I have used both Huawei and Xiaomi phones. Today I am going to compare two phones from these brands and see if I can decide for a winner. For the comparison, I am taking Huawei G8 and Xiaomi Redmi 4X.
Huawei G8 was released in October 2015. I bought this phone in February 2016. The price at that time was 400 euro (about 40,000 Tk.). It had about 60 Euro discount as far as I can remember. I had the 32 GB ROM and 3 GB RAM version.
Design and Display
The first thing I liked about G8 was its elegant design and metal body. I am always fond of the black and gray color when it comes to gadgets. This phone also had a premium aluminum metal body. It was black on the front side and gray in the backside. I used a plastic cover in the back to protect it from dust, scratches, and sweats. Although, I think now that it was probably not necessary. It had a gorilla glass display. I used a sheet of clear plastic in the display to add another layer of protection. Two pieces of this protector cost 10 euros, and I could just use one over the next two years. Honestly, it wasn’t necessary too. But I was all-satisfied with its outlook. 5.5″ display size was just perfect for me. It fitted well in the pocket, and it was comfortable to hold in hand while calling. The grip was very ergonomic and fixed. Its full HD display quality was absolute classy. Nothing to complain about so far.
I hardly ever play games on my smartphone. But I tested few HD and regular games on this phone. All of them ran pretty smooth with no lag. It supports the fast 4G LTE network. So, I had excellent internet browsing experience. The user interface never lagged during multitasking. The phone never hanged in two years. But I took great care of the phone and used it only when it was required. On an average, I probably used the phone for half an hour every day. With this amount of usage, the battery supported me for about three days. I was expecting a little higher battery performance. But it wasn’t a big deal since G8 came with fast battery charging technology and it took less than two hours to charge fully.
Both front and back camera provided satisfactory shots and video quality. Clear and bright video calling and video recording with front camera in daylight. Also quite fine during the night. Photo quality is bright and crisp but not too much depth, color contrasts and details as you will see in flagship phones.
Software, Sensors, and Others
Now, this is where I realized that Huawei is not as advanced as companies like Samsung. I used Samsung Galaxy S3. It was not as good as G8 regarding design and performance. But its software quality was very impressive, and the sensors worked as you would expect them to work. In Huawei G8, you could only set one single alarm for a day. So, in case you turn off your alarm in the morning because of super tiredness then go to bed again (which happened to me from time to time), you can end up missing the first one or two hours of your day, and the phone will sleep with you. It was pretty unexpected from an expensive phone like this. Then the fingerprint sensor will not work at all if your finger is just a little sweaty or slightly dusty. It didn’t work for me half of the time. But the biggest issue was the compass sensor. I was lost quite a few times because the arrow of the compass often mixed up my moving direction in Google Map. I rode or walked in the opposite direction thinking it is the right way. The compass apps also never worked properly. It just couldn’t figure out east and west. The user interface Emotion UI was also not particularly impressive. So, a big nogo to their software customizations and sensor accuracy. Then one of the two SIM slots was not working correctly after using for about a year. I had to take off my second SIM card and used a single SIM for the rest of the time.
Xiaomi Redmi 4X
I bought Redmi 4X exactly after two years in February 2018 when I lost the G8. The cost of Redmi 4X was about 140 Euro (about 14,000 Tk.) in Amazon. I checked the price of Huawei G8 at that time, and it was 360 Euro (about 36,000 Tk.). I got the global version of Redmi 4X with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM. I checked the local stores, and I had to invest at least over 250 Euro (about 25,000 Tk.) to get a 3 GB RAM phone. So, Xiaomi was an extremely affordable option for someone like me who hugely values performance.
Design and Display
It came with a 5-inch display. The specs said that it has a Gorilla Glass (unspecified version). But I was not too sure about it because some portals and users were saying it has no Gorilla Glass or a very ineffective. So, I decided to handle it with more care this time. I didn’t buy any glass protection or back cover this time (saved 20 or more bucks ;). It has just an HD display whereas the G8 had a full HD display. But I usually don’t watch videos on the phone, so it is not a big deal for me. HD display works fine for reading. It also comes with an aluminum metal body. The color of the body is full black. So, it looks even more elegant. But due to the 5-inch display size, it is a little smaller, and the grip is also not as much ergonomic and fixed as Huawei G8 (at least for me). It is also slightly lighter in weight. G8 undoubtedly had a better display and design in an overall sense. But I actually liked the compactness of Redmi 4X.
I was very surprised to see the performance of Redmi 4X. Fast, smooth, super responsive. The MIUI is faster than Huawei G8’s Emotion UI. 4G LTE worked as expected. The phone was updated automatically to Android Nougat and MIUI 9 within the first day. There is absolutely nothing to complain about. I also preferred the minimal themes of MIUI. But the best thing was extremely long battery backup. It is giving me more than double battery backup than Huawei G8 and it also comes with a fast charging technology to charge in less than 2 hours.
The camera quality especially the front camera quality is a little unexpected in Redmi 4X. The cheap beautify or over-beautify software runs behind the scene that can’t be turned off. I always prefer the natural look even if it looks bad in the camera. So the built-in face smoother or face beauty feature is a turn-off for me. The back camera is much better compared to the front camera and is almost as good as G8’s back camera. But overall Huawei G8 gave a much better camera experience.
Software, Sensors, and Others
Guess what, the best thing in Redmi 4X is, you can set as many alarms as you want for one single day. It is a big relief. The fingerprint sensor is much more responsive. Compass looks fine so far, SIM tray and slots are working great. I couldn’t find any other faults so far. I was amazed by the fact that, how deeply Xiaomi balanced all of its features to provide it at the lowest possible price without compromising performance, material and software quality. They must have some master-class user experience analysts to come up with such product and pricing.
I am choosing Xiaomi Redmi 4X for its overall better hardware, software and build quality. G8 can be considered more premium is some cases such as outlook, design, display and camera quality. But the balance and pricing of Xiaomi Redmi 4X are unbeatable. Although, I still have to say if front camera is something really important to you, better stay away from the Redmi 4X.