Huawei is hosting a launch event in London where it will be unveiling the Mate 20-series smartphones. Meanwhile, the company’s sub-brand, Honor, has launched a new mid-range smartphone in India. Called Honor 8X, the smartphone will compete with the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Realme 2 Pro devices in India. We compared the three smartphones based on their price, specifications and features to see how they compete.
Price in India and availability
The Honor 8X price in India starts at Rs 14,999 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There are two more variants priced at Rs 16,999 (6GB RAM with 64GB storage), and Rs 18,999 (6GB RAM with 128GB storage). The smartphone will be available to purchase from Amazon India starting October 24.
The Realme 2 Pro is priced at Rs 13,990 for the 4GB RAM variant, Rs 15,990 for the 6GB RAM variant and Rs 17,990 for the 8GB RAM variant, and will be available to purchase via Flipkart. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, is available via Mi.com/in and Flipkart, and priced at Rs 14,999 for base variant with 4GB of RAM, and Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM variant.
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Design and display
The Honor 8X comes with glass back design and a dual tone finish to offer it a premium look and feel. The Realme 2 Pro comes with polymer glass back, which is basically hard plastic with glossy finish. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, comes with metal back.
Talking about display, the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 5.99-inch full HD+ 18:9 display without any notch. It has a resolution of 1080x2160pixels (403ppi). The Honor 8X and Realme 2 Pro feature notched displays. The Realme 2 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display, the Honor 8X comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ panel, both featuring a resolution of 1080x2340pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9.
Under the hood, the Honor 8X is powered by a Kirin 710 octa-core SoC, paired with 4GB / 6GB RAM and 64GB / 128GB storage options. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 636 SoC paired with 4GB / 6GB RAM and 64GB storage option. The Realme 2 Pro, on the other hand, is powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC and comes with 4GB / 6GB / 8GB RAM options and 64GB / 128GB storage options.
To keep things ticking, the Honor 8X comes with 3,750mAh battery, the Realme 2 Pro comes with a 3,500mAh battery, whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh battery. On the connectivity front, all three smartphones include Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and dual SIM card slots with 4G VoLTE connectivity option.
In the software department, the Honor 8X runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1, the Redmi Note 5 Pro runs on Android Nougat with MIUI skin, whereas the Realme 2 Pro also runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Color OS on top.
In the photography department, all three smartphones come with dual cameras at the back. The Honor 8X includes a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, the Realme 2 Pro comes with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 15-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. While the Realme 2 Pro and Honor 8X come with 16-megapixel front cameras, the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 20-megapixel selfie snapper. All three smartphones also support face unlock.
Honor 8X vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Realme 2 Pro: Comparison Table
|Features||Honor 8X||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro||Realme 2 Pro|
|Display||6.5-inch IPS LCD||5.99-inch IPS LCD||6.3-inch IPS LCD|
|Processor||Kirin 710 octa-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core|
|RAM||4GB||4GB / 6GB||6GB / 8GB|
|Storage||64GB (expandable)||64GB (expandable)||64GB / 128GB (expandable)|
|Rear Camera||20-megapixel + 2-megapixel||12-megapixel + 5-megapixel||16-megapixel + 2-megapixel|
|Connectivity||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Android OS||Android 8.1 Oreo (EMUI 8.1)||Android Nougat with MIUI 9||Android 8.1 Oreo (ColorOS)|
|Price||Rs 14,999 (4GB/64GB)
Rs 16,990 (6GB/64GB)
Rs 18,990 (6GB/128GB)
|Rs 16,999 (6GB)
Rs 14,999 (4GB)
|Rs 13,990 (4GB/64GB)
Rs 15,990 (6GB/64GB)
Rs 17,990 (8GB / 128GB)