Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9X (4GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9X (4GB RAM)!

Huawei Honor 9X (4GB RAM)  Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 9X Xiaomi Mi A3
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Excellence Score
32.8
29.8
Value for Money Score
66.8
65.2
Price ₹ 15,999 onwards ₹ 14,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2020 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.59 inches 6.01 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch) 720x1560 pixels (~ 286 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 710FRanked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #44 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 13mm Focal length (Ultra-wide), 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture, Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama 48MP: Sony IMX586 Sensor; 1.6um Pixel Size; 6p lens; F/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; PDAF, 8MP: Ultra wide-angle camera; 118° Field-of-View; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, AI Portrait mode, Steady Handheld Night Photography, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@240fps/120fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features Motorized Pop-up Camera, f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, 1.6um Pixel Size, HDR, Panorama selfie, 5p lens, Video: 1080p@30fps
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.8 mmMedium 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 197 gmHeavy 173 gmMedium
Width 77.3 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 71.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4030 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 Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Unique, striking glass rear panel design - one of the best looking phones in this price range, with its Sapphire Blue finish combined with Honor’s trademark reflective geometric tiles (the Midnight Black colour option is much more subdued though)
  • The front is modern and cutting edge too, with a 'full screen' notch-less display thanks to the pop-up selfie camera mechanism (its the cheapest pop-up selfie camera phone, as of today)
  • There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back that works well
  • Large, surprising bright, 6.59-inch Full HD+ IPS display - overall quality of the display is really good for an affordable smartphone
  • The lack of a notch makes watching video and playing games much more immersive
  • Honor's EMUI based on Android 9 Pie (with all Google services and access to Play Store) is in a good place these days and is one of the better custom Android skins - there are no ads here and a decent assortment of useful extras (the lack of Android 10 at the time of the launch is a letdown)
  • This might also be one of the last Honor phones to provide access to the Google app ecosystem (because of the ongoing ban on Huawei by the Trump administration, future models of Honor might not have access to Google Play Services)
  • Good, fast mid-range performance with the Kirin 710F SoC (similar to the Snapdragon 660) - Honor 9X will do for lag-free daily operations and stutter-free gaming
  • Good triple camera setup at the rear - 48-megapixel primary + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • In good lighting, the primary camera can shoot decent 12MP pixel binned photos - exposure is good in most environments, white balance and the colours are pretty accurate too - there's an AI mode that can boost colours even more
  • Low-light performance is good for a phone in this price bracket - noise is kept reasonably in check even in very dark shots - Night Mode also helps boost the phone’s low light capabilities, provided you have steady hands
  • Depth sensor works pretty well and produces some good portrait shots
  • Good 16MP pop-up selfie camera - shots are detailed, colours are accurate, and the contrast is nice
  • Very good battery life with a 4000 mAh cell - will easily see you through a full day and a half of moderate use
  • Honor 9X continues Honor's tradition of making good quality, desirable, but affordable phones with its eye-catching looks, notch-less display and good set of triple cameras (it's far from perfect though, with the lack of fast charging and the year old processor)
  • Premium build & gorgeous design: Dual Gorilla Glass 5 build, with an attractive, striking gradient design
  • Modern front panel, with a small notch
  • Compact form-factor - fairly easy to use one-handed
  • Decent, reasonably accurate under-display fingerprint scanner (it's not the fastest though)
  • Large, high-contrast AMOLED display
  • Being part of the Android One series, you get a simple/stock Android experience, along with a promise of minimum 2 years of Android updates
  • With the powerful Snapdragon 665 at the core, you get smooth dependable performance all-round - it's great for gaming too
  • Very good triple camera setup on the rear (48MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth)
  • Images turn out with high level of detail and true-to-life colors - the contrast is also excellent, while the dynamic range is notably wide
  • 8MP images with the ultrawide-angle camera are decent too - its per-pixel quality is much lower than the main camera, but the colors are still nice, and noise is minimal
  • Portrait mode works well - shots are detailed, with excellent subject separation and convincing faux blur
  • Night mode works decently well too
  • Excellent selfies too, from the 32MP selfie camera - there is enough detail, the colors are nice, and the images are sharp enough
  • Good video recording performance too - both 4K and 1080p videos are sharp and detailed, contrast is excellent, color rendition is quite nice and true to life, and the dynamic range is decent - at 1080p 30fps, there is also EIS, which works well
  • Overall, the Mi A3 is easily one of the better camera phones in this price bracket, going head-to-head with excellent camera phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Very good speaker - loud, with fairly rich and deep sound
  • Very good battery life with a large 4030mAH battery - you will comfortably get 1.5 days of use
  • Fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0) support, with up to 18W charger
  • Overall, the Mi A3 is an all-round good Android One phone, that does well on most counts, and additionally packs a stock Android experience (plus promised updates) - for a lot of users, who value a stock Android experience, and whose main consumption on the phone is images & video, it will be a good bet
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The Honor 9X is a gargantuan handset - it certainly isn’t built for small hands or pockets - also a bit heavy at 197gm
  • Face Unlock is not available on the Honor 9X
  • If you are an Android purist, and prefer stock like Android and minimal bloat, you should look elsewhere
  • Sadly, Honor 9X is far from being the most powerful smartphone at this price range, there are better options available, like the Redmi Note 8 Pro with MediaTek G90T & the Realme 5 Pro with Snapdragon 712
  • The image quality from wide-angle camera is disappointing (however, it does provide exaggerated perspective shots on the cheap)
  • Video performance is average from both primary and wide-angle cameras - there's no 4K here and no electronic stabilisation at Full HD
  • Overall, while the Honor 9X offers good cameras for the price, Xiaomi & Realme offer even better cameras
  • The phone’s single speaker is average at best
  • The phone doesn’t sport any nifty fast-charging technology - it takes a painfully long 128 minutes to fully charge the 4000 mAh battery
  • If you're looking for an all-rounder, you'll have better luck with the Redmi Note 8 Pro or the Realme 5 Pro, especially in terms of processing power and faster charging
  • The 720p resolution is on the low side though for a PenTile AMOLED display of that size, and this is the only weak-ish point of the Mi A3 - the screen is not the most ideally suited for long reading or browsing
  • The phones ships with a lower 10W charger though, that gives still decent, but not the quickest charging speeds - it recharges from 0 to 28% in 30 mins, while a full charge takes about 150 mins
  • But if you tend to do a lot of long reading on your phone, then you might want to consider higher resolution phones in this price bracket (and there are many good ones out there)
Expert Reviews
  1. A rather good mid-ranger with balanced features for its asking price...but we have some doubts about its future
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Honor 9X is a good phone and will appeal to those who value style.. but it lacks what it takes to decisively edge out its rivals
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Honor 9X is an decent mid-range smartphone with a large no-notch display, attractive design... but you have to live with the Kirin 710F SoC and the lack of fast charging
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Honor 9X is a safe bet for those looking for a cheap pop-up camera phone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Honor handsets always offer eye-catching looks and the 9X is the company’s most distinctive affordable phone yet
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A solid all-rounder that will satisfy most people's needs...However, the elephant in the room is the lingering uncertainty over the relationship between parent company Huawei, and Google
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Honor 9X looks like a decent smartphone... but it is difficult to recommend, especially given the older processor and the lack of fast charging
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Looks like something far more expensive than what it actually costs, and manages to hold this veneer up to close scrutiny....The only fly in its ointment is that, underneath its slick exterior, it’s hiding the same processor that appeared in last year’s m
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. One of the best value phones around
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A gorgeous design and well-made hardware let down a little by some performance critiques
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. This fashionista phone is dressed to impress, but what's underneath can't keep up the pace with similarly-priced rivals
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. Honor has a record of producing phones that look like flagships, but are actually less than half the price, and the 9X is no exception
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. The Honor 9X is a good buy if you are wowed by its full-screen display and characteristic design... not so much if performance and user experience are your top priorities
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. You are getting the flaunt factor of the all-screen front and the pop-up camera, and if that interests you, the Honor 9X is a good buy... but the performance isn't the best
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Honor 9X looks fresh and brings a decent mix of cameras, design and performance to the table
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. At this price, Honor 9X looks like a great choice with its all-round capabilities
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. The absence of a notch on that large screen, the eye-catching Dynamic X design and the great battery life all make for a solid affordable handset
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  21. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  22. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Gets many things right ...but the 720p screen makes the Mi A3 more of a niche device as it is best suited for gaming and videos instead of browsing and reading
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Two steps forward, one step back
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good Android One phone...but the display is a compromise
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers a lot of bang for the buck, but competition in this price segment is fierce to say the least....this one is for the purists
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Pretty good value smartphone...a safe bet for people looking for a cheap and cheerful smartphone that comes with all the right features, and none of the hassle
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good choice for an affordable phone
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worth buying if you want a stock Android phone in this price bracket...but there are compromises too
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The 720p display really complicates what is otherwise a very agreeable Android phone
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. An otherwise solid phone with one major drawback - a 720p display
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Xiaomi Mi A3 has everything that should be there in a mid-segment smartphone, however, the display resolution could be a dampener for some
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Good but not great
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. A very good device for Android One fans..but if you do not value stock Android, then consider alternatives
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A pretty solid offering that offers a lot for its price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Buy the Mi A3 if you want an all-rounder of an Android One smartphone that is priced just right
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Offers great value...a rival to the Google Pixel 3A in photography and performance, but at a significantly lower price
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  16. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  17. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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