The battle of state employees: a comparison of Honor 8X and Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Smartphones in the price category of 14-17,000 rubles do not qualify for the middle class, but they are already stuffed with

maximum state employees.By the way, this category is considered the golden mean of the entire industry; they account for the majority of sales. As a rule, these are models with good processors and displays, sufficient memory and battery capacity, and they already have high-quality cameras. Let's compare a couple of models from this segment that the market gave us in the past year.

Heroes of our time

Before the crisis, mid-range smartphones (250-270dollars) cost about 8 thousand, 8200 rubles. Then, for the money, you could purchase ZenFone 5 from ASUS along with a case, or Ascend G6 from Huawei (initially cost a lot, then went down to 8,000 rubles). Yes, times are changing, and today $ 270 from eight turned into 18,000 rubles. However, these are our problems, from which the sellers are not very cold or hot, so the Chinese were not going to make any discounts in our direction.

Design, ergonomics

So, in this regard, the Honor 8X immediately earnsbonus points, because they really worked on the design of the device. Glass with the effect of 3D looks just amazing, but it can only be seen with your own eyes until the end, the photo does not convey depth, play, patterns. The device from Xiaomi is made in the style of minimalism, demonstrating the strength of the metal case and in general, the overall brutality. But the practicality is a little more, the back panel is not smudged with prints.

Both smartphones got a mini jack and receivermicroSD, it's good that marketers haven't focused much on this category yet. Honor has a mini-jack on the bottom, while Xiaomi has a mini-jack on the top. Remarkably, the previous generation Xiaomi connector was on the bottom. The devices have not yet appeared convenient USB-C, therefore charging only micro-USB is not very promising, but not fatal. Honor received the NFC module, which is surprising, because the Chinese do not need it at all. In Xiaomi, however, they decided that this function is exclusively for middling from 30,000 rubles.


Honor's screen looks a bit worse than itscompetitor, the picture seems decent, but disagreement with the color rendition, the colors change a lot. Of course, for a budget device this is uncritical, but if we compare it with a very high-quality screen from Xiaomi, then the difference is felt even with closed eyes. The display of Xiaomi on the automatic mode corrects the brightness imperceptibly, while Honor constantly tries different settings, trying to appear better. Alas, in vain.


If you look at pure performance, then Honor8X will be more powerful than the device from Xiaomi. However, to notice this difference will not work in any everyday application. But if you take gaming applications, here the Adreno graphics accelerator feels much better than its counterpart from Mali. But theoretically, even in games, the scores seem to be the same for smartphones. Honor bypasses the competitor in the equipment, he has two full-fledged receivers for simok, separately for Micro-SD, there is NFC. At Xiaomi, either two SIM cards, without Micro-SD, or only one SIM card with Micro-SD will work.


Both manufacturers were supporters of the introduction ofAI camera technology or artificial intelligence software. The Chinese love when the smart camera itself draws some details that are considered beautiful, and the AI ​​can remove noises. True, in budget Honor, the notorious AI does practically nothing significant. He is engaged only in unscrewing the parameters of chromaticity, saturation, just making the photo more catchy. This can be done in a few clicks in a regular editor without AI. Xiaomi camera is more careful with the source, and not too embellishing everything. Both smartphones are capable of displaying excellent picture quality in good light. Noises appear in the dark, the detail sags.

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