It is becoming every day easier to find very affordable smartphones with the support to 5G connectivity. In this article, we are comparing the latest affordable 5G devices which are also among the cheapest 5G phones released until now. Their names are similar and so are their specifications, that is why we chose them for this comparison: we are talking about Honor X10 and Redmi 10X. Both devices released by “sub-brands” and both with midrange specifications. But who is the best? Let’s discover it together with an in-depth specs comparison.
Huawei Honor X10 vs Xiaomi Redmi 10X
|Huawei Honor X10||Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||163.7 x 76.5 x 8.8 mm, 203 grams||164.2 x 75.8 x 9 mm, 205 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.63 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), LTPS IPS LCD||6.57 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 820 5G, octa-core 2.36 GHz||MediaTek Dimensity 800, octa-core 2.6 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – nano memory card slot||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD dedicated slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 10, EMUI||Android 10, MIUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 48 + 8 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.4 and f/2.4|
16 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Triple 48 + 8 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2 and f/2.4|
16 MP f/2.3 front camera
|BATTERY||4300 mAh, Fast charging 22.5W||4520 mAh, Fast charging 22.5W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G||Dual SIM slot, 5G|
Honor X10 5G distinguishes from most of the affordable phones out there for providing a full screen display with no notch or holes. Indeed, it is equipped with a pop-up front camera popping up thanks to a motorized mechanism. That is why it has a more attractive design than Redmi 10X. On the other hand, Redmi 10X 5G still comes with a very high screen-to-body ratio (but it has a waterdrop notch) and it is even well built. It comes with a glass back and it is splash resistant, while Honor X10 does not offer protections against water and liquids.
If you are a gamer or you just prefer having a smoother viewing experience, you should go for the Honor X10 as it offers a high 90 Hz refresh rate. But if you want the best image quality, choose the Redmi 10X as it offers an AMOLED panel instead of an IPS one, as well as the HDR10+ certification. Honor X10 has a slightly wider display, but that is just a minimal difference. Both come with a 20:9 aspect ratio, but while Redmi 10X has a notched display, Honor 10X has a full screen panel thanks to a pop-up camera. Do you prefer a high refresh rate or a better image quality?
Specs & Software
Just like the number that identifies them is the same, the performances of the Kirin 820 5G and the Mediatek Dimensity 820 chipsets found on Honor X10 5G and Redmi 10X 5G are very similar. The Dimensity 820 has slightly better results on AnTuTu benchmarks (410K points against 380K points scored by the Kirin 820 5G), but on Geekbench the Kirin 820 takes the crown. The two handsets are equipped with up to 8 GB of RAM but Redmi 10X provides up to 256 GB of internal storage, while Honor X10 stops at 128 GB. Honor X10 and Redmi 10X run Android 10 customized by EMUI and MIUI, respectively. Global customers will not get Google services with the Honor 10X. The handsets support 5G connectivity in its sub-6 GHz frequencies.
You should get a very close photo quality with Honor X10 and Redmi 10X, and they are not among the best camera phones, neither in the midrange segment. They boast a triple camera setup composed of a 48 MP main sensor (40 MP on the Honor 10X), an 8 MP ultrawide sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor. On the front side, they both have a 16 MP selfie snapper. You should get a pretty nice camera quality, but nothing special compared to the other devices you can find at the same price.
Redmi 10X has a bigger battery than Honor 10X: we are talking about 4520 mAh against 4300 mAh. And given that both the chipsets are built at 7 nm, both the phones support 5G, and Redmi 10X has a more efficient (and smaller) AMOLED display, we believe that Redmi 10X 5G will last more on a single charge. Note that our opinion is only based on the specs and we still did not test the battery life of these devices. Also note that Honor X10 is still a good battery phone and, unlike Redmi 10X 5G, it supports reverse charging.
Honor X10 and Redmi 10X 5G launched in the Chinese market and both the companies are yet to launch them globally. The base variant of the Honor X10 carries a price tag of $267. The Redmi 10X 5G starts from $225). The Honor 10X actually offers a higher refresh rate, a full screen design, and reverse charging, but Redmi has an amazing AMOLED HDR10+ display and a bigger battery, as well as a glass back, an infrared port, and a splash proof body making it slightly more interesting. Which one would you pick?