smartphones – baptized "the convenient flagships" – that offer the same fluid experience without any compromise, however, they don't make a hole in your pocket. OnePlus paved the way for the top end of the budget, and soon the category was saturated with devices like Xiaomi, Honor and Nokia.

We recently reviewed two of these devices, OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10, and as expected, they turned out to be excellent smartphones that do little or no compromise when it comes to offering the maximum fringe, and then even more, for the their price. But one can never claim the superiority of one beast over the other, unless they are opposed to one another. So, without further ado, let's dive into the battlefield and see which device emerges winner, OnePlus 5T or Honor View 10!

Design and build quality

I'm a big fan of the metallic build on smartphones, but this just makes it more difficult to choose a favorite between OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10, since both are carved in metal and are absolutely stunning to look at and use. But if you are divided between the two, let me simplify for you. You can't go wrong with any of these two deviceshowever, your aesthetic taste and style preference can influence your decision. Such as?

Good, OnePlus 5T features a super-stylish unibody metal construction, that all about minimalism from the beginning. What yes features of the premium touch of a well thought-out device or of the profound work of black painting, which can make Neo shame the Matrix trilogy in the style department. Another positive aspect of the OnePlus 5T build is the placement of the fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, which is the ideal place where the index rests normally. Then, unblock the device after having picked it up or authenticated payments, open secure folders, etc. a no-brainer, as it is not necessary to move the smartphone between the hands to reach the sensor embedded in the Home button.

When it comes to the Honor flagship, Huawei's subsidiary has completely thrown it out of the park with the build quality of Honor View 10, thanks to its clean appearance, rounded edges and pleasant matte finish. Some users may find it a bit difficult to achieve the fingerprint sensor built into the home button, as the Honor View 10 undoubtedly a high device, but then varies from user to user. But one of the qualities I have with Honor View 10 is the protrusion of the rear camera, because the sensors are surrounded by metal rings that have sharp edges and extend a little . also present on OnePlus 5T, but in the case of Honor View 10, the protruding camera sensors are much more pronounced. Therefore, the application of a protective back cover (which is already present in the device's packaging) strongly recommended, unless you want to scratch your new glossy flaghsip.

As for color options, OnePlus 5T currently available in three color variants. Black, Red and White, while on the other hand, the Honor View 10 can be purchased in a wider range of colors including Black, Blue, Red and Gold. While the Honor View 10 may offer you more color options to choose from, the OnePlus 5T color choices are rather limited, but keep in mind that the white OnePlus 5T offers a sandstone finish, which in my personal opinion, much better to keep .

Display

The display installed in both devices of two different types: AMOLED and LCD, which have their own set of pros and cons, so it boils down to users choosing between the two. Therefore, briefly describe them and discuss their respective advantages and disadvantages to make it easier for you to make a final choice, depending on their alignment with your liking.

OnePlus 5T equipped with an AMOLED 1080 x 2160 6-inch optical display with an aspect ratio of 18: 9. The screen looks wonderful, and its aesthetic appearance is further accentuated by minimal frames and a uniform and symmetrical design. However, a higher display means that it will be a cumbersome experience for users with smaller hands to reach the upper corners of the screen without adjusting the position of the device.

Speaking of output, the AMOLED panel of OnePlus 5T undoubtedly offers deeper blacks and higher contrast for brighter color reproduction with superior viewing angles, and nothing short of a visual pleasure when it comes to watching high quality videos. However, being an AMOLED panel, the burn-in display comes as an inevitable evil, but its occurrence is rather rare. Also, the OnePlus 5T screen is not water resistant, so if you want to prevent the pixels of the OnePlus 5T from jamming, better avoid taking selfies at the pool.

The Honor View 10, on the other hand, contains an LCD IPS LTPS 21, 9 x 21, 9 inches, 5, 99 inches, whose resolution can be reduced to 1440 720 to save some battery juice. However, the display of Honor View 10 It has NO kind of protective layer, that an area where OnePlus 5T emerges victorious with its screen protected Gorilla Glass 5.

Apart from the longevity, I heard that the LCD display of Honor View 10 did slightly better under direct sunlight, producing cleaner whites than the OnePlus 5T AMOLED panel whose white color was a little warmer than the Honor View 10 display. In addition, the OnePlus 5T AMOLED screen will be slightly heavier on the battery than the Honor View display 10 if used at high brightness levels, since LCDs are more economical in terms of energy consumption. Therefore, the Honor device can last a little longer with the same amount of charge compared to the OnePlus 5T.

camera

OnePlus 5T received excellent reviews for its photographic capabilities, thanks to its highly configurable dual rear camera, consisting of a 16 MP main sensor and a 20 MP secondary sensor with f / 1.7 aperture, while a 16 MP unit is take the selfie. On paper, the photo credentials of OnePlus 5T appear solid and, to the delight of users, they behave like a true champion even in real life, capturing shots of low brightness of superior quality and reasonably good self-portraits with accurate colors. Moreover, the device capable of recording good quality 4K video at 30 fps and 1080p video at 60 fps, but the lack of OIS is something that you will not easily feel as the EIS does a great job compensating for its absence.

On the other hand, the Honor View 10 contains a 16MP + 20MP rear camera and a 13MP front camera, which produces images with excellent sharpness levels and intense colors. THE' implementation of the Honor View 10 portrait mode something worth talking about, since the AI-assisted portrait mode on this smartphone produces excellent blurring and depth effects, without disturbing the natural color of the object. However, low light shots are at best satisfactory, since the AI's aggressive image optimization sometimes reduces the details.

When they collide, this is how rivals perform in the photography department:

THE' depth effect created by Honor View 10 (image above) absolutely stunning, since it captures high levels of detail and the excellent blur effect further improves the vivacity of the object. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5T portrait mode abilities (example below) are not at the same level as those of Honor View 10, since the arguably weak blur effect is also the unsatisfactory focus lock.

The following example still shows the superior blur effect created by the Honor View 10 camera and excellent color reproduction. On the other hand, portrait shots taken with OnePlus 5T show an insufficient depth of field and slightly inaccurate colors with a faded appearance.

When it comes to photography in low light conditions, OnePlus 5T returns the Honor View 10 to school, since images captured by the flagship OnePlus contain many details and are sharp, while those taken by Honor View 10 suffer from aggressive leveling, which ends up reducing the amount of details.

The same low level of error in the Honor View 10's camera light can also be seen here, since the built-in artificial intelligence has an impact on the appearance of the details of the photographs in an attempt to reduce noise. OnePlus 5T does not perform aggressive noise reduction, which is why the low light shots captured by the OnePlus 5T, despite being grainy, contain much more detail.

The selfies captured by both smartphones are good, but OnePlus 5T imposes itself here with sharper images and more natural colors.

Performance

As for performance, none of the devices a little too soft, instead, they absolutely crush any task you take. The reason? Their top-of-the-line processors and the generous amount of RAM to help them perform any task. While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 of the OnePlus 5T is an authentic beast and could look like the winner on paper, the HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor from Honor View 10 also proved to be a venerable musician.

Let's look at the reference scores of the two flagship killers and see how they perform well in synthetic performance tests with their 'Kirin 970 + 6GB RAM' and 'Snapdragon 835 + 8GB RAM' configurations.

As evident from the reference scores, both devices are neck-to-neck in the Geekbench 4 evaluation, however, the gap widens in the AnTuTu test, which saw the OnePlus 5T pass the Honor View 10 with a significant margin, thanks to the extra 2GB of RAM available.

But as you may know, benchmark tests do not always reflect the real capabilities of a device, so I ran an app speed test to compare the real performance of both devices. In the evaluation, I tested nine apps ranging from light apps like gallery, YouTube and Google Maps to heavy games like Injustice: Gods Among Us and Shadow Fight 3, to compare the speed with which they load and recharge after minimizing them.

In the speed test, OnePlus 5T opened the nine apps, one after the other, in 1 minute and 10 seconds, while the Honor View 10 did the same in 1 minute and 11 seconds. When it came to reloading the minimized apps in the same order, OnePlus 5T made it in 1 minute and 46 seconds, with the timer that had never stopped. However, Honor View 10 remained behind by just three seconds, ending the test in 1 minute and 49 seconds . But let it be very clear, the close defeat suffered by Honor View 10 does not mean that it is a slow device, in any case, since it behaves on the same level as the OnePlus 5T on almost all terrains, whether it is intensive games or moderate use.

Battery

possible, and should never compromise on battery capacity when buying a smartphone, especially if you are an experienced user and you are buying a flagship device to make the most of it. This is an area where the Honor View 10 tops in significantly OnePlus 5T, since Honor View 10 contains a more robust 3.750 mAh lithium ion battery, while OnePlus 5T is equipped with a smaller 3.300 mAh unit.

But it's not just the mAh numbers in which the OnePlus 5T loses points, but it also seems to be disadvantaged in the utility scenario, because its smaller battery must support the AMOLED screen which has more power. OnePlus 5T also lags behind in everyday use, as the device can barely handle 4, 5 hours of screen activation time, while the Honor View 10 surpassed it with a significant margin, offering 5-6 hours of continuous screen activity when it is completely filled.

However, OnePlus 5T has more than made up for its smaller battery with a super fast charging speed, thanks to its Dash Charging technology, which takes the battery from the 0% to 75% in just 35 minutes . Although the Honor View 10 boasts a fast charging technology, it is never as fast as the OnePlus 5T, since the charge rate of the previous one is relatively low and could only fill the battery until 50% in 45 minutes.

Software

The software is an area that could prove to be the deciding factor for potential buyers who are divided between OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10. If you are an Android purist and like the no-frills experience of vanilla Android, the OnePlus 5T is the best choice for you , thanks to the clean user interface offered by Oxygen OS 4.7.2 on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The rest of the software is the usual OnePlus deal with nifty optimization controls and much more.

On the other hand, if you feel adventurous and want to try an operating system that is strongly integrated with artificial intelligence, then the EMUI 8.0.0 at Honor View 10 based on Android 8.0.0 Oreo is perfect for you. However, the machine learning tricks introduced in EMUI, which were aggressively announced by Huawei at launch, are anything but marketing jargon, as allow the device to learn the habit of using users over time and start allocating resources to certain apps and functions accordingly. So what does that mean exactly? To put it simply, if you use an app or a function on a frequent basis, the device eventually speeds up the process of opening and loading over time, and will also deal with more options used for user convenience.

Nevertheless, Honor View 10, with its Android operating system Oreo, ahead of the OnePlus 5T, which still stuck on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. However, the launch of Android 8.0 Oreo for OnePlus 5T officially started through the beta channel, so a public version around the corner.

Specifications: Honor View 10 vs OnePlus 5T

DeviceView honor 10OnePlus 5T
dimensions 157 x 75 x 7 mm 156, 1 x 75 x 7, 3 mm
Weight 6.07 ounces (172 g) 5, 7 ounces (162 g)
Display IPS LTS Full-HD 5 "LCD screen with 18: 9 aspect ratio 18: 9 optical AMOLED screen of 6.01 inches
Processor Hisilicon Kirin 970 octa-core chipset octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, clocked at 2.45 GHz
GPU Mali-G72 MP12 Adreno 540
RAM 6 GB or 8 GB 6 GB or 8 GB
storage 64 GB or 128 GB, expandable up to 256 GB with a microSD card 64 GB or 128 GB
Main camera Dual 16 + 20MP camera, with f / 1.8 aperture, LED flash and PDAF Dual 16 + 20MP camera, with f / 1.7 aperture and dual LED flash
Secondary camera 13MP, with f / 2.0 aperture IMX 371 16 MP sensor, with f / 2.0 aperture
Battery 3, 750 mAh, non-removable 3, 300 mAh, non-removable
Operating system Android 8.0 Oreo, with Huawei's EMUI 8.0 skin Android 7.1.1 Nougat, upgradeable to Oreo very soon
sensors front fingerprint, accelerometer, G sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light sensor, IR blaster rear fingerprint, accelerometer, G sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light sensor
connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS LTE, WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Ports USB Type-C charging port, 3.5 mm headphone jack USB Type-C charging port, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Color variants Navy Blue, Midnight Black, Beach Gold, Aurora Blue, Charm Red Matte Black, Star Wars Edition (specific to India)
Price under $ 499 (29,999) starts at $ 449 ($ 32.99)

Which one should you buy?

Now that the advantages and shortcomings of the OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10 have been revealed in a hand-to-hand contest, they are now reduced to a person's brand preferences and the resulting smartphone performance. Both devices offer an unmatched Android experience, high quality hardware and excellent performance for the price they command, but OnePlus 5T takes the cherry when it comes to trust and global recognition, something that the Honor View 10 loses some points for.

Furthermore, OnePlus pays a lot of attention to its user community, and whatever problems are encountered, they are resolved at a faster rate than a brand like Honor, whose user involvement is much lower than OnePlus. So, if you invest in the inexpensive OnePlus 5T, you not only get 2 GB of additional RAM for that little extra processing power, but also a guarantee that your device will continue to receive relatively more attention from its manufacturer over the years. , which is always a welcome move.

Well, that was just my opinion. Which device do you think is the best value for money? Let us know in the comments section below.

Buy from Amazon: (OnePlus 5T, $ 32, 999) Buy from Amazon: (Honor View 10, 29, 999)