Xiaomi used to be the only brand that people would resort to when looking for bang-for-the-buck smartphones. But over the past few months, Honor has been coming up with interesting releases that are poised to gun down Xiaomi’s offerings.

One of their latest, the Honor Play, brags some really impressive specs that are redefining the midrange segment. It sports a really powerful processor, which really lives up to its for-gamers title.

Besides its muscle-y internals, the Honor Play touts other interesting features that make it one of the most appealing devices in its price category.


With that, Xiaomi is trying to fire back as they release the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite. Much like its competition, the Mi 8 lite comes is completely rigged-out as the company’s latest attempt to lure people back in.

Here in our Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite versus Honor Play specifications and features comparison, we’re about to see if Xiaomi has completely lost its fight from Honor. And in return, we’ll help you decide which between these two best suits you. Let’s start!


Xiaomi Mi 8 LiteHonor Play
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Android 8.1 Oreo
EMUI 8.2
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.26-inch FHD+ IPS
2280 × 1080 pixel resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
2.5D Curved Glass
6.3-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
2.5D Curved Glass
Processor2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core
GPUAdreno 512Mali-G72 MP12
GPU Turbo technology
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera24-megapixel
AI Portrait Mode, Beautification
3D Portrait Lighting
AI Portrait Mode, Beautification
Rear Camera12-megapixel +
Dual-pixel AF
AI scene detection
LED flash
16-megapixel +
AI scene detection
LED flash
AudioSingle loudspeaker
No Headphone Jack
(Adapter included)
Single loudspeaker
Headphone Jack
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
Fingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
FM Radio
USB Type-C
Dimensions156.4 × 75.8 × 7.5mm157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5mm
ColorsSunset Gold
Midnight Black
Aurora Blue
Midnight Black
Navy Blue
Quick Charge 3.0
Fast charging
Price4GB/64GB: Php13,990
6GB/128GB: Php16,990


If you’re a specs-head just like most people in the market, you can easily say that the Honor Play wins this specs comparison. But if you analyze the table closely, these two devices are actually pretty identical.

The Honor Play’s Kirin 970 chipset easily outshines the Mi 8 Lite’s Snapdragon 660 processor. Honor’s offering also has the GPU Turbo technology, which can make games run faster and smoother.

Honor Play - NoypiGeeks

But with just a thousand peso more, the top-of-the-line Mi 8 Lite offers 6GB of RAM, which is 2GB more than the Honor Play’s 4GB. It also has twice as much internal storage at 128GB. This means that you can multitask better and store more media and applications.

However, Honor Play is stealing the win again in the battery round. This beast has a larger 3,750mAh battery, while the Mi 8 Lite settles for a 3,350mAh battery. On the upside, both devices have fast charging technology.

See also: Xiaomi Poco F1 vs Honor Play: Specs Comparison


Consumers might also take offense by the lack of a headphone jack on the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite. But the thing is, this is a statement from Xiaomi saying that they are going in the right direction. So for now, you will have to settle with the included Type-C to 3.5mm jack adapter.

But if you’re one of those who love to take pictures more, you might want to consider the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite over the Honor Play. It has a more impressive 24-megapixel selfie camera, versus the 16-megapixel sensor of the Honor Play.


The Honor Play’s 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel primary shooters might appear more superior than the Mi 8 Lite’s 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel combo, but don’t be fooled as it has wider f/1.9 aperture and a dual-pixel autofocus. This means it has better low-light performance and can take pictures faster.


To sum it up, if gaming and overall performance are top priority, then going with the Honor Play is a no-brainer. For its price of Php15,990, you can’t really go wrong on this one.

But if you want the perfect balance between camera quality, performance, and design, you might want to consider the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite. It starts at only Php13,990 for the 4GB/64GB model, while the 6GB/128GB configuration is available for only Php16,990.

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  1. MI for me is a better phone because of the brand value it has associated with it. Moreover, it has slightly better configuration as well as cheaper price.

    Thanks for sharing this post, have a great day. :)