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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Honor 6X [Specs Comparison] – Which is better

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HUAWEI’s sub-brand Honor came up with a midrange smartphone with the best camera onboard whereas Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 focused more on the battery. With both the smartphones priced under ₹15,000, this comparison will guide you which smartphone is better for you. Here’s the comparison of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Honor 6X.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Honor 6X [Specs Comparison]

SpecificationsHonor 6XXiaomi Redmi Note 4
Release Date24th January 201619th January 2017
Price₹12,999 (3 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage)
₹15,999 (4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage)
₹9,999 (2 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage)
₹10,999 (3 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage)
₹12,999 (4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage)
Display5.5-inch Full HD IPS Display (1920 x 1080 pixels resolution)5.5-inch Full HD IPS Display (1920 x 1080 pixels resolution)
Operating SystemEMUI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 MarshmallowMIUI Global 8.1 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Upgrades to Android 7 Nougat Preview
Fingerprint ScannerYes, at the back, Gesture-based Yes, at the back
CPUUp to 2.1 GHz octa-core processor, Kirin 655 SoCUp to 2.0 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (MSM8953), 14nm FinFET
GPUMali-T830 MP2Adreno 506
Memory3 GB or 4 GB LPDDR3-1866 RAM2 GB or 3 GB or 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage32 GB or 64 GB internal storage, MicroSD on SIM2 (up to 256 GB)32 GB or 64 GB internal storage, MicroSD on SIM2 (up to 128 GB)
Rear CameraDual Camera, 12 MP + 2 MP (Sony IMX386 Exmor RS + OmniVision OV2680), PDAF, single LED flash, 1080p video @30fps. SloMo 480p @120fps13 MP f/2.0, PDAF, 77-degree wide-angle lens, dual-tone LED flash, 1080p video @30fps. SlowMo 720p @120fps
Front Camera8 MP f/2.0, 1080p video5 MP f/2.0, fixed focus, 720p video
Cellular4G LTE support, Hybrid SIM Slot, 2x nano SIM (GSM + GSM) OR 1x nano SIM and 1x MicroSD card, VoLTE-enabled4G LTE support, Hybrid SIM Slot, 2x nano SIM (GSM + GSM) OR 1x nano SIM and 1x MicroSD card, VoLTE-enabled
Battery3,340 mAh (non-removable)4,100 mAh Li-Po (non-removable)
Dimensions150.9 mm x 76.2 mm x 8.2 mm151 mm x 76 mm x 8.3 mm
Weight162 grams165 grams

Design, Display, and Performance

If we take a quick look on the design front of both smartphones, they offer metal unibody with 2.5D curved glass on top, the edges are curved providing a good grip. It is just that the Honor 6X is merely slimmer than Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (8.2 mm vs 8.3 mm) and feels somewhat stronger in build quality. However, Honor 6X doesn’t offer external navigation keys like the Redmi Note 4.

Honor 6X sports a 5.5 inch full HD display with 2.5D curved glass, meanwhile the Redmi Note 4 offers the same display specs. Although both the phones have good display quality, the brightness, contrast and color quality seems better on Honor 6X.

Honor 6X is powered by its in-house Kirin 655 chip that offers 8 Cortex-A53 cores coupled with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. It also has a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 uses a chip from Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 consisting of the same 8 Cortex-A53 cores with 2 GB RAM. The higher variants offer 3 GB RAM and 4 GB RAM as well with the last being 64 GB storage.

Honor 6X – AnTuTu
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – AnTuTu

The performance on both the smartphones is nearly similar. Both offers a reliable app performance. The games also run fine on both the devices. And it sounds like a good hardware package overall for a midrange device.

Camera – Honor 6X For The Win

Not only the high-end phones like iPhone 7 Plus and HUAWEI P9 come with two cameras, but now these dual cameras have also entered into the mainstream category smartphones. Honor 6X is one of the smartphones that boasts its dual camera and it appears to be extremely budget friendly when you hear the price.

The Honor 6X camera is the trump card in the game. Honor 6X equips a dual camera (12 MP + 2 MP) that blows out the camera competition in the midrange budget category. On the other hand, there’s a 13 MP camera Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with dual LED flash. On the front side, Honor 6X has an 8 MP camera with screen flash while the Redmi Note 4 offers an average 5 MP camera.

Now when we talk about the camera quality, the Honor 6X rear camera takes amazing shots with a DSLR-like bokeh effect in the background. In addition, the camera supports a lot of features that Redmi Note 4 lacks. The Redmi Note 4 camera has nothing much to offer. The camera is just a little above the average quality when captured in daylight, although it takes better pictures than its old generation Redmi Note 3 counterpart. Low light shots often give low quality and blurred images thus, can’t compete the Honor 6X low light shots.

Honor 6X is a clear winner in the camera division.

Software and Battery Life

Honor 6X runs on the EMUI 4.1 software out of the box which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with MIUI 8 which is also Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based. The MIUI 8 is capable of upgrading to the new Android 7 Nougat.

The software has some similarities. Despite offering the same Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, their customized OS can provide you a better user experience. I do like the EMUI interface due to its customized software features, but some people prefer Xiaomi’s MIUI interface. So, what is left is how frequent the manufacturers offer updates. Since both of them are customized, Xiaomi has offered a preview of Android 7 Nougat on the Redmi Note 4.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (MIUI)
Honor 6X – EMUI

Coming to the battery, what holds the Redmi Note 4 in the game is its battery life. It has a 4,100 mAh battery, much larger as compared to the 3,340 mAh battery on Honor 6X. Redmi Note 4’s best battery backup comes at a cheaper price, less than Honor 6X. It 2-day battery life leaves behind the Honor 6X battery which lasts a day and a half on medium usage.

Having that said, both performs well in the battery segment. The Redmi Note 4 dominates the battery due to its large size.

Honor 6X
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Pricing and Conclusion

Honor 6X is priced at ₹12,999 for its 3 GB RAM and 32 GB variant and ₹15,999 for 4 GB RAM and 64 GB. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes in 3 pricing variants. The price starts with ₹9,999 for 2 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage and the higher variant is at ₹12,999 for 4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage.

Considering the overall package, Honor 6X, no doubt, is the one to pick. It offers a great camera given the price, decent performance, and good battery life. The Redmi Note 4 has better battery backup and offers more storage at the same price. Redmi Note 4 isn’t a bad deal either if you are on a low budget.

We did a full review of Honor 6X and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, do check them out for more details.

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