Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Honor 8X (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Huawei Honor 8X (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 8X Xiaomi Mi A3
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Excellence Score
29.6
33.5
Value for Money Score
76.9
79.4
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 11,587 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.01 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 396 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 IPS LCD, FullView Display, Eye comfort mode, Night mode, Sunlight display 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 #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #37 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
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 20MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 20MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Panorama, HDR, Portrait mode 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 16.0MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR, Portrait Selfies F/2.0 Aperture, 1.6um Pixel Size, HDR, Panorama selfie, 5p lens, Video: 1080p@30fps
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.8 mmMedium 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 175 gmMedium 173 gmMedium
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 71.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 4030 mAh
Battery Standby 662 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 21.00 hrs 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, premium design - the Honor 8X looks like the quintessential Honor smartphone, featuring a glossy textured glass back finish with its dazzling light reflecting properties, metal trim, notched display, and eye-catching looks all around - the 91 percent screen-to-body ratio and minimal chin is undeniably impressive, giving the handset even more screen to work with that Huawei’s flagship P20 Pro - it’s a great piece of tech to marvel at that rivals the look and feel of premium flagship handsets which cost significantly more
  • The rear fingerprint scanner is highly responsive and face recognition is also very speedy, although not quite as fast as the higher-end P20 Pro
  • Beautiful, bezel-less, 6.5-inch LTPS LCD display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution - even given the large display size, the Full HD+ resolution appears plenty sharp enough - the panel’s colors also pop with the appropriate fervour, resulting in bright and vivid images - sunlight legibility is also decent (though not exceptional)
  • The largest display currently in this price bracket
  • The colorful icons and white UI elements of the EMUI interface can’t help but invoke Apple’s iOS - and though EMUI does deviate majorly from a stock Android experience, but the software is perfectly functional and avoids any major bloat - it also offers tons of customization, so you get options for the app drawer, notch toggle, View Mode sizes, and text sizes under the display settings to tweak the appearance more to your tastes
  • There also a number of useful software add-ons like a gesture based navigation scheme (similar to the one on Android Pie), motion controls enabling features like raising the phone to your ear to automatically answer calls or flip the phone upside down to mute, and App Lock and Filesafe to provide ways to keep bits of information secure behind your fingerprint
  • Very solid, snappy mid-range performance with the Kirin 710 SoC (similar to the Snapdragon 660) - the Honor 8X is a snappy device that zips through everything that you can throw at it
  • Decent single bottom-facing speaker - sounds fairly decent and pumps out plenty of volume
  • Outstanding battery - the combination of the large 3750mAh battery + good software/hardware optimisation results in a phone that will last you a good 2 days with moderate use - and lighter users could well extend usage well into a third day - plus there are some useful battery saving modes too - in terms of battery life, the 8X is one of the best performing phones in recent times
  • On the whole, the Honor 8X is a great marriage of style and substance - if you don't care for the best camera phone for your buck, it's a solid choice, and one of the best looking devices you can get
  • 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]
  • You can't get around the fact though that this a giant phablet - while there’s plenty of screen real estate, reaching across the panel is a stretch with one hand - combined with the glass back and sharper edges than some other large handsets, the phone can be awkward to handle at times - this is not a phone for those who value ergonomics, it's one for those who want to have the best media consumption experience
  • The camera performance of both the dual rear camera setup as well as the front camera is decent but tends to be inconsistent, mainly due to overactive AI processing - and this is one area where Honor 8X can sometimes let you down, compared to the top competition in this price bracket
  • Uses the old MicroUSB port, instead of the new USB-C standard
  • 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. If you are on the budget, you should check it out
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Perfectly capable of satisfying consumers on a budget
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. An appealing buy
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Next best mid-ranger with an average camera
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Good-looking and relatively affordable phablet
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A big-screen phone with an affordable price tag
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worth your consideration
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Almost the perfect marriage of style and substance...but photography enthusiasts might want to give this AI camera a miss
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  19. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. firstpost.com 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. Xiaomi Mi A3 has everything that should be there in a mid-segment smartphone, however, the display resolution could be a dampener for some
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Good but not great
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. 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 »
  13. A pretty solid offering that offers a lot for its price
    in.mashable.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. 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 »
  16. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  17. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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