Our Opinion

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

Huawei Honor 9i  Samsung Galaxy On Max 
Huawei Honor 9i Samsung Galaxy On Max
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Excellence Score
48.6
33.4
Value for Money Score
86.8
75.2
Price ₹ 14,101 onwards ₹ 12,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Jul, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.9 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 386 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display TFT, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.39 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #42 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P25 Lite
GPU MaliT830-MP2 Mali-T880
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 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 (16MP + 2MP), Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Panorama, HDR F/1.7 Aperture
Secondary Camera 13.0 MP 13.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), Flash, F/2.0 Aperture Flash, F/1.9 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 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
Thickness 7.5 mm 8.1 mm
Weight 164 gm 179 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3300 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 20.00 hrs
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 11 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 13 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 72 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual-band; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Samsung Pay Mini
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)
  • Well built - the phone looks and feels quite premium
  • Good, bright, large display - decent colour reproduction, good viewing angles - good videos and movie watching experience
  • Good, accurate fingerprint sensor
  • On the top of Android, is Samsung's new UI - Samsung Experience - it is more refined compared to TouchWiz UX - and continues to have a number of added software features like Games Launcher, one-handed operation mode, Multi-window mode, Direct call (to make a voice call by picking up and holding the device near your ear while viewing call, message, or contact details)
  • Smart alert (to set the device to alert you if you have missed calls or new messages when you pick up the device), Gesture support, Dual Messenger (lets you use two separate accounts for the same app such as Facebook, WhatsApp and more), Secure Folder, Samsung Pay Mini, and others
  • Decent speed/performance, similar to Snapdragon 625 powered devices in this price bracket - and a notch above the Helio P20 powered Galaxy J7 Max
  • Excellent rear camera in all lighting conditions, comparable to the Moto G5 Plus, which has otherwise been the top camera phone in this price bracket
  • White balance and dynamic range remains impressive in all situations
  • Good selfie camera too, with a front facing flash for low light selfies
  • Video recording quality is decent too (but the phone doesn’t have a secondary microphone so recorded audio is not crisp)
  • Audio through the bundled or third-party earphones is decent
  • Good call quality
  • Good Dual SIM management with Samsung's Smart Dual SIM feature (automatically forwards calls from the phone number on SIM 2, even if a user is on the phone with SIM 1’s number)
  • Decent battery life - lasts a day of average use (though its a notch below its cousin, the Galaxy J7 Max, because of a slightly more battery hungry processor)
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
  • Pretty big for single-handed use - also a bit heavy at 179 grams - might not suit people with small hands
  • Lacks a notification LED light
  • Samsung's UI is pretty nice but it continues to have duplicate apps for things like mail and browser, which is unnecessary
  • Lacks fast charging, which is present in some of its competitors - takes about 2 and half hours to charge the phone
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 »
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  3. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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  5. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
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