Honor has finally taken the wraps off its latest mid-range offering, the Honor 8X. The phone offers an impressive collection of internals coupled with premium looks at an attractive price tag. However, there are three other well-established smartphones the new offering from the Huawei sub-brand will have to contend with. These are, of course, the Xiaomi Mi A2, the Nokia 6.1 Plus, and the Realme 2 Pro.
Can the Honor 8X hold its own against the other three mid-range powerhouses? Read on to find out.
Honor 8X vs Mi A2 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Realme 2 Pro: Price in India
All four devices in today’s comparison offer 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB of storage on their base models. The cheapest device here is the Realme 2 Pro which costs Rs. 13,990. The Mi A2 is the most expensive at Rs. 16,999. Meanwhile, both the Honor 8X and Nokia 6.1 Plus fall in the middle with their Rs. 14,999 price tags.
Honor 8X vs Mi A2 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus Realme 2 Pro: Design, Display
The Honor 8X offers premium aesthetics with its glass-clad front and rear that sandwich a metal frame. The display stands 6.5-inches tall. With a notch at the top, this phone’s screen-to-body ratio goes up to 91 percent.
While not as flashy, the Realme 2 Pro also offers a premium glass and metal build. While the screen here also achieves close to 91 percent screen to body ratio, you are likely to find it the most appealing as it has only a tiny dewdrop design notch at the top. This leads to considerably less intrusion in apps, game and while watching videos.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus lends itself to a more ergonomic form-factor with its screen coming in at 5.8-inches and still managing to achieve a 93% screen-to-body ratio. With a 2.5D curved glass back and sturdy metallic frame, this phone is also on par with the above two contenders in this category.
The Xiaomi Mi A2, on the other hand, doesn’t live up to the competition with its metal unibody design. While the screen does measure in at 5.99-inches, there are considerably larger bezels above and below, giving the phone an outdated visage.
Honor 8X vs Mi A2 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Realme 2 Pro: Hardware and Performance
In the performance department, the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes in last with its Snapdragon 636 chipset. Meanwhile, both the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Realme 2 Pro come with the more powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC under the hood. The Honor 8X certainly offer tough competition with its Kirin 710 chipset when it comes to CPU benchmarks. However, it falters in real-world GPU performance. You will be better off with either of the SD660-equipped phones for a more consistent overall experience.
Honor 8X vs Mi A2 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus Realme 2 Pro: Camera
In the camera department, the Mi A2 offers the most appealing configuration. On the back, it has a 12MP primary lens paired with a 20MP sensor for low-light imaging. The front camera measures 20MP and is the only one here that comes with an LED flash.
The Honor 8X isn’t far behind, however, as it offers a large 20MP primary sensor paired with a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie shooter here measures 16MP.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus is next with its 16MP primary shooter paired with a 5MP depth camera. The front measures 16MP as well.
Realme 2 Pro offers comparable photography with its 16MP+ 2MP primary setup paired with a 16MP front shooter.
Honor 8X vs Mi A2 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Realme 2 Pro: Battery Capacity
The Honor 8X trumps the competition in terms of battery life with its 3750 mAh battery. The Realme 2 Pro also shows great potential with its 3500mAh cell. Both the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Nokia 6.1 Plus, however, offer comparatively disappointing battery life with their 3060mah and 3000mah cells respectively.
Honor 8X vs Mi A2 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Realme 2 Pro: Verdict
The Realme 2 Pro offers the best bang-for-the-buck proposition out of all the devices here today. Considering the higher price of the Mi A2, we would have to give the second place to Honor 8X thanks to its comparable performance and superior looks. The 6.1 Plus is a decent phone but lags behind the most because of its weak CPU and underwhelming battery life.