Honor 20 vs Xiaomi Mi 9: Which is the Best Smartphone? – Comparison

Honor 20 vs Xiaomi Mi 9

At a conference in London, Honor took the opportunity to unveil its new flagship: the Honor 20. If, at first glance, it looks a lot like its predecessor (the Honor View 20), It still wants to differentiate from its senior thanks to the versatility brought to his camera.

Indeed, it is the race for multiple sensors for most manufacturers of smartphones and this new iteration offers 4, just that. Add to that the latest HiSilicon chip and a big capacity battery, you have – logically – all the items on the paper to be a great solution.

However, competition is tough on this price range, especially with a Xiaomi Mi 9 more than convincing. So, we will now have to decide with the help of our detailed comparison. Discover which of the two is the best smartphone of the moment!

Specifications: Comparison

Model Honor 20 Xiaomi Mi 9
OS version Android 9.0 Android 9.0
Builder interface Magic Live UI MIUI
Screen size 6.26 inches 6.39 inches
Definition 2340 x 1080 pixels 2340 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density 412 dpi 403 dpi
Technology IPS LCD Super Amoled
SoC Kirin 980 Snapdragon 855
Processor (CPU) ARMv8 ARMv8
Graphics Chip (GPU) Mali-G76 Adreno 640
RAM memory 6 GB 6 GB
Internal memory (flash) 128 GB 64 GB, 128 GB
MicroSD No No
Camera (backpack) Sensor 1: 48 MP
Sensor 2: 16 MP
Sensor 3: 2 MP
Sensor 1: 48 MP
Sensor 2: 16 MP
Sensor 3: 12 MP
Camera (front) 32 MP 20 MP
Video recording 4K 4K
Wireless Wi-Fi 5 (ac) Wi-Fi 5 (ac)
Bluetooth 5.0 + A2DP + LE 5.0 + A2DP + LE
Supported bands 2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28) 2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
NFC Unknown Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Ports (Inputs / Outputs) USB Type-C USB Type-C
Geolocation Yes Yes
Drums 3750 mAh 3300 mAh
Dimensions 74 x 154.3 x 7.9mm 74.7 x 157.5 x 7.6mm
Weight 174 grams 173 grams
Colors Black, White, Blue Black, Blue, Purple
Price $509.89


Performance: the power of Snapdragon 855

Performance- the power of Snapdragon 855

Previously used on Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, P30, P30 Pro and View 20, the chip Kirin 980 manufacturer HiSilicon still makes a good impression on the Honor 20, here supported by 6 GB of RAM. Admittedly, this is no longer the most powerful SoC in the Android sphere – very quickly replaced by the Snapdragon 855 from Qualcomm – but this configuration offers very high performance on a daily basis. The user experience will always be seamless and the games the greediest Play Store will not resist him.

However, it is actually with the Xiaomi Mi 9 we find the most powerful combo of the market (not counting Apple in the basket). Being the first representative of the Snapdragon 855 in France, the Chinese flagship is simply a real beast of power, offering its user an exemplary fluidity on simple tasks, while showing its full potential on the most complex tasks. In short, this is without a doubt the most powerful smartphone for this price range.

  Honor 20 (perf ON) Xiaomi Mi 9
SoC Kirin 980 Snapdragon 855
AnTuTu 7.x 307,797 370,355

If the power difference between the Snapdragon 845 and the Kirin 970 was more or less light, it must be admitted that this gap is more than widened between the Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980 (even in perf ON). However, it should be noted that both smartphones offer very high performance in everyday life and that the difference is only slightly noticeable for the user.

Conclusion: Which is the best Smartphone?

We can only advise the Mi 9 which is often greater than or equal to Honor 20 in almost all areas. Whether its AMOLED screen manufactured by Samsung, the power of its Snapdragon 855 or the versatility of its triple photo sensor, the result is simply exemplary for this price bracket. Xiaomi has strongly strengthened its title of champion quality/price, and despite the fact that Honor also tends in this direction, it definitely does not get on the ankle of its competitor. However, the Honor 20 remains a very good smartphone that is clearly worth its price, he just unfortunately found stronger than him.


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