Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9i is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Honor 7X 64GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9i!

Huawei Honor 7X 64GB  Huawei Honor 9i 
Huawei Honor 7X Huawei Honor 9i
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Excellence Score
35.0
50.3
Value for Money Score
72.7
86.1
Price ₹ 14,062 onwards ₹ 14,866 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2017 Oct, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.0 Nougat, Expected upgrade to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.93 inches 5.9 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 407 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features LTPS IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.36 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659 HiSilicon Kirin 659
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 MaliT830-MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1/2.9" Sensor Size, 1.25um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 13.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Portrait Selfie, Effects, Gesture Control Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), Flash, F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.6 mm 7.5 mm
Weight 165 gm 164 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3340 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; Wi-Fi Bridge; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual-band; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent metal unibody design with a premium look and feel, top notch build quality
  • Add to that the minimal bezel 18:9 display, and the Honor 7X is a definite looker
  • The metal body curves on the sides and along the edges, giving this phone a good in-hand feel
  • Reasonably light at 165 grams
  • Beautiful, large, immersive display - watching movies and games is a great experience
  • Viewing angles are good too, and Honor lets you tweak the colour temperature to suit your preferences
  • The fingerprint scanner at the back is easy to reach and quick to unlock the phone
  • Honor's custom EMUI skin is decent (though not the best) and has a thoughtful single-handed mode which makes the phone easier to use despite its big screen
  • Good, solid, peppy performance backed by the same combination of processor and RAM as the Honor 9i
  • Both rear and front camera clicks are good in well lit conditions - and both have bokeh mode
  • Decent battery life - will comfortably last the work day with moderate use
  • If your primary requirement is for a large, bezel-less display for reading content and watching movies, then the 7X will make a good choice
  • Well built
  • Stylish, premium design - full metal body and a bezel-less display with 2.5D curved glass
  • Quite compact, and easy to pocket
  • The FullView bezel-less display looks gorgeous and makes for a good media consumption device
  • EMUI interface on top of Android works well, and is easy to use
  • Good, snappy speed/performance all-round
  • The major USP of the Honor 9i is of course the quad-camera setup, and it works well
  • The primary camera on the Honor 9i includes a 16-megapixel lens coupled with a 2-megapixel lens for depth effect and an LED flash - the image results are quite crisp and well balanced - there are also loads of filters and modes for users to choose from
  • Video recording also gives you an option to have bokeh effect frames for still shooting
  • Upfront the Honor 9i comes with another dual-camera setup - the Honor 9i carries a 13-megapixel and a 2-megapixel lens along with a selfie toning flash - the selfies come out well, including with the bokeh effect - comfortably one of the best selfie cams in this price bracket
  • Decent battery life - lasts the day with moderate use
  • On the whole, the Honor 9i has an edge above its top competitors like the Vivo V7+ and the LG Q6, in terms of the fact that it offers both a good-looking bezel-less display, but also a pretty good set of cameras (the cameras on LG Q6, and Vivo V7+ are less capable)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Performance is good in daily use, but graphically intensive games will stutter - there are better performing phones available in this price bracket
  • Rear and front cameras are quite good but not the best - low light performance and portrait/bokeh mode are sometimes hit-and-miss
  • Average loudspeaker - audio from videos and music is not the best
  • Uses the older micro-USB port, instead of the USB-C standard
  • No fast charging support - will take about two and a half hours to charge fully
  • At this price range, the Honor 7X faces strong competition from the Xiaomi Mi A1 - while it doesn’t come with as impressive a display as the Honor 7X - it does boast a superior set of cameras, and stock Android OS (along with guaranteed Android updates in the future), which may make it an overall better choice for most users
  • The back is quite prone to fingerprint smudges
  • Sunlight legibility of the display could have been better
  • Uses the older microUSB standard instead of the modern USB-C standard
  • Doesn't support fast charging
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  1. If you prioritise looks over performance then the Honor 9i does offer more bang for the buck than other smartphones
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  2. The Honor 9i is amongst the best phones in the sub-20k category, but it’s not perfect
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  3. If screen is important to you, the Honor 9i will make for a good smartphone at under Rs 20,000.
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