“Both the Honor 10 Lite and 8X share their internals, and sport Kirin 710 processor, up to 6GB RAM, and dual rear cameras”

Honor has had a great 2018 with a flurry of launches ranging from budget devices to flagship-grade smartphones. The brand has managed to keep up with the recent trends and offered several compelling handsets all round the year. Fresh off the success of 2018, the company has kickstarted the new year with the launch of the Honor 10 Lite (review) in India. The smartphone comes as a loaded offering in the mid-range and is priced just below the Honor 8X (first impressions) in India. While priced differently, these smartphones have a lot in common and if you are wondering which one to go for, we have got you covered. Here’s a detailed comparison between the Honor 10 Lite and 8X to make things easier. 

Design and display 

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Both the Honor 10 Lite and 8X are glossy smartphones. However, the differences end there. While the 10 Lite features a polycarbonate back with a glass-like finish and a gradient hue, the 8X comes with a unique two-tone panel on the rear that bounces off the light in different directions. Rest of the design elements including the port and button placements, and metal chassis remain the same for both smartphones.

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Flipping the phones over, the display on these phones are quite different. The Honor 8X keeps up with the fad of 2018 and comes with a wide long notch housing the sensors, earpiece and the front camera. On the contrary, the Honor 10 Lite takes a more modern approach with a waterdrop notch housing the selfie camera. The phones also differ in terms of the size of their screens as the 8X ships with a slightly larger 6.5-inch display as compared to a 6.2-inch panel on the latest offering. Both displays offer full HD+ resolutions with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

Hardware and software

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As is the case with most Honor smartphones, both the 10 Lite and 8X are equipped with Huawei’s proprietary Hisilicon Kirin chipset. They both utilise the 12nm Kirin 710 octa-core SoC. In terms of specs, the handsets offer up to 6-gigs of RAM and 128GB of storage. Both phones also offer support for expandable storage, however the 10 Lite supports up to 512GB of microSD cards compared to support for up to 400GB on the 8X. Another noticeable change between these phones is that while the Honor 8X comes with GPU Turbo, the 10 Lite gets the second generation GPU Turbo 2.0 out of the box. Notably, the second generation GPU Turbo brings better touch input, new app assistant and an extended list of supported games.

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As for the software, the 10 Lite comes with the latest EMUI 9.0 with Android 9.0 Pie as the base, whereas the Honor 8X boots EMUI 8.2  running atop Android 8.1 Oreo. However, the latter is also slated to receive the EMUI 9.0 in the coming days.

Camera and battery

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Coming to the camera department, both smartphones have dual-camera modules on the back and a single selfie shooter on the front. The Honor 10 Lite flaunts a combination of 13-megapixel f/1.8 and 2-megapixel f/2.4 snappers on the back. On the other hand, the Honor 8X offers a 20MP f/1.8 primary shooter with a 2MP depth sensor. Both cameras are backed by AI and offer the same set of features in the camera interface. However, with the secondary depth-sensing unit remaining the same, Honor 8X takes the lead here with its more powerful primary shooter. Coming to the selfies, Honor 10 Lite gets an upper hand as it offers a high-res 24-megapixel shooter on the front, in comparison to Honor 8X’s 16MP selfie snapper. 

Lastly, in terms of the battery, the Honor 8X takes the lead with a 3,750mAh cell under the hood. In contrast, the Honor 10 Lite gets a slightly smaller 3,400mAh battery.

Closing thoughts 

As far as the price is concerned, the Honor 10 Lite will cost you Rs 13,999 for its base model, while the default variant of the 8X carries a sticker price of Rs 14,999. If you take a close look at these smartphones, they are almost identical devices with slight differences in specs and their designs. While the design is more of a personal preference and everything else remaining the same, it boils down to whether you want a more powerful rear camera or selfie snapper. Let us know which one would you pick between the 10 Lite and 8X, given the choice.