Honor Magic 2 vs Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: The Battle of Slider Phones

Honor Magic 2 vs Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: The Battle of Slider Phones

Honor Magic 2 vs Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: The Battle of Slider Phones

by November 5, 2018

Honor Magic 2 vs Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3The 2018 was about notched display smartphones and the 2019 seems to be set for all-screen smartphones. The trend of notched display was started by Apple by launching its flagship iPhone X in September 2017. The notch typically houses the selfie camera along with the other sensors and helps the smartphone makers to achieve a higher screen-to-body ratio. However, the notch is not liked by all and it still doesn’t help to achieve near 100 percent screen-to-body ratio even after reducing the width of the notch by means of a unique water drop design. So, now the smartphone manufacturers seem to be moving towards phones with slider mechanism in which the slider houses the selfie camera along with the other necessary sensors, thereby enabling them to achieve a near 100 percent (but not 100 percent) screen-to-body ratio.

Earlier, Oppo launched its Oppo Find X with motorized slider and recently some other Chinese players have tried their hand at the same. Honor launched its Magic 2 smartphone last week and Lenovo launched its Z5 Pro smartphone with slider mechanism the same day. While, the market leader Xiaomi launched its Mi Mix 3 slider phone last month i.e. October. The common thing between the three phones is that they all feature a manual slider instead of a motorized one as found in Oppo Find X. Today we’ll compare the Honor Magic 2 with Lenovo Z5 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 to find out which one wins this battle of slider phones by providing a higher value for customer’s money.

The comparison will be bases on several software as well as hardware configurations including Design and Display, Processor and RAM, OS, Battery and Camera. We’ll also compare the pricing of the three devices as it plays a crucial role in the decision making.

Honor Magic 2 vs Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: Design and Display

In terms of design, all three phones feature a manual slider and a glass back and thus they look more or less the same. Anyways the design is a matter of choice, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide based on your preference.

In terms of display, the Honor Magic 2 sports a 6.39-inch AMOLED display which offers a screen resolution of 2140×1080 pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9 aspect ratio which results into a screen-to-body ratio of 91.5 per cent.

The Mi Mix 3 sports a similar 6.3-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 1080×2340 pixel resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a slightly better 93.4 per cent screen-to-body ratio.

However, the Lenovo Z5 Pro wins the battle of display here as it flaunts a same 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display (which is said to be developed by Samsung) along with Full HD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 resulting into highest screen-to-body ratio of 95.06 per cent.

In terms of dimensions, the Honor Magic 2 measures 157.32 × 75.13 × 8.3 mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs in at 206 grams. The Lenovo Z5 Pro 155.12 × 73.04 × 9.3 mm and weighs 210 grams. While, the Mi Mix 3 measures 157.89 x 74.69 x 8.46 and weighs about 218 grams. So, the Honor Magic 2 is the slimmest and lightest of the three devices.

Honor Magic 2 vs Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: Processor and RAM

The Honor Magic 2 is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC along with Mali-G76 MP10 and 6GB or 8GB of RAM. There are two options in terms of inbuilt storage- 128GB and 256GB. However, there is no option to expand the storage via external memory card.

Under the hood, Lenovo Z5 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 710, making it Lenovo’s first smartphone to feature the same. In terms of storage the phone features 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage. Again, there’s no option to expand the storage externally.

The Mi Mix 3 draws power from an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset along with three RAM options- 6GB, 8GB and 10GB. The inbuilt storage options are 128GB and 256GB.

You may feel that with 10GB of RAM, Mi Mix 3 is a clear winner here but that’s not true as the other two devices also perform equally good and thus all three are almost at par with each other.

Honor Magic 2 vs Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: OS and Battery

In terms of software the Lenovo Z5 Pro is shipped with Android Oreo-based ZUI 10.0 operating system. Whereas the Honor Magic 2 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 run Google’s latest Android 9.0 Pie OS based on Magic UI 2.0 and MIUI 10 respectively.

In terms of battery, the Honor Magic 2 packs a 3,500mAh battery with support for fast charging, while the Lenovo Z5 Pro is backed by a 3,350mAh battery with fast charging support. On the other hand, the Mi Mix 3 is fueled by a 3,200mAh battery with fast as well as wireless charging support. Again, there is no clear winner in this department as there is not much difference in the battery capacity.

Honor Magic 2 vs Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: Camera

Things are very interesting in the camera department of all three phones as all of them feature more than the usual no. of 3 cameras (front + back). The Lenovo Z5 Pro and Mi Mix 3 come with 4 cameras while the Magic 2 comes with an impressive 6 no. of cameras. Let’s talk about the specifications of the camera module.

The Lenovo Z5 Pro has a vertically stacked dual camera set up on the rear which consists of a primary camera of 24-megapixel Sony IMX576 sensor + a secondary Sony IMX519 sensor of 16-megapixel. It features f/1.8 aperture lens, autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. The front also hosts a dual camera module comprising of primary 16-megapixel sensor + a secondary 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. The front camera module features AI beauty mode and also supports IR face recognition which helps to unlock the phone even in low lighting conditions.

The Mi Mix 3 sports a vertically stacked dual rear camera module which is placed at the top left corner and comprises of 12-megapixel primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, there’s a 24-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera for selfies and video calls.

The Magic 2 features a triple rear camera module on the rear as well as on the back. The rear camera set up is stacked vertically and placed at the top left corner. It comprises of 16-megapixel RGB lens with f/1.8 aperture + a 24-megapixel Monochrome lens of f/1.8 aperture + a 16-megapixel super wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture. The rear camera set up features scene recognition, HDR wide-angle photography in Night mode, AR mode and 3D portrait mode. The front boasts a 16-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, alongside a pair of 2-megapixel depth-sensing lenses with f/2.4 aperture.

At least on paper, the Honor Magic 2 seems to have an edge in the camera department over its counterparts. However, we would still advice you to refer some user reviews before you zero down on one option based on the camera output.

Honor Magic 2 vs Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: Pricing and Availability Details

The Honor Magic 2 base variant 6GB RAM + 128GB onboard storage comes with a price tag of CNY 3,799 (roughly Rs. 40,500) and the mid-variant i.e. 8GB RAM + 128GB onboard storage is priced at a CNY 4,299 (roughly Rs. 45,500). While the top most variant i.e. 8GB RAM + 256GB inbuilt storage. comes at CNY 4,799 (roughly Rs. 50,000). There are three colour options available for the users- Gradient Blue, Gradient Red and Gradient Black. The phone goes on sale starting tomorrow i.e. 6th November in China.

The Lenovo Z5 Pro base variant i.e. 6GB RAM + 64GB storage is priced at CNY 1,998 (roughly Rs. 21,500) and the top variant i.e. 6GB RAM + 128GB storage is priced at CNY 2,298 (roughly Rs. 24,500). The phone will come in single colour i.e. Ceramic Black and will go on sale in next week i.e. from November 11.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 base variant i.e. 6GB + 128GB storage comes with a price tag of CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 34,500), the mid variant i.e. 8GB + 128GB storage comes with a price tag of CNY 3,599 (roughly Rs. 38,000) and the top variant i.e. 8GB + 256GB comes with a price tag of CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 42,000). The phone has already gone on sale in China and comes in three colour options i.e. Onyx Black, Jade Green, and Sapphire Blue.

There is no official word yet on the availability of the phones outside of China or in India. So, you’ll have to wait a while in case you wish to buy any of these phones.

CompareRaja’s Verdict:

The Honor Magic 2 is a power packed phone with good display, memory and excellent camera set up comprising of 6 cameras, but it comes with a slightly higher price tag as compared to other two phones. If you are a bit short on budget, then Lenovo Z5 is a good to consider as it’s the least expensive of the three phones and comes with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 95.06 per cent. It scores decent in other aspects as well.

Here’s a quick specs comparison between Honor Magic 2, Lenovo Z5 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 for your reference.

  Honor Magic 2 Lenovo Z5 Pro Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Display Size 6.39-inch 6.39-inch 6.39-inch
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel Density 403 ppi 403 ppi 403 ppi
Aspect Ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9 19.5:9
Screen-to-Body Ratio 91.5 per cent 93.4 per cent 95.06 per cent
Dimensions 157.32 × 75.13 × 8.3 mm 155.12 × 73.04 × 9.3 mm 157.89 x 74.69 x 8.46 mm
Weight 206 grams 210 grams 218 grams
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC Snapdragon 710 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Graphics Mali-G76 MP10 Adreno 616 Adreno 630
RAM 6 GB or 8 GB 6 GB 6 GB or 8 GB or 10 GB
Inbuilt Storage 128 GB or 256 GB 64 GB or 128 GB 128 GB or 256 GB
Expandable Storage No No No
Primary Camera 16 MP + 24 MP + 16 MP 24 MP + 16 MP 12 MP + 12 MP
Secondary Camera 16 MP + 2 MP + 2MP 16 MP + 8 MP 24 MP + 2 MP
Flash Yes, LED Flash Yes, dual LED Flash Yes, Screen Flash
OS Version Android v9.0 (Pie) Android v8.1 (Oreo) Android v9.0 (Pie)
Custom UI Magic UI 2.0 ZUI 10.0 MIUI 10
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 3350 mAh 3200 mAh
Fingerprint Sensor Yes (on-screen) Yes (on-screen) Yes (rear mounted)
Fast Charge Support Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Charging No No Yes
3.5 mm Jack No Yes No
Waterproof NA NA NA
Dustproof NA NA NA