Honor Note 10 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Two Huge Phablets Compared!

by Michele Ingelido 0

Big phablets are great for people who want to use their smartphone as a productivity device, to play games or to watch videos. And they also provide an infinite battery life. The biggest phablets out there from the latest Android generation are Honor Note 10 and Xiaomi Mi Max 3, who were officially announced last month. In this Honor Note 10 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3 comparison, we will try to help you decide which big phablet you should buy and which is the best one in terms of performance and quality-price ratio.

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Honor Note 10 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Huawei Honor Note 10 Xiaomi Mi Max 3
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 177 × 85 × 7.7 mm,

230 grams

176.2 x 87.4 x 8 mm,

221 grams

DISPLAY 6.95 inches, 1080 x 2220p (Full HD+), 355 ppi, 19:9 ratio, AMOLED 6.9 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD), 350 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD
PROCESSOR Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970, octa-core 2.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, octa-core 1.8 GHz
MEMORY 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 8 GB RAM, 64 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD slot 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot
SOFTWARE Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.2 Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI 9.5
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
CAMERA Dual 16 MP + 24 MP f/1.8
13 MP f/2.0 front camera
Dual 12 + 5 MP f/1.9
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY 5000 mAh
Fast charging 4.5V / 5A
5500 mAh
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Hybrid Dual SIM slot Hybrid Dual SIM slot

Honor Note 10 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Design

If you get a big phablet like Huawei Honor Note 10 and Xiaomi Mi Max 3, keep in mind that you have to deal with a huge device that is not comfortable to fit in your pockets. But on the other hand, they are very handy to use as an entertainment monster. Honor Note 10 and Xiaomi Mi Max 3 are smaller than the typical phablet thanks to their very narrow bezels, and this is an added value of both the devices. When it comes to aesthetics, Honor Note 10 wins thanks to its more elegant glass back paired with an aluminum frame. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has a full metal unibody design and is uninspiring.


The display is another plus point for the Honor Note 10. It features one of the most impressive panels ever seen on an extra-large phablet. Not only does it have narrow bezels, but also AMOLED and HDR10 technology making its color incredibly vivid and realistic, with very deep blacks. Sadly, it does not feature the Quad HD+ resolution, it would have been amazing on a huge 6.9-inch display, but it still remains an outstanding panel.


Honor Note 10 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Specs & Software

Even when it comes to hardware, Honor Note 10 is way superior! With its Kirin 970 SoC and up to 8 GB of RAM, it achieves flagship-level performances and it is very cool for gaming and multi-tasking. Further, it has the wonderful GPU Turbo technology which enhances graphics performance by up to 60 percent, another added value for gaming. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 instead is just a mid-range device.


Honor Note 10 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Camera

Both devices have pretty good cameras even though they are far from the top camera phones. Unfortunately, there are still no detailed camera samples and the handsets are still not in our market, so we did not have the chance to test them in detail. But on the paper, Honor Note 10 looks better with its dual 16 and 24 MP camera setup and its bright f/1.8 aperture on both the sensors. Note that you can check out our Mi Max 3 video review from here!


Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has a huge 5500 mAh battery, bigger than the 5000 mAh unit of the Honor Note 10. And it even features a very efficient chipset, the Snapdragon 636. From how usually Xiaomi optimizes its devices, I believe that Xiaomi Mi Max 3 will provide a longer battery life. Finally, an aspect in which the Mi Max 3 should win, as it loses under all the other points of view.


Honor Note 10 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Price

Honor Note 10 is definitely the winner of this comparison, but if you do not need a very powerful flagship with a high-end display, note that Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has a more affordable price tag. Honor Note 10 is available in China for $410/€350 in its base variant, while Mi Max 3 starts from $252/€215.


To be honest, it’s not really fair to compare these two devices despite being large sized phablets. They are clearly aimed at two different market segments. The Honor Note 10 is meant to be your flagship phablet, while the Mi Max 3 is looking to be more of a mid-range and budget phablet option. Both the phones are pretty impressive, but if you need something that’s a flagship grade device for gaming and HD streaming, the Honor Note 10 is your best bet. For someone looking for a more budget option, the Mi Max 3 turns out to be a pretty great option too! Personally, a SD710 variant would’ve been a great option for better gaming on the large screen device, but SD636 is pretty good too, since its nearly as powerful as the SD660. In fact, you can check out our detailed analysis of the Snapdragon mid-range family from here!



Honor Note 10 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: PRO and CONS

Honor Note 10


  • Better display
  • More powerful hardware
  • Potentially better camera
  • More attractive design


  • Higher price


Xiaomi Mi Max 3


  • Long battery life
  • Affordable price
  • Wide display
  • Good cameras


  • Worse hardware

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