Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9i is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Honor 8, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9i!

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Excellence Score
30.5
50.3
Value for Money Score
67.6
86.1
Price ₹ 14,079 onwards ₹ 14,866 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 Oct, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 7.1 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat, Expected upgrade to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.9 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass Display, 96% NTSC Colour Gamut, Eye-care mode 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.36 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Kirin 950 HiSilicon Kirin 659
GPU Mali-T880 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 12.0 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 (12MP + 12MP), Full HD Video Recording, Laser Auto Focus, F/2.2 Aperture, 6P Lens, 1.4um Pixel Size, Screen-lock snapshot, Virtual aperture shooting, Night shot, Professional Mode, Beauty mode, Food mode, Panorama, HDR, Watermark, Light painting, Time-lapse, Slow-motion, Audio note, Document scan, Capture smiles, Touch to capture, Sound Snap, Delayed Shot 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 F/2.4 Aperture, Delayed shooting, Panoramic Selfie support, Perfect Selfie mode Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), Flash, F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.45 mm 7.5 mm
Weight 153 gm 164 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 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 Online Video Streaming Time: up to 9 hrs, Online Music Streaming Time: up to 24 hrs, Video Playback Time: up to 10 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 2.5D Curved Glass Back Panel; Smart Control 4.0; 2 yrs extended warranty ; NFC; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; WiFi Dual Band; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual-band; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stylish, premium design, and striking aesthetics - curved-edge metal frame with both front and back glass - with a 15-layer "light-catching finish" for the back that plays with ambient light in a way that looks great!
  • Very good, bright display
  • Huawei's EMUI looks good, and a has an iPhone-like app-drawer-less interface
  • Very good speed/performance
  • Superlative rear camera with a dual lens setup - overall, one of the best cameras on a smartphone - and comparable to the very good camera of it's top competitor - the OnePlus 3
  • Good front camera, too
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Good call quality
  • Good audio quality
  • Good battery life - should get you through the day comfortably - although not as good as it's top competitor - the OnePlus 3
  • Fast charging support (full recharge in under 100 minutes) - although again not as fast as the "dash charging" on OnePlus 3
  • Incredibly fast, accurate fingerprint scanner
  • 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]
  • All glass design attracts smudges/ fingerprints and is slippery (so using a case is a good idea)
  • Video recording quality could be better
  • While the phone performance is pretty good, it doesn't hold up against the top performing Snapdragon 820 phones that rule the market currently
  • 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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