Honor Note 10: How The Huawei Gaming Phone Fares Against Asus Zenfone 5Z

Here's how the new Honor Note 10 stacks up against one of the most popular mid-range devices.

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Honor Note 10 vs Asus Zenfone 5Z

The recently launched Galaxy Note 9 isn’t the only Note on the block; the Honor Note 10 has also arrived, and it focuses on gaming, which means it’s packing some serious specs. We take a look at how the device stacks up against the Asus Zenfone 5Z.

Huawei Honor Note 10 vs. Asus Zenfone 5Z: Price in India

The newly released Honor Note 10 is expected to be priced between ₹ 28,150 and ₹ 32,000 in India, although a specific price has not yet been set. You can expect that to increase as the configuration for storage increases. The Asus Zenfone, on the other hand, starts at ₹ 29,999 for the base model of 64GB of internal storage increasing to ₹ 32,999 for the 128GB model and opting for the 256GB model will set you back ₹ 36,999.

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Huawei Honor Note 10 vs. Asus Zenfone 5Z: Design, Display

The difference in screen size between the Honor Note 10 and Zenfone 5Z is quite significant with the Honor Note 10 packing a whopping 6.95-inch 1080 x 2220 18.5:9 aspect ratio AMOLED display. While that’s a ton of screen real estate, what this large display does do is seriously reduce the pixels-per-inch which is 355 on this device. It does, however, achieve a rather impressive 81.5% screen-to-body ratio. Compare that to the 6.2-inch 1080 x 2246 18.7:9 aspect ratio IPS LCD display on the Asus Zenfone 5Z. This will give you a 402 pixels-per-inch experience and provide an 83.6% screen-to-body ratio but arguably does have an inferior LCD display when compared to the AMOLED of the Honor 10.

Huawei Honor Note 10 vs. Asus Zenfone 5Z: Performance, Hardware Specifications

In terms of hardware, the Zenfone 5Z is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) processor with an Adreno 630 GPU, while the Honor Note 10 has opted for Huawei’s in-house Hisilicon Kirin 970 Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU.

The RAM included with each device differs depending on the configuration you opt for. With the Zenfone 5Z, 256GB of storage will get you 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage will get you 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage will get you 4GB of RAM. The Honor Note 10 is slightly less tiered with 128GB of storage getting 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and the lower 64GB of storage sees 6GB of RAM.

Huawei Honor Note 10 vs. Asus Zenfone 5Z: Camera Features

While the Honor Note 10 is primarily aimed at being a gaming device, it doesn’t compromise on the camera. You’ll get a dual setup with a 16-megapixel f/1.8 lens paired with a 24-megapixel black&white f/1.8 lens with a 13-megapixel f/2.0 shooter on the front. Compare that to the Zenfone 5Z that has a 12-megapixel f/1.8 lens paired with an 8-megapixel f/2.0 lens with no auto-focus and an 8-megapixel f/2.0 lens on the front. Those extra megapixels on the Huawei Note 10 will certainly come in handy when post-editing your images and videos.

Huawei Honor Note 10 vs Asus Zenfone 5Z: Battery Life, Operating System

Huawei has certainly equipped this device for serious gaming sessions with a massive 5000mAh battery. The Asus Zenfone 5Z’s battery pails in comparison at just 3300mAh. Huawei’s Honor Note 10 launches with Android 8.1 Oreo, while the Zenfone 5Z launched with Android 8.0 but has since seen numerous updates to improve the software.

Huawei Honor Note 10 vs. Asus Zenfone 5Z: Verdict

There is quite a significant performance gap between these two devices and certainly if you’re planning on gaming then that 5000mAh battery on the Honor Note 10 will serve you well. However, with a 6.95-inch screen, it may just be a bit too big for some people who may prefer the more manageable Asus Zenfone 5Z at 6.2-inches.

Which one gets your vote? Let us know in the comments below.

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Our resident Brit, Dan loves to write about anything tech, and has been doing so for a long time, with a personal interest for all things Android.

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