Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9i is a significantly better phone than the Huawei P20 Lite, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9i!

Huawei Honor 9i  Huawei P20 Lite 
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Excellence Score
50.3
43.7
Value for Money Score
86.1
67.6
Price ₹ 14,866 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Expected upgrade to 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.9 inches 5.84 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass
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 MaliT830-MP2 Mali-T830 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, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Panorama, HDR Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 13.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), Flash, F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Full HD Video Rec., 3D Portrait Lighting
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 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 7.5 mm 7.4 mm
Weight 164 gm 145 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3000 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 Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual-band; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; USB Type-C, USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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)
  • Premium, good looking design, with nice rounded corners, and a glass back
  • Light-weight at just 145g
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint scanner at the back
  • Supports facial recognition too (and it works well)
  • Good, tall, 5.84 inch 'bezel-less' display with a notch at the top
  • EMUI is now one of the better Android skins around, and has a lot of useful customizations
  • Good, solid performance similar to phones with the Snapdragon 625 processors - both regular use and casual games will be smooth and lag-free
  • Good set of dual rear cameras, with a nice bokeh effect, and bright colors (especially in daylight)
  • The front camera has a 16Mp sensor and is pretty good too
  • The P20 Lite has a headphone jack (unlike its senior cousin, the P20 Pro) which is always appreciated
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Average loudspeaker
Expert Reviews
  1. If you prioritise looks over performance then the Honor 9i does offer more bang for the buck than other smartphones
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Honor 9i is amongst the best phones in the sub-20k category, but it’s not perfect
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  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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  5. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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