“The Xiaomi Redmi 6A and Honor 7S are the latest entry-level smartphones from their respective makers”

Honor recently unveiled its budget offering, the 7s in India. A day later, Xiaomi pulled the wraps off the Redmi 6A, its entry-level budget offering that succeeds the Redmi 5A (review). Both the devices have been priced similarly and are aimed at offering a comprehensive set of features at a budget tag. In this segment, we put both the budget offerings through their paces to see which comes out ahead.

Design and Display

Honor 7S FI 0011The Xiaomi Redmi 6A heralds a few design changes from its predecessor, most notably in the use of an 18:9 display as opposed to 16:9 on the Redmi 5A. This results in thinner bezels and a better screen-to-body ratio. The Honor 7S is similar on the design front, with the exception of a slightly slimmer jaw and bezels. However, both the Honor 7s and the Redmi 6A are 8.3mm thick. 

Xiaomi Redmi 6 first impressions12Both devices offer a 5.45-inch display set at a resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels and offer a pixel density of 295ppi. Adding to that, the Honor 7s features an Eye Comfort mode, while Xiaomi offers features like Night Display and Reading mode.

Hardware and software

Honor-7S-FI-0010.jpgThe Honor 7s is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 SoC mated to a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which is further expandable via a microSD card slot. The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset. It offers more choice in variants, with both a 2GB + 16GB and 3GB + 32GB model on offer. It also features a dedicated microSD card slot to expand the storage.

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A runs Android 8.1 Oreo flavoured with the latest MIUI 9.6. Meanwhile, the Honor 7s also runs on Android 8.1 Oreo alongside the EMUI 8.2 overlay. It is mostly a personal choice when it comes to custom UIs, and as users, you need to go ahead and pick among the two.

Camera and Battery

Honor-7S-FI-0002.jpgThe Honor 7s offers a 13-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera unit with LED flash, HDR, panorama, and PDAF. The front-facing camera is a 5-megapixel sensor alongside an LED flash. The Xiaomi Redmi 6A features a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel selfie camera with LED flash. 

The Honor 7s is backed by a 3,020mAh battery, while the Redmi 6A comes fitted with a 3,000mAh unit. Both the devices don’t support fast charging and that’s just fine considering the budget pricing.

Closing thoughts

Redmi 6A vs Honor 7SThe Xiaomi Redmi 6A and the Honor 7S share quite a lot of hardware like the 5.45-inch display and sport similar specs when it comes to the camera. However, the Redmi 6A scores brownie points by offering a 32GB variant. This option is pretty important since most of the modern day apps are larger in size. That apart, the Xiaomi Redmi 6A also is priced lower than the Honor 7s. The Xiaomi Redmi 6A 2GB/16GB variant retails at Rs 5,999 while the Honor 7s with similar specifications is priced at Rs 6,999.