Huawei makes Honor Note 8 a big smartphone, Xiaomi Mi Max is also a big one. The former is even bigger than the latter, as Honor Note 8 has 6.6″ screen and Mi Max has 6.44″ screen. So Honor Note 8 has topped the biggest smartphone as of now. Both of them are popular by those users who love big smartphones. The previous news reported Xiaomi Mi Max shipped over 1.5 million units within 2 months since launch. So we can see how popular they are. However, if it were you, how should you make the final decision? Now we are going to do some comparison that might be a little helpful.
Appearance & Design
We can see that Honor Note 8 and Mi Max look quite similar. No one stands out with a stunning design and beautiful appearance. We can’t say which one looks better. So we should shift our focus on the more important features, such as screen display, gaming performance and battery life etc.
Screen & Display
Screen and Display is the most concerned feature to those who love big smartphones, no matter reading or gaming. A gorgeous display will let you never drop it aside, it will make you delve into it.
Honor Note 8 has 6.6″ 2K pixel Super AMOLED display hitting 443 ppi and NTSC hitting 105%; while Mi Max has 6.44″ 1080p hitting 342 ppi and HTSC hitting 72%. No matter you compare the screen specs or the display photos above, you will find Honor Note 8 is much better.
Gaming capability has much to do with hardware performance. Honor Note 8 powers Kirin 955 Octa Core CPU with Mali-880 MP4 GPU; while Mi Max powers Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa Core CPU with Adreno 510 GPU.
Maybe it is not that fair for Xiaomi. Because Kirin 955 is the most advanced in the Kirin series as of now, but Snapdragon 652 is just a mid-range processor in Snapdragon series. So no doubt that Honor Note 8 performs better than Mi Max does.
No matter single core or multi-core, Honor Note 8 performs better than Mi Max does on GeekBench 3.
Honor Note 8 still performs better than Mi Max does on Antutu.
But one surprise is that Kirin 955 doesn’t do much better than Snapdragon 652 in gaming. When GameBench runs at 30 FPS or above, both run smoothly without stuck or panic. So processor should not be all buyers should consider when purchasing smartphone.
Honor Note 8 houses a 4500mAh battery, Mi Max houses a 4850mAh. Both big batteries. We just tried using the smartphones as we do in daily life, such as gaming, online streaming video, tweeting, phone call and music, totally 5 parts, one hour per part. And the test result is as follows.
The result shows Mi Max has advantage over Honor Note 8, and still has 4% more power than Honor Note 8 after 5 hour test. To estimate in terms of this result, both Honor Note 8 and Mi Max can work for two days without doubt.
You have known the results above, so we prefer to let you make your own conclusion on which is better. The last thing we want to note you is their pricing. Xiaomi Mi Max is priced at 1699 Yuan ($261), while Honor Note 8 at 2299 Yuan ($353). So the last thing to affect your decision may be the prices and your budget.