Huawei Honor Pad 2 – Another iPad Mini Wannabe

The Huawe Honor Pad 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 are two similarly priced tablets on the iPad Mini category. But is this better?

SpecsHuawei Honor Pad 2 (JDN-AL00)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 616 1.5GHz Octa Core
GPU: Adreno 405
MemoryRAM: 3 GB LPDDR3
Expansion: Support up to 128 GB Maximum
Display8.0 inch IPS
1920 x 1200 pixels, 283 ppi
CamerasRear: 8.0 MP, f/2.0 Aperture
Front: 2.0 MP
Network2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz, TD-SCDMA 1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz ( Band 1/3/7 ), TD-LTE 1900/2300/2500/2600MHz ( 2555MHz - 2655MHz ) ( Band 38/39/40/41 )
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
Dual Band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorGravity, Proximity, Ambient Light
IO1x 3.5mm Audio Slot
1x MicroUSB 2.0
1x Micro Sim Card Slot
Dimensions208 x 122 x 8.0mm
Weight: 330g
AC Adapter 110-240V 5V 1A

Who comes on top? The Huawei Honor Pad 2 versus the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3. Here s a short table below showing the difference between the two.

SpecsHuawei Honor Pad 2Xiaomi Mi Pad 3
ChipsetSnapdragon 616 Octa Core
GPU: Adreno 405
Mediatek MT8176 Hexacore 2.1GHz
GPU: PowerVR GX6250
MemoryRAM: 3 GB
ROM: 32 GB
Expansion: Supported up to 128 GB
No support for Expansion
Display8.0 inch
1920 x 1200 pixels
7.9" Retina
2048 x 1536p, 326 ppi
ConnectivityBT, Dual Band WiFi
MicroUSB 2.0
BT, Dual Band WiFi
USB Type C
Network4G LTE SupportedNone
MicroUSB 2.0 Charging
6600mAh (Quick Charging)
USB Type C

As you can see on the table above, there is quite a difference between the two. So, lets examine them more clearly here

Snapdragon 616 (Adreno 405) versus Mediatek 8176 (PowerVR)

In terms of performance, both of these chipsets are on the average area. They don’t offer blistering performance as well noticeable gaming improvements. Although for the gaming part, I would go for the Adreno 405 because it is more optimized, however, it will still not offer buttery smooth gaming performance as expected.

Build Quality

Both of these tablets are premium, so no big difference here.

EMUI versus MIUI

Well, these two UIs are heavily customized, so it is a matter of choice. You should also take note, that the new MIUI 8.2 version for the Mi Pad 3 is still buggy right now.

3 GB versus 4 GB RAM plus memory expansion

Honestly, I don’t see a huge difference between the two. However, if you stooped down to 2GB (Mi Pad 2), then you can see the difference. 3GB is more or less a standard for Smartphone as well as Tablet.

Retina versus 1080p

Go for retina, the MiPad 3 as well as the Mi Pad 2 share the same screen and it is gorgeous and probably one of its best asset. Although for gaming, the 1080p is less straining to the chipset.

USB Type C versus MicroUSB 2.0

If you want quick charging, then the Mi Pad 3 offers you that luxury. It can quickly charge the tablet in less than 2 hours and also offers blistering fast read and write speeds.

4G LTE, GPS versus None

This is probably the area where the Huawei Honor Pad 2 edges over the Mi Pad 3. It comes with 4G LTE Support and GPS built in. It also supports Full Phone Functionality, meaning it can also be categorized as a Phablet.

4800mAh versus 6600mAh

What I loved about the Mi Pad 2 as well as the Mi Pad 3 was the very long battery life. Nevertheless, Huawei is also great on that category. Battery life on most of their phones and tablets are superb. So I would say that battery life here is tied, although the battery of the Huawei Honor Pad 2 is smaller, the chipset is also more efficient. But this does not include using the 4G LTE.

Verdict? It is a matter of choice, If you want 4G LTE support, GPS, emory Expansion, as well as a slightly better gaming, then go for the Huawei Honor Pad 2. But for an almost 100% carbon copy look of the iPad Mini, great screen and USB Type C support, then the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is also a good option. Which is your priority? 4G LTE or looks?

Personally, I do need LTE and GPS more, so I would choose the Huawei Honor Pad 2.

Highlights of the Huawei Honor Pad 2

  • Full Phone Functionality (supports Micro SIM)
  • 4G LTE Support on supported frequencies
  • GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Dual Band WiFi Support
  • Powered by Snapdragon 616 and Adreno 405 chipset
  • 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM with support for TF Card Expansion
  • 4800mAh battery

WHERE TO BUY? (May 26)

Huawei Honor Pad 2 retails at $219 (Use Coupon Code: Pad2JDN)

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