Both Xiaomi and Honor have started their way as online platforms. That’s why we will always compare them and follow the struggle between them. Recently, they have launched their flagship products, the Honor Magic 2 and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. In terms of design, in order to further enhance the screen ratio of these products, they have adopted the sliding screen design. Of course, there is also the third model with a similar design, the Lenovo Z5 Pro, but the latter is not a top-end model. So we decided to come in with a comprehensive comparison article of these two. In this comparison, we will comprehensively review the two products from the six aspects of design, camera, performance, charging, endurance, and system.
Honor Magic 2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX 3: Appearance
The design of the Honor Magic 2 and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 can be said to be highly similar. First, they both adopt a sliding screen design. Apart from this, both products are equipped with a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen. So both models are assumed to provide a similar viewing experience.
On the back, both products put the camera in the upper left corner of the fuselage. But the Honor Magic 2 sports three cameras, one of which is a super wide-angle lens. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is equipped with a more conventional dual-camera. In addition, since the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is not equipped with screen fingerprint technology, the back of the phone carries a fingerprint recognition module.
As two of the few products on the market that uses sliding screens, both models hide the front camera, the optical sensor, and other components behind the screen and on the sliding structure. However, the technologies used are quite different. Honestly, we like the magnetic power rail design.
The measured weight of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is 217g, and the measured weight of the Honor Magic 2 is 208g. But the latter comes with a larger battery and its camera is 9g lighter.
In order to maintain the uniformity of the design, the sliding structure of the Honor Magic 2 is made of glass material, but as you guess, its strength is still slightly weaker. For example, some scratches have appeared due to too frequent sliding. In contrast, the non-glass cross-grain design of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is undoubtedly a very clever approach.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 carries the charging interface on the fuselage layer, while the Honor Magic 2 comes with a USB Type-C port on the slider layer. Therefore, when charging, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is easy to get stuck because the Type-C wire connector is thick, and the design of the Honor Magic 2 is batter and avoids such problems.
Conclusion for Appearance Comparison
As two of the few flagship products on the market that use sliding screens, the Honor Magic 2 and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 are very similar in design. But in terms of overall design structure, the Honor Magic 2 seems to have some advantages. Say, it sports a larger battery and lighter camera sensors, but it weighs less. As for the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3’s advantages, its sliding structure is better.
Honor Magic 2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX 3: Camera
In this topic, we will make a deep comparison of the daytime and nighttime samples of these two products. At the same time, it should be noted that all the samples are taken with enabled AI mode to be closer to the user’s actual experience. But before, let’s take a look at the camera parameters of these two smartphones.
The Honor Magic 2 is equipped with a 16MP + 24MP + 16MP three-camera, of which the 16MP and 24MP are color + black and white lenses, and the aperture is f/1.8. The other 16MP sensor comes with a super wide-angle design, the aperture is f/2.2, and it supports AIS technology.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is equipped with a dual-camera module of 12MP + 12MP sensors combination, in which the aperture of the main camera is f/1.8, and the aperture of the sub-camera is f/2.4. It also supports full-pixel dual-focus and 4-axis optical image stabilization.
Daytime samples analysis (Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 vs Honor Magic 2):
In the daytime samples, we can see that the screen exposure of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is higher than that of the Honor Magic 2, which also makes the picture brighter. In the color reproduction, the color performance of the Honor Magic 2 is more inclined to the picture seen by the human eye, and the color saturation of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is higher.
As for the picture details, higher pixels bring more resolution to the Honor Magic 2, and the noise control and sharpness of the picture are better. But in some special environments, the Honor Magic 2 has some inaccurate conditions.
Nighttime samples analysis (Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 vs Honor Magic 2):
We can see that the brightness of the entire screen of the Honor Magic 2 is smaller than that of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, and the color is lighter than the Mi MIX 3. However, in the details of the dark part and the noise control, the performance of the Magic 2 is still much better than the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3.
Super night samples analysis (Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 vs Honor Magic 2):
In addition, both the Honor Magic 2 and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 support the Super Night Scene mode. For this mode, we also conducted some tests:
Under the super night scene, we can see that the picture brightness of all the samples of the Honor Magic 2 is higher than that of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, especially the brightness of the dark part. The Honor phone is better when the bright part is exposed but the brightness of the dark part is higher. And this is very important to shoot at night. In addition, in the color performance, the color of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 should be duller, while the color performance of Honor Magic 2 is very rich. So we should state the Honor Magic 2 performs better than the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 in Super Night Scene mode.
More Samples (Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 vs Honor Magic 2):
After talking about the basic quality, we have to mention a new lens on the Honor Magic 2, which is the 16-megapixel super wide-angle lens. Let’s take a look at the sample:
Compared with the general camera, the biggest feature of the super wide-angle lens is that it has a wider field of view in the same range. Of course, it is the obvious distortion of the edge of the picture. But in fact, we can make good use of this distortion to give ordinary wind illumination a unique perspective and a strong sense of space. It can be said that with the help of the super wide-angle lens, the Honor Magic 2 can make more interesting photos.
Conclusion for Camera Comparison
Judging from so many samples, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 has certain advantages over the Honor Magic 2 in the color performance and the brightness of the overall picture. In terms of picture detail and overall noise control, the Magic 2 is much better than Mi MIX 3. In general, the performance of the two in terms of photography can be described as different. Of course, after adding the super wide-angle lens, the Honor Magic 2 is indeed more playable than the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3.
Honor Magic 2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX 3: Performance
The Honor Magic 2 is equipped with the HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor, which is paired with an 8GB of RAM and a 128GB of native storage. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 that participated in the test is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and the storage version is 8GB+256GB. Well, let’s take a brief look at the parameters of these two processors.
The Kirin 980 uses a new 7nm process technology, which is one of the first commercial 7nm products on the market. The Kirin 980 adopts the octa-core design of 4 x A76 + 4 x A55, and the innovative adopts the large, medium and small three-cluster structure, and the internal frequency allocation is 2 x 2.6Ghz A76 + 2 x 1.92Ghz A76 + 4 x 1.8Ghz A55, and the GPU is ARM’s Mali-G76.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor is the strongest flagship processor of Qualcomm so far. It adopts a 10nm process node, it has eight cores, and the core design is Qualcomm’s own KryoTM 385, with a frequency of 4 x 2.8GHz + 4 x 1.8GHz dual cluster structure, and as a GPU it uses its latest Adreno 630.
From the parameters, these two products can represent the highest performance of the current smartphone industry.
Theoretical performance test:
In the comprehensive performance AnTuTu test, both phones ran close to 300,000 points. From the data of the running points, the HiSilicon Kirin 980 benefits from the more advanced 7nm process and better core design, compared with the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3’s CPU performance.
But on the GPU performance, Qualcomm’s built-in Adreno 630 still has some advantages. It must be said that Qualcomm’s GPU is definitely worthy of recognition.
In the GeekBench 4 test that tests CPU performance, we can see the advantages of the Honor Magic 2. The Kirin 980 relies on a better architecture and more advanced process technology and provides a better performance in both single-core and multi-core tests.
In the 3D Mark test that tests GPU performance, the OpenGL ES 3.1 API scored nearly 300 points compared to the Kirin 980 in the most difficult Sling Shot Extreme test.
We used PUBG as a test game. In the game settings, both products are set to the highest frame rate of the highest quality, and the GameBench is used to record the frame number data. The specific frame number data is as follows:
We can see the performance of the two products can easily meet the needs of the current mainstream games. In terms of the fluctuation range of the number of frames, the actual number of frames of both products is kept within a stable range. In terms of CPU and memory usage, there is not much difference between the two products. It can be considered that the performance of the two handsets in the game is very close.
We performed a 60-minute actual game experience on these two phones at a room temperature of 20 °C, and recorded the temperature value every 20 minutes. All tested temperatures were the hottest on the back of the fuselage. The temperature control of these two products during the game is still very good. In the 60-minute test, the surface temperatures of both products can be maintained in a relatively stable state, which also provides the necessary protection for their long-term ‘full fire’.
Conclusion for Performance Comparison
Generally, thanks to the stronger architecture and process technology, the CPU performance of the Honor Magic 2 has certain advantages compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is equipped with the Snapdragon 845, which is still worthy of recognition on the GPU performance. However, the actual gaming experience of the two smartphones can reach a fairly high level, and also has a very good performance in temperature control.
Honor Magic 2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX 3: Battery
Though both devices support fast charging, the charging power of the Honor Magic 2 is 10V4A (40W total), while the charging power of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is 12V1.5A (18W total). The Honor Magic 2’s advantages are obvious.
In the actual charging test, we can see that the Honor Magic 2 has already charged 73% of the power in the first 30 minutes, while the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 only rushed into 53%. At the end of an hour, the Magic 2 is almost filled the battery fully, while the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 rushes into the power of 86% at the same time. Of course, for the Magic 2 to get such a fast charging speed, it needs to use a dedicated 40W charger, while the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 only needs a charging head that supports QC protocol. At present, the coverage of QC charger is still quite large.
As for the battery life, the Honor Magic 2 is equipped with a 3500mAh battery, while the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is equipped with a 3200mAh battery.
However, after the actual test, we can see under the premise that the two have a capacity difference of 300mAh, the actual power consumption of the two is still relatively similar. This indicates that the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 still handles the power consumption quite well.
Conclusion for Battery Comparison
With the help of the 40W super-fast charge technology, the Honor Magic 2 is killing the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 in terms of charging speed. As for the endurance, the Honor Magic 2 with a larger battery will last longer, but the energy control of the Mi MIX 3 is also very good.
Honor Magic 2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX 3: System
The Honor Magic 2 runs on Magic UI2.0 based on Android 9.0 deep customization, and its biggest selling point is the new YOYO smart assistant. In addition to voice interaction, YOYO Smart Life has many useful features.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 9.0 deep customization. As one of the most well-known system UIs in the industry, on the new MIUI 10, Xiaomi has made more detailed optimizations for the full screen. At the same time, it combined with a smarter AI engine, namely Xiaoai.
To be honest, as the first two custom UIs on the market, the gap in basic functions can be said to be minimal. So this time we will focus on the full-screen operation and the two AI assistants introduced this year.
Full screen gesture/fingerprint recognition/face recognition:
Both products are deeply optimized for the full screen. What is interesting is that the two products are very similar in terms of operational logic.
In terms of fingerprint recognition, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 uses the back fingerprint recognition module, while the Honor Magic 2 is equipped with the latest screen fingerprint recognition module. In terms of the efficiency of unlocking, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is indeed superior in terms of unlocking speed. Probably this is good when it comes to the unlocking, but the screen fingerprint allows the phone to have no openings, which will increase the overall aesthetic of the machine to a higher level.
As for the face recognition, the Honor Magic 2 is faster than the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. In terms of the accuracy of recognition, the latter sometimes has the phenomenon of recognition failure.
The Xiao AI can be said to be a veteran among the AI assistants. But in fact, Honor has done a great job and made a good AI assistant, namely YOYO.
First of all, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 sets up a separate voice button and only needs to press the button to call up the voice assistant. For the Honor Magic 2, you can use the sliding screen or draw the YOYO assistant from the bottom left/right sides. In general, thanks to the independent button, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is still worthy of recognition in terms of efficiency.
In addition, YOYO has a powerful ‘smart object’ function. Just turn on the camera and click the ‘Import’ button in the upper left corner of the camera to directly activate the smart recognition function. If you see something you want to identify in your phone, just tap the screen with two fingers and you can activate the recognition function inside the screen.
Skin quality monitoring:
The last thing to talk about is a new feature on the Honor Magic 2, namely the skin quality detection. It can be seen that after a simple operation, the girl’s skin data can be seen at a glance. In terms of the accuracy of the data, it is comparable to the professional skin test data. Thus, it has a very high reference value.
Conclusion for System Comparison
In terms of overall screen optimization, both products performed quite well. When it comes to unlocking, the rear traditional fingerprint recognition adopted by the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 still has obvious advantages in terms of unlocking speed compared to the Honor Magic 2’s screen fingerprint. However, under the blessing of 3D bionic sensitization technology, the advantage of the Honor Magic 2’s face unlocking recognition accuracy and speed is also obvious. The YOYO AI assistant already has the strength to compete with Xiaomi’s Xiaoai in terms of basic functions.
Honor Magic 2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX 3: Conclusion
As you can see, from this comparison, we understood the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is a veteran in all aspects, including full-screen, powerful performance, system optimization, camera, AI, voice assistants, etc. But Honor is developing at a fast pace. Moreover, it could outrun the MIX 3 in some aspects. This simply means Huawei won’t let Xiaomi grab big pieces of cake in future. Of course, this is a struggle between titans, and Honor is a ‘tool’ here. So if Xiaomi wants not to lose its positions in the market, it should pay more attention to its flagship models.