Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is a slightly better phone, but the Huawei Honor 7X 64GB is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) might be a slightly better choice.

Huawei Honor 7X 64GB  Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) 
Huawei Honor 7X Xiaomi Mi A1
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Excellence Score
33.8
37.1
Value for Money Score
72.3
72.1
Price ₹ 13,543 onwards ₹ 15,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.93 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 407 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features LTPS IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #43 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1/2.9" Sensor Size, 1.25um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), Wide-angle Cam.: 26mm Focal Length; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size, Telephoto Cam.: 50mm Focal Length; F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Portrait Selfie, Effects, Gesture Control Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.6 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 165 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3080 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; Wi-Fi Bridge; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent metal unibody design with a premium look and feel, top notch build quality
  • Add to that the minimal bezel 18:9 display, and the Honor 7X is a definite looker
  • The metal body curves on the sides and along the edges, giving this phone a good in-hand feel
  • Reasonably light at 165 grams
  • Beautiful, large, immersive display - watching movies and games is a great experience
  • Viewing angles are good too, and Honor lets you tweak the colour temperature to suit your preferences
  • The fingerprint scanner at the back is easy to reach and quick to unlock the phone
  • Honor's custom EMUI skin is decent (though not the best) and has a thoughtful single-handed mode which makes the phone easier to use despite its big screen
  • Good, solid, peppy performance backed by the same combination of processor and RAM as the Honor 9i
  • Both rear and front camera clicks are good in well lit conditions - and both have bokeh mode
  • Decent battery life - will comfortably last the work day with moderate use
  • If your primary requirement is for a large, bezel-less display for reading content and watching movies, then the 7X will make a good choice
  • Very good, premium design, with top-notch metal construction
  • The overall form factor and weight remain quite ergonomic
  • Very good, balanced display - good responsiveness, brightness levels, and sunlight legibility
  • Runs clean, clutter-free and simple stock Android out of the box - and comes with the 'Android One series' update promise!
  • Strong, dependable performance, powered by a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 - running on stock Android eliminates some of the overheads on the processor and the phone presents a super smooth and lag free experience on general day-to-day things - it’s solid and will suffice for most except the most demanding of users
  • Good, solid dual-camera setup - Xiaomi’s stereo mode is its take on Apple’s “portrait mode”, and its task is to blur the background - the final effects are commendable most of the times - sometimes even better than much more expensive phones like the OnePlus 5 - making it easily the best dual camera system on a budget
  • Even in auto mode, the Mi A1 takes rich images with good levels of detail and colour saturation
  • There is also a very effective pro mode which even allows the user to individually choose between the wide angle camera and the telephoto lens - making for a very compelling camera package
  • Xiaomi also offers 2x optical zoom with this device - and the results are quite good
  • Video recording is decent too - it can shoot in 4k, and has time lapse and slow motion modes
  • The front 5-megapixel camera for selfies is decent too, though nothing exceptional
  • Good audio quality and volume via both headphones and the speaker
  • Good, dependable battery life - comfortably lasts a work day
  • Takes about 2 hours to charge fully - which is a decent charging speed
  • On the whole, if you are only concerned about performance and battery life, then the Redmi Note 4 may be a better choice, and if you care most about low light camera performance, then the Moto G5S Plus is at the top of the pack, but for an overall dependable phone with a dual camera setup, and stock Android experience, the Mi A1 is a brilliant choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Performance is good in daily use, but graphically intensive games will stutter - there are better performing phones available in this price bracket
  • Rear and front cameras are quite good but not the best - low light performance and portrait/bokeh mode are sometimes hit-and-miss
  • Average loudspeaker - audio from videos and music is not the best
  • Uses the older micro-USB port, instead of the USB-C standard
  • No fast charging support - will take about two and a half hours to charge fully
  • At this price range, the Honor 7X faces strong competition from the Xiaomi Mi A1 - while it doesn’t come with as impressive a display as the Honor 7X - it does boast a superior set of cameras, and stock Android OS (along with guaranteed Android updates in the future), which may make it an overall better choice for most users
  • The performance is solid and dependable but not the absolute best in this price bracket - that status belongs to the likes of the Redmi Note 4
  • The camera is quite good in daylight conditions, but falls behind in low light prowess compared to say the Moto G5 Plus or Samsung Galaxy J7 Max - low light photos can sometimes be blurry and they take considerable time to process
  • Battery life is again strong, but not the best in this price bracket - that is again a position that's held by Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4
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