Xiaomi became the largest phone manufacturer in India by their efforts in the last four months of 2017 by launching a new phone every month. Their offline efforts too contributed to this achievement - like opening Mi Home stores in specific locations and partnering with third-party sellers, and the intensive marketing has fuelled their success in the mobile phone space. Honor, which is a sub-brand of Huawei is also not far behind when it comes to making high-end smartphones with great specifications. The Honor 7X has made a name for itself, even though Honor only sells their phones online. Both the brands have introduced similar phones this year – The Redmi Note 5 Pro by Xiaomi and the Honor 7X.
The phones have almost same specifications are in a close call competition. The aspect ratio of the screens (18:9) is also same, aluminium chassis, and both have dual cameras at the back. The phones obviously focus a lot on the camera and a long-lasting battery, and therefore people now have two choices when it comes to a buying a device in this price slot. We are putting out this article so that people have easier time deciding which one to choose between the two.
Honor 7X and Redmi Note 5 Pro Specifications
The Honor 7X has a 5.93-inch display to the front with Full HD+ resolution, and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display. The 7X is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset and comes in 4GB/32GB storage, 4GB/64GB storage. The Note 5 Pro is the first smartphone with Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, and it comes with 4GB/64GB storage and a premium 6GB/64GB storage mode.
The Honor 7X and Redmi Note 5 Pro packs dual camera setup at the back and the implementation is similar too. A primary sensor is paired with a secondary depth sensor to capture depth information. Both the devices are running Android Nougat at the moment, but the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a massive battery of 4000mAh inside, while the Honor 7X packs a smaller 3340mAh battery.
Honor 7X – advantages:
The Honor 7X has premium aesthetics especially in the blue hue colour, sporting an aluminium chassis the phone feels sturdy in the hands and in no way feels like a low priced device. Also, the design is said to be a cross between the two phones Honor 8 Pro and the Honor View 10. The camera bump on the Honor 7X draws our attention, but it is not as much protruded as the one on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Also, the availability of the phone is another concern when it comes to choosing between the two. With the Honor 7X available pretty easily on Amazon but the Redmi Note 5 Pro doesn’t provide that flexibility.
Redmi Note 5 Pro – advantages:
We believe it will be safe to say that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is miles ahead of the Honor 7X on multiple fronts. With running a Snapdragon 636 chipset and delivering a performance like flagship phones, this makes the phone an impressive buy. The colours on the screen are more vibrant, deeper and also provide better readability in sunlight.
Also, the battery life is better on the Redmi Note 5 pro compared to the 3,340mAh that we get on the Honor 7X. The difference is not less since the Honor 7X lets us have a day’s power, the Redmi Note 5 Pro easily houses power for two days straight.
The camera on the Redmi Note 5 Pro defies the norms of the budget segment smartphones and provides exceptional quality photos. Xiaomi uses an AI-based algorithm this time to separate edges on the pictures, like the algorithm seen in the Pixel 2. This algorithm lets your phone take amazing quality photos in the portrait mode. The selfie camera is also better on the Note 5 Pro as it packs a 20MP shooter.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro has the edge over Honor 7X when it comes to connectivity too, with Xiaomi providing Wi-fi ac and Bluetooth 5.0 the Honor 7X only ships with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n which makes it impossible for the users to connect to 5GHz connections. An interesting addition to the Redmi Note 5 Pro might be the IR blaster which allows users to control their AC with their phones.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro costs Rs 13,999 while its Honor counterpart Honor 7X costs Rs 15,999. Which is a whopping Rs 2000 more considering there are no great additions made to the Honor 7X when compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is a clear winner in this price segment by beating Honor 7X on many levels, and also with a very reasonable price tag. The design on the phone might give you a feeling that this is a 2017 device since a lot of flagships are changing their form factors and design this year, but then it is also expectable in this price category. The Note 5 Pro also offers better cameras, better battery life, optimised software and lastly, it's also available in different colour options such as Lake Blue and Rose Gold. Look no further and get the Note 5 Pro if you're looking for a smartphone under Rs 15,000.