Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Honor 8 Lite, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A1!

Huawei Honor 8 Lite  Xiaomi Mi A1 
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Excellence Score
27.3
35.5
Value for Money Score
65.0
74.6
Price ₹ 13,450 onwards ₹ 13,799 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Eye Comfort Mode LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.1 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Kirin 655Ranked #51 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #34 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
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 12.0MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Continuous Shooting, Geo-tagging, Panorama, HDR, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Exposure Compensation, Scene Mode, 1.25 um Pixel Size Sensor, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) Wide-angle: 26mm Focal Length; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size, Telephoto: 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 8.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 77 Degree Wide Angle Lens, F/2.0 Aperture Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording
Internal Memory 64 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.6 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 147 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3080 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 627 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 21.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Split Screen; 15 months extended warranty; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The phone is a stunner - sports a beautiful, premium glass body design - arguably, in this price segment, this is the best-designed phone that money can buy
  • There is no camera bump at the rear of the device which makes the back of this device seamless and comfortable to hold
  • There is also a fingerprint sensor at the back that nicely integrates with the body shell of the phone
  • Good 5.2-inch display - is bright and offers great viewing angles as well
  • Huawei's EMUI is significantly improved from before, and works smoothly - it also has some useful add-ons like floating dock, motion control, and one-handed UI
  • Good, solid performance throughout - has more than enough firepower that you'll need for your daily usage, with no heating issues, or app crashes
  • There is also 4GB RAM on offer and the RAM management on the Honor 8 Lite is better than many of its competitors
  • Decent rear camera - the camera app is easy to use and does offer some great software add-ons like HDR, Document Scan, Panorama, Light Painting, Time-lapse, slow-mo, watermark and Audio Note
  • The front 8-megapixel camera is pretty good too
  • Pretty good battery life - lasts the day even with heavy use
  • Comes with an extended 15 month service warranty, with door pick-up and drop service
  • 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]
  • Comes with a standard micro USB for charging and data transfer, instead of the more modern USB-C protocol on some of it's competitors
  • Doesn't support fast charging, which is again present on some of its competitors
  • 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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