Our Opinion

The Infinix Hot S3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Huawei Honor 9 Lite (3GB RAM, 32GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Infinix Hot S3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Huawei Honor 9 Lite (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Infinix Hot S3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 9 Lite Infinix Hot S3
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Excellence Score
27.4
27.8
Value for Money Score
71.1
70.4
Price ₹ 10,435 onwards ₹ 10,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.65 inches 5.65 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 427 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 285 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 1.5 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #49 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #72 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Portrait Mode, Bokeh, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 5P lens, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 13MP + 2MP 20.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Selfie Portrait Mode, Selfie Bokeh, Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, Dual LED Flash, Beauty Mode, HDR
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 128 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 7.6 mm 8.54 mm
Weight 149 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4000 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 2.5D Curved Back Glass; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks stunning, with an beautiful glass-based build - making it stand out amongst the competition in this price range - an elegant and modern design, executed almost perfectly
  • The phone is also slim, compact, and pocketable - which, amongst a sea of mammoth phablets, is again a design choice that a lot of people will appreciate
  • Decent face unlock functionality - one of the cheapest devices right now to boast the same!
  • Very good edge-to-edge 5.65-inch full-HD+ screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and with good sharpness, and brightness levels, making it one of the best displays in this price bracket
  • EMUI is pretty decent and has some nice add-ons to standard Android functionality, like split screen notifications, and dynamic fonts
  • Good day-to-day performance backed by the solid Kirin 659 SoC (it's on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC)
  • Dual camera setups on both the rear and front sides make for some good bokeh shots
  • Decent 3, 000mAh battery under the hood - the phone will get through the day on a single charge (having said that, there are better battery life phones in this price bracket)
  • Modern, trendy looks with minimal bezels
  • Textured power button comes handy while pulling out the phone from your pocket - you precisely know which button to press
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach and unlocks the device almost instantaneously
  • Bright, vivid 5.65 inch display with a HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and a tall, modern 18:9 aspect ratio - which basically allows for more screen real estate in a compact form factor
  • Infinix has customized the Android operating system with a light skin called XOS 3.0, which brings a tweaked icon and launcher system, apart from features such as dual accounts, and a file sharing service - it all works reasonably well
  • Good day-to-day performance, thanks to the solid Snapdragon 430 SoC - basic tasks such as calling, social networking, clicking pictures and running multiple apps are smooth, and games are also handled reasonably well
  • You can trigger the camera by double pressing the volume down button
  • Good selfie camera, easily one of the best in the budget segment - and arguably better than the previous selfie camera leader in this segment, the Redmi Y1 - the camera is really quick to focus on the subject, and then layers the picture with beautification stuff to give you a crisp and beautified selfie - the beautification seems natural and and it isn’t as aggressive as that of its Chinese rivals - there is also a dual LED flash at the front to capture selfies in low-light, which is a great addition
  • Very good battery life - can last up to two full days of moderate use (again going one up on the Redmi Y1 which is its primary competitor)
  • On the whole, the Infinix Hot S3 is one of the more impressive all-rounders in the budget segment, and will provide strong competition to the Xiaomi phones that otherwise dominate this segment
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The glass based design means that if you drop it, you can do some damage to the device, so using a case would be a good idea
  • The EMUI interface is now cleaner than before, but still not as simple and no-nonsense as stock Android
  • While the cameras are good with bokeh shots, standard photography is average and could have had better detail, brightness and composure - in roughly this price range, you’ll get better photography from the slightly more expensive Xiaomi Mi A1, which uses its dual-camera setup more effectively and delivers on everyday photography better
  • Takes a little over two hours to charge using the bundled 10W charger - fast charging support would have been a nice-to-have
  • On the whole, while it's a good phone, this is a very competitive price range - the Xiaomi Mi A1, Moto G5S Plus and Huawei’s own Honor 7X will give the phone a tough fight - while Honor 9 Lite is arguably the best looking of all, it is not the most powerful of the lot, and the cameras, while decent, are not class leading
  • Average rear camera - takes decent quality shots, but sometimes has inconsistent focusing issues, so it's not the most reliable
  • The speaker placed at the bottom could have been better - it is quite easy to cover the speaker and the overall sound profile is somewhat flat
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