Phones introduced this year mainly were subjected to minimum bezel design.Starting from Samsung s8 and LG G6 to iPhone X, all implement the bezel-less design in the best possible way.Now, these are the flagships which are the best in the business and the most expensive too.
What about the mid-range phone market?
What is the best budget phone available this Year that offer substantial performance with the trending minimum bezels?
There are few excellent options to consider.Xiaomi this week introduced Redmi 5 series, featuring 5.7 and 5.99 inches with narrow bezel displays targeting budget market.But it’s not available in Pakistan and surrounding market yet.
So what are the best option for you in Pakistan?
Mainly there are two: Huawei Mate 10 Lite and OPPO F5, which cost you almost the same.
On paper, both devices are equipped with excellent specs and perform really good when it comes to day to day tasks.But at the end, its Huawei Mate 10 Lite which takes the lead and I ‘ll tell you why by reviewing it in detail:
Mate 10 lite has a uni metal frame creating a solid and premium feel when you hold it.The design somehow resembles a bit to the iPhone 7 especially the corners and feel.Altogether in no way, it feels cheap.The fingerprint sensor is placed in the best and practical position.It’s fast and very easy to unlock.The phone is comfortable to hold and it feels not a huge device despite its larger display and 156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5 mm dimensions.
The display features a 5.9 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio and the density of 409 ppi.Its a good balance and high definition plus display which is great to watch videos or for basic tasks.It’s a 76.5% screen-to-body ratio cutting out the bezel in the best possible way.The phone looks not taller like Samsung Galaxy S8 but its quite easy to grip and use with one hand despite having 5.9 inches display.
The colors are vibrant but bit on the cold end.This can be adjusted by using color balance.Otherwise, the display is best you can get in this price range.
Mate 10 Lite is equipped with Kirin 659 octa-core,4 GB of Ram and 64 GB of internal storage.The phone doesn’t lag and performed up to my expectation when socializing, using multimedia or playing games.I felt that Mali T830 is the only weak link when it comes to performance.Most of the regular games performed well on this GPU but you ‘ll experience glitches and lags on high graphics games.
I’m happy they installed 64 GB of internal storage that is enough for your multimedia and Apps storage.The flagship devices like Samsung Galaxy s8 comes with 64 GB of internal storage so its a bonus to get it on $300 phone.
The phone posses a Primary Dual camera setup of 16 MP + 2 MP with phase detection, autofocus and LED flash.The front camera also has a dual setup 13 MP + 2 MP with f/2.0 aperture.
Pictures from the primary camera came quite decent even in low light condition.People with an artistic bend will love to use it with its bokeh and other effects.The secondary camera is quite good too and captures good-looking portrait selfies with its dual setup.
The slight weak link in the camera is the video capturing.The phone records video on 1080 at 30fps which is not bad for sharing on social platforms but the results are not the best.
Overall, a camera is quite satisfactory and the best in this price range beating OPPO F5 quite easily.
I had used a lot of Huawei devices as my regular driver.And I do prefer Emui skin over many others.Even latest TouchWiz lack with constant smoothness and performance but Emui last its fast pace even when the phone is filled with lot Apps.
Huawei Mate 10 Lite using EMUI 5.1 skin on Android 7.0.Its light, fast and contains a lot of useful features like a clone for a single app.For instance, you can use two WhatsApp accounts on the same devices or two facebook accounts.This feature is also available on Samsung J 2017 series phones but its better polished on Emui 5.1.
Mate 10 Lite has a Non-removable 3340 mAh battery inside which provide you with enough juice to last all day long.We are hearing from Huawei that the battery performance will improve more with latest software updates, For now, it’s fine but not expect overwhelming timing.
The only thing I miss is the fast charging feature, Huawei should have added it.
Huawei Mate 10 Lite is the best device for people who don’t want to spend a crazy amount of money on flagships devices but want to opt for beautiful solid bezel-less design, good performance, and dual camera setup.
The device will certainly not let you down in any way if you understand its potential and let it surpasses your expectation.