We know that Xiaomi regulary updates its smartphone series. According to the price/performance ratio, Xiaomi devices don’t have competitors. Yeah, you can find cheaper mobile device, but it will be from little-known Chinese brand, and nobody can guarantee you a trouble-free operation, unlike Xiaomi.
Xiaomi produces smartphone in the budget, mid-range and even sub-flagship categories.
Last week another popular manufacturer from Chinese Huawei released its new mid-range phablets: Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max.
We decided to compare Xiaomi Mi Max 3 and Honor 8X Max, because both of them come with 7-inch diagonal and the same chipset. Moreover, Honor 8X Max is a little cheaper than Xiaomi device, but is it better? Let’s find out.
Honor 8X Max vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Design
The appearance of these two smartphones are pretty similar. Both of them have 18:9 full screen with huge diagonal of 7 inches and even higher, thin bezels and very good dimensions. However, there are some differences. Let’s take a closer look at each smartphone.
Honor 8X Max is a full-screen smartphone with a glass back panel and metal frame. The glass is not the most convenient, albeit premium, material for a smartphone. It is quickly scratches if you don’t use special protective cover, easily damaged and can not be repaired – just a replacement. The advantage of Huawei Honor 8X Max is the front panel with 7.12-inch display. It occupies over 90% of front panel.
Honor 8X Max has a small notch above the screen with front camera. We should note that it is much smaller than many other Chinese phones in 2018.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is a metal device, and it doesn’t have the notch at all. In general, Mi Max 3 is more reliable and practical than Honor 8X Max. However, it looks gray and boring, because there is nothing outstanding in it that would catch the attention. The display is less than Honor device – 6.9 inches. It is 0.22 inches less than Honor 8X Max.
Honor 8X Max vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Performance
As for the processors, there are no differences between smartphones. Both of them are powered by Snapdragon 636 chipset. However, Huawei 8X Max with Snapdragon 660 will be released in October.
Snapdragon 636 is very good processor for the smartphones up to $220. It is based on Kryo 260 kernels, which are also used in Snapdragon 660. The chipset provides smooth and fast performance of Android operating system. Also you can enjoy good fps in heavy games at high graphics settings.
Both smartphones have enough memory. You can get version with 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of storage.
In this article we talk about Honor 8X Max on Snapdragon 636 chipset, and it provides the same performance as Xiaomi Mi Max 3. However, Honor 8X Max on Snapdragon 660 will be more powerful, so if the price will be the same, then Huawei 8X Max is an obvious favorite.
Finally, Huawei Honor 8X Max offers something special, namely a separate slots for dual SIM cards and memory card. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has hybrid slot, so you need to choose from dual SIM or microSD memory card.
Honor 8X Max vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Camera
So we came to the main problem, maybe not very much, but still the problem – the cameras of Huawei Honor 8X Max are weak. The device offers a dual main camera of 16MP + 2MP sensors with f/2.2 aperture. It doesn’t have image stabilizer. Also we don’t know the sensors models. The front camera of Huawei 8X Max is also weak – only 8MP.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has excellent main camera. First, the device uses a flagship photo sensor Sony IMX363 with 12MP resolution and 5MP sensor from Samsung. Secondly, the aperture of main sensor is f/1.9. The device also has an electronic image stabilizer, a huge pixel size (1.4 nm), ultra-fast Dual Pixel autofocus. So, if you need good camera, then you need to buy Xiaomi Mi Max 3.
Honor 8X Max vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Battery
So far, it’s hard to say about battery life of Xiaomi Mi Max 3 and Huawei Honor 8X Max for some reasons. First, Mi Max 3 has a little smaller diagonal and screen resolution. Secondly, the capacity of its battery is higher than Huawei 8X Max by 500mAh. The battery capacity of Mi Max 3 is 5500mAh. Third, Huawei Honor 8X Max on Snapdragon 660 will have larger battery.
Also, both smartphones support fast charging technonogy. From other side, Honor 8X Max has Micro USB, while Mi Max 3 comes with modern USB Type-C port.
Honor 8X Max vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Sound
Today almost everyone forget about sound, but it is very imporant, especially for phablet. Honor 8X Max and Xiaomi Mi Max 3 have stereo speakers. The sound is clear and loud. Also, both smartphones have great sound in headphones.
Honor 8X Max vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Price
Honor 8X Max with 4/64 GB (SD636) will cost from $219. The version with 4/128 GB (SD636) will be available from $263. Honor 8X Max on Snapdragon 660 processor will go on sale in October.
As for Xiaomi Mi Max 3, 4/64 GB model costs about $250, while the version with 6/128 GB – $295.
As you can see, Huawei 8X Max costs a little cheaper, but not too much.
Honor 8X Max vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Specifications
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Honor 8X Max vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Pros and Cons
Huawei Honor 8X Max
- Stylish design;
- Large screen diagonal;
- Version on Snapdragon 660 processor;
- Glass body;
- Weak cameras;
- Old Micro USB port.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
- Metal body;
- Good cameras;
- USB Type-C;
- Non-unique design;
- No version on Snapdragon 660.
What to choose – Huawei Honor 8X Max or Xiaomi Mi Max 3 – decide yourself. Everyone chooses what’s more important: a camera or design, a processor or battery capacity, price or case materials.