Time for yet another comparison article here on MySmartprice Gear. In today’s feature, we will compare a slightly older upper mid-range smartphone to two relatively new lower-mid range handsets. The phones that are involved in this comparison are the Xiaomi Mi5, the Nokia 7 and the recently launched Huawei Honor 7X.
What sense does it make to compare a one-year-old handset from a different segment to two new handsets from a lower segment? Well, in the one year since the Mi5’s arrival, its price has decreased from the Rs.25,000 mark to the current price tag of Rs.19,000. In fact, the handset is not even currently listed on Mi India’s website. It is, however, available for sale on Amazon. This price reduction brings the handset closer to the other two handsets in this comparison. Also, note that the Nokia 7 is yet to be officially announced in India and HMD Global has hinted that the handset might take a while (if at all) before it comes here.
Anyway, with that brief intro out of the way, let us now start the actual comparison.
Xiaomi Mi5 vs Nokia 7 vs Huawei Honor 7X: Display
In usual fashion, let us start off by talking about the display. While the Nokia 7 and the Mi5 sport traditional, 16:9 displays with full HD resolution, the Honor 7X gets a more modern 18:9 display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. All these phones also get similar PPI density values. All the three displays are of the IPS LCD type, and for the same reason, we can expect similar performance from them. The Honor 7X, however, does stand out thanks to its unusual aspect ratio and resolution. That said, using it might be an issue for folks with smaller hands.
Xiaomi Mi5 vs Nokia 7 vs Huawei Honor 7X: Hardware, Software and Performance
Comparing an older upper mid-range handset to a newer lower mid-range handset often comes with its share of quirks. In most cases, the new kid on the block manages to match the hardware prowess of the older handset thanks to a thing called technology advancement. In today’s case, we have the Xiaomi Mi5 that uses the old flagship chip – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 being compared to the relatively newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset used on the Nokia 7. Then we have the much newer Kirin 659 chip used on the Honor 7X.
In this case, however, we still think the Snapdragon 820 is still more powerful when compared to the other two chipsets being used here. Currently, only the 32GB/3GB RAM version of the Mi5 is on sale in India. Ironic as it might seem, this is lower than what the Nokia 7 and the Honor 7X boast of. The Nokia 7 is offered in two trim levels, a 4GB/64GB version and an 8GB/64GB variant. The Honor 7X also comes in two versions, 4GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. All the handsets in this comparison get almost identical battery capacities. The Honor 7X leads the pack with a 3340 mAh battery while the other two handsets get a 3,000 mAh battery. While the Mi5 is indeed the more powerful of the three handsets, there are other factors like software updates and availability that needs to be also taken into consideration.
As for the software, all three handsets run Android 7.0 Nougat. The newer phones, however, are more likely to get an official nod for Android 8.0 Oreo. The Nokia 7 runs a near stock Android version and for the same reason could get a faster update to Oreo. However, there is a chance that some people may prefer the feature-packed EMUI version that is found on the Honor 7X.
Xiaomi Mi5 vs Nokia 7 vs Huawei Honor 7X: Camera
All the three smartphones here in this comparison feature 16-megapixel primary cameras at the rear. The Honor 7X goes one step ahead and also adds a secondary 2-megapixel rear camera as part of its dual camera setup. At the front, the Mi5 gets by with a 4-megapixel shooter while the Nokia 7 and the Honor 7X feature 5-megapixel and 8-megapixel shooters respectively. Being a flagship class product at the time of its release back in 2016, the handset supports 4K video recording. The Nokia 7 also supports 4K videos. The Honor 7X is the only handset on this list that does not support 4K video recording. None of the phones here can record videos at 1080p 60fps. On paper, the Mi5 should beat the other two budget nid-rangers when it comes to overall image quality. However, we think you should definitely take a look at the images taken by the Honor 7X and the Nokia 7 before jumping to conclusions
Xiaomi Mi5 vs Nokia 7 vs Huawei Honor 7X: Price in India
Like we mentioned at the beginning of this article, it is not an easy task comparing handsets that belong to different segments. While the Xiaomi Mi5 does give a lot of bang for your bucks, there is no denying that it is an old handset now. Even though the Nokia 7 and the Honor 7X are from a lower segment, they more or less match up to the features provided by the Mi5. Of the three devices here, the Honor 7X is also the lowest priced (assuming that the Nokia 7 would be priced at around the Rs.18,000 mark when it is launched here) among the three. It was, therefore, an easy task to declare the Honor 7X as the overall winner of this comparison.