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Huawei Honor 8X Max vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 3: the battle of the budget phablets

Huawei Honor 8X Max vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 3: the battle of the budget phablets

By  GB Blog Official 2018-09-26 8254 1

The Huawei Honor 8X Max and the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 are two of the latest large screen phones from two of China’s largest smartphone manufacturers. There are quite a few things the Honor 8X Max and the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 have in common. Namely, these are media-focused devices with huge screens and large batteries — but is there anything that would make you choose one over the other? Let’s find out.


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Huawei Honor 8X Max & Xiaomi Mi Max 3 specs

 First,let's take a look at the specs of the Huawei Honor 8X Max & Xiaomi Mi Max 3.


Product name
HUAWEI Honor 8X Max
Xiaomi Mi Max 3
7.12 inch,2244 x 1080 pixels
6.9 inch, 2160 x 1080 pixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core
External memory
TF card up to 256GB (not included)
Not supported
Android 8.1
8.0MP front camera;16.0MP + 2.0MP back cameras
8.0MP front camera;12.0MP + 5.0MP back cameras
Bluetooth version
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth 5.0


HUAWEI Honor 8X Max 4G Phablet English and Chinese Version - BLUE

HUAWEI Honor 8X Max 4G Phablet English and Chinese Version - BLUE
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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 4G Phablet Global Version - BLACK

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 4G Phablet Global Version - BLACK
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Huawei Honor 8X Max: a budget media powerhouse

The first thing that stands out about the 8X Max is its enormous screen — while we are all used to seeing and using big screens, the 8X's 7.2 inches of 2244 x 1080 pixels still manage to impress. The screen size alone would be enough for most to praise the phone for offering an immersive experience — but that's just the beginning of the story. The screen is topped by one one of the smallest notches out there and there is a very thin chin at the bottom. Thus (and thanks to the 90% screen-to-body ratio) there is not much standing in between you and the full screen experience.

the huge screen of Huawei Honor 8X Max 

On the inside, you get the speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. The processor is known for its strong support for mobile photography and enhanced gaming. Plus, you have the benefits of long battery life and fast LTE speeds for efficient communication.

the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core processor of Huawei Honor 8X Max 

Dual Dolby speakers complete the media showcase: you get an amplified but well-balanced sound field. Thanks to the Dolby Atmos technology, you get a 360-degree vibrant sound effects whether you are playing a game or watching a movie.

the dual Dolby speakers of Huawei Honor 8X Max 

You get 64GB of internal storage on the device paired with 4GB of RAM — this is plenty of space and memory for efficient multitasking and managing your media right on the device.

The 5000mAh battery makes things even easier. If you have a phone that's built for enjoying media, you are sure to spend quite a bit of time doing that. The phone's expansive battery promises 20 hours of non-stop video playback, 12 hours of gaming and 72 hours of music. More than that, the phone supports the latest OTG fast reverse charging — so, you will be able to go to a full charge in no time and also use the phone as a mini power bank.

the OTG fast charging of Huawei Honor 8X Max 

The Honor 8X Max manufacturers have taken into account that they have created a media powerhouse — and have taken the precautions of shielding your eyes from too much exposure to blue light. The phone comes with the TUV Rheinland certification, which means that the phone comes with the necessary protection to minimize fatigue.

the TUV Rheinland certification of Honor 8X Max 

Design-wise, the phone is definitely on the phablet size measuring 6.99 x 3.39 x 0.32 inches. But, with that, it somehow manages to make you feel comfortable when you are holding the device in one hand.

The camera game is not bad as well. You have 16MP + 2MP on the front and a modest 8MP selfie shooter. This may not be the best setup on the market, but the Honor 8X Max markets itself a media phone, not a camera one.

the cameras of Honor 8X Max  

Xiaomi Mi Max 3: a 6.9 inch phablet for gaming and videos

The Xiaomi MI Max 3 is a oversized phone as well — and we are not being body negative here — today, when we used our phones for anything but calling, having a 6.9 inch screen at your fingertips is definitely a big plus. With that, the phone manages to keep its media ambition in a relatively small frame —  slightly smaller than the 8X Max — 6.93 x 3.44 x 0.31 inches thanks to the bezel-less design and 18:9 screen ratio. You have the Full HD+ resolution on the large display — so, don't worry about blurry image or video.

the screen of Xiaomi Mi Max 3 

The Mi Max 3 packs an even larger battery than the Honor 8X Max — you get a massive 5500mAh battery. With that, performance-wise, Xiaomi's forecast is a bit less impressive than that on the 8X Max: 17 hours of video playback and 10 hours of immersive gameplay. Then again, the phone makes a great offer for music lovers: 233 hours of music play and a whopping 474 hours on standby.

the 5500mAh battery of Xiaomi Mi Max 3 

The two phones run on the same processor: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core CPU. While this may not be the most powerful option on the market, as we've mentioned above, it does quite well with mid-range devices like the Mi Max 3 and the 8X Max — especially, when paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage — this is the offer on both devices.

On the camera-side, the two phones do practically the same. The Mi Max 3 comes with a 12MP + 5MP on the back and an 8MP selfie cam. However, the phone does promise to enhance its modest pixel offer with AI capabilities resulting in better night time shots, scene detection, beautification, etc.

the cameras of Xiaomi Mi Max 3 

The media experience is complete with stereo sound effect. While the Mi Max 3 does not come with the same upgrades in the speaker department as the 8X Max, but you still do get a nice quality sound for your media with a high loudness and clarity.

the stereo sound effect of Xiaomi Mi Max 3 

Both smartphones run on the base version on Android 8.1 — so you do get a lot of the same perks when it comes to the interface and general hands on experience.

Honor 8X Max vs. Xiaomi Mi Max 3: price & verdict

When it comes to the price, both phablets feel right at home in the mid-rage category letting you be the proud owner of either one for just a bit over $200. The fact that today you can have your choice of high-powered 7-inch phablet phones for just that is amazing all on its very own. When it comes to actually making a choice, we find it difficult to give a clear cut recommendation. Both are media-centred phones with large quality displays, decent processors and RAM and huge batteries. Design-wise, the 8X Max does seem to be more in line with the small notch trend, while the Mi Max 3 takes on a classic look. Both smartphones are well worth the investment and  both would make your media content proud.


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