Chinese phone makers Xiaomi and Huawei are doing pretty well in India. While Xiaomi has managed to top the sales charts in India and is almost on the verge of pipping Samsung to the second position this quarter, Huawei has been launching one great product after another in India. In this comparison article, we will compare one Xiaomi handset to two handsets from Huawei’s popular sub-brand Honor. These three handsets happen to the Xiaomi Mi Max 2, the Honor 7X, and the Honor 9 Lite – the latter being launched just a few weeks ago.
Mi Max 2 vs Honor 7x vs Honor 9 Lite: Design, Display
Let us start talking about the design aspects of these phones. All the three devices in this comparison feature an aluminium body and has a toughened front glass at the front. The Honor 9 Lite goes one step ahead and also adds a glass cladding at the rear giving it a classier finish.
Let us now talk about the displays
The Mi Max 2 as evident from its name, is the largest handset among the three and features a large 6.44-inch display and has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Unlike the other two handsets in this list, the Mi Max 2 gets a standard 16:9 aspect ratio display. The PPI density levels are also decent at 342 PPI. And as you might have guessed by now, this happens to be an IPS LCD panel.
The Honor 7X gets a fairly large 5.93-inch IPS LCD display and boasts of a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. As evident from the resolution, the display is in the new 18:9 aspect ratio. The Honor 7X gets a good PPI density figure of 407.
The Honor 8 Lite totes a 5.65-inch IPS LCD display, also in the new 16:9 aspect ratio. It has the same display resolution as that of the Honor 7X in a more compact package. The PPI density figure, therefore is marginally higher at 421 PPI.
Mi Max 2 vs Honor 7x vs Honor 9 Lite: Hardware, Software
The Mi Max 2 uses the mid-range Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 SoC that houses an octa-core Cortex A53 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz. The Adreno 506 GPU takes care of the graphics. The Mi Max 2 is offered in two versions a – 4GB +32GB version and a 4GB + 64GB version. The large size of the phone also means that it can accommodate a huge 5300 mAh battery. The Mi Max 2 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat underneath an MIUI 8 skin.
The Honor 7X and the Honor 9 Lite also uses a mid-range SoC. Unlike the Mi Max 2, however, both the Honor handsets use their in-house HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC that houses an octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) processor.The Honor 7X is offered in two versions – a 4GB +32GB version and a more expensive 4GB +64GB version while the Honor 9 Lite comes in a 3GB +32GB and a 4GB+64GB version. As for the battery capacity, the Honor 7X gets a 3340 mAh battery while the Honor 9 Lite gets a 3000 mAh battery. As for software, the Honor 7X runs EMUI 5.1 atop an Android 7.1 Nougat core while the Honor 9 Lite runs a newer version of the Android (Android 8.0 Oreo) underneath EMUI 8.0.
Mi Max 2 vs Honor 7x vs Honor 9 Lite: Camera and imaging
The Mi Max 2 gets a 12-megapixel main camera at the rear with f/2.2 aperture and support for phase detection autofocus, and dual-LED dual-tone flash. The phone can record 4K videos and slow-motion videos at 120fps in 720p resolution. At the front, the phone gets a 5-megapixel, f/2.0 camera.
The Honor 7X gets a dual camera set up at the rear that consists of a primary 16-megapixel shooter mated to a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The phone supports phase detection autofocus and has an LED flash for low light situations. At the front, the Honor X gets an 8-megapixel camera. The phone can record full HD videos using both the phones.
The Honor 9 Lite is the only handset in this list to feature a quad camera setup. The phone gets a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup at the rear, similar in fashion to the Honor 7X. At the front, the handset gets a similar 13-megapixel plus 2-megapixel unit for selfies. Like the Honor 7X, the Honor 9 Lite can also record full HD videos using both the cameras.
Mi Max 2 vs Honor 7x vs Honor 9 Lite: Price in India, conclusion
Let us check out the current prices of these handsets in India.
- Mi Max 2 4GB + 32GB: Rs.13,999
- Mi Max 2 4GB + 64GB: Rs. 15,999
- Honor 7X 4GB +32GB: Rs.12,999
- Honor 7x 4GB + 64GB: Rs. 15,999
- Honor 9 Lite: 3GB +32GB: Rs.10,999
- Honor 9 lITE: 4GB +64GB: Rs.14,999
Choosing between these three handsets is not an easy task at all. If you need an all-rounder with a large display, the Mi Max 2 is still a great option at its reduced price tag. The Honor 7X, while a good handset has lost some of its sheen after the arrival of the Honor 9 Lite which offers almost equal features for a slightly lesser price tag. The 9 Lite also runs a newer version of Android. If I were to choose between these three, I will buy the Honor 9 Lite.