Honor 10 Lite vs Honor 8X: which to choose?
By Daniel Camilo 2019-05-25 1444 0
In this versus, we will compare two smartphones from the same manufacturer: the Honor 10 Lite and the Honor 8X. One is a lighter version of the 2018 flagship, and the other is the latest addition to the X range. They have a lot in common and are located - more or less - on the same tariff band, but differences remain and each have their advantages and disadvantages.
A question then arises: what is the best smartphone between an Honor 10 Lite and an Honor 8X? Design, performance, photo, autonomy... Discover our detailed comparison between the two smartphones!
Design: a copy of the P Smart 2019? Next...
Although the Honor 10 Lite is a lighter version of the Honor 10, its design is ultimately more like a P Smart 2019. In fact, it's even a carbon copy of Huawei's smartphone. We find the same format that holds well in hand, the same discreet 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 the acronym Honor instead of Huawei's. We know that the two brands come from the same company, but an effort could have been made on that side.
As for the Honor 8X, it adopts a slightly larger format due to the characteristics of its X range. Its design is nevertheless more qualitative than the Honor 10 Lite, if only because of its almost non-existent chin, thus leaving all the space to its borderless screen. However, it must be admitted that its notch is a little more imposing, even if it does not interfere with the daily use of the smartphone. When you turn the phone over, you will notice the glass plate, the double photo sensor positioned vertically at 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 true 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.
Display: 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 designed for this price range, it offers high contrast and a pleasant color temperature by default, even if it is adjustable from the settings. However, it suffers from a lack of brightness that makes it very difficult to consult the smartphone in bright sunlight.
The Honor 8X also features an IPS LCD panel with a Full HD+ definition of 2340×1080 pixels, but the latter is slightly wider with a diagonal of 6.5 inches. The screen takes full advantage of the borderless format of the phone and we can make the same observation as on the Honor 10 Lite. The contrast is good and the color temperature is well adjusted, but again, the low screen brightness does not allow you to enjoy the smartphone on the sunniest days.
For this price range, both screens are of good quality. The question is which screen format you prefer to use on a daily basis.
Software: Android 9.0 Pie, necessarily
When lighting the Honor 10 Lite for the first time after removing it from its box, we notice that it runs natively under Android 9.0 Pie with the manufacturer's EMUI 9 interface. While the latest version of Google's OS was previously more present on high-end smartphones, we appreciate that it is also being deployed in this segment. The user experience is mostly smooth despite some occasional slowdowns, especially when closing an application. Obviously, we find navigation by gesture, all the other features specific to this new version of Android, as well as many options to customize the interface (desktop organization, notch management, etc.).
Even though Android 9.0 Pie was already deployed on some smartphones when the Honor 8X was released, it did not benefit from it. It runs natively under Android 8.1 Oreo with the EMUI 8.2 interface and the user experience is perfectly smooth 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 or not. EMUI also proposes to replace the three lower keys with a single navigation button, a little like Apple's since iOS 11, for a much more intuitive navigation.
Our choice is obviously Android 9.0 Pie. However, it should be taken into account that Honor 8X will also receive the update of Google's OS in the coming months. Will you be patient enough?
Performance: a Kirin 710 yes, but preferably with 4 GB
By embedding the Kirin 710 combo with 3 GB of RAM, we can only compare once again the Honor 10 Lite with the P Smart 2019 (it starts to have a lot in common with the Huawei smartphone). This configuration holds up perfectly, even if you shouldn't ask too much of it. It still allows you to run some 3D games from the Play Store, and all without heating up.
The Honor 8X also includes the SoC Kirin 710, but it is supported by 4 GB of RAM. This may seem like a trifle on paper, but this extra Go makes a big difference in reality. This X iteration is much more fluid in terms of the user experience. At less than 300 euros, it is probably one of the most powerful in its class.
The Kirin 710 is a good SoC for mid-range smartphones, but it delivers better performance on a daily basis when accompanied by 4GB of RAM, not 3GB.
Photo: the pictures of the 8X
The Honor 10 Lite features a dual 13+2 megapixel back sensor and a 24 megapixel front camera. Not surprisingly, he does very well when conditions are optimal - it becomes almost an obligation in 2019 on mid-range smartphones - with bright, contrasting colours and a convincing level of detail. The IA mode is particularly effective in optimizing color intensity, even if the images lose some of their naturalness. Nevertheless, do not count on him to take beautiful pictures after dark. The portrait mode saves everything, even if the result is not extraordinary.
The Honor 8X opts for a first 20 megapixel sensor with a second 2 megapixel sensor. In the middle of the day, Honor 8X has no trouble taking detailed photos with accurate colors and even with good light management. Although it also has difficulty in low-light contexts and has difficulty capturing all the details, blur is less present than on the 10 Lite. In addition, you can rely on night mode or AI to improve quality. The portrait mode is also part of the game, both front and rear. However, background blur is much better managed with the second sensor than with the 16 megapixel selfie camera.
If we agree that both photo modules do well when the right conditions are met, the Honor 8X (with its AI and night mode) manages to capture better shots in the dark, even if the result is not a folichon in this particular context.
Battery: still the 8X
Honor 10 Lite is not considered a marathon runner. Its 3400 mAh battery gives it a correct autonomy that allows it to easily last a full day. It will encounter difficulties if it is too often used (with a percentage that will melt quickly), but it has the advantage of keeping the charge in standby mode. As a result, it can last almost two days if you use it very rarely during the day. Finally, its 10 W charging block allows it to be fully charged in just under two hours.
With its 3,750 mAh battery, the Honor 8X provides a much more comfortable range than the Honor 10 Lite. It is not uncommon to arrive home in the evening with more than 60% of the battery if it has been fully charged before going to work or school, so it will last the next day with more moderate use. As for the charging time, it goes from 0 to 100% of the battery in about 2 hours.
Note that both smartphones have opted for a micro USB port, which is regrettable in 2019.
On our Target test, the Honor 8X lasted 9 hours and 36 minutes while the Honor 10 Lite lasted 8 hours and 3 minutes. *I don't think there's anything else to add*.
Conclusion: which is the best smartphone?
The Honor 10 Lite is a satisfying smartphone for those who don't want too much. It can be blamed for its strong similarity - even being a real copy and paste - of the Huawei P Smart 2019, but it is a solution that works relatively well in all areas of everyday life. However, if you are ready to put a few more euros, you have a smartphone (the Honor 8X) with better performance, better range, better photo coverage and a larger storage capacity (32 GB for the 10 Lite against 64 GB minimum for the 8X). If you are unsure because the Honor 10 Lite is natively embedded in Android 9.0 Pie with the manufacturer's EMUI 9 interface, rest assured that the new version of Google's OS will soon be available on the Honor 8X (and will surely run more smoothly).
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