OnePlus has been ruling the under ₹40,000 segment for more than 3 years. There were no smartphones in that range; either you go for under ₹30,000 or above ₹40,000. OnePlus brought high-end features to an upper mid-range device and that was the reason for company’s success. But now, Asus has entered this segment with Zenfone 5Z which is definitely a very good phone.
There is one more smartphone in this range – the Honor 10. All these three handsets come with very good features, though the Honor 10 is least popular as it comes with company’s in-house developed Kirin processor. Rest two have Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845. Anyway, we are putting all three against one another to see which one is really worthy.
Before we start, let’s have a look on their specifications:
OnePlus 6 Specifications and Features
|Display||6.28-inch Optic AMOLED, 1080x2280px, DCI-P3, 19:9 Ratio|
|SoC & GPU||Octa-CoreQualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Adreno 630|
|OS & RAM||Android 8.1 Oreo | 6GB or 8GB|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB or 256GB | Non-Expandable|
|Rear Camera||Dual 16MP (OIS) + 20MP, f/1.7, PDAF, Dual LED Flash|
|Front Camera||16MP, Auto HDR, Gyro-EIS|
|Battery||Li-Po 3,300 mAh with 20W (Dash Fast Charging)|
Asus Zenfone 5Z Specifications and Features
|Display||6.2-inch IPS LCD, 1080x2246px, DCI-P3, 18.7:9 Ratio|
|SoC & GPU||Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Adreno 630|
|OS & RAM||Android 8.0 Oreo | 4GB or 6GB or 8GB|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB or 256GB | Expandable up to 512GB|
|Rear Camera||Dual 12MP (f/1.8, 4-Axis OIS, PDAF) + 8MP (f/2.0), Dual-LED Dual-Tone Flash|
|Front Camera||8MP, f/2.0, Gyro-EIS|
|Battery||Li-lon 3,300 mAh with 18W Fast Charging|
Huawei Honor 10 Specifications and Features
|Display||5.84-inch IPS LCD, 1080x2280px, 19:9 Ratio|
|SoC & GPU||Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 970 | Mali-G72 MP12|
|OS & RAM||Android 8.1 Oreo | 4GB, 6GB or 8GB|
|Storage||64GB or 128GB | Non-Expandable|
|Rear Camera||Dual 16MP + 24MP, f/1.8, PDAF, Gyro-EIS, LED Flash|
|Front Camera||24MP, f/2.0|
|Battery||Li-Po 3,400 mAh Battery with 5V/4.5A Fast Charging|
Design & Build Quality
All three smartphones come with glass back panel and look beautiful. However, they are extremely slippery and we would suggest using a case.
Build quality of all three handset is solid and feel premium in hands. The OnePlus 6 and Zenfone 5Z feel a bit big whereas the Honor 10 is compact and light in weight.
While the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 have a smaller notch, the Zenfone 5 carries a little bit bigger (much like the iPhone X).
All three handsets have very thin bezels screen bezels. The OnePlus 6 and Zenfone 5Z also have thin chin (bezel below the display). But the Honor 10, on the other hand, has a bigger chin as the fingerprint sensor is placed at the front.
In terms of design and button placement, they all are identical. Though, the camera placement is horizontal on the Honor 10 compared to the vertical placement of OnePlus and Zenfone.
In this section, I don’t think anyone is a winner. They all have managed to impress us equally.
Display, UI and OS
While both the OnePlus 6 and Zenfone 5Z have DCI-P3 compliant displays, the Honor 10 comes with just normal LCD panel.
Despite of having DCI-P3 color gamut, the display of OnePlus 6 doesn’t look better than the Zenfone 5Z. The display of Zenfone looks way better than the OnePlus in terms of colors, brightness and vibrancy. The Honor 10, on the other hand, is closely following the OnePlus 6.
Coming to the size, the Honor 10 is smaller than the rest two. So, watching videos and playing games feel better on the OnePlus and Zenfone.
All three handsets come with Android Oreo along their custom user interfaces. Out of them, the Honor has the complicated UI whereas the OnePlus’ UI has nothing new. The Zenfone 5Z, on the other hand, has the best UI. From app icons to notification tray, it looks quite neat and simple.
In this section, the Zenfone 5Z gets the crown. The OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 stand at number 2 and 3 position.
Performance and Gaming
While the Honor 10 comes with Huawei’s in-house developed Kirin 970, the OnePlus 6 and Zenfone 5Z are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845. Huawei claims the Kirin 970 to be as powerful as the Snapdragon 845.
Starting with the benchmark, the Honor 10 has scored almost of what the rest two scored on 3DMark (gaming benchmark). On GeekBench, they all have scored nearly same scores.
Coming to the real-life performance, I couldn’t find any difference between them while normal or moderate usage. All normal and moderate applications work just fine. Multi-tasking is also easy on all three handsets.
But yes, during heavy gaming, the Honor 10 does lag here and there. Rest two handsets, on the other hand, don’t lag at all.
Talking about graphics performance, the Honor 10 struggles more often when you are constantly playing for more than an hour. But yes, it can be fixed by turning the “Turbo GPU” on.
Overall, they all have managed to impress us equally.
Before I start comparing, we would like to tell you that Honor 10’s camera is powered by artificial intelligence which means when you take a photo; it modifies the colors, white balance and overall saturation to make it look better. And trust us; its AI-powered photos are way better than any other phone. But we have turned it off and then comparing it with the rest two.
Starting with daylight, sample photos taken from Honor 10 shine alone. They are better than the Zenfone 5Z and OnePlus 6 in every aspect. The Honor 10 takes photos with very good details, sharpness and color accuracy. In terms of daylight, the Honor 10 defeats Zenfone 5Z which is better than the OnePlus 6.
Turning on HDR mode does help all of them but OnePlus 6 still stands at number 3. In terms of HDR mode, the Zenfone 5Z is closely following the Honor 10. See the HDR samples below:
Same is the case with Bokeh mode. The Honor 10 is better than the Zenfone 5Z which is better than the OnePlus 6. They all are good at creating the depth effect but the Honor 10 is better in terms of capturing details and realistic colors. The Zenfone 5Z and OnePlus 6 stand at number 2 and 3 respectively.
Coming to the lowlight photos, things are now different. The Honor 10, which was at number 1 position earlier, now stands at number 3. The Zenfone 5Z now stands at number 1 with better details, less noise and realistic colors. The OnePlus 6, on the other hand, now stands at number 2.
Turning on HDR mode does help every device but the case remains same. The Zenfone 5Z, OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 stand at number 1, 2 and 3 respectively. See the HDR samples below:
And finally comes the front facing camera. In terms of selfies, they all have their different way of processing the photos. While the Honor 10 uses some kind of whitish layer to brighten the images, the Zenfone 5Z uses little bit extra saturation. The OnePlus 6, on the other hand, goes with the realistic looking photos.
All of these phones also come with that so-called beauty mode and the Zenfone has brought it to a whole new level by giving a preloaded application called “selfie master”. While the beautified selfies from OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 look nearly same, Zenfone’s selfies look a bit better. The dedicated selfies master application gives you several features that can be handy if you love taking selfies.
In this section, the winner is Zenfone 5Z as it is closely following the Honor 10 in daylight section and is better during lowlight situation. The Honor 10 and OnePlus 6 stand at number 2 and 3 respectively.
While the OnePlus and Zenfone have the battery with same power, the Honor 10 comes with 100mAh extra. However, it doesn’t make any difference. Their battery performance is more or less similar.
During normal usage, they easily last a day on a single charge. During moderate usage, they last around 14 hours.
During heavy usage, they don’t last more than 4 hours; especially when you’re using dedicated gaming mode which is available on all three handsets.
But yes, the OnePlus 6 does take a lead in terms of charging. It doesn’t take more than 1 hour to charge the battery. Rest two handsets take around 1 hour and 15-20 minutes.
In this section, no one is winner.
This comparison was like collision of the thorns. All three handsets come with nearly similar specifications and they have competed well with each other. But, as you know we only give the crown to the worthy one, we have selected the best among them and that’s none other than the Asus Zenfone 5Z. It defeats the Honor 10 and OnePlus 6 in terms of Display, UI and Camera.
The Zenfone 5Z is the cheapest Snapdragon 845-powered smartphone till date. The 6GB+64GB variant of Honor 10 and Zenfone 5Z cost ₹29,999 whereas the 6GB+64GB variant of OnePlus 6 is priced at ₹34,999.
So which one is better among OnePlus 6 and Honor 10? Our answer is Honor 10. Because it is closely following the OnePlus 6 in terms of lowlight photography and defeats the OnePlus in terms of daylight photography. In terms of performance, they are nearly similar. So, spending extra ₹5,000 rupees isn’t worth it.
Do you own any of these three handsets? What do you think? Do tell us in the comment section below.