Honor 7X vs Xiaomi Mi A1: What’s your take?

In this series of What’s your take, we are going to pit two devices against each other, explain their strongest and not so good features and let you decide which one would you go for.

Today, we take a look at the all new device from the team at Huawei, the Honor 7X and the Android One star, the Mi A1 from Xiaomi. Both these devices are almost priced similar; offer dual cameras for great pictures and are worthy competitors in this mid-range segment phones.

Both the devices are spec packed and come with 4GB RAM variants; also supports micro SD card with their hybrid slots. In terms of the processing power, both the Snapdragon 625 and the Kirin 659 performs very similar.

In terms of design, the Honor 7X scores a little more than the Mi A1. Mainly because of the 18:9 full view screen; and the blue colour body. The bezels on the Mi A1 is slightly an older design when compared to that of the Honor 7X. The screen looks more vibrant and clear on the Honor 7X when compared to the A1. It also sports a much higher resolution of 2160 x 1080 when compared to 1920 x 1080 on the A1.

The Mi A1 sports a twin 12.0-megapixel cameras with a a telephoto lens and performs better than the Honor 7X which has a 16 megapixel and 2.0-megapixel combo. The selfies on the Honor 7X is better with the 8MP front-facing camera as compared to the 5.0-megapixel one on the Mi A1. The portrait mode on the A1 is more narrower and looks more natural than the Honor 7X. The optical zoom gives Mi A1 an edge as well.

The Mi A1 comes with Type-C port and will support quick charge in the upcoming Oreo update. The Honor 7X offers a micro USB port, mainly because of their research that, most of the users ask for microUSB as of now. The 7X has a bigger battery when compared to that of the A1.

While the Mi A1 is powered by the stock android giving a fluid experience, the Honor 7X offers the latest version of the EMUI. As much as the tech savvy people would like the stock android feel, the EMUI has some neat features up their sleeve. The gestures on the EMUI for finger print sensors are slick. The IR Blaster on the A1 is a good value add as well.

Summing up, its a tie. While the Honor 7X leads in design, hardware, display and battery, the Mi A1 does quite well in camera and software. I think, as a customer you should be able to choose what matters you the most.

If you love to flaunt your phone, and watch a lot of media content then you would be better with the Honor 7X. If you are more of a tech savvy person and prefer stock software, you would be better with Mi A1. What’s your take?