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

ModelHonor 20Xiaomi Mi 9
OS versionAndroid 9.0Android 9.0
Builder interfaceMagic Live UIMIUI
Screen size6.26 inches6.39 inches
Definition2340 x 1080 pixels2340 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density412 dpi403 dpi
TechnologyIPS LCDSuper Amoled
SoCKirin 980Snapdragon 855
Processor (CPU)ARMv8ARMv8
Graphics Chip (GPU)Mali-G76Adreno 640
RAM memory6 GB6 GB
Internal memory (flash)128 GB64 GB, 128 GB
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 MP20 MP
Video recording4K4K
WirelessWi-Fi 5 (ac)Wi-Fi 5 (ac)
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP + LE5.0 + A2DP + LE
Supported bands2100 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)
Fingerprint sensorYesYes
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)USB Type-CUSB Type-C
Drums3750 mAh3300 mAh
Dimensions74 x 154.3 x 7.9mm74.7 x 157.5 x 7.6mm
Weight174 grams173 grams
ColorsBlack, White, BlueBlack, Blue, Purple


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
SoCKirin 980Snapdragon 855
AnTuTu 7.x307,797370,355

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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