Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9N (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Oppo A3s (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9N (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Huawei Honor 9N (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Oppo A3s (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
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Excellence Score
34.6
34.0
Value for Money Score
80.2
74.5
Price ₹ 11,999 onwards ₹ 12,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.84 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #42 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #49 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), PDAF, HDR, Panorama Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features 2.0µm Pixel Size F/2.2 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 152 gm 168 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4230 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
Other Features Face Unlock; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; USB OTG; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, premium, glass-based design - arguably the best-looking smartphone in its price range - takes a lot of cues from its expensive brethren (like the Honor 10) in its design which basically means that you are getting a modern looking smartphone for quite an affordable price
  • Very good collection of colors, so you can pick to your taste (something not common in the budget price bracket)
  • The build quality is great too - the smartphone feels solid in hand and is very well build - the glass on glass construction gives it a premium vibe
  • Compact size - the smartphone is perfect for one-handed use and is neither too small nor too large - anyone who appreciates ergonomics will like this phone
  • Excellent display - a 5.84-inch IPS LCD panel which has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and a modern 19:9 aspect ratio (with minimal bezels) which means that you are getting more vertical space which is good for things like reading and social media apps - overall it is one of the best IPS panels in this price bracket - the colors are on point and the display features very good viewing angles - it also gets fairly bright and sunlight visibility is no problem here
  • Huawei’s EMUI skin, though somewhat bloated, brings a tons of customizability, features, and theming capabilities which is not found on stock Android (it also uses lots of vibrant colors in its iconography which depending on your preferences you might like or not)
  • Decent set of dual rear cameras - the phone is able to capture good pictures in bright light conditions - with ample details, low noise, and good dynamic range - even the portrait shots are above average with the background blur not feeling artificial
  • Decent selfie camera too, in good lighting conditions
  • Good call quality with effective noise cancellation
  • Dual-SIM with dual-4G standby support
  • The speaker gets fairly loud (however, it is very easy to muffle with your fingers, so you have to be careful while using the phone in landscape mode)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - with moderate use, you will end up 20% battery left in the tank, at the end of the day
  • Modern, appealing design language, with a notch-based tall display, that is uncommon to see at this price point
  • Good build quality
  • The 6.2-inch HD+ display is pretty decent, and has good brightness levels (though colours on screen look somewhat washed out and don't pop as much as one would like, and the resolution is on the low side too)
  • ColorOS UI adds some useful features like Face Unlock, and Game Space (which, kicks in when you're playing games and enhances the graphics and offloads some memory so that you have a smooth gaming experience)
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • The highlight of the phone is its stellar battery life - you will get a good two days of battery life on average use
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • One of the main issues with the phone is in terms of performance - day-to-day experience is not always smooth - there are occasional stutters, and launching apps takes a tad bit longer than they should - a lot of this might also have to do with EMUI not being optimised, apart from the aging chipset
  • No fast charging support - takes about 2.5 hours to charge fully
  • On the whole, the Honor 9N, while it looks gorgeous, is let down by both its performance - if you want good all-round devices you should look at the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro, or ZenFone Max Pro instead - both these phones bring faster processors, better cameras, and larger batteries
  • The rear panel smudges quite easily and is a fingerprint magnet, forcing you to wipe it clean multiple times during the day (you might want to use a case)
  • ColorOS UI is not the most refined Android UI - it is on the heavy side, and can be inconsistent and unintuitive at places (for instance there is the inability to swipe to remove notifications - you're forced to swipe left on a notification and tap the delete option every time you want to clear your notifications, which is quite time consuming)
  • Performance is just about ok - the combination of the middling Snapdragon 450, the limited 2GB RAM, and a heavy ColorOS UI, means that there is the occasional stuttering and lags and things don't quite move as fluidly as you would hope
  • Average dual camera setup on the rear - the bokeh pictures come out ok, but generally colours are not very accurate, and the camera often overexposes or over-saturates the colours, and autofocus is on the slow side
  • The selfie camera is pretty average too - in broad daylight you may capture workable selfies, but the quality indoors and in low-light is very low
  • No fast charging support
  • On the whole, the A3s is a decent device on its own, especially because of it's stellar battery life, but its average cameras and performance will pull it back a little - it will find it difficult to compete with it's own cousin for instance, the Realme 1, which offers much more for a similar price - and if one is keen on getting a notched display, then the Honor 9N will again offer tough competition, with a higher resolution display, at a similar price point
Expert Reviews
  1. If you want a sleek phone with a great display, the Honor 9N makes for a good buy
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. One of the most beautiful and stylish phones in this range
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Brings the Honor 10’s elegant design to a sub 15K price point, but the corners that have had to be cut are obvious
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A good smartphone...most people who are planning to buy one will not regret their decision
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A gorgeous looking smartphone, which comes with the glass body and a premium looking display....However, in terms of performance, rear camera and battery, Asus and Xiaomi have an upper hand
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A beautiful piece of design and hardware...but held back by its performance
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worth its price if you're looking for a good-looking device with a commendable camera...but fails to match up to the competition in some other respects
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Priced too close to the Realme 1, which offers much more for this price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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