Honor X8 4G test: without 5G, but cheaper

This model opts for a different configuration than the 5G version. Honor has chosen a quadruple photo sensor here, consisting in particular of a 64 Mpx wide-angle lens whose lens opens at f / 1.8. It is accompanied by a 5 Mpx ultra-wide-angle module (f / 2.2), but also macro and depth modules of 2 Mpx each (f / 2.4 optics).

None of the smartphones in the comparison are equipped with similar sensors. We will therefore compare it to OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5Gan entry-level device that also uses the technique of pixel binding to capture 16 MP snapshots. We’ll be using the Samsung Galaxy A23 5G for the ultra-wide-angle comparison.

Main module: 64 megapixels, f/1.8

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G (eq. 26 mm, f/1.7, ISO 108, 1/50 s)

Honor X8 (16 MP, f/1.8, ISO 261, 1/100 sec)

In good light conditions, the Honor X8 delivers a decent entry-level rendering. We note that the snapshot of the OnePlus is however a little sharper and has a better sharpness. Colors are also a bit more vibrant, which should flatter the retina better. Even the colorimetry loses naturalness. The scene captured by the Honor X8 has more contrast, which gives the impression of recovering a little more detail. Our preference goes to the photo on the right, but the difference is not very marked.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G (eq. 26 mm, f/1.7, ISO 6551, 1/17 s)

Honor X8 (16 MP, f/1.8, ISO 5531, 1/17 sec)

At night, the two smartphones are far from shining in the exercise. The OnePlus photo is better exposed, but the level of detail has dropped significantly due to excessive digital smoothing. Digital noise appears in the Honor’s photo, but the contrast again gives the impression of displaying a little more information. It’s quite obvious on the two faces or on the card with the two dancers.

Despite the underexposure, the colors are a little better transcribed; the sights are totally washed out on the right. We are clearly not facing cameras designed for night photography. Nothing surprising at this price.

64 megapixel mode

64MP Night mode

64MP Day Mode

On this type of sensor, switching to full definition rarely brings a real advantage. This is certainly not the case here. The sensor also seems even more in difficulty in the dark. We can therefore use it to crop a photo during the day, but little more.

Ultra wide-angle module: 5 megapixels, f/2.2

Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (5MP, f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/100s)

Honor X8 (5MP, f/2.2, ISO 205, 1/100s)

Even during the day, the quality of the ultra wide-angle shots has nothing to do with the main sensor. The X8 does a little better, and benefits from a higher level of detail, but nothing transcendent. Both photos feature bland hues, but the Honor has an annoying tendency to draw red. So don’t expect really convincing shots.

Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (5MP, f/2.2, ISO 800, 1/6s)

Honor X8 (5 MP, f/2.2, ISO 3312, 1/14 sec)

In the dark, neither of the two shots is usable. We can distinguish the shapes a little better on the OnePlus, but it seems unthinkable to take a correct photo in these conditions.

Front and video module

We have a 16 Mpx sensor whose lens opens at f / 2.5 at the front. Once again, a rather generous definition does not mean that the shots are better. It is still possible to take decent selfies, but these lack sharpness and require a lot of light.

The smartphone is content to film in Full HD at 30 frames per second, on the back and on the front. The lack of stabilization is felt. It will therefore be necessary to remain static to capture convincing images.

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