Honor 10 Lite vs Honor 8X: Which is the best smartphone? – Comparative


At the beginning of this new year, Honor launched a lighter version of its flagship 2018 flagship, the Honor 10. However, this "Lite" version is very close to the existing mid-range solutions of Huawei / Honor. Will she find success in the face of an already well-established 8X on the market? Does she really have arguments in her favor? Using our detailed comparison, find out which of the two is the best smartphone.

In this versus, we will compare two smartphones from the same manufacturer: the Honor 10 Lite and Honor 8X. One is a lighter version of the flagship of 2018, and the other, the latest in the X range. They have a lot in common and are – pretty much – on the same price band, but differences remain and each has its advantages and disadvantages.

    
                
    

    
                
    

A question then arises: what is the best smartphone between a Honor 10 Lite and Honor 8X? Design, performance, photo, autonomy … Discover our detailed comparison between the two smartphones!
Data sheets
        Model
                                    Honor 10 Lite
                    
                                        Honor 8X
                    
            OS version
                                            
                            Android 9.0
                                                
                            Android 8.1
                Interface
                                            
                            Emotion UI
                                                
                            Emotion UI
                Screen size
                                            
                            6.21 inches
                                                
                            6.5 inches
                Definition
                                            
                            2340 x 1080 pixels
                                                
                            2340 x 1080 pixels
                Pixel density
                                            
                            415 dpi
                                                
                            396 dpi
                SoC
                                            
                            Kirin 710 to 2.2GHz
                                                
                            Kirin 710 to 2.2GHz
                Processor (CPU)
                                            
                            ARMv8
                                                
                            ARMv8
                Graphics Chip (GPU)
                                            
                            Mali-G51 MP4
                                                
                            Mali-G51 MP4
                RAM memory
                                            
                            3 GB
                                                
                            4GB
                Internal memory (flash)
                                            
                            32GB
                                                
                            64 GB, 128 GB
                MicroSD
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                Camera (backpack)
                                            
                            1:13 megapixel sensor, 2 megapixel sensor
                                                
                            1:20 megapixel sensor, 2 megapixel sensor
                Camera (front)
                                            
                            24 megapixels
                                                
                            16 megapixels
                Video recording
                                            
                            1080p
                                                
                            1080p
                Wireless
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                Bluetooth
                                            
                            4.2 + A2DP + LE
                                                
                            4.2 + A2DP + LE + apt-X
                networks
                                            
                            LTE, HSPA, GSM
                                                
                            LTE, HSPA, GSM
                Supported bands
                                            
                            2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
                                                
                            2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
                SIM
                                            
                            2x nano SIM
                                                
                            2x nano SIM
                NFC
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
                                            
                            microUSB
                                                
                            microUSB
                Geolocation
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                Drums
                                            
                            3400 mAh
                                                
                            3750 mAh
                Dimensions
                                            
                            154.8 x 73.6 x 8 mm
                                                
                            160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm
                Weight
                                            
                            162 grams
                                                
                            175 grams
                Colors
                                            
                            Red, White, Blue, Black
                                                
                            Red, Blue, Black
                Price
                                            
                            219 €
                                                
                            229 €
                
                                    
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                                Design: a copy of the Smart P 2019? Next …
Although the Honor 10 Lite is a lighter version of the Honor 10, its design is finally closer to a P Smart 2019. In fact, it is even a copy of the smartphone Huawei. We find the same format that holds well in hand, the same discrete droplet-shaped notch on the borderless screen, as well as the same glass back where all the elements are placed identically (photo module fingerprint sensor, etc.), with the exception of Honor instead of Huawei. We know that both brands come from the same house, but an effort could have been made on that side.
                  

Regarding the Honor 8X, it adopts a slightly larger format due to the characteristics of its range X. Its design is nevertheless more qualitative than the Honor 10 Lite, if only by his chin almost nonexistent, thus leaving all the room on his borderless screen. However, we must admit that its notch is a little more imposing, even if it does not interfere with the use of the smartphone on a daily basis. Turning the phone over, you will notice the glass plate, the double photo sensor positioned vertically on the top left and the fingerprint sensor placed in the middle, exactly the same as on the 10 Lite.
                  
If the Honor 10 Lite is a copy of the Huawei P Smart 2019 (which is not bad in itself), the Honor 8X still has the merit of offering a slightly more qualitative design.
Screen: 6.21 inches or 6.5 inches?
The Honor 10 Lite opts for a 6.21-inch IPS LCD panel with a full HD + resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The screen is well made for this price range, it offers a high contrast and a pleasant color temperature by default, even if it is adjustable from the settings. However, he suffers from a lack of brightness that makes it very difficult to consult the smartphone in direct sunlight.
The Honor 8X is also equipped with an IPS LCD panel with a definition of Full HD + 2340 × 1080 pixels, but it is slightly wider with a diagonal of 6.5 inches. The screen takes full advantage of the borderless format of the phone and can be made the same as on the Honor 10 Lite. The contrast is good and the color temperature is well adjusted, but again, the low brightness of the screen does not take advantage of the smartphone on the sunniest days.
                  
For this price range, both screens are well made. It remains to be seen what screen format you prefer to use on a daily basis.
Software: Android 9.0 Pie, necessarily
By turning on the Honor 10 Lite for the first time after removing it from its box, we notice that it runs natively on Android 9.0 Pie with the manufacturer's EMUI 9 interface. If the last version of Google's OS was previously more present on high-end smartphones, it is appreciated that its deployment is also on this segment. The user experience is mostly fluid despite some occasional slowdowns, especially when closing an application. Obviously, we find the navigation gesture, all other features specific to this new version of Android, and many options to customize the interface (office organization, management of the notch, etc.).

Even if Android 9.0 Pie was already deployed on some smartphones at the exit of Honor 8X, the latter did not benefit. It runs natively on Android 8.1 Oreo with the EMUI 8.2 interface and the user experience is perfectly fluid on a daily basis. There are many customization options, such as blue light filtering for eye comfort or the ability to display the application drawer. EMUI also offers to replace the three keys at the bottom with a single navigation button, a little like the way Apple offers iOS 11, for a much more intuitive navigation.

Our choice is obviously on Android 9.0 Pie. However, it must be taken into account that the Honor 8X will also receive Google's OS update in the coming months. Will you be patient enough?
Performances: a Kirin 710 yes, but with 4 GB preference
By shipping the Kirin 710 combo with 3 GB of RAM, we can only compare the Honor 10 Lite with the P Smart 2019 (it starts to make a lot of similarities with the smartphone Huawei). This configuration is perfectly fine, even if you do not have to ask too much of it. It still allows you to run some 3D games from the Play Store, and all without heating.
The Honor 8X also includes the SoC Kirin 710, but here it is supported by 4 GB of RAM. It may seem like a trifle on paper, but this extra GB makes a big difference in reality. This iteration X is much more fluid in the user experience. At less than 300 euros, it is undoubtedly one of the most powerful of its category.
Honor 10 LiteHonor 8X
SoCKirin 710Kirin 710
AnTuTu 7.x130 370139 437
The Kirin 710 is a good SoC for mid-range smartphones, but it is clear that it delivers better performance in everyday life when it is accompanied by 4 GB of RAM, not 3 GB.
Photo: the 8X shots
The Honor 10 Lite incorporates a dual 13 + 2 megapixel back-end sensor and a 24 megapixel front camera. Unsurprisingly, it's doing very well when conditions are right – it's almost a requirement for mid-range smartphones in 2019 – with vivid, contrasting colors and a convincing level of detail. The IA mode is also particularly effective for optimizing the intensity of colors, even if the pictures lose some of their naturalness. Nevertheless, do not count on him to take beautiful pictures at night. The portrait mode comes to save everything, even if the result is not extraordinary.

The Honor 8X opts for a first sensor of 20 megapixels accompanied by a second of 2 megapixels. In the middle of the day, the Honor 8X has no trouble taking detailed pictures with true color and even good light management. Although it also has difficulty in low light situations and has trouble capturing all the details, the blur is less present than on the 10 Lite. In addition, you can rely on the night mode or the AI ​​to improve the quality. The portrait mode is also part of the game, whether front or back. However, the blur in the background is much better handled by the second sensor than logically by the 16-megapixel selfie camera.

If we agree that the two photo modules are doing well when the right conditions are met, the Honor 8X (with its AI and its night mode) manages to capture better shots in the dim light, even if the result is not folichon in this specific context.
Battery: still the 8X
The Honor 10 Lite is not considered a marathoner. Its battery of 3400 mAh gives him a correct autonomy that allows him to easily hold a full day. It will encounter difficulties if it is too often requested (with a percentage that will melt quickly), but it has the merit of holding the load tremendously in standby mode. So, it can almost hold two days if you use it very rarely the day. Finally, its 10 W charging block allows it to fully charge in just under two hours.
With its 3,750 mAh battery, the Honor 8X ensures a much more comfortable battery life than the Honor 10 Lite. It is not uncommon to arrive home at night with more than 60% battery if it was fully recharged before leaving for work or school, it will hold the following day with a more moderate use. As for the charging time, it goes from 0 to 100% battery in about 2 hours.
Note that both smartphones have opted for a micro USB port, which is unfortunate in 2019.

On our Viser test, the Honor 8X held 9 hours and 36 minutes while the Honor 10 Lite held 8 hours and 3 minutes. * I think there is nothing else to add *.
Conclusion: which is the best smartphone?
The Honor 10 Lite is a satisfactory smartphone for those who do not ask too much. We can blame him for its strong resemblance – or even a true copy-pasted – Huawei P Smart 2019, but we must admit that it is a solution that is doing relatively well in all areas daily. However, if you are ready to put a few extra euros, you have a smartphone (the Honor 8X) with better performance, better battery life, a better photo part and a larger storage capacity (32 GB for the 10 Lite against 64 GB minimum for the 8X). If you hesitate because the Honor 10 Lite natively embeds Android 9.0 Pie with the manufacturer's interface EMUI 9, rest assured by telling you that the new version of the OS of Google will arrive very soon on the Honor 8X (and will surely rotate in a more fluid way).
If after this comparison, you still hesitate, go take a look at our complete tests:
Price and availability
The Honor 10 Lite is usually sold at 229 euros since its release.
Where to buy the Honor 10 Lite at the best price?
    
The Honor 8X is offered with 20 euros more on the bill, or 249 euros.
Where to buy the Honor 8X at the best price?
    

    
    
        
    
    
    

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