Heroes of might and cheap: Xiaomi Mi 4 vs Huawei Honor 6 vs ZTE nubia Z7 mini specs comparison

Heroes of might and cheap: Xiaomi Mi 4 vs Huawei Honor 6 vs ZTE nubia Z7 mini specs comparison
A time has come, when brand-name juggernauts like Samsung, Sony, LG or HTC, are still releasing their flagships for north of $600 starting price without a contract, while Chinese newcomers like Oppo, Xiaomi or Huawei, are outing very similar handsets for half the price. The newly announced Xiaomi Mi 4, as well as the Huawei Honor 6 and ZTE Nubia Z7 mini before it, will be available very soon, and they sport most everything that the big boys like the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), or the Xperia Z2 have to offer.

Granted, don't expect fingerprint scanners, waterproof chassis, or OIS tech, but if you don't care about those, you will be getting svelte and powerful 5-inchers, saving a few Benjamins in the process. Starting off with the design and dimensions, the Mi 4 is indeed about 1 mm narrower than its competitors, which shouldn't make that much of a difference in your hand. The thinnest and lightest, however, is Huawei's Honor 6, despite that it too features a metal rim around its sides. In addition, the Honor 6 and Z7 mini sport a microSD card slot extensions, so you can get the cheapest 16 GB versions, and build on that. The Mi 4 strikes back with an infrared sensor at the top, though, coming to replace your multiple remote control units.

As for the silicon inside, while Huawei's homebrew Kirin 920 has yet to prove itself in battle, the Snapdragon 801 processors in the Mi 4 is the same one would find in the Galaxy S5, for instance, so you won't be longing for much more performance out of the handset. Moreover, both Huawei, and Xiaomi, one-up the S5 by offering 3 GB of RAM instead of two. All phones come with 13 MP Sony camera sensors that are the newest IMX214 models in the Honor 6 and the Mi 4. Xiaomi's phone takes the photography prowess up a notch with 4K video recording, and an 8 MP wide-angle front camera that boasts a Sony sensor Exmor sensor, too.

The Z7 mini has a slower Snapdragon processor than the Mi 4, 2 GB of RAM instead of 3 GB, and a modest 2300 mAh battery, compared to 3000+ in the other two, but it also comes at the most affordable price - about $240 without a contract in China, while the Xiaomi Mi 4 takes off with a $320 tag for the 16 GB model, and $400 for the 64-gigger. Huawei Honor 6 is the most "expensive" of the three, if this word can be used about such value-for-money propositions at all. Huawei pegged it at $370 for the 16 GB one, and $410 for the 32 GB unit, but you also get a memory card slot for expansion. Which one of these affordable flagships from China would you pick?

Display

Size

5.0 inches
5.0 inches
5.0 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
 
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

69.48 %
70.50 %
72.20 %

Features

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

HiSilicon Kirin 920
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC

Processor

Octa-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7, 32-bit, 28 nm
Quad-core, 2000 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm

GPU

Mali-T628 MP4
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

3GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

16GB
16GB
64GB

OS

Android (5.1 Lollipop, 4.4), Huawei Emotion UI
Android (4.4.2), nubia UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 4.4.3), Xiaomi MI UI

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
2300 mAh
3080 mAh

Charging

 
 
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Stand-by time

 
 
11.7 days (280 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
30.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
 

Stand-by time (3G)

 
24.2 days (580 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
13 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)
13 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0
Aperture size: F2.0
Aperture size: F1.8; Sensor size: 1/3.06"

Video recording

Yes
3840x2160 (4K UHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, H.265
 
 

Features

 
 
HDR

Front

5 MP
2 MP
8 MP

Video capture

 
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
 

Design

Dimensions

5.50 x 2.74 x 0.30 inches (139.6 x 69.7 x 7.5 mm)
5.55 x 2.73 x 0.32 inches (140.9 x 69.3 x 8.2 mm)
5.48 x 2.70 x 0.35 inches (139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm)

Weight

4.59 oz (130.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.04 oz (143.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.26 oz (149.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Features

 
 
Touch sensitive control keys

Buyers information

Price

 
 
$ 400
See the full Honor 6 vs nubia Z7 mini vs Xiaomi Mi 4 specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.


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  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin 3GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop Huawei Emotion UI
Z7 mini
  • OS Android 4.4.2 nubia UI
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2300 mAh
Mi 4

PhoneArena Score:

8.8

User Score:

9.6
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3080 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Xiaomi MI UI

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