Specs Comparison: Honor 10 Lite vs ASUS ZenFone Max M2 (ZB633KL)

Two smartphones have recently launched in the Philippines, carrying capable specs at a reasonable price. One one hand, we have the Honor 10 Lite with Kirin 710 chipset, while on the other, is the ASUS ZenFone Max M2 (ZB633KL) with a Snapdragon 632. So which one offers more based on specs? Let’s find out below.

Honor 10 LiteASUS ZenFone Max M2 (ZB633KL)
6.21-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 19.5:9 IPS display, 415ppi6.3-inch HD+ (1520 x 720) 19:9 IPS display, 269ppi
HiSilicon Kirin 710 2.2GHz octa-core CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 632 1.8GHz octa-core CPU
Mali-G51 MP4 GPUAdreno 506 GPU
32GB, 64GB storage32GB storage
microSD up to 512GB (SIM 2 slot)microSD up to 2TB (dedicated slot)
13MP F1.8 + 2MP rear cameras13MP F1.8 + 2MP rear cameras
24MP F2.0 front camera8MP F2.0 front camera
Dual-SIM (nano)Dual-SIM (nano)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFI 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2, BLEBluetooth 4.2, BLE
3.5mm audio jack3.5mm audio jack
MicroUSB 2.0MicroUSB 2.0
5-magnet speaker w/ NXP Smart Amplifier
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
Face UnlockFace Unlock
EMUI 9.0.1 (Android 9.0 Pie)Android 8 Oreo (stock)
3,400mAh battery4,000mAh battery w/ fast charging
154.8 x 73.64 x 7.95 mm158.4 x 76.3 x 7.7 mm
162 g160g

Summary of advantages

Honor 10 Lite:
* Higher display resolution
* 64GB model available
* Higher front camera resolution
* Android 9 Pie out of the box
* Support for WiFi 802.11ac

ASUS ZenFone Max (M2):
* Slightly larger screen size
* Support for 2TB microSD
* Dedicated microSD card slot
* Larger battery with fast charging
* More affordable

Looking at the summary, both phones have their own strengths that make them attractive offerings to budget-conscious consumers. Those who prefer a high-resolution screen for watching videos, viewing photos, or gaming, would feel at home with the Honor 10 Lite.

Storage-wise, the Honor 10 Lite has a 64GB model for those who need more space for files. However, the ZenFone Max (M2) has a dedicated microSD card slot with support for up to 2TB. If you want a phone with easy-to-expand storage, go with the M2. Otherwise, might as well get the 64GB Honor 10 Lite.

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Camera-wise, both devices have the same rear camera specs. However, the Honor 10 Lite caters more to selfie lovers for having a 24MP front shooter. That’s a lot of resolution over the 8MP of the M2. As for its quality, we’ll know which one is better once we’ve compared both devices.

The two phones sport almost the same connectivity features, but the Honor 10 Lite has the advantage of having an NFC and support for the newer and faster WiFi 802.11ac. The M2 doesn’t have those features but it’s not a deal-breaker unless you really need those features.

When it comes to software, the Honor 10 Lite already has Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9. The M2, however, is running Android 8 Oreo but of stock UI. So if you want the latest Android experience, better get the former, but if you want something more vanilla, get the latter.

Now let’s look at the engines under those hoods, the Honor 10 Lite is running a Kirin 710 chipset fabricated using the 12nm process, while the M2 has a Snapdragon 632 fabricated using the 14nm process. Theoretically, the Kirin 710 should provide more power. Unfortunately, we can’t compare numbers as of the moment as we can’t benchmark the Honor 10 Lite unit we have on hand.

But if we look at the Huawei Y9 (2019) for reference since it’s also running the Kirin 710, it got a score of 139,899 in AnTuTu. The M2, on the other hand, got 102,212. Again, this is just for reference but we’ll update this post once we have the proper benchmarks.

Then we have the battery. Obviously, the M2 wins for having a larger battery capacity with fast charging. So if you want longer battery life, better choose this one.

The Honor 10 Lite is priced at PHP 9,990 for the 3GB + 32GB model, and PHP 10,990 for the 3GB + 64GB. The ZenFone Max (M2) is more affordable at PHP 8,995. This makes the latter a more attractive option if you have a lower budget.

So if you want the performance, better selfie camera, higher display resolution, Android Pie, and have the extra budget, get the Honor 10 Lite. But for memory expansion, larger battery, and affordability, get the ZenFone Max (M2).

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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