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Honor Note 10 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: How are they different?

16 August 2018 5

Recently, two Chinese giants, Xiaomi and Honor unveiled new phablets. Both the devices are targetted to enhance your productivity, playing HIFI games and watching videos. Last but not the least the gigantic battery cell makes them a treat for many customers. In last year or so the trend of giant display smartphones changed drastically. Back in Q4 2016, Xiaomi introduced Mi Mix concept phone with ultra-thin bezels.

The Mi Mix was so successful that almost all OEMs brought at least one bezel-less smartphone in 2017 and this year bezel-less trend is shifted to entry-level and mid-range smartphones. A couple of years ago a smartphone with 5.7-inches display was considered as phablet and now the standard flagships have display panels above 5.8-inches. The latest gen phablets have display panels above 6.2-inches. Xiaomi and Honor both took this race to next level by introducing phablets with 6.9-inches display panel.

It's not surprising to see such gigantic smartphones because there are still many buyers who want a large display smartphone with gigantic battery cell and the latest Xiaomi and Honor smartphones are certainly treat for them. However, as always, we put the latest smartphones in head-to-head comparison to know in detail the real differences and similarities between the two devices.

We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide which smartphone is better in what aspects. Without any further ado, let's start with the design of both the devices.

85 x 177 x 7.65 mm
6.95 inches - 2220x1080 px
87.4 x 176.2 x 8 mm
6.9 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Despite the fact, both the devices are bringing gigantic display panels. It is important to mention that both Honor Note 10 and Xiaomi Mi Max 3 are not easy to handle and you can expect it to fit in pockets easily. So if you like to use a smartphone with single-hand, both these devices are not meant for you. However, if you want media-centric smartphones both are pretty great choices.

Like most of the latest Honor smartphones, the Honor Note 10 is featuring a metal chassis with glass covering the rear side. The gigantic display is enclosed in a thin bezels ring. Due to full front-facing display, it has on-screen buttons for navigation. On the rear side, you will get dual cameras placed vertically on the top left corner. Both the sensors are placed separately with LED flashlight right below the sensors. The circular fingerprint scanner is on the rear side in the center.

The Honor Note 10 dimensions are 177 × 85 × 7.7 mm and weigh 230g. For connectivity the devices have USB-C port, however, it lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the other hand, the Mi Max 3 is more sort of typical Xiaomi smartphone as it doesn't look much different from earlier Xiaomi smartphones. The Mi Max 3 antenna lines are blended on the top and bottom edge, however, it is prominent. Instead of bringing glass and metal sandwich design, the Mi Max 3 features a unibody metal design.

The front-facing side has a full display with thin bezels. The rear side is adorned with a dual cameras setup with LED flashlight between the sensors. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side in middle. The Mi Max 3 measurements are 176.2 x 87.4 x 8 mm and weigh 221g. The Mi Max 3 has USB-C port for connectivity and also 3.5mm headphone jack.

So in terms of looks the Honor Note 10 looks more premium due to its glossy rear but also it is more prone to accidental drops and scratches.


Both the devices have gigantic display panels, larger than most of the smartphones in the market. The display panel is indeed key selling aspect of both the devices. The Honor Note 10 features a 6.95-inches display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. It's an AMOLED display panel with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display pixels density is 355 pixels-per-inch.

The Mi Max 3 comes with a slightly smaller 6.9-inches IPS LCD display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 350 pixels-per-inch. The Honor Note 10 has the advantage of AMOLED display instead of IPS LCD and also it supports HDR10 tech which means you can expect more realistic and Vivid display than the Mi Max 3.


In the hardware section, the Honor Note 10 outclasses its competitor with a big margin. Under the hood, the Note 10 is powered up by the company's own flagship Kirin 970 chipset. Its an Octa-core SoC with maximum clocking at 2.4Ghz. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 8GB RAM with 128GB storage. Its native storage is further expandable via MicroSD.

On the other hand, the Mi Max 3 doesn't fall in the premium category instead of its an upper mid-range smartphone with Snapdragon 636 chipset. Its an Octa-core chipset with max clocking at 1.8Ghz. The base variant has 4GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. It also supports memory expansion via MicroSD.

The good thing is Honor Note 10 feature GPU Turbo tech which enhances the graphics performance by up to 60%. The Honor Note 10 comes with "The Nine" cooling tech which uses nine different layers to ensure the device remains cool even on heavy multi-tasking and gaming. These two are certainly plus point of Honor Note 10 apart from better hardware. So in terms of performance, the Honor Note 10 is certainly a better device than Xiaomi Mi Max 3.

Specs Honor Note 10 Xiaomi Mi Max 3
Display 6.95-inches AMOLED 6.9-inches LCD
Screen resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Kirin 970 Snapdragon 636
RAM 6,8GB 4,6GB
Storage 64,128GB Expandable via MicroSD 64,128GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 16MP+24MP 12MP+5MP
Front camera 13MP 8MP
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1
Battery 5,000mAh 5,500mAh

Despite the fact both the devices fall into the mid-range category, the cameras are pretty good. The primary rear snapper on the Honor Note 10 is a 16MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 24MP monochrome sensor with f/1.8 aperture. Up front, the selfie camera is a 13MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

On the other hand, the Mi Max 3 comes with dual rear cameras of 12MP+5MP with f/1.9 aperture. The selfie camera is an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. On paper, the Honor Note 10 once again takes lead here with its higher megapixels cameras with a large aperture.


The Mi Max 3 comes with a gigantic 5,500mAH battery cell whereas the battery cell on the Honor Note 10 is 5,000mAh cell. The Snapdragon 636 SoC is heavily regarded as one of the best power efficient SoC. So we can expect it will take lead here over the Honor Note 10. Both the devices support fast charging tech, however, the Honor Note 10 Super Fast charging tech is more efficient.


The Mi Max 3 is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.2 layer over it. The Mi Max 3 is also on the Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 9.5 layer over it. Both the devices have different UI layers, hence the UI experience is different on both the devices. As far as fast updates are a concern both are not rated amongst the best OEMs to roll out new updates.


As far as pricing is a concern the Honor Note 10 is significantly costlier than its competitor. The Honor Note 10 base variant costs $410 in China whereas the Mi Max 3 base model costs $252. Unfortunately, the Mi Max 3 isn't widely available in most of the regions whereas the Honor Note 10 is available in many countries.


It is important to mention that despite the fact both the devices are somewhat similar in size and have gigantic display panels but still they both fall into a different category. The Honor Note 10 is targetted to those customers who want a premium phablet smartphone whereas the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is a solid mid-range phablet. So if you want a powerful premium phablet the Honor Note 10 is a better choice whereas the Mi Max 3 attracts budget-conscious customers. Both the devices are impressive in their respective niches.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Honor Note 10 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3 in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated.

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