It’s not every day that you see competing smartphone companies’ head honchos publicly spar over their respective products. But recently, we got treated to an online exchange of words between Xiaomi and Honor executives.
It started with Lin Bin. The Xiaomi president revealed on Weibo that they had checked out the competition’s Honor 8X and compared it with their Xiaomi Mi 6X, the China-exclusive counterpart of the Xiaomi Mi A2 Android One phone.
He said that the Mi 6X, while released five months ago, still beats the newly launched Honor device in all aspects — from processor performance and cameras to pricing.
The post did not sit well with Honor. Business unit president Xiong Junmin replied that Xiaomi and other major manufacturers are just threatened by the impressive products the Huawei sub-brand has released recently. Honor president George Zhao, on the other hand, suggested that they wait for media and consumer reviews and comparisons.
Indeed, these two companies have been at each other’s throat lately. In the Philippines, the Honor Play, the most affordable HiSilicon Kirin 970 handset at P15,990 ($298), has gone head to head with the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, the cheapest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 phone which retails for as low as P17,990 (around $335).
Coincidentally, Honor and Xiaomi are also two of the fastest-growing smartphone brands in the world. No wonder the competition between the two is so intense.
Honor 8X vs Xiaomi Mi 6X: Specs and price comparison
This is a closer look at the comparison image Lin Bin shared with his followers. It’s in Chinese, but it’s easy to decipher it, considering that we’re mostly dealing with numbers here.
On paper, the Mi 6X seems to trump the 8X. Its Snapdragon 660 chip performs better than the Kirin 710; it uses USB Type-C with QuickCharge 3.0, not microUSB; and the front and rear cameras look more promising than the Honor’s.
But as any reviewer would tell you, what’s on paper doesn’t necessarily translate into better real-world performance. Look at the case of Apple iPhones, which don’t have large amounts of RAM, but can handle many tasks thrown at them smoothly, especially when gaming. And there’s the question of handling, build… stuff that can’t be quantified.
We already published a review of the Xiaomi Mi 6X. However, we haven’t tested the Honor 8X yet, so we can’t say for sure if the Mi phone advantage we’re seeing now goes beyond what’s on paper.
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