“Let’s see how the Honor 4X stacks up against the compact Xiaomi Mi 4i”
Phablets have taken the world by storm and you can now find multiple options at pretty much every price segment. In such a crowded market, it’s tough to stand out as a compelling offering to lure potential buyers. However, Honor’s 4X has successfully been able to to that, thanks to its powerful internals and long battery life, along with its affordable pricing. We’ve compared the Honor 4X with its direct rival, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G earlier, but now, let’s see how it stacks up against another Xiaomi offering, the Mi 4i.
It’s clear that this isn’t going to be a direct comparison, as the Honor 4X (review) and the Xiaomi Mi 4i (review) are placed in different categories. While the former is a phablet with its 5.5-inch screen, the latter is a compact smartphone better suited to one-handed usage. On the flip side, the Honor 4X’s large screen offers more real estate for whatever you want to do on your smartphone. Right from web browsing to entertainment or gaming, the bigger screen helps quite a bit. While the 5.5-inch screen on the Honor 4X offers 720p resolution with bright colours and rich visuals, the Xiaomi Mi 4i’s display scores over it thanks to its full HD resolution and the Sunlight Display technology it features.
Design-wise, both are solid offerings and look quite stylish. The Honor 4X’s rear panel (seen on the left) is removable, and features a textured matte finish. The device comes in black or white. On the other hand, the Mi 4i sports a unibody design, but is available only in white for now. The Mi 4i’s polycarbonate casing also features a fingerprint-resistant matte finish. It’s slimmer and lighter than the Honor 4X, being 7.8mm thick and weighing 130 g compared to the Honor offering’s 8.7mm and 165 g respectively.
As far as the number-crunching department is concerned, both devices come with 2GB of RAM, but it’s the Xiaomi Mi 4i that takes the lead with its octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor that goes up to 1.7GHz. In comparison, the Honor 4X utilises a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410. Storage is a bit of a mixed bag too, with the Honor 4X offering 8GB built in, along with the option to add up to 32GB, as against the Xiaomi Mi 4i that offers double the internal storage at 16GB, but doesn’t let you add more.
The imaging section is more evenly matched, thanks to the presence of 13-megapixel primary cameras and 5-meg shooters at front. However, the Xiaomi Mi 4i’s dual-tone LED flash helps it edge out the 4X, which comes with a regular, single-LED flash.
When it comes to software, the Honor 4X runs Android KitKat (left), while the Xiaomi Mi 4i utilises the newer Android Lollipop. However, both devices use custom ROMs that hide most aspects of stock Android almost completely – EMUI on Honor, and MIUI on Xiaomi. Both platforms offer tons of features such as extensive theme supports, a range of customisation options and useful apps to manage your device and other things such as notifications, permissions and privacy.
In addition, the Honor 4X also offers a useful lite mode in the form of Smart Home, a feature that’s missing on the Mi 4i.
In terms of connectivity, both smartphones are dual-SIM and offer 4G support on both SIM slots. Other connectivity options are quite similar too, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS. Again, the Xiaomi Mi 4i gets a slight advantage here as it includes support for dual-band Wi-Fi, along with support for the 802.11ac standard.
Coming to the battery life, both devices fare similarly, offering full-day usage comfortably thanks to the 3,000mAh battery in the Honor 4X and the 3,120mAh pack in the Xiaomi Mi 4i.
Overall, we can see the two devices are quite different, with the Xiaomi Mi 4i looking the stronger of the two in terms of pure specs. However, it’s suited for those who need a compact option. The Honor 4X is no wimp either, and if you’re after a large-screened daily driver, is definitely the one to go for.