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HUAWEI Honor 8X vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite: two mid-range phones with budget price tags

ByGB Blog Official 2019-01-05 2960

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and the Honor 8X are two of the recent mid-range smartphones released by the industry’s giants. How do they compare and what do they have in common? Let’s find out.

HUAWEI Honor 8X vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite:specs

 First,let's take a look at the specs of the HUAWEI Honor 8X  & Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite.

 

Product name
HUAWEI Honor 8X
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Dimensions
16.04 x 7.66 x 0.78 cm / 6.31 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches
15.64 x 7.58 x 0.75 cm / 6.16 x 2.98 x 0.3 inches
Weight
0.1750 kg
0.1690 kg
Display
6.5 inch, 2340 x 1080 Pixel
6.26 inch, 2280 x 1080 pixel
OS
Android 8.1
CPU
Kirin 710 Octa-core 2.2GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa core 2.2GHz
Memory
4GB RAM + 128GB ROM
6GB RAM + 64GB ROM
External memory
400GB ( not included )
TF card up to 256GB
Camera
20.0MP + 2.0MP back camera; 16.0MP front camera
12.0MP + 5.0MP back cameras; 20.0MP front camera
Bluetooth version
Bluetooth V4.2
Bluetooth 5.0
Battery capacity
3750mAh
3350mAh (typ) / 3250mAh (min)

 

HUAWEI Honor 8X 4G Phablet Global Version - BLUE

HUAWEI Honor 8X 4G Phablet Global Version - BLUE
$346.43 $289.99    

 

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite 4G Phablet 128GB ROM Global Version - BLACK

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite 4G Phablet 128GB ROM Global Version - BLACK
$352.30 $259.99    

 

HUAWEI Honor 8X vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite: large screens and hefty notches


While Huawei could have easily recycled one of their previous model's designs, the Honor 8X has received its own custom look. The 8X keeps to the recent design trends and comes with a large 6.5 inch LCD screen and a noticeable notch on the front. The notch houses the phone's earpiece, a few sensors, a 16MP selfie shooter and a notification LED.


The side bezels are very thin but there is a noticeable chin housing the display controls. The phone's screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 3 with a subtle 2.5D curve.


HUAWEI Honor 8X display 


On the back, the Honor 8X looks quite interesting. The left side of the back panel, the one housing the dual cameras, has a different texture than the rest of the device, which gives the phone a unique look. There are four color options available: black, blue, red and pink. The phone comes with all the necessities: audio port, two SIM cards, micro SD, micro USB port and a second noise cancelling mic. The one thing to keep in mind is that the 8X is quite a bulky phone measuring 6.31 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches and weighs 175 grams.


 the back of HUAWEI Honor 8X


The Mi 8 Lite is quite smaller measuring 6.16 x 2.98 x 0.3 inches and weighs 169 grams — but looks very similar to the Honor 8X. There is the large 6.26 inch screen with a notch at the top that is home to the front camera, sensors and LED indicator. This is one of the smaller notches we've seen on a Xiaomi device — just 20mm. It's also the first of Xiaomi phones to come with a gradient color scheme on the back  — the company says it has been inspired by the works of Oscar-Claude Monet. You will get to choose between the classic black as well as Dream Blue and Twilight Gold.


Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite design 


HUAWEI Honor 8X vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite: under the hoods

Let's take a peek under the hood. Even though the Honor 8X did not get the now mid-range Kirin 980, it's getting the newest HiSilicon chip in the price range — the octa core Kirin 710 — a notable upgrade from the Kirin 65x running on the company's earlier models. The processor is paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Plus, up to 400GB is supported externally.


HUAWEI Honor 8X octa core Kirin 710 


Software-wise, the 8X runs on the Android 8.1 based EMUI 8.2 — Huawei's custom UI, which has both fans and haters. It's a highly customized interface and would not be a very suitable choice if you are looking for a pure Android experience.


The Mi 8 Lite also uses a customized UI — the phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Xiaomi's MIUI 9.6 software layered atop. If you aren't new to the MIUI interface, you will find everything where it usually is — however, just as the case is with the Huawei 8X — this may be  bit confusing if you are used to original Android.


The Mi 8 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core processor, one of the most powerful mid-range processors and a strong contender to the Kirin 710. You get the same options like with the 8X: 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. The internal storage can be further extended with on an SD card with up to 256GB.


Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core processor 


The Honor 8X is powered by a rather large 3,750 mAh battery and supports standard 10W charging. According to testers, the phone is capable of over 32 hours of 3G talk time, over 11 hours of web browsing and over 12 hours of video playback.


The Mi 8 Lite comes with a slightly smaller 3,350 mAh built-in battery, which is quite unimpressive for the Snapdragon 660 as the powerful processor. Still, the phone sports a very decent battery life: almost 30 hours of 3G talk time, over 10 hours of web browsing and over 10 hours of video playback.


HUAWEI Honor 8X vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite: cameras


The Honor 8X is equipped with a 20MP primary sensor on the back and an extra 2MP one fordepth detection. Plus, there is a single LED light for extremely low-light shooting. The cam is supported by an AI mechanism that recognizes over 22 object categories and more than 500 scenarios. You will also be able to use Huawei's signature Night Mode letting you capture usable imagery in low light conditions — but this will come at a price of holding your phone steady for about 5 seconds. The rear cam is also allows for AI beautification and is capable of recording slow motion videos. You will also be able to shoot in Pro Mode where you will be able to adjust a variety of parameters like exposure and shutter speed manually.


HUAWEI Honor 8X rear camera 


One the front, you get a 16MP selfie shooter with an enhanced image sensor sensitivity and multi-frame image processing. You can also shoot your selfies in Portrait Mode and apply beautification effects.


HUAWEI Honor 8X front camera 


The Mi 8 Lite comes with a pretty standard camera setup for a phone in this price range. On the back, there is the 12MP unit with a f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP lens for depth sensing. Just like with the Honor 8X, there are several modes to choose from: HDR, AI Mode, Pro Mode, beautification effects, portrait shots and more.


On the front, there is a much more impressive 24MP selfie shooter sporting the Sony IMX 576 with large 1.8µm pixels. There are the extra AI scene detection and AI light adjustment features.


AI scene detection and AI light adjustment features 


HUAWEI Honor 8X vs. Mi 8 Lite: price and verdict

The Honor 8X and the Mi 8 Lite have a lot in common: similar processors, designs and camera setups. Not surprisingly, the phones are in the same price range — with the Honor 8X being just a bit more expensive: $289.99 vs. $259.99 for the Mi 8 Lite.


In our humble opinion, both devices do quite well for the price. The Huawei Honor 8X does a bit better on the speed and battery efficiency while the Mi 8 Lite compensates with a stronger front camera and a trendier set of colors.

 

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 Huawei Honor V20 vs. Huawei Nova 4: full screen displays, no notch and 48MP cameras
 The newer Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite or the classic Xiaomi Mi 8 SE?
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