Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9N (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto G5 Plus (4GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9N (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Huawei Honor 9N (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Motorola Moto G5 Plus (4GB RAM, 32GB) 
Huawei Honor 9N Motorola Moto G5 Plus
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Excellence Score
34.9
26.3
Value for Money Score
72.7
67.4
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 11,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Mar, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.84 inches 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 Adreno 506
RAM 4 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 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features PDAF, HDR, Panorama F/1.7 Aperture, Dual LED (dual tone) Flash, 8X Digital Zoom for Photos, 4X Zoom for Video, Quick Capture, Tap to Capture, Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Video Stabilisation, Slow Motion video
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 2.0µm Pixel Size Wide-angle Lens, F/2.2 Aperture, Display Flash, Professional mode, Beautification mode
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 9.7 mm
Weight 152 gm 155 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 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, TurboPower
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging: 6 hrs of power in 15 min (TurboPower); NFC; 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
  • 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
  • Very good collection of colors, so you can pick to your taste (something not common in the budget price bracket)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dual-SIM with dual-4G standby support
  • The first Moto G series phone to have a metal body - looks quite handsome, and is a big step-up over its predecessors
  • Excellent build quality
  • Nice chrome accents on the front and rear add to the looks
  • Quick fingerprint sensor
  • The power and volume buttons on the right are located comfortably for single-hand operation
  • The phone's rounded edges and corners make it comfortable to hold and use
  • One-button Nav allows you to tap or swipe the fingerprint sensor instead of reaching for the Android navigation buttons - it works great, and can be pretty handy
  • Decent display, with good viewing angles (sunlight legibility could have been better though)
  • Runs close-to-stock Android UI out-of-the-box, which keeps things nice and simple
  • The added touches from Moto like Moto Display, and gestures are all pretty useful
  • Good, consistent performance all round - handles multi-tasking with ease, and apps launch quickly - games are handled well too, with no stuttering - benchmarks scores are pretty good, though a step behind the Redmi Note 4, which is the top performer in this price bracket
  • Good rear camera - improved even compared to its already good predecessor - captures good results in all sorts of situations - and has quick focusing - in daylight landscapes looked detailed, with punchy colours - the professional mode is good too - overall, this is arguably the best camera among the budget phones, though low light performance could still be better
  • The front camera is good too, with its colour accuracy, as long as there is adequate light
  • Supports 4K video recording
  • Decent call quality
  • Good battery life - in real world tests, the phone easily lasts the day with moderate use (though it lacks the stellar battery performance of some of its peers like the Redmi Note 4)
  • Excellent TurboPower charging functionality - a 20-minute charge gets you up to nearly 50 percent
  • Water-repellent nanocoating is a nice add-on
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • One of the main issues with the phone is in terms of performance - day-to-day experience is ok but not always butter smooth - there are the odd 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 a bit by 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
  • No LED notification indicator - the Moto Display feature somewhat compensates for this, but isn't as useful all the time
  • Tends to heat up when being used for navigation for an extended time
  • The bundled headphones are average
  • Loudspeaker quality is average too
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. Worth it, if you’re looking for a smart-looking phone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good smartphone...most people who are planning to buy one will not regret their decision
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Easily your go-to phone in 2018....checks all the necessary boxes for a youth-friendly phone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. 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 »
  8. 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 »
  9. A beautiful piece of design and hardware...but held back by its performance
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
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