Smartphone trends are constantly changing, and one area of focus is the display. Despite featuring edge-to-edge panels, smartphones with notched displays are common today, and it accommodates the selfie snapper, earpiece and sensors. OEMs have tried different ways to kill the notch by adding popup or sliding cameras, and the newest implementation is the manual sliding mechanism that allows for adding higher screen-to-body ratio. We compared three new smartphones – the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, Honor Magic 2, and Lenovo Z5 Pro that feature slider mechanisms.
Design and display
There is one thing that is common in all three smartphones – the manual slider mechanism. You need to slide down the screen which reveals the selfie cameras that hide under the display slider. All three phones come with a glass back, but only the Mi MIX 3 supports wireless charging.
The all screen display is the highlight of the smartphones, and they all feature a 6.39-inch AMOLED panel running at a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels, which gives pixel density of 403ppi, and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The Lenovo Z5 Pro comes with a screen-to-body ratio of 95 percent, according to the company, the Honor Magic 2 has 91.5 percent, whereas the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 has 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratios.
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Under the hood, the Mi MIX 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It is offered in four storage variants – 6GB / 8GB RAM with 128GB storage, 8GB / 10GB RAM with 256GB storage. Sadly, it does not come with any expandable storage option.
The Honor Magic 2, comes in three storage models – 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM with 128GB / 256GB storage models. A microSD card slot with support for up to 256GB is also present. It is powered by Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC with an octa-core CPU, and it is built on 7nm process.
The Lenovo Z5 Pro, on the other hand, comes in two storage models – 6GB RAM with 64GB or 128GB storage variants. Sadly, even the Z5 Pro doesn’t feature any expandable storage option. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC with an octa-core CPU.
Now, this is where things get interesting. The Honor Magic 2 comes with a total of six cameras – three at the back and three on the front. The setup at the back includes a 16-megapixel sensor (f/1.8), a 16-megapixel secondary sensor (f/2.2), and third is a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor of aperture f/1.7 for low-light photography. Similarly, up front, you get a 16-megapixel primary sensor of f/2.0 aperture, coupled with two 2-megapixel depth sensors of f/2.4 aperture.
In case of the Lenovo Z5 Pro, you get dual cameras at the back, featuring a 16-megapixel primary sensor, and a 24-megapixel secondary sensor. Up front is a 16-megapixel primary sensor and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor.
Lastly, the Mi MIX 3 comes with dual 12-megapixel sensors at the back, out of which one has a telephoto lens and other has a wide-angle lens. Up front is a 24-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
The front cameras on all three smartphones also support face unlock. Lenovo is using Infrared based implementation, Honor is using 3D face unlock, similar to Face ID on iPhones, whereas Xiaomi is relying on software based face unlock.
Connectivity, OS and battery
Talking about connectivity, all three smartphones come with Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE with VoLTE connectivity and dual-SIM card slots. You also get USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. In terms of connectivity, Honor and Xiaomi smartphones run Android 9 Pie with respective custom UI’s on top, whereas Lenovo is still on Android 8.1 Oreo with ZUI skin on top.
To keep things ticking, the Mi MIX 3 comes with a 3,200mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging feature. The Honor Magic 2 comes with a 3,500mAh battery with 40W fast charging where it can take the battery from 0-50 percent in 15 minutes flat. Lastly, Lenovo phone comes with a 3,350mAh battery with fast charging feature.
For biometric authentication, the Lenovo Z5 Pro and Honor Magic 2 comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner, whereas the Mi MIX 3 comes with a physical fingerprint scanner at the back.
Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Honor Magic 2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX 3: Comparison table
|Features||Lenovo Z5 Pro||Honor Magic 2||Xiaomi Mi MIX 3|
19.5:9 aspect ratio
19.5:9 aspect ratio
19.5:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710||HiSilicon Kirin 980||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|RAM||6GB||6GB / 8GB||6GB / 8GB / 10GB|
|Storage||64GB / 128GB||128GB / 256GB (expandable)||128GB / 256GB|
|Rear Camera||16-megapixel + 24-megapixel||16-megapixel + 16-megapixel + 24-megapixel||12-megapixel + 12-megapixel|
|Front Camera||16-megapixel + 8-megapixel||16-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel||24-megapixel + 2-megapixel|
|Connectivity||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G VoLTE, single SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Android OS||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie|