With the maturity of the technology, the smartphones at a price of 1,000 yuan already have a very good performance and sport quite attractive appearance. In this sense, the Honor 8C and Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro are considered to be the best models in this category. So let’s find out which of them wins the prize.
Appearance: Honor 8C vs Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
There are a few aspects we should pay attention to when comparing two smartphones. And the first of them is the appearance.
In general, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro and the Honor 8C use the same design elements. On the front, they carry a notch full-screen, while on the back, they come with a dual-camera + fingerprint scanner design. Although the overall design is converging, in terms of details, the Honor 8C and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro are still very different.
Though the bangs in the top of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro are narrower than that on the Honor 8C, and the border of the Redmi Note 6 Pro lacks excessive rounded curvature changes, the visual Honor 8C has a more harmonious beauty.
The chin part is the main difference between the two phones. Though visually, the chin width of the two phones is similar, because the Honor 8C chin carries the Honor brand logo, the phone’s front looks more saturated, while the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has a feeling of being empty.
On the back of the fuselage, the vertical positioning of the two phones is roughly the same. But in terms of details, the lens of the Honor 8C is more compact and looks more refined.
Although the two smartphones use a curved back shell design, because the rear cover of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has an antenna strip, there is a ‘cutting hand’ feeling when held in one hand. The Honor 8C adopts an integrated back shell design, which is extremely close to the palm when holding with one hand. So the Honor 8C’s comfort is better than the Redmi Note 6 Pro.
In terms of the layout of the border elements, the two smartphones have a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the fuselage, and the bottom of the fuselage carries a Micro USB port. There are note many disadvantages in both compatibility and ease of use.
Performance: Honor 8C vs Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Though the two phones belong to the same price range, the processors are different. The Honor 8C is equipped with the new Snapdragon 632 mobile platform, while the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro sports a Snapdragon 625 mobile platform. Actually, the Snapdragon 632 is a slightly modified variant of the Snapdragon 625, but its performance is stronger than the Snapdragon 625.
In order to intuitively experience the difference in performance between the two phones, we chose two popular games – Honor of Kings and PUNG (for frame rate testing).
The Honor 8C can always maintain a high frame rate, even if the group battle has no obvious stagnation. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has obvious drop frames in group battles, affecting the gaming experience.
In addition to ensuring a smooth gaming experience, a good-performing smartphone must also take care of heat dissipation. After running the Honor of Kings for 20 minutes, we recorded the fever of the Honor 8C and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro through the thermal imager.
The Honor 8C’s heat is mainly concentrated in the frontal bangs area, and the temperature is 42.5° C. The highest temperature on the back is only 39.8° C.
The highest temperature of the front of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro also appeared in the bangs area, but the temperature is slightly higher than the Honor 8C, which is 45.8° C. The Redmi 6 Pro not only has a high temperature on the front, but also has a ‘full disk collapse’ on the back. The highest temperature is concentrated in the rear fingerprint area, which is 42.6° C.
The Honor 8C is based on Android 8.1 EMUI 8.2. The UI color is very bright. The icon details are rich. So we feel it has a ‘youth’ atmosphere.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is powered by the MIUI 10 system based on Android 8.1. MIUI 10 continues the MIUI light design concept and looks very elegant.
In the era of full screen, all manufacturers have abandoned the three Android capacitive buttons, and instead created a new way of interaction.
EMUI 8.2 uses the operation logic of one-button navigation – short press to trigger the return operation, long press back to the home page, and slide to call out multitasking.
MIUI 10 system’s gesture interaction is the following – swipe up from the bottom of the screen to return to the home page, slide up and pause to trigger the multitasking interface, and slide back and forth from the left and right borders of the screen to complete the returned operation.
In actual experience, the two sets of interactive logic have their own advantages. The advantage of the Honor 8C is that when it is held by one hand, the thumb does not need to have a big movement to operate the phone. The advantage of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is that it does not occupy the space inside the screen, and can further enlarge the screen ratio.
Camera: Honor 8C vs Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
Although the Honor 8C and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro both use the rear dual-camera, in terms of hardware parameters, the two phones are still different. The Honor 8C comes with a combination of 13MP color lens + 2MP black and white lens. The aperture is f/1.8 and f/2.4. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro rear carries a 12MP + 5MP lens combination, with the main aperture of f/2.2.
From the daytime samples, the white balance control of the Honor 8C is extremely accurate, and the original color of the object can be restored even in the complex light of the room. In the dark environment, the Honor 8C’s tolerance is good. It can take into account the highlights and shadows at the same time. There is no overexposure or darkness. The dark light samples of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro have more obvious underexposure, affecting the perception.
Battery: Honor 8C vs Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
In terms of battery life, the battery capacity of the 8C and Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is almost the same – both are packed with a 4000mAh. Since the battery capacity is the same, the battery life competition has become a competition between two manufacturers for power resource management and control.
After the 5-hour heavy endurance test, the power of the Honor 8C is obviously stronger than that of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro. It seems that the system of Honor 8C compared with the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro in terms of resource scheduling have a deeper optimization.
As for charging, the Honor 8C and Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro support fast charge. The 8C charges up to 30 % in 30 minutes, while the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro reaches 25% of the electricity.
The Xiaomi’s Redmi series has been making money at a price of 1,000 yuan ($144) by virtue of its high-cost performance. However, with the emergence of new thousand-yuan phones and the tough competition, its advantages have disappeared. This comparison shows the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is defeated in the price/performance ratio. Therefore, if you want to choose a worry-free, high-quality smartphone with the flagship features in the thousand-yuan position, then Honor 8C cab definitely your be the best choice.