Huawei Mate 9 vs Xiaomi Mi Note 2 vs Xiaomi MI MIX Design, OS, Antutu, Camera, Battery Review


Recently, Huawei has released the year-end flagship smartphone, Huawei Mate 9, so does Xiaomi, which has also announced the flagship smartphone, Xiaomi MI Note 2 and Xiaomi MI MIX, they have similar specs but different price, so what’s difference among Huawei Mate 9 and Xiaomi MI Note 2 and Xiaomi MI MIX.




Above are all Huawei mate 9 design photos

Right now more and more smartphones sport larger screen, Huawei Mate 9 is no exception, it uses 5.9inch 1080P screen with high screen-to-body ration, and its Porsche design version uses 5.5inch 2K screen, on the back, it adopts dual rear Leica camera, one is 20MP with 54mm focusing, and the other is 12MP with wide viewing angle. By switching two cameras, it can reach 2 times zooming, in addition, there are flash light and laser focus module on the right and left side. It’s worthwhile to praise that Huawei Mate 9 Porsche version has used the curved 3D screen with nice grip feeling. And on the top is the 3.5mm earphone jack, in addtion, we can see Huawei mate 9 top has IR remote control. At the bottom is the symmetrical design with microphone on the one side, and speaker on the other side, USB Type C port in the middle.


Above all are Xiaomi MI Note 2 Design

Xiaomi MI Note 2 uses dual 3D glass and matte metal frame in the middle, the biggest highlight of Xiaomi mi note 2 is 5.7inch OLED screen supplied by LG, 77.2% screen to body ratio, and ultra narrow frame. It has 1080P screen resolution, 110% NTSC color gamut, its curved degree is not as large as S7 Edge and Note 7, but we can feel the obvious curved screen. On the back, Xiaomi mi note 2 uses glass design with dual curved screen, on the top is 3.5mm earphone jack, IR remote control, and Mic. The front design and back color keep the same.At the bottom is the Mic on the left, speaker on the right and the USB Type C port in the middle. And the LED notification and front camera are also symmetrical on the front. There is a home button press fingerprint scanner under the screen.


                        Above all are Xiaomi MI MIX real photos

As for Xiaomi MI MIX, it uses 6.4inch 2040×1080 pixel 2.5D Sharp screen with 91.3% screen to body ratio with all-ceramic body. As for receiver design, Sharp Crystal 305SH adopts Bone conduction technology, which can make the screen become the receiver by vibration. When your ear is close to screen, it will take the call. About proximity sensor, it’s very important for users’ experience, because we take the phone call, it can recognize automatically by proximity sensor for off-screen to avoid mis-touching the to hang off the call. It uses ultrasonic proximity sensor. Xiaomi MI MIX light sensor and front camera are put under the screen, the overall design is very simple and remove the Xiaomi logo and there is word, MIX DESIGNED BY MI. In addition, Xiaomi MI MIX uses all ceramic material design with nice quality. Xiaomi MIX has 209g weight which is a little heavy, and the Deluxe version has added 18K golden circle around the camera and fingerprint scanner. As for slot, it is equipped with dual Nano-SIM card.

Therefore, in terms of design, they all are the best ones in this year that no one can compare in China until now.



Huawei Mate 9 runs EMUI 5.0 OS  based on Android7.0 with very simple design. In function, EMUI 5.0 has optimized several objects, such as convenient interaction between the phone and people, 90% operation can be finished in three clicks. Second, slide the message, memo, and Email to left to save or delete, third, get the screen text or pictures smartly, fourth, it supports dual split interface for Facebook, What’s App. Fifth, one key to share the pictures, and files to other Huawei smartphone which is 100 times faster than Bluetooth transmission. Six, use fingerprint to make screenshot or video recording function after optimizing.


Xiaomi MI Note 2 and Xiaomi MI MIX both run MIUI 8 OS based on Android 6.0 OS, you can install a Xiaomi mi note 2 OS theme to enjoy more function for this dual curved phone.But it can only realize the basic fast operation under the locked screen. It has added locked-screen illustrated function, and it supports multi-apps split function, etc.

They all have their own OS with unique features. So which one is more suitable which will be up to your experience.


Huawei Mate 9 is powered by Kirin 960 processor, RAM 4GB LPDDR4 ROM 64GB UFS2.1 internal storage, and Kirin 960 has improved in six aspects such as performance, battery life, camera, audio, communications and safety. It uses Cortex-A73 architecture and Mali-G71 GPU. Just check its Antutu test to prove its performance.


Huawei Mate 9 Antutu score

As the new generation of Xiaomi MI Note, Xiaomi MI Note 2 has made breakthrough in design and craftsmanship, and its performance also continues the position of the flagship. Xiaomi MI Note 2 is powered by Snapdragon 821 processor 2.35GHz and its CPU performance has improved 10% and 5% GPU.


In Antutu scores, it got the 151,838 points, which belongs to the normal standard.

Xiaomi MI MIX is also powered by Snapdragon 821 processor, 2.35Ghz processor, Adreno 530 GPU, According to test result, Xiaomi MI MIX RAM 6GB ROM 256GB Antutu score got 151,200 points, in Geekbench it has got 1837 points in single core, 3895 points in multi-core.


Therefore, according to antutu test, Xiaomi mi note 2 and Xiaomi MI MIX shows higher scores with higher performance, but Huawei Mate 9 seems to make us a little disappointed about this kind of scores, after all it only has RAM 4GB.


In camera, Huawei Mate 9 uses the second generation Leica certification camera with Black and white+colorful solution with long focus and wide viewing angle, the viewing angle has 12MP and long focus has 20MP (54mm), and it can realize 2 times zooming by switching two camera to support OIS. Just check Huawei Mate 9 camera samples as follow.


Huawei Mate 9 Camera Sample


Huawei Mate 9 Camera Sample


Huawei Mate 9 Camera Sample

Xiaomi MI Note 2 doesn’t come with dual rear camera with Sony IMX 318 sensor, 22.56MP, 1/2.6inch CMOS, 1μm, f2.0 aperture, the CMOS can also support PDAF and contrast auto focus to support fast 0.03s focus. Xiaomi MI Note 2 doesn’t support OIS, but EIS, the advantage of EIS is to narrow CMOS thickness to make the phone more thin and light.


Xiaomi MI Note 2 Dim Light Sample


Xiaomi MI Note 2 Day light Sample


Xiaomi MI Note 2 Details Sample


Xiaomi MI Note 2 Indoor Sample


Xiaomi MI Note 2 Night EIS Sample


Xiaomi MI Note 2 Night Vision Sample

Under the daylight, it has nice white balance and color performance, thanks to the good analysis of  22.56MP sensor of Xiaomi MI Note 2. As for Indoor sample, Xiaomi MI Note 2 shows perfect details and high contrast degree. Due to high-pixel, Xiaomi MI Note shows slow a little image speed. after clicking the shutter, the image speed is a little delayed compared the popular smartphones, which is the bad advantage of high-pixel. In macro distance, it shows very good sample with high color saturation and brightness. Under the dim light, it can’t guarantee the enough image rate without OIS. In night vision, IMX318 is smaller than IMX298, so there is no advantage of light-in, the overall night vision tends to dark, and the sharpness looks lower, but it has nice control of noise.





Xiaomi MI MIX is equipped with 5MP front camera with OV5675 sensor 1.12μm to support the third generation 36 level real-time beautification. The front camera designs specially under the right bottom of the screen. The back camera is 16MP one with OV16880 sensor 1/3.06 inch, 1.0μm pixel size to support PDAF and dual tone LED flash light. In real test, the image effect gives us some surprise. In the daylight, Xiaomi mi mix sample has high color saturation and brightness with HDR function.  In the daylight, Xiaomi MI MIX has high color saturation and high brightness with HDR function and nice focusing speed. Under the dim light, the focus is a little delayed without OIS function to show few image yield, but it has nice purity thanks to OV sensor of MI MIX.

To sum up, Huawei Mate 9 camera samples look more natural and it also has nice night vision. Xiaomi MI Note 2 camera with IMX318 performs well with good quality of images in the day, but night vision needs to be improved whether the light-in or image speed. But Xiaomi MI MIX can take photos well under the enough light, but under the dim light, it has not big competitiveness. So Huawei Mate 9 can win in camera than other two under dim light.



Huawei Mate 9 has come with massive battery with 4,000mAh capacity, and it adopts a new charging technology, called SuperCharge with higher current (4.5V and 5A) to offer some insane charging speeds and it can support  10 minutes enough to gain three and a half hours of movie playback.

Xiaomi MI Note 2 is built in 4070mAh battery, compared with Xiaomi MI Note 2 with 3,000mAh battery, it has improved a lot. Under the state of connecting WIFI, screen brightness 50%, Xiaomi MI Note consumes 2% power to searching the Internet in 10 minutes, under the circumstance of 50% volume, watch online videos for 30 minutes to consume 10% power, so it can meet one day use without problem.


Xiaomi MI MIX shows 9873 points in Antutu software test with 4,400mAh battery which belongs to the average level. It also supports QC3.0 standard quick charge, according to result, Xiaomi MI MIX only takes 120 minutes to charge full, from 0% to 80%, it charges very fast, it can charge 484mAh power in 10 minutes, 1452mAh power in 30 minutes.

Therefore, they all belong to large screen smartphone with good and durable battery life without much difference.


According to the comparison from the specs, design, camera, software, battery, etc, we can know Huawei Mate 9 has its own advantage in camera and design, but Xiaomi MI Note 2 also has high performance with competitive price, as for Xiaomi MI MIX, it can be regarded as the most excellent smartphone of Xiaomi, but due to production, we have to wait for some time. So do you know which one you should choose now?

Huawei Mate 9
coupon code: MATE9  SP: $619.99.

Xiaomi Mi MIX Ultimate
Coupon code: MIXS  SP: 629.99


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