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Huawei Honor Magic 2 vs. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: the same sliding screen but different

Huawei Honor Magic 2 vs. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: the same sliding screen but different

By  Linky Johnson 2018-11-10 4242 0

The full screen is very popular in 2018. The emergence of the notch design has been trying to improve the screen to body ratio, but it’s still hard to achieve the real full screen. However, the latest released Huawei Honor Magic 2 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 cleverly adopts the sliding modules design to solve this problem.

Both the Honor and Xiaomi company have developed their own independent slider system to hide the front camera. Although the two mobile phone sliding screen design is the same, the ideas are different, Honor adopts a Butterfly Multi-Track slide screen structure, while Xiaomi uses a magnetic sliding cover.

Huawei Honor Magic 2 vs. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 

Honor Magic 2, integrated with 9 black technologies (40W Max SuperCharge, Butterfly Multi-Track sliding Mechanism, 3D-Portrait Mode, AI dual band intelligent GPS, Kirin 980 processor), has attracted the attention of technologists and customers once it's released.

Huawei Honor Magic 2 vs. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: specs

Let's start the comparison with their specifications so that you will know quickly the difference between Huawei Honor Magic 2 vs. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.


Product name
HUAWEI Honor Magic 2
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
15.73 x 7.51 x 0.83 cm
15.7 x 7.4 x 0.84 cm
6.39 inch with 2340 x 1080 pixels
6.39 inch with 1080 x 2340 pixels
Magic UI 2.0 ( Based on Android 9.0 )
MIUI10 ( Android 9 )
HUAWEI Kirin 980 Octa Core 2.6GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core 2.8GHz
24.0MP + 16.0MP rear camera ;16.0MP + 2.0MP front camera
24.0MP + 2.0 MP rear camera;dual 12.0MP front camera
Battery capacity
Bluetooth version
Bluetooth: 5.0
Bluetooth: 5.0


HUAWEI Honor Magic 2 4G Phablet - BLACK

HUAWEI Honor Magic 2 4G Phablet - BLACK


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 4G Phablet 6GB RAM - BLACK

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 4G Phablet 6GB RAM - BLACK
$735 $639.99    



In terms of operation, the slider mechanism for Honor Magic 2 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is almost identical: the screen moves down and the camera pops up. But by contrast, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has more functions. Different applications can produce different sliding movements, and the sound effects of sliding can be customized with their own sound. Based on this, Honor lacks customization in this respect.

the slider ofHonor Magic 2 

Although using the same slide screen design, the two smartphones have different looks. Some people said they don't like small loudspeaker on the top of Honor Magic 2, and the antenna belt is also on both sides. While Xiaomi's top area looks cleaner and it has narrower bezel.

Xiaomi’s top area 

Display screen

There is no big difference between the two phones on the display screen. Both smartphones are euqipped with a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen with rich color and brightness.

the display screen of Honor Magic 2  


At the previous Xiaomi launch event, Xiaomi said the Mix 3 was better than the iPhone,  because it won a high score on the DxOMark. But there are also some people disagree with it, as they think it's not very smooth when running the camera application.

Compared to the Xiaomi Mi MIx 3's dual front cameras with 24MP main camera and 2MP sub-camera), the Honor Magic 2 is equipped with front tri-cameras, namely the 16MP front selfie main camera and two 2MP sub-cameras.

Xiaomi Mi MIx 3’s dual front cameras  

As for the rear camera, Honor Magic 2, like Huawei's Mate 20 pro, has three cameras, a 16MP main camera, a 24MP monochromatic sensor and a wide-angle lens with a focal length of 17mm.

the rear camera of Honor Magic 2 

While the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is equipped with dual rear cameras (12MP f/1.8, 12MP tele). In this aspect, the Honor Magic 2'camera is better than that of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.

the rear camera of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 

In other ways, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 also supports Qi wireless charging function, While Honor doesn't have. However, the Honor Magic 2 supports in-screen fingerprint unlocking technology, as well as Micro SD slot, while Xiaomi still adopts a traditional rear-fingerprint sensor, and has no Micro SD slot.

the in-screen fingerprint unlocking technology of Honor Magic 2

All in all, as the new sliding screen smartphones, both Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and Huawei Honor Magic 2 are possible to lead the trend of the smartphone market in the future. If you asked me which one is better, there is no absolute answer for it. But one thing is that the Huawei Honor Magic 2 performs better in camera and fingerprinter unlock. Despite this, there is no other big differences between them.


 You may also want to read:
 Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: classic sliding screen returns in the most modern way
 Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: is it worth buying the new one?
 Honor Magic 2 released, equipped with 9 Huawei's own R&D black technologies


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