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Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Honor Play: A Comparison With Surprising Results

Since the beginning of the establishment of Xiaomi, the price-performance phones have been the key to success, and it has been lost on the road of cost-effectiveness. But there are other brands that do not want to allow Xiaomi to be sole in this road. Huawei’s Honor is one of them. When the Xiaomi Mi 8 was announced, Huawei’s e-brand didn’t seat tight. In its turn, it announced the Honor Play. The latter wants to show its strength and its cost-effectiveness. In order to understand whether this handset can compete with the Mi 8, we decided to compare them.

Also Read: Honor Play Review and Xiaomi Mi 8 Review

Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Honor Play: Appearance

Before we start comparing these two, you should keep in mind the Honor Play is cheaper than the Xiaomi Mi 8 by 800 yuan ($115).

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In this era of full screen, this feature has become the selling point of any smartphone. Of course, these two come with a full-screen. And what’s more interesting, both adopt a notch screen style. However, the width of the bangs on the Mi 8 is still narrower than the Honor Play.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

But these handsets are not identical. The Xiaomi Mi 8 uses Samsung’s AMOLED screen, while the Honor Play uses an LCD screen. If there is a higher requirement for the color of the screen, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is definitely a better choice, but if you don’t like to pay more attention to this factor, the Honor Play is obviously more suitable for you.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

On the back, the layout of the two models is basically the same. But the Honor Play comes with a metal body, and the Xiaomi Mi 8 uses a glass body. If you wonder which of them is better, we can only say that the connection of the middle frame and the back panel is better for the Honor Play, which makes the grip more rounded.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

The physical buttons are placed on the same side of right. On the opposite side, the Honor Play uses the SIM/SD card slot, which can expand the storage. The Xiaomi Mi 8 has no similar option.

At the top of the screen, both models use the notch screen design, but the bangs of the Honor Play are obviously narrower and it has a screen ratio of 89%. The screen ratio of the Xiaomi Mi 8 is 86.68%, which is slightly lower than Honor’s model, but the difference is not big.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

At the bottom of the phone, the Honor Play still retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, while the Xiaomi Mi 8 removes the headphone jack. The bottom injection antenna of the Play is not symmetrical and looks a bit uncoordinated. On the contrary, the bottom of Xiaomi Mi 8 without the earphone hole is completely symmetrical.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Honor Play: Performance

Performance is one of the most important features of any smartphone. The Xiaomi Mi 8 is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, and the Honor Play is packed with the Kirin 970 processor. If you only look at the running points, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is definitely far better than the Honor Play.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

However, the Honor Play is equipped with GPU Turbo technology, which can improve the GPU computing efficiency through software and hardware coordination, thereby improving the user experience of graphics applications.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

We used the Honor of Kings mobile game in order to test the frame rate stability.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi Mi 8

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

Honor Play

We can see that both phones maintain the same 60fps. Thus, for less, you will get the same game performance.

We also tested the PUBG’s frame rate.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi Mi 8

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

Honor Play

In the actual use, the Honor Play provides almost identical game experience. Moreover, the Honor Play has a 4D shock in the game, which can provide the vibration effect similar to the handle. Plus, the Play comes with a 3D sound based on AI technology, which can restore multi-channel soundtrack.

But when playing games like the NBA2K18, the Xiaomi Mi 8 with its Snapdragon 845 is still more suitable for you.

Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Honor Play: Camera

The Xiaomi Mi 8 still uses the wide-angle + telephoto dual-camera combination, previously seen on the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S. The main camera uses the Sony IMX363 sensor, with a 12MP resolution, a pixel area of 1.4?m, an F/1.8 large aperture, a four-axis optical image stabilization. The secondary camera has a 12MP resolution and an F/2.4 aperture.

The Honor Play uses a 16MP + 2MP rear camera with a maximum aperture of f/2.2, which supports phase focusing and contrast focusing. The front camera has a 16MP resolution and a maximum aperture of f/2.0.

From the lens parameters, the Xiaomi Mi 8 looks more attractive. But the excellent lens does not necessarily produce excellent photos, as the algorithm is also very important. So let’s take a look at the sample photos.

As can be seen from the samples, the Honor Play brings more natural and eye-catching colors to the photos. Plus, its high-light suppression is even better.

Honor Play Camera Samples

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Camera Samples

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Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Honor Play: System

Xiaomi has started earlier than Honor in system interaction and UI design. As the forerunner of the domestic system, Xiaomi itself started from ROM. And naturally, there is no problem in system interaction and gestures. Of course, you have to endure the MIUI system built-in ads that are bothersome.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

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However, after long-term optimization of Honor, the system is also very good, coupled with the recently updated full-screen gesture system, Honor also complements the shortcomings of gesture operations. Of course, the Honor Play comes with a series of system-level optimizations such as GPU Turbo. So the daily use is at the highest level. But there are disadvantages as well – EMUI’s UI is relatively old-fashioned. Although you can change the theme.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

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Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Honor Play: Battery

These smartphones differ a lot in terms of endurance.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

As for charging and battery life, because the Xiaomi Mi 8 does not sport a high-capacity battery (3400mAH only), after the test, the power is only 35%, and the performance is acceptable. The Honor Play’s remaining power is 47%. And it’s excellent if taking into account another fact that it is packed with a 3750mAh battery. From the point of view of charging efficiency, the two phones are equal. The Honor Play charges to 42% in half an hour, while the Xiaomi Mi 8 charges to 41%.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi 8

Wrap Up

After comparing the Honor Play and the Xiaomi Mi 8 in various aspects, we can find that although the two models are different, the difference is not big. However, if you consider the current price of the two, the Xiaomi’s model is undoubtedly far away from the Honor Play.

The current situation of these two products reflects the current situation of Xiaomi and Honor. Today, Xiaomi seems to have gradually lost its advantage in cost-effectiveness. There are more and more brands on the market that are beyond the price of Xiaomi.

Xiaomi has always wanted to enter the high-end market, but it is also trapped in the past reputation of price-performance and black technology that is not ‘black’. No one recognizes it, and there is no sense of existence in the high-end market.

Honor and Xiaomi are the opposites. Honor can challenge Xiaomi through cost-effective products (such as the Honor Play), and in the higher-end market, because of deep technical accumulation, it also successfully surpassed Xiaomi in the flagship segment (just recall the Honor Magic 2).

It seems that the times have indeed changed, and there is no innovative simple stacking, which is destined to win users in the future. There is not much time left for the transformation of Xiaomi.

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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