Huawei Honor Magic 2 VS Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: Design, Hardware, Features, Review


The products of Huawei and Xiaomi will always be compared. This is not, Xiaomi and Huawei has released the slide full-screen mobile phone Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 and Huawei Honor Magic 2. The two products seem to be similar in shape, and they all adopt a sliding structure without bangs, but the actual experience is very different. Today, let’s take a look at the two slide-screen full-screen products with a price difference of 500 yuan ($71.96). What is the difference?

A picture shows the difference in the main configuration of the two phones. It can be seen that the Huawei Honor Magic 2 and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 use the same size and resolution screen, and the body size is very similar. The Huawei Honor Magic 2 is lighter and thinner but has a larger battery capacity and screen fingerprints, and even a camera before and after. From the main parameters, we can see some clues. Let’s start with the appearance and look at the differences between these two slide-screen full-screen phones.

Design & Appearance

In terms of the feel of the hands, both the Huawei Honor Magic 2 and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 use a similar 3D curved backplane, which may be the reason for the material. The Honor Magic2  is lighter and thinner, which can also be felt in the first impression of getting started. The millet MIX 3 in the hand of the author is the emerald color, and the Honor Magic 2 is the gradient red. Both phones are very bright in color.

In the processing of color, the author prefers the gradual color of honor, which is also the popular color craft this year. The two colors blend on the glass back panel, which produces a wonderful physical phenomenon. However, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 and the Forbidden City custom version are optional, so the appearance depends on personal preference.

Honor Magic 2 uses screen fingerprint technology and has a large photosensitive area of 32.48 square millimeters. The measured unlock speed is located in the first echelon of the screen fingerprint phone. Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 unexpectedly uses post-fingerprints. Although post-capacitance fingerprint recognition is higher in maturity, screen fingerprints have become one of the trends in biometrics. So at this point, Honor Magic 2 is clearly doing better, and it is based on thinner body thickness and lighter weight.

Honor Magic 2 and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 seem to adopt the same sliding screen shape, but the structure is quite different. The Honor Magic 2 adopts the original butterfly five-track sliding screen structure, which integrates the compact 5-slide rail structure into the compact space inside. The four-slide rails are divided into two groups, which are nested to form a double-drive power structure. It not only ensures the high strength of the whole phone but also makes the coupling of the whole structure more compact.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 adopts a magnetic double-track sliding screen structure, which replaces the spring with a rare earth permanent magnet group, converts the magnetic force into mechanical force, and uses the principle of the magnet to repel the pole to provide the upper sliding resilience of the screen.

To put it simply, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 uses a separate structure of the screen module. The screen is used as a separate sliding screen structure. When sliding, only the thinner screen module slides. The Honor Magic 2 adopts a similar embedded structure, with the screen as the main body and the bottom interface on the screen module. The center of gravity of the backplane is on the top, and the center of gravity of the screen is below.

Compared with the two structures, the structure of the Honor Magic 2 is relatively tight and stable, and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is separated because the main board part and the screen are separated, so this may result in a large screen gap.

The difference in structure between the two also brings the difference in feel, the Honor Magic 2 slides more naturally, and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 slides have a sense of frustration, but of course this is also different from person to person, as far as the author is more inclined to Honor Magic 2, sliding More comfortable and natural.

It can be seen that the screen module of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is a black border, which is inconsistent with the emerald color of the main body, and looks a little split. The two sliding modules of Honor Magic 2 use the same color and are more integrated.

The bottom interface is also located on a different module due to the different slider structure, which is also somewhat different in use. For example, when charging, if the charging line at the bottom is kept still, then the screen equivalent to Xiaomi slides, and the Honor of Magic 2 slides on the back panel. This also caused some problems. For example, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 can’t use them too thick charging interface, and the included USB Type-C interface has also been thinned. So look at the compatibility of the charging line, Honor Magic 2 is better. And there is one more thing to note is that the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is made of plastic material at the bottom, and the Honor Magic 2 is still made of metal. In terms of durability, it is clear that Honor Magic 2 has an advantage.


Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is equipped with a rear dual 12-megapixel camera. The main camera is Sony’s IMX363, which uses 1.4μm large pixels, f/1.8 large aperture, 2PD dual-core focus; the sub-camera uses Samsung’s S5K3M3+, 1.0μm pixels.

Honor Magic 2 is equipped with a rear three camera, which is 16MP (color, f / 1.8 aperture) + 24MP (black and white, f / 1.8 aperture) + 16 million pixels (ultra wide angle, f / 2.2 aperture, support fixed Focal length), support AIS anti-shake.

The biggest feature of Honor Magic 2 is the newly added ultra-wide-angle camera. The 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens has a viewing angle of 117 degrees and an equivalent focal length of 17 mm. More scenery can be accommodated at the same distance, and close-up shooting also ensures the quality of the image.

Let’s look at a Simple Comparison of a set of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 and Honor Magic2:

From the above proofs, we can easily find that the photo upgrade of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is still relatively large, especially the addition of AI scene recognition so that the later color palette is more pleasing to the eye. The advantage of Honor Magic 2’s large wide-angle mode is quite obvious. This is also the effect that any software can’t achieve. Plus the Honor Magic 2’s AIS smart anti-shake, you can take long-exposure photos at night, even at the light source. The effect is very amazing.


The Honor Magic 2 is powered by the Kirin 980 processor, the world’s first CPU with the Cortex A76 architecture, which has a 75% increase in CPU performance and a 58% increase in energy efficiency. GPU performance increased by 46% and energy efficiency increased by 178%. From the perspective of parameters, Kirin 980 is at the top level in the industry.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is equipped with the Xiaolong 845 mobile platform. It was the “big boss” of the Android camp before the Kirin 980 went on the market. We tested the performance of these two phones with Antutu and Geekbench, respectively.

From the running points, you can see that the performance of the Kirin 980 is already located on the Snapdragon 845. Before the launch of the next generation flagship processor of Snapdragon, the Kirin 980 will become the king of the Android platform.

In addition to performance, charging and battery life is also important parameters in everyday use. Honor Magic 2 has created a 40W safe super fast charge and has passed the TÜV Rheinland safety certification 2.0. The 10V4A fast charge program also makes the Honor Magic2 control in a more reasonable range when fast charging.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 still uses 18W fast charge. We exhausted the two phones and tested the 30-minute charging curve with the official power adapter to get the following results:

It can be seen that in 30 minutes, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is charged 46%, the performance is acceptable, and the Honor Magic2 is charged with more than 80% of the electricity, quite considerable. For users with fast charging needs, the security of Honor Magic 2 is much stronger. However, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 also supports wireless charging, which is a complement to charging.

In terms of battery life, Honor Magic 2 is equipped with a 3500mAh battery, and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is equipped with a 3200mAh battery. Through two days of use, the author found that under the normal use intensity, the Honor Magic 2’s endurance ability is about 2 hours longer than the millet MIX 3.

Who is More Stable When Playing

The running score can only express the performance of the mobile phone from one dimension. In daily use, the scene that can experience the performance of the mobile phone is the game. We chose “Honor of the King” to test with Honor Magic 2 and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. Test the game frame rate fluctuations of the two mobile phones with the recent release of the software.

Play the game for 10 minutes or more, and get the frame rate result of Honor Magic 2:

It can be seen that the average FPS of the Honor Magic 2 is 59 frames/second, and the average fluctuation is 0.9 frames. The CPU call is also quite active, in which the fluctuation of the small core and the medium core is small, and the fluctuation of the large core is large.

Let’s take a look at the game of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3:

In the game of the king’s Honor, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3’s average FPS is 58 frames / sec, the average fluctuation is 1.59 frames when the group battle is started in about 1 minute, the frame rate of Xiaomi MIX3 once dropped to 42 frames, can feel slightly Caton. Overall, in the “Honor of the Kings” game, the overall performance of the Honor Magic2 is better, the frame rate of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is slightly lower, and the fluctuation is larger than the Honor Magic2, which means that the Honor Magic2 is playing the game. It will be smoother and the game will run more stable.

In addition, in the game of about 10 minutes, the power consumption of Honor Magic 2 is 1%, the power consumption of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is 2%, and the control of Honor Magic2 is better for game power consumption, which is also in line with the previous battery life experience.


It is not difficult to see from the above comparison that Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is slightly conservative as the test water, and new technologies such as screen fingerprint, 3D structured light, etc. are not added, but the advantage of Xiaomi is in the adaptation of MIUI to the slider. Wireless charging is also not castrated, which is a comfort.

Aslo Read: Meizu 16 VS Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Which is Better? Comparison Review

The price of Honor Magic 2 is 500 higher than that of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. In terms of configuration, it also looks quite a conscience. AI super wide-angle three-shot, screen fingerprint, 40W super fast charge, stronger performance and battery life, lighter and thinner feel. All this makes the advantage of Honor Magic 2 far exceed the gap of 500 yuan ($71.96). It can be said that Honor Magic 2 has a complete set of black technology solutions including sliding full screen, which is a more comprehensive and more thorough “magic” evolution.


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