Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 8 Pro is a much better phone, but the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 64GB is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Probably the Huawei Honor 8 Pro, if your budget allows for it.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro  Xiaomi Mi Max 2 64GB 
Huawei Honor 8 Pro Xiaomi Mi Max 2
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Excellence Score
68.3
38.0
Value for Money Score
69.8
75.2
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 14,800 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2017 Jul, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 515 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 344 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Eye Protection Mode, Do Not Disturb Mode 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading Mode, Color Temperature Adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Kirin 960 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Mali-G71 MP8 Adreno 506
RAM 6 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 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus, Laser Autofocus, Dual-LED (Dual tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Sony IMX386 Sensor, 1/2.9" Sensor Size, 1.25 um Pixel Size, Panorama, HDR, Burst Mode, Face Recognition, Real-time Camera Filters
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 77-degree Wide-angle Lens, Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, 85-degree Wide-angle Lens, Selfie Timer, Facial Recognition
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 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 6.97 mm 7.6 mm
Weight 184 gm 211 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 453 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 57.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) 16.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters Charging Time: 1 hr 50 mins Video Playback Time: 18 hrs, Gaming Time: 9 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 240 hrs, Reading Time: 19 hrs, Navigation Time: 21 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features DTS Sound; Fast Battery Charging; 15 months extended warranty; DLNA; NFC; Dual-band WiFi; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Parallel Charging; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; MIMO; USB Type-C; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stunning metal build and design - great handling, slim profile and sleek look - continuing the premium design tradition of the Honor line
  • Very good fingerprint scanner with class-leading speed and accuracy
  • Excellent, VR-Ready QHD display - great punch, superb contrast, and brightness
  • EMUI is a decent Android overlay - and is filled to the brim with features that allow you to tweak pretty much every aspect of the UI - gesture support is rich too
  • Excellent, flagship-worthy speed and performance, powered by the powerhouse Kirin 960 chipset, along with copious amount of RAM and smart memory management - on the whole, the performance is only slightly below the level of the Snapdragon 835 powered devices, and even that difference will be really difficult to spot in ordinary use
  • Very good set of rear dual cameras - still images show mature processing with accurate colors, high detail level, and great dynamic range - the monochrome camera takes these up another notch (sans the colors, obviously) - lossless zoom works pretty well too
  • Pretty decent low-light images too, and excellent long exposure photos
  • The front camera does well too
  • Video recording too is good (though not exceptional)
  • Good, loud speaker
  • Good audio output over headphones too
  • Good gallery, image editing, and music apps
  • Solid battery life - arguably among the best in modern phones with Quad HD displays
  • Fast charging time
  • On the whole, the phone is the closest competition to the excellent OnePlus 5 as on date - while performance is a tad lower and the user interface isn’t as light as OxygenOS, the Honor 8 Pro has a larger, higher-resolution screen which is better suited to VR and media use - additionally, there’s 128GB of internal storage and the possibility of expansion, which is more than what’s present on the 6GB/64GB variant of the OnePlus 5 - both phones feature dual-camera systems, which are excellent and on par with each other
  • In the end, if you are looking for raw power and close-to-stock Android, then the OnePlus 5 is the way to go - but if a sleek and sexy device is what's on your mind, and stock Android is not a must, then the Honor 8 Pro takes the cake
  • Premium, high-quality design - 2.5D curved glass at the front and smooth flowing curves round the back, along with a unibody anodized aluminum build
  • The curves at the back and the sleek 7.6mm profile make the Mi Max 2 relatively easier to hold, for a device of this size
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint sensor located at the back
  • Gigantic 6.44in display - pleasant, bright, viewable in direct sunlight, accurate colors, and excellent viewing angles - you can adjust the contrast levels, and there's also the option to toggle sRGB mode - the large screen is great for viewing video and playing games
  • MIUI is a light and clean Android UI, with a lot of customization options
  • Additional software features include a screen shrinker, blue-light filter, built-in video editor in the gallery, scrolling screenshots, and Quick ball to launch apps with ease - all useful stuff
  • Performance is good and smooth too - powered by the Snapdragon 625 and comes with 4GB of RAM, along with 64GB of storage - does a good job of crunching through everyday tasks (the only place where you'll notice the odd stutter is the most visually demanding games)
  • Decent rear camera - especially in daylight conditions - takes detailed images, and Auto HDR makes a noticeable difference - the camera is a definite step-up from the first-gen model
  • Decent front camera too, in daylight conditions
  • The dual speaker combination is well done and gets sufficiently loud, without distortion at high volumes
  • Infrared sensors have been a mainstay on Xiaomi phones for several years now, and that hasn't changed with the Mi Max 2, allowing you to control your TV, air conditioner, or set-top box with the phone
  • Amazing battery life - with a giant 5300mAh battery into the chassis - easily lasts 2 days with moderate use - this is tablet-class territory, and the Mi Max 2 is in fact better than most 7-inch tablets when it comes to battery life - the battery combined with the large screen makes for a potent combination, particularly if you're interested in viewing a lot of multimedia content
  • Also has Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C, allowing you to charge up to 68% of the battery's capacity in just over an hour, or enough juice to last an entire day
  • On the whole, with a 6.44-inch display and a massive 5300mAh battery, Xiaomi's latest phablet is the ideal device for consuming multimedia on the go, and an excellent option if you are looking for a combined phone-tablet experience, and don't mind carrying around a large device in daily use - it is a portable all-in-one that allows you to comfortably watch videos and movies, play games, and read books on the go
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Unwieldy for one-handed usage and pocket-dwelling
  • No waterproofing, a feature that's present in some of its top competition
  • This is of course a big phone, so if ease-of-carrying or one-handed use are primary concerns, then you want to look at other options
  • Both the rear and the front camera, while good in day-light conditions, are not that great in low-light conditions, and in video-recording quality
Expert Reviews
  1. The best chipset of the house and a high-res screen, backed by the latest Android, certainly help the Honor 8 Pro live up to its name...manages to deliver flagship-worthy specs and performance
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Near-flagship quality without the flagship price
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Honor 8 Pro is an accomplished, well-rounded phone...it’s easy on the eye, offers plenty of power and has a sizeable battery
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. It is considerably more affordable than the OnePlus 5, potentially making it just as much of a flagship killer
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. It has all the makings of a phone that is great value for the buyer’s money
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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  1. No stunts, no trickery, not even split screen multi-tasking - just a sensible design, big screen and a big battery.
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It certainly isn't for everyone, but it rewards those who can handle its size with a quality build, adequate performance, decent cameras, and exceptional battery life and multimedia experience.
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Mi Max 2 builds upon the success of its predecessor and represents the best of Xiaomi
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. We would recommend the Mi Max 2 to anyone looking for a great display and battery performance in a smartphone in this segment, if they don't mind its size
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
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