Huawei under its Honor brand has launched the company’s latest flagship smartphone – Honor 8 smartphone in India for Rs. 29,999. The Honor 8 comes with 12-megapixel dual-camera setup at the back. The Honor 8 doesn’t have any direct competition with dual camera in the price range but it will compete with Xiaomi Mi 5 in terms of specifications. Comparing Honor 8 and Xiaomi Mi 5 on the basis of price, specifications and features.

Honor 8 vs Xiaomi MI 5

Display:

The Honor 8 smartphone comes with 5.2-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and it has 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top of it. The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with 5.15-inch Full HD display with 3D curved glass at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Reason to choose: The Xiaomi Mi 5 has better display when compared to Honor 8. Above all, Honor 8 is prone to fingerprint smudges while there is nothing as such on Xiaomi Mi 5.

What to choose: Xiaomi Mi 5

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Processor and RAM:

The Honor 8 smartphone is powered by Kirin 950 Octa-Core processor which is paired with Mali T880-MP4 GPU & 4GB of RAM. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is powered by 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit Quad-Core processor which is paired with Adreno 530 GPU & 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. On AnTuTu, the Honor 8 scores 92,353 points while the Xiaomi Mi 5 scores 1,21,352.

Reason to choose: The Xiaomi Mi 5 has better performance when compared to Honor 8.

What to choose: Xiaomi Mi 5

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In-built Memory:

The Honor 8 comes with 32GB in-built memory which can be expanded further up to 128GB via microSD card. The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with 32GB in-built memory.

Reason to choose: In terms of storage Honor 8 has edge over XIaomi MI 5. But I recommend you to go for Xiaomi Mi 5 as it comes with OTG support and you can buy 1TB Hard Disk for more storage. Above all, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is Rs. 8,000 cheaper when compared to Honor 8.

What to choose: Xiaomi Mi 5

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Operating system:

The Honor 8 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with EMUI 4.1 on top of it. The Xiaomi Mi 5 runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system with MiUi 8.0 on top of it.

Reason to choose: The Xiaomi Mi 5 has better UI when compared to Honor 8 smartphone.

What to choose: Xiaomi Mi 5

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Camera:

The Honor 8 comes with two 12-megapixel camera with aperture of f/2.2 and pixel size of 1.76-micron. The RGB sensor captures rich colours whereas the monochrome sensor captures more light with increased sharpness. Both cameras work together to capture detailed photos. Honor has also added professional shooting mode to give users advance controls to adjust shutter speed, exposure compensation, white balance, ISO and more. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with selfie flash which allows you to take brighter photos in low-light. It doesn’t have optical image stabilization.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 features 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Sony IMX298 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, 4-axis OIS, 4K video recording. It also has 4MP front-facing camera with 2um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 80-degree wide-angle lens

Reason to choose: Although the Honor 8 has dual camera set up but many features like 4K video recording & others are not available. The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with 4-axis OIS.

What to choose: Xiaomi Mi 5

Connectivity:

The Honor 8 smartphone comes with connectivity features like 4G, Wi-Fi ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C. The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with connectivity features like 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C. The thing you have to notice that, the Honor 8 is a single SIM smartphone while the Xiaomi Mi 5 is a dual-SIM smartphone. Apart from this, the Honor 8 doesn’t support VoLTE.

Reason to choose: The Xiaomi Mi 5 has better connectivity features when compared to Honor 8.

What to choose: Xiaomi Mi 5

Fingerprint sensor

The Honor 8 comes with fingerprint sensor at the back and it can unlock your phone in only 0.4 seconds. The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button and it can unlock your phone in fractions of a second.

Reason to choose: The fingerprint sensor on Xiaomi Mi 5 is much better when compared to Honor 8.

What to choose: Xiaomi Mi 5

Battery:

The Honor 8 packs 3,000mAh battery and it comes with fast charging technology which can charge your smartphone from 0-47 percent in just 30 minutes. The Xiaomi Mi 5 packs 3,000mAh battery and it comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Reason to choose: The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 which is better when compared to Honor 8.

What to choose: Xiaomi Mi 5

Price and availability:

The Honor 8 smartphone costs Rs. 29,999 and available on Amazon.in, Flipkart, Honor store online & also through offline retailers. The Xiaomi Mi 5 costs Rs. 22,999 and it is available on Amazon.in, Flipkart and on Mi.com/in

Reason to choose: The Xiaomi Mi 5 is cheaper when compared to Honor 8 smartphone.

What to choose: Xiaomi Mi 5

Final Verdict

Honor 8 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: Which one to buy?

On paper, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has better specs compared to Honor 8. Above all, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is Rs. 8,000 cheaper then Honor 8 smartphone.

Overall, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is value for money.

Overall Winner: Xiaomi Mi 5

[Comparison Table] Honor 8 vs Xiaomi Mi 5

Specifications Honor 8 Xiaomi Mi 5
Display 5.2-inch Full HD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and protected by 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla glass 5.15-inch Full HD display with curved 3D glass at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Processor Octa-Core Kirin 950 (2.3GHz 4 x A72 + 1.8GHz 4 x A53) 16nm processor with Mali T880-MP4 GPU 1.8GHz Snapdragon 820 64-bit Quad-Core processor with Adreno 530 GPU
Memory 4GB RAM with 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD 3GB LPDDR4 RAM with 32GB (UFS 2.0) internal storage
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 on top of it Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with MIUI 8.0 on top of it
Rear-Camera 12MP dual rear cameras (monochrome + color) with dual-tone LED flash, Laser AF, f/2.2 aperture, 6P lens, 1.4um pixel size 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Sony IMX298 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, 4-axis OIS, 4K video recording
Front-Camera 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture 4MP front-facing camera with 2um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 80-degree wide-angle lens
Connectivity 4G, Wi-Fiac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
Battery 3000mAh battery 3,000mAh built-in battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Buy Honor 8

Buy Xiaomi Mi 5

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