Our Opinion

The Oppo F7 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Huawei Honor 9i is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Oppo F7 (4GB RAM, 64GB).

Huawei Honor 9i  Oppo F7 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 9i Oppo F7
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Excellence Score
48.6
54.6
Value for Money Score
86.8
82.7
Price ₹ 14,067 onwards ₹ 17,991 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.9 inches 6.23 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display LTPS IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #43 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU MaliT830-MP2 Mali-G72 MP3
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 F/1.8 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 13.0 MP 25.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), Flash, F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, HDR, Sony IMX576 Sensor, AI Camera
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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 164 gm 158 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3400 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; WiFi Dual-band; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; WiFi Direct; 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)
  • Nice looking, notch-based full screen design, that is in trend these days following the launch of the iPhone X
  • Very light
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back is quick and accurate, and face unlock also works quickly
  • The phone’s tall 6.23-inch LCD IPS display with full HD+ resolution is sharp and impressive
  • The Oppo F7 uses the company’s Color OS user interface, on top of Android - it’s a reasonably good single-layered UI with a heavy focus on visuals and apps built by Oppo
  • Good speed/performance - the phone handles both basic use, and graphic-intensive games fairly well, and you will get a clean, lag-free experience
  • Good rear and front cameras - pictures taken with the Oppo F7 are surprisingly good for the price of the phone, despite not having as many sensors as you’d expect from smartphones these days - the single-camera setup on either side might come across as inadequate, but the camera makes up for this with its AI chops - pictures are generally well composed and look good, with accurate colors and sharp contrast where needed
  • The AI abilities are really put to work in getting the depth-effect and vivid-mode shots - despite the single-camera setup, portrait shots with the front camera are excellent, getting colors, depth-effect and boundaries fairly accurately - the rear-camera’s portrait mode is decent too
  • Overall, the camera capabilities are on par with the very good cameras on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the Vivo V9 - which are also likely to be the Oppo F7's main competitors
  • Battery life is good as well, with the phone comfortably running for a full day on a single charge with moderate use
  • On the whole, the Oppo F7 is a good choice for a stylish looking device that takes especially good selfies - it also has a slight edge over its main competitor, the Vivo V9 in terms of performance, overall camera quality, and battery life (though in terms of design and build quality, the Vivo V9 is ahead)
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
  • The phone is primarily built of plastic, and the build quality could have been better at this price point
  • Charging and data transfers use a micro-USB port, which is a little old school in this age where even budget devices are going to USB Type-C way
  • There is no fast charging tech, so charging the Oppo F7 will take a while – about two hours (or a little more) to fully top up the battery with a regular charger
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.
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indiatoday.intoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Between this and the Vivo V9, we’d recommend the Oppo F7 as it is better in terms of battery life, camera quality, and CPU performance
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The screen is everything here... with its edge-to-edge design
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The F7 smartphone leads with its impressive selfies, premium display, customizable UI and reliable battery
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Up to date with a notch and a truly big screen
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
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