Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Honor 20i, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Huawei Honor 20i  Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 20i Xiaomi Mi A3
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Excellence Score
33.9
36.6
Value for Money Score
82.6
83.4
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 12,199 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10Android One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.21 inches 6.01 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 415 pixels per inch) 720x1560 pixels (~ 286 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 24MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 24MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture, 13mm Focal Length (ultrawide), 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama 48MP: Sony IMX586 Sensor; 1.6um Pixel Size; 6p lens; F/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; PDAF, 8MP: Ultra wide-angle camera; 118° Field-of-View; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, AI Portrait mode, Steady Handheld Night Photography, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@240fps/120fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 1.6um Pixel Size, HDR, Panorama selfie, 5p lens, Video: 1080p@30fps
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 164 gm 173 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh 4030 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 Support Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 (Upto 18W)
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stunning, captivating gradient design on the rear panel, which reflects light in some very interesting ways
  • The slightly curved rear panel also helps with overall aesthetics and offers a much better fit in the palm
  • Weighing in at 164 grams, the device feels very light too
  • Modern front panel with a dewdrop notch design, and very minimal bezels
  • Overall, the Honor 20i is one of the best designed mid-budget phones that you will come across, at present
  • The side power and volume buttons offer satisfactory tactile feedback
  • Honor has also placed the fingerprint scanner at the right place as it is convenient to reach
  • Both the fingerprint scanner and face unlock are very fast to unlock the phone
  • Good, 6.21-inch, Full HD+ display
  • There is a ‘Smart Resolution’ mode, which automatically adjusts the screen resolution to save power
  • Honor's EMUI interface offers a lot of additional functionality and customization over stock Android (it is in fact one of the most heavily customized versions of Android)
  • Solid performance with the Kirin 710 (similar to Snapdragon 660) - it handles both day-to-day tasks and games without breaking into a sweat
  • Pretty good set of triple rear cameras (standard + ultra-wide + depth) - for this price bracket
  • Images in daylight come out pretty good, with good amount of details and sharpness
  • The camera is quick to focus
  • There is also decent separation between the subject and background in macro shots
  • The Night scene mode also works well - it takes multiple shots and blends them to deliver a clearer picture with less noise, better colors and contrast - but, you will have to be very patient as it takes time to produce the final output
  • The front 32-megapixel camera also takes good selfies with enough details, and support software based portrait mode
  • Good battery life with a 3400mAh battery inside - you will comfortably get a day with moderate to heavy use
  • Overall, the Honor 20i is a pretty polished mid-ranger - you get a sleek and eye-catching design, smooth performance, Android 9 Pie OS, lots of storage and decent battery life - it's a solid option to consider for this price bracket
  • Premium build & gorgeous design: Dual Gorilla Glass 5 build, with an attractive, striking gradient design
  • Modern front panel, with a small notch
  • Compact form-factor - fairly easy to use one-handed
  • Decent, reasonably accurate under-display fingerprint scanner (it's not the fastest though)
  • Large, high-contrast AMOLED display
  • Being part of the Android One series, you get a simple/stock Android experience, along with a promise of minimum 2 years of Android updates
  • With the powerful Snapdragon 665 at the core, you get smooth dependable performance all-round - it's great for gaming too
  • Very good triple camera setup on the rear (48MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth)
  • Images turn out with high level of detail and true-to-life colors - the contrast is also excellent, while the dynamic range is notably wide
  • 8MP images with the ultrawide-angle camera are decent too - its per-pixel quality is much lower than the main camera, but the colors are still nice, and noise is minimal
  • Portrait mode works well - shots are detailed, with excellent subject separation and convincing faux blur
  • Night mode works decently well too
  • Excellent selfies too, from the 32MP selfie camera - there is enough detail, the colors are nice, and the images are sharp enough
  • Good video recording performance too - both 4K and 1080p videos are sharp and detailed, contrast is excellent, color rendition is quite nice and true to life, and the dynamic range is decent - at 1080p 30fps, there is also EIS, which works well
  • Overall, the Mi A3 is easily one of the better camera phones in this price bracket, going head-to-head with excellent camera phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Very good speaker - loud, with fairly rich and deep sound
  • Very good battery life with a large 4030mAH battery - you will comfortably get 1.5 days of use
  • Fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0) support, with up to 18W charger
  • Overall, the Mi A3 is an all-round good Android One phone, that does well on most counts, and additionally packs a stock Android experience (plus promised updates) - for a lot of users, who value a stock Android experience, and whose main consumption on the phone is images & video, it will be a good bet
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The glossy back of course attracts smudges and fingerprints, so you will want to use a case
  • While the software does offer a bunch of useful features, it also brings bloatware - this includes apps like HiCare, Ride mode, Honor Club, Party mode, Vigo Video and more
  • The ultra-wide camera is average - it produces quite distorted 8-megapixel images - the details, textures and sharpness are also average
  • Overall, while the camera setup is good, it's not the best available in this price bracket - that spot would go to the likes of Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro, and Vivo Z1 Pro
  • Charging using the supplied 10W charger, is not the fastest - it takes about 2 hours to go from 0 to 100%
  • The competition is pretty tough in this price bracket though, so the Honor 20i will have no easy breathing room - it will face the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (offers slightly better performance and cameras, big battery, glass design, and a USB Type-C port), the Realme 3 Pro (again slightly better performance and cameras, and bigger battery), the Samsung Galaxy M30 (AMOLED display, bigger battery), and the Vivo Z1 Pro (better design, better cameras, better performance, better battery)
  • The 720p resolution is on the low side though for a PenTile AMOLED display of that size, and this is the only weak-ish point of the Mi A3 - the screen is not the most ideally suited for long reading or browsing
  • The phones ships with a lower 10W charger though, that gives still decent, but not the quickest charging speeds - it recharges from 0 to 28% in 30 mins, while a full charge takes about 150 mins
  • But if you tend to do a lot of long reading on your phone, then you might want to consider higher resolution phones in this price bracket (and there are many good ones out there)
Expert Reviews
  1. A capable phone...but not the best choice when more powerful alternatives are readily available
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A decent mid-range smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A well-rounded package..but in this range, there are some other great value for money devices too
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. With phones such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro setting the bar really high, Honor 20i just doesn’t make the cut
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Show a lot of promise, but fails to convince...as is falls in a very competitive price segment
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Perfectly capable
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A good mix of performance and design
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A complete package in the budget smartphone segment...Go for the Honor 20i if you are looking for a no-nonsense budget smartphone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. economictimes.indiatimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Gets many things right ...but the 720p screen makes the Mi A3 more of a niche device as it is best suited for gaming and videos instead of browsing and reading
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Two steps forward, one step back
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good Android One phone...but the display is a compromise
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers a lot of bang for the buck, but competition in this price segment is fierce to say the least....this one is for the purists
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Pretty good value smartphone...a safe bet for people looking for a cheap and cheerful smartphone that comes with all the right features, and none of the hassle
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good choice for an affordable phone
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worth buying if you want a stock Android phone in this price bracket...but there are compromises too
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The 720p display really complicates what is otherwise a very agreeable Android phone
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. An otherwise solid phone with one major drawback - a 720p display
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Good but not great
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. Offers great value...a rival to the Google Pixel 3A in photography and performance, but at a significantly lower price
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. A pretty solid offering that offers a lot for its price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A very good device for Android One fans..but if you do not value stock Android, then consider alternatives
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Buy the Mi A3 if you want an all-rounder of an Android One smartphone that is priced just right
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  16. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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