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honor 5X vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Which to get?


The budget premium market is a juicy one with more and more smartphone manufacturers vying for dominance over this segment. Recently, two devices have stuck out that are not only roughly the same price, but they also feature roughly the same build and roughly the same specs.

Yep, you know what devices we’re talking about — the honor 5X and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

Both of these devices are metal-clad premium budget devices that are targetted at those who don’t want to spend a whole lot of dough on a phone, but at the same time don’t want their devices to feel like they didn’t spend a whole lot of dough. Fickle right? But I digress.

While the two devices share about as many similarities as a pair of identical twins, there are a few things each device does differently so the biggest question is which one should you get? Well, here’s a short comparison that will hopefully give you a little clue.

1. Bigger battery

Both of these devices sport a 5.5-inch full-HD display, which as we know is pretty much as good of a compromise as it gets when it comes to crispiness versus battery-saving. However, these two metallic smartphones do not share the same battery size as the honor 5X gets the shorter end of that stick. While the honor 5X does have a pretty substantial 3,000 mAh battery, it simply can’t compare with the Redmi Note 3’s 4,000 mAh battery. Simple math will tell you who is the winner, so if you’re a power user that doesn’t like to carry around a powerbank, the Redmi Note 3 is the better option.

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2. Expandable storage

Though the first round went to the Redmi Note 3, this is where the honor 5X comes back swinging. The Redmi Note 3 is limited to either 16GB or 32GB of storage as it does not feature a microSD card slot for additional expansion. On the other hand, the 16GB honor 5X does have a microSD card slot, and a dedicated one to boot! That means you can use two SIM cards and a microSD memory card at the same time.