Huawei held the global launch of the Honor 10 just yesterday. The phone is built upon the same formula Honor utilised with the Honor View 10 (review) but with major improvements in aspects that might have been lacking the last time. On the other hand, Vivo has scheduled its launch event for the end of this month, and it is likely that the Vivo X21 UD could make its way to the Indian market. Then we have the Mi Mix 2S which is the latest descendant of the line of smartphones from Xiaomi that hold the title of being the pioneers of the bezel-less design. Each of these smartphones has something unique to offers in their own regards, and it just felt appropriate to have them compete head-on to see which might emerge victorious.
Honor 10 vs Vivo X21 UD vs Mi Mix 2S: Price in India
Following the live broadcast of its launch event held in London, Huawei announced that the Honor 10 would be available for pre-order as a Flipkart-exclusive product and will be available starting May 23. The only storage variant launching in India has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This is priced at Rs.32,999.
On May 29, the Vivo X21 UD is expected to make its debut in the Indian market. According to its current pricing in China, the phone is expected to be priced roughly around Rs.35,000 for its 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant.
Finally, we have the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S which launched in China a couple of months ago. While it is currently uncertain if this phone will ever make it into the Indian market, its current pricing has been set at CNY 3,299 (approximately Rs. 34,500) for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, CNY 3,599 (approximately Rs. 37,700) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, and CNY 3,999 (approximately Rs. 41,800) for the 8GB RAM + 256GB variant.
Honor 10 vs Vivo X21 UD vs Mi Mix 2S: Design, Display
The Honor 10 has a notched, bezel-less display measuring 5.84-inches with a Full HD+ resolution. The fingerprint scanner is below the screen underneath the front glass. The phone is basically a large slab of glass with its Phantom Blue or Midnight Black coloured glass backs that mesmerisingly change their hue when looked at from different angles.
The Vivo X21 UD sports a 6.28-inch Full HD+ display that boasts a 90.3% screen-to-body ratio. Even though its back glass finish might not be as gorgeous as the one on the Honor 10, the real standout feature this phone has is its in-screen fingerprint scanner. Then we have the Mi Mix 2S with its 5.99-inch bezel-less display that has an 81.9% screen-to-body ratio but does not have the intrusive notch on its top. This phone feels quite premium as well with its four-sided curved ceramic body and 18K gold coating.
Honor 10 vs Vivo X21 UD vs Mi Mix 2S: Camera
The Honor 10 is equipped with a dual-camera setup at the back with a 16MP primary RGB sensor and a 24MP monochrome sensor. On the front, it houses a 24MP unit. The Vivo X21 UD has a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera setup at the back, while a 12-MP shooter is placed at the front. Vivo says that its integrated AI is capable of taking 24-megapixel resolution selfies with the front camera. The Mi Mix 2S has a 12MP + 12MP dual-camera setup with the added bonus of 4-axis OIS. However, the front houses an inferior 5MP camera.
The Honor 10 is the clear winner regarding imaging specs with its superior camera setups. While the front camera of the Vivo X21 UD has the potential to be much better than the one found on the Mi Mix 2S, the inclusion of OIS on the rear camera makes it better suited for rear camera photography and video recording.
Honor 10 vs Vivo X21 UD vs Mi Mix 2S: Performance, Battery
The Honor 10 is running the company’s top-of-the-line Kirin 970 processor that easily trades blows with the Snapdragon 845 found on the Mi Mix 2S. The Vivo X21 pales in comparison with its mid-range Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor that cannot possibly keep up with the other two.
All phones in this comparison come with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box but with their own custom skins on top. The Honor 10 has EMIUI 8.1 which is loaded with features, but some might find a bit distracting. The Vivo X21 UD comes with Funtouch OS 4.0 which is arguably one of the worst iterations of Android. The MIUI 9.5 on the Mi Mix 2S is the cleanest out of the three.
Both the Honor 10 and the Mi Mix 2S come with 3400mAh batteries while the Vivo X21 UD has a 3200mAh capacity unit. Since these are all pretty much the same, the battery life for these three will likely be too close to have one emerge as the absolute winner. But if it comes down to raw performance and cleaner UI, the Mi Mix 2S takes the clear lead, the Honor 10 follows closely behind, and the Vivo X21 UD fails miserably.
Honor 10 vs Vivo X21 UD vs Mi Mix 2S: Verdict
The only compelling reason to go for the Vivo X21 UD would be for the in-screen fingerprint scanner. However, since this is a new technology, it might be wise to wait for the tech to fully evolve and mature especially since it is well known that this scanner is not as quick as traditional fingerprint scanners found on other modern smartphones.
The Mi Mix 2S would have been the clear winner if we were looking at this in terms of raw performance. But with a better camera, gorgeous looks, top-of-the-line performance and a lower price tag, the Honor 10 offers a better overall package.