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Honor View 20 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: How they differ?

30 January 2019 5

A few days ago Honor took the stage in Paris to announce View 20 for the global market. The Honor View 20 is currently the only punch hole design phone available globally. Apart from having the latest design the View 20 is bringing a number of goodies to attract buyers including the latest Kirin chipset, bezel-less design, 48MP camera and above all it still lies behind the premium flagships in terms of pricing.

On the other hand, Xiaomi recently unveiled the third iteration of Mi Mix lineup. The device is bringing almost everything you expect from a premium phone and it also costs significantly lower than premium flagships from Samsung, Huawei, and other companies. Both View 20 and Mi Mix 3 have a bezel-less design but both the devices don't have a traditional notch or dewdrop notch at the top of the display.

From the look of the things, the companies may ditch the notch design this year. Both View 20 and Mi Mix 3 are bringing two different bezel-less without notch. The View 20 comes with a stylish punch hole design whereas the Mi Mix 3 has a slider mechanism for the selfie camera. Both the phones don't copy any other phone design instead the companies try to bring something different to stand out amongst the crowd. For sure everyone is keen to know which smartphone amongst the two is a better option? Whether you should go for the View 20 as the latest phone or the Mi Mix 3 as your companion for this year.

Today we will put both the phones in head-to-head comparison to know in detail the real pros and cons of both the phones. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design as both have a unique design.

Design

The View 20 is Honor's first phone with punch hole design. It seems like the next big trend as far as the design of phones is a concern. Back in December, we have seen Galaxy A8s and Huawei Nova 4 with almost similar design and all latest leaks hint the Galaxy S10 lineup will also have an in-glass hole for the front-facing cameras. The punch hole design isn't distracting like the notch. The chassis is made up of metal with glossy back covering the rear side. The View 20 dimensions are 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm and weigh 180g.

It will be available in Red, Blue, and Black colors. On the rear side, the View 20 has dual cameras. There are two modules on the top left corner, one of the modules has a single camera and LED flashlight whereas the secondary sensor is placed separately. The View 20 has the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C slot for connectivity and charging. It lacks IP-ratings, the fingerprint scanner is on the rear in the center.

On the other, the Mi Mix 3 has complete bezel-less design without notch or punch hole. As mentioned above the Mi Mix 3 comes with a slider for the front-facing cameras. The Mi Mix 3 can be customized according to your preference, it can be used to access apps, front-facing camera and attending calls. The rear side has dual cameras aligned vertically on the top left corner with LED flashlight between the two sensors. The Mi Mix 3 also has aluminum chassis with glass on the rear.

The Mi Mix 3 fingerprint scanner is on the rear in the center. On the bottom, you will find the MIX logo. The Mi Mix 3 dimensions are 157.89 x 74.69 x 8.46mm and weigh 218g. It is available in Green, Black, and Blue colors.

Display

The Honor View 20 is featuring a 6.4-inches IPS display. Its a full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2310 pixels, the display aspect ratio is 19.25:9. Due to being an LCD panel the contrast ratio and colors accuracy aren't as great as OLED. On the other hand, the Mi Mix 3 is packed with a stylish AMOLED display panel.

The display is of 6.39-inches with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The Full HD+ display screen resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels and the screen-to-body ratio is 93.4%. The display panel on the Mi Mix 3 is quite bright, contrast ratio and colors accuracy is also pretty great. Considering both the phones fall in the same price category, the Mi Mix 3 has an advantage of AMOLED panel and superb display without any disruption.

Hardware

Being the latest phone the Honor View 20 is packed with the latest Octa-core Kirin 980 chipset. Its the same chipset powering the Mate 20. It's the first 7nm SoC powering the Android flagship with max clocking at 2.6Ghz. To better handle AI tasks it comes with the dual dedicated neural processing unit. As GPU, the Mali-G76 is taking care of graphics. The Octa-core chipset is accompanied with 6GB RAM and built-in native storage is 128GB which can't be further expanded using MicroSD. The top-tier model comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

The Mi Mix 3 is few months old that's why it is packed with the last year's best Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Snapdragon 845 is also an Octa-core SoC built on the 10nm process, its max clocking speed is 2.8Ghz. The Adreno 630 is on board as GPU. Like the View 20, the Mi Mix 3 base model also comes with 6GB RAM and non-expandable 128GB storage. The Mi Mix 3 standard model has 8GB RAM with either 128GB or 256GB storage. The top of the line variant comes with whopping 10GB RAM and 256GB storage.

Undoubtedly the Kirin 980 SoC is currently regarded as the latest best in the Android market but the Snapdragon 845 SoC is still amongst the most powerful chipsets available in the market. In terms of raw power, both phones have enough power to handle HIFI games and multi-tasking efficiently.

Specs Honor View 20 Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Display 6.4-inches 6.39-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2310 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB,8GB 6GB, 8GB, 10GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB Non-Expandable 128, 256GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 48MP + 3D TOF sensor Dual 12MP
Front camera 25MP 24MP+2MP
USB Type-C Type-C
Battery 4,000mAh 3,200mAah
IP68 No Yes
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
OS Android Pie with Magic 2 UI Android Pie with MIUI 10

Software

As OS the View 20 is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box with Magic UI skin over it. It's actually the EMUI, however, Honor rebranded it as Magic UI. So far the Magic UI 2 was exclusive for Magic lineup phones but now Honor pre-loaded the View 20 with it. However overall UI experience isn't different from EMUI. Those who like the stock version of Android OS won't prefer the Magic UI as it comes with a lot of bloatware.

On the other hand, the Mi Mix 3 is also running on the Android Pie with MIUI 10 skin. The custom MIUI version of OS is quite close to iOS. So if want iOS-like experience on your Android phone the Mi Mix 3 is a pretty good option. As both the phones are on the latest version of Android OS, now it's up to you which custom version of OS you prefer based on your taste.

Camera

As far as the cameras are a concern both the phones have dual cameras on the rear, that's where the similarities between the two phones end. The View 20's primary rear snapper is Sony IMX 48MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The secondary sensor is a 3D TOF module. Both the sensors have digital image stabilization. Up front, the selfie snapper is 25MP with f/2.0 aperture. The View 20 captured images detail level and colors accuracy is great in daylight conditions, however, it lags in low-light condition.

The Mi Mix 3 retains the dual 12MP sensors like its predecessor, the primary sensor is 12MP with f/1.8 aperture and dual pixels autofocus whereas the secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.0 aperture. Both have optical zoom and optical image stabilization. The dual sensors are AI tuned to enhance the capturing experience. Apart from dual rear cameras, the Mi Mix 3 has dual selfie snappers as well.

The primary front-facing sensor is 24MP with f/2.2 aperture whereas the secondary depth-sensing sensor is 2MP. Despite being tuned the Mi Mix 3 results are quite close to reality. Both the phones can capture stunning portrait shots. Overall the camera's setup on the Mi Mix 3 is better than the mid-range setup on the View 20.

Battery

As far as the battery cell is a concern the View 20 is packed with a fairly large 4,000mAh battery. On normal usage the device can easily last more than one day, however, on heavy usage, it ends the day with still 20% juice in it. It comes with fast charging which charges the device from 0 to 100 in 83 minutes only. Despite having glass rear it lacks wireless charging support.

The Mi Mix 3 is packed with a 3,200mAh battery cell. It easily lasts one day on a single charge but you can't expect the juice to last the second day. However, it comes with wireless charging support. It features Quick Charge 4+ for fast charging which allows it to be completely charged in just 1 hour.

In terms of battery life the Honor View 20 has an upper hand but in terms of functionality, the Mi Mix 3 has an upper hand.

Price and availability

As far as the pricing is a concern the Honor View 20 base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage can be purchased at 549 Euros whereas, for the 8GB RAM model, you will have to pay 649 Euros. The Mi Mix 3 is available in a number of European countries, UK and few Asian markets. In the UK only the base model is available at £499 (533 Euros).

Conclusion:

The Honor View 20 is bringing almost everything what you expect from a flagship phone in 2019. It features the stylish punch hole design, latest best Kirin chipset, superb cameras, great battery life, the latest flavor of Android OS and budget-friendly pricing which is significantly lower than premium flagships in the market. On the other hand, the Mi Mix 3 is bringing premium design language with ultra-thin bezels on all sides.

It brings the slider mechanism for the front-facing cameras and it is highly customizable. The AMOLED display on Mi Mix 3 is certainly better than the View 20's LCD panel. In the cameras section, it has one of the best cameras in the market. Due to being a few months older, it isn't as fast as the Honor View 20 but still, it has enough power to handle everything you throw at it. Having a smaller battery is a drawback of Mi Mix 3 but at the same time, you have the option of wireless charging as well.

Which smartphone amongst the two you like to have as your next daily driver? Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the Honor View 20 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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  • Both phones are competitively priced. Won't be easy to go for one if the brand isn't much concern. To me, at least, this is perplexing.

      • I've used both brands in the past. Not really something I will be complaining about their phones. So, kind of any phone is welcome. After all, not much price difference too

        • Would it be correct to say with the 3D TOF sensor and a bigger battery, the Honor View 20 gets a slight edge over the Mi Mix 3?

            • Depends on your outlook, really. I mean, if I am happy with the performance of the Mi Mix 3 and the camera functions as per my expectations, of course, with the MIUI always around, it'd make me blissful. Take it as per your requirements.

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