Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 20i is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 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 Huawei Honor 20i might be a slightly better choice.

Huawei Honor 20i  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 20i Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
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Excellence Score
33.8
33.5
Value for Money Score
82.6
85.1
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Oct, 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 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.21 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 415 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, TÜV Rheinland Certified
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 + 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: F/1.79 Aperture; Sony IMX 586 Sensor; 6P Lens; PDAF; EIS, 8MP: 120° Ultra-wide Angle lens; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: 2cm Macro; 1.75um Pixel Size; F/2.4 Aperture, Night Mode
Secondary Camera 32MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB up to 512 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
Thickness 8 mm 8.35 mm
Weight 164 gm 188 gm
Width 73.6 mm 75.3 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh 4000 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, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration 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
  • Attractive, well-built, modern looking design, similar to the Redmi 8/8A, especially from the front (thought it's not quite as slick as the Redmi Note 8 Pro)
  • Good looking mirrored gradient finish at the back
  • Decent ergonomics - reaching all corners with one thumb isn't too difficult
  • Fingerprint and face recognition are both quick
  • Good Full-HD+ 6.3 inches screen - it's crisp and bright
  • MIUI is one of the more refined, smooth, and feature-rich custom Android UIs around
  • Good, solid performance powered by the Snapdragon 665 - day-to-day use and gameplay are both smooth
  • Very good overall camera performance, for the price bracket (easily one of the best at this price)
  • The rear setup includes a quad-camera setup (very similar to the Realme 5) - a 48-megapixel primary camera + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera + 2-megapixel macro camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • The primary 48-megapixel camera on the Redmi Note 8 gives crisp, bright shots with very good detail - especially, close ups came out looking great
  • Portrait mode is very good, as well
  • Decent 13MP selfie camera, especially during daylight
  • Xiaomi has done a good job with the single speaker - voices in audio/music came out crisp and distinct
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • 18W fast charging support (and an 18W charger is included) - the phones goes from zero to 37 percent in half an hour, and 81 percent in one hour
  • The Redmi Note 8 is another good budget choice from Xiaomi - you get enough power for everyday tasks, a strong battery, and a crisp screen - the cameras are also good in favourable conditions - the overall package is excellent value
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 chin is on the thick side, and includes the Redmi brand logo
  • Significant camera bump
  • Like all glossy backs, it would be a challenge to keep this finish free of smudges and fingerprints (thankfully there is a cover that's included in the box)
  • The volume buttons are a bit high, and not super easy to reach
  • It continues to pack a lot of preloaded bloatware though, and spammy notifications and ads (which can be disabled, but it's not the simplest process)
  • Gaming performance is not as good as 2 key competitors however - the Realme 5 and Vivo U10 (that pack the same processor), due to the higher resolution display, which puts more strain on the GPU
  • The wide-angle and macro cameras, while giving you some interesting framing options, are average in quality
  • Low light performance is average, as expected
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. The overall package looks hard to beat in terms of value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you want a value for money device then Redmi Note 8 should be in your shopping cart
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Note 8 is still an easy phone to recommend, but it is no longer the only great option in the hot budget mid-range segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The budget king from Xiaomi...great value for money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 is the phone to go for budget buyers as it comes with decent features and an excellent primary camera
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Great budget buy with excellent camera
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Best phone below Rs 10,000. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 is the phone to go for budget buyers as it comes with decent features and an excellent primary camera
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Definitely the best phone you could get under INR 10,000
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Excellent value for money...ticks all the right boxes
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
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