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Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Honor V40: Specs Comparison

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After becoming totally independent from Huawei, Honor started growing up again in its home country and soon it will rise again even in the global market. According to the latest research by BCI, Honor is currently the 6th smartphone manufacturer in China. The main contributor to this result is the new flagship killer Honor V40 recently released in the country. Alongside the Honor V40, the most important flagship killer released recently in China is the Xiaomi Mi 11. Which one is the best and which offers the best value for money between Xiaomi Mi 11 and Honor V40? Let’s discover it together in this specs comparison.

Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Honor V40

Xiaomi Mi 11 Honor V40
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.1 mm, 196 g 163.1 x 74.3 x 8 mm, 189 g
DISPLAY 6.81 inches, 1440 x 3200p (Quad HD+), AMOLED 6.72 inches, 1236 x 2676p (Full HD+), AMOLED
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz Mediatek Dimensity 1000+, octa-core 2.6 GHz
MEMORY 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB
SOFTWARE Android 11, MIUI Android 10, Magic UI
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS
CAMERA Triple 108 + 13 + 5 MP, f/1.9 + f/2.4 + f/2.4
20 MP front camera
Triple 50 + 8 + 2 MP, f/1.9 + f/2.4 + f/2.4
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY 4600 mAh, fast charging 50W, wireless charging 50W 4000 mAh, fast charging 66W and wireless charging 50W
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Dual SIM slot, 5G, reverse wireless charging 10W Dual SIM slot, 5G, reverse wireless charging

Design

The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a very attractive and original design, and it is the reason why it is my favorite one in this comparison. It comes with a very high screen-to-body ratio and a compact camera module, as well as the Gorilla Glass Victus protection (the latest one by Corning) for the display. It even comes in a special color variant made with an eco leather back. With its pill-shaped front camera hole and its bigger camera module on the rear side, the Honor V40 still offers a very good design. Further, it is more compact and slightly thinner than the Xiaomi Mi 11.

Display

Besides having a more original design, the Xiaomi Mi 11 has a more advanced display than the Honor V40. It offers a higher resolution: Quad HD+, with 1440 x 3200 pixels. The display shows up to one billion colors, it has a 120 Hz refresh rate and a way higher 1500 nit peak brightness, as well as the HDR10+ certification. But the Honor V40 is all but disappointing: it has a display with one billion colors as well (and it supports the HDR10 certification), but the brightness and the resolution are lower.

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Specs & Software

With the Xiaomi Mi 11, you even get better hardware. The flagship is powered by the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform paired with up to 12 GB of RAM and UFS 3.1 internal storage up to 256 GB. The Honor V40 has a Dimensity 1000+ chipset which can be located between Snapdragon 855+ and Snapdragon 865, paired with slower UFS 2.1 internal storage and 8 GB of RAM. Another disadvantage is the fact that Honor V40 is still based on Android 10 despite it was released in 2021, and it does not come with Google Mobile Services in the global market.

Camera

Xiaomi Mi 11 is the winner even when it comes to the camera department thanks to its better 108 MP main camera including OIS and supporting 8K video recording. The Honor V40 is still a good camera phone with its 50 MP triple camera, but inferior to the Mi 11. Both are pretty good camera phones, but they are distant from the top camera phones in the market. None of them comes with a telephoto sensor, so they both lack an optical zoom. Their camera setups are composed of the main camera, an ultrawide sensor, and a macro camera.

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Battery

Xiaomi Mi 11 has a bigger 4600 mAh battery which can actually last more than the 4000 mAh battery found on the Honor V40, no matter if the display is less efficient. The Snapdragon 888 chipset found on the Xiaomi Mi 11 has a better production process (5 nm) which means lower energy consumption. Honor V40 charges faster thanks to its 66W fast charging technology. Both the phones support fast wireless charging with a 50W power and reverse wireless charging.

Price

The starting price of the Xiaomi Mi 11 in China is $730/€603, while the Honor V40 is priced at $555/€460 in the Chinese market. The Honor V40 is way more affordable, but the Xiaomi Mi 11 is actually a better handset from every point of view. That is the reason why I would actually spend more to get a unit of the Xiaomi Mi 11 in order to get a better display, a better hardware department, and a superior camera sensor.

Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Honor V40: PRO and CONS

Xiaomi Mi 11

PRO

  • Best display
  • Faster charging
  • Better hardware
  • Bigger battery

CONS

  • Price

Honor V40

PRO

  • Very good price
  • Very fast charging
  • Fast wireless charging
  • Thin design

CONS

  • Inferior hardware

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