Curiosity 31 Oct
Finally, the month of October concluded with the announcement of new Honor Magic 2. Undoubtedly the last month was quite exciting for mobile geeks as almost all major OEMs took the stage to announce different products in different niches. The South Korean giant LG kicked off last year with the announcement of new phablet V40 ThinQ. Later on October 9th, Google unveiled new Pixel 3 lineup phones. Razer took the stage on October 11th to announce second gen of Razer phone. Samsung also launched the first quad rear cameras phone Galaxy A9 2018 on October 11th.
The Chinese giant Huawei showcased new Mate 20 series on October 16th. Later on October 25th, Xiaomi and Meizu unveiled Mi Mix 3 and Note 8 respectively. OnePlus announced 6T on October 29th in NYC. Apple launched new iPads and Mac Mini on October 30th. Last but not the least Huawei's subsidiary Honor launched the second gen of Magic phone on October 31st. Being the latest best from Honor the Magic 2 will have to compete against the other premium phones in the same niche. Both Xiaomi's and Honor new flagships Mi Mix 3 and Magic 2 are focused to bring better screen-to-body ratio by minimalizing the bezels.
Both the companies instead of opting normal notch or waterdrop notch, they removed the top bezel all together instead they opted slider for the front-facing cameras. We can claim that slider is indeed the next design change which manufacturers are adapting to further reduce the top bezel. Overall both the companies adopted somewhat similar tech for their cameras sliding system. Today we will put the latest Honor Magic 2 against the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 to know which latest slider phone is better in what aspects.
At the moment it is still in the dark which smartphone will be available for international buyers. Initially, both the devices will be available for local Chinese buyers. Without any further ado, let's start with the design of both the devices.
The key aspect of both the devices is indeed the slider mechanism of front cameras. In terms of operation, both work almost identically. All you do a firm press to open the front-facing cameras slider, the display will move down and cameras will pop-up. The slider on the Magic 2 activate cameras or accessing Yoyo Assistant on the go whereas the Mi Mix 3 is more customizable. Its slider can be used to access apps, attending calls and opening selfie camera. Not just that the slider sound can also be customized according to different tasks. In terms of customization, the Mi Mix 3 takes lead over the Honor Magic 2.
Despite having almost the same slider design, the finish on both the devices is way different. Although the Magic 2 doesn't have top bezel but has a small speaker at the top of the display whereas the Mi Mix 3 look is cleaner with no bezel. On the rear side, the Magic 2 has triple rear cameras with LED flashlight on top of the sensors. It lacks a traditional fingerprint scanner instead it comes with an under-glass fingerprint scanner.
The Mi Mix 3 has dual sensors on the top left corner with LED flashlight. It has a fingerprint scanner on the rear in the center below the dual sensors. The Mi Mix 3 dimensions are 157.9 x 74.7 x 8.5mm whereas the Honor Magic 2 is almost same 157.3 x 75.1 x 8.3mm. Overall in terms of size both the devices are almost the same but the Mi Mix 3 has the advantage of round corners from the edges.
As far as colors are a concern the Mi Mix 3 is available in a number of striking color options including Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue and exclusive Jade Green for the ceramic variant. The Honor Magic 2 is only available in gradient finishes including deep blue to blue, purple to red and black to silver.
The good thing is both Magic 2 and Mi Mix 3 comes with the OLED display. The Magic 2 sports a 6.39-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and screen-to-body ratio is 91%. The Mi Mix 3 also have 6.39-inches display with same screen resolution and aspect ratio. However, the screen-to-body ratio is 93.4%. Both the devices have AMOLED display from Samsung so you don't have worry about deep black, colors accuracy and brightness of the display.
Under the hood, both the devices have different chipsets despite the fact both are Android flagships. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering the device. Its an Octa-core chipset built on the second gen 10nm FinFet. On the other hand, Magic 2 comes with the Kirin 980 which is the first 7nm chipset in the Android market. We will not discuss whether Qualcomm's chipset is better or the latest Kirin SoC. As daily driver both the chipsets is amongst the best in the market.
The Octa-core chipset on the Mi Mix 3 is accompanied with 6GB,8GB and10GB RAM. In terms of native storage, the 6GB RAM model has 128GB native storage, the 8GB RAM variant can be purchased in either 128GB or 256GB storage. The top of the line model comes with a 10GB model with 256GB storage but it won't be available outside China. Its native storage isn't further expandable via MicroSD.
The Magic comes within two configurations on the basis of RAM. The base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage whereas the 8GB RAM variant comes with 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage. It supports memory expansion via MicroSD. Another important aspect is Kirin 980 has dual dedicated neural processing unit. The company also suggest the Kirin 980 shares workload on all cores to speed up the process. Both have enough grunt to handle HIFI tasks and games efficiently. Last but not least it is important to mention that Snapdragon 845 successor is due in the next few months whereas the Kirin 980 is the latest best from Huawei.
|Specs||Honor Magic 2||Xiaomi Mi Mix 3|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels||1080 x 2340 pixels|
|Chipset||Kirin 980||Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||128, 256, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD||128, 256GB Non-Expandable|
|Front cameras||16MP+(2MP+2MP depth-sensing)||24MP+2MP|
|3.5mm headphone jack||No||No|
|OS||Android Pie with EMUI 9||Android Pie with MIUI 10|
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 lights are kept on by a 3,200mAh battery cell. It supports Qualcomm Quick charge 4.0 for fast charging. Thanks to glass rear it comes with 10W wireless charging support. The Magic 2 has a slightly large battery of 3,400mAh. The special aspect is the 40W fast-charging tech which quickly pops up the battery in just 5 minutes of charging. However, it lacks support for wireless charging. Although it lacks wireless charging support ultra-fast charging makes it special.
Soon after the announcement event, Xiaomi CEO claims the Mi Mix 3 cameras performance is better than the P20 Pro. The Mi Mix 3 has dual cameras on the front and rear. The primary rear snapper is 12MP with f/1.8 aperture and dual pixels autofocus. The secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.0 aperture. The sensors feature optical image stabilization and optical zoom. It has AI scene detection which automatically adjusts camera settings detecting food, place, and object. Up front, it has dual cameras. The primary sensor is a 24MP module with f/2.2 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 2MP module with depth-sensing capability.
The Honor Magic is the first phone from the company with triple cameras on the front and rear. The primary rear snapper is 16MP with f/1.8 aperture, the secondary sensor is an ultra-wide angle 16MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and last but not the least 24MP monochrome sensor with f/1.8 aperture. Up front Honor opted one of its kind setups. The primary sensor is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture whereas the other two are 2MP depth-sensing sensors.
The good thing is Magic 2 has few cameras goodies of the latest Huawei flagship Mate 20 Pro. The ultra-wide angle on the Magic 2 is same as the Mate 20 Pro. The company opted monochrome sensor for the Magic 2 instead of telephoto sensor like the Mate 20 Pro. Overall the Magic 2 camera setup is quite impressive and takes lead in many aspects.
The Mi Mix 3 is pre-installed with Android Pie with MIUI 10 skin over it whereas the Honor Magic 2 is pre-installed with the latest Android 9 Pie based EMUI 9. The custom UI layer on the Xiaomi's phone is relatively thick as compared to EMUI. Its good to see both the latest phones are on the Android Pie. In last year or so Huawei removed much of the bloatware from their emotions user interface. The clean UI will certainly attract international buyers to grab Magic 2 over the Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3. Now it is up to users whether they prefer the MIUI or the EMUI custom version of Android.
In terms of extra goodies, the Honor Magic 2 certainly has an edge over the Mi Mix 3. It comes with an in-glass fingerprint scanner. Just for the sake of reminder, it is the same sensor which Huawei opted for the Mate 20 Pro. At the moment it is considered as the best solution for the under-glass biometric scanner. Although the Mi Mix 3 fingerprint scanner is also efficient but certainly not as futuristic as the Magic 2. The 40W fast charger of the Magic 2 makes it way faster than Mi Mix 3 Quick charger, however, it lacks wireless charging support like the Mi Mix 3.
For the local Chinese buyers, the Mi Mix 3 base model will be available at ¥3299 which is $475 at the current currency exchange rate. The Honor Magic 2 base variant is slightly expensive at ¥3799 ($550 for international buyers). Both the companies yet to confirm which international markets will be getting the devices. So we can't confirm whether your region will get either of one device or not.
In terms of design both the devices looks pretty cool but the triple rear cameras on the Magic with under-glass fingerprint scanner makes it slightly better than the Mi Mix 3. The Mi Mix 3 color finishes are pretty amazing but if you like gradient options the Honor Magic 2 only comes in gradient colors. The slider mechanism on the Magic 2 is not as much customizable as the Mi Mix 3. In the camera department, Magic 2 takes to lead. Either you will enjoy ultra-fast Magic 2 charging capabilities or the wireless charging support of Mi Mix 3.
As far as pricing is a concern the difference isn't huge considering Magic 2 is bringing few extra goodies on board including triple cameras setup. As OS both are on the latest version of Android OS. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding Honor Magic 2 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.