Our Opinion

The POCO X3 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a much better phone than the Huawei Honor 9X Pro, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the POCO X3 (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Huawei Honor 9X Pro  POCO X3 (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Huawei Honor 9X Pro POCO X3
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Excellence Score
33.8
65.3
Value for Money Score
71.4
89.9
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2020 Sep, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.59 inches 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 120 HzSuper High
Display Features N/A HDR10
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 810Ranked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 732GRanked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G52 MP6 Adreno 618
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 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 64MP: f/1.9 Aperture; 1/1.73" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 119-degree ultra-wide; 1.0um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/120fps; [email protected], EIS
Secondary Camera 16MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features Motorized Pop-up Camera, f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 27mm Focal length; 1/3.4"; 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 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 10 mmThick
Weight 202 gmHeavy 225 gmHeavy
Width 77.3 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (IP53 Rated)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 6000 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, 33W Fast Charging (100% in 65 min)
Included Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; Stereo Speakers; 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, very similar to the Honor 9X
  • The front is modern and cutting edge too, with a 'full screen' notch-less display thanks to the pop-up selfie camera mechanism
  • 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
  • Class-leading performance from Huawei's in-house Kirin 810 chipset (Similar to the new Snapdragon 765G) - it's impressively smooth in regular use and offers superior gaming performance
  • 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
  • Unique, flashy rear design - the polycarbonate back has a thick etched strip running through the middle with large Poco branding towards the bottom which shines in iridescent colours when light hits it
  • The front has a sleek look with just a single punch-hole camera in the middle-top and thin bezels
  • The Poco X3 is well-built for a phone at its price
  • The side-positioned fingerprint scanner is easy to find, very responsive, and accurate
  • There’s also IP53 rating for dust and water resistance
  • Vibrant and crisp 6.67-inch IPS LCD screen - the expansive canvas with smooth transitions and rich colours with high refresh rate make it one of the best in this segment
  • The 120 Hz refresh rate is exclusive to Poco for this segment - it makes the UI very quick and responsive and general content and scrolling on the display looks smooth
  • HDR10 support for content and sites like YouTube while Widevine L1 brings high-res OTT streaming
  • Poco's UI is identified as Poco Launcher as well as MIUI in different parts of the UI - MIUI has always been one of the most refined Android UIs out there, and continues to get even better - it offers a good combination of aesthetics, useful added functionality, lots of customizability, and optimisation - everything is neatly categorized and colour coded for easier access
  • Excellent performance for the price from the new Snapdragon 732G SOC - it raises the bar in terms of how smooth budget phones can be - regular usage like scrolling pages, switching between apps is extremely fluid and heavy games like COD: Mobile can also be cranked up to higher graphics or frame rates for a respectable performance
  • Good quad cameras for the price - a 64MP primary snapper, a 13MP ultrawide shooter, followed by a 2MP macro cam and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The default 16MP photos from the main camera are excellent for this class - there is enough detail, high contrast, and commendable dynamic range - the colours are on the warmer side, but other than that the Poco X3 performs splendidly for its price
  • The ultrawide photos are quite good for a mid-ranger - they are quite detailed, the colours are nice and there is a reasonably wide dynamic range, the lens distortion correction is decent
  • The macro camera is decent for the occasional snap of a flower or bug
  • The portrait shots are pretty detailed - the Poco X3 is a capable portrait shooter with proficient subject separation and natural-looking blur
  • The low-light photos from the camera are decent, with enough details and light - the night mode brightens the whole scene and restores the highlights, the photos look great on the phone's screen and in low resolution on social media
  • The 20MP samples from the front camera present enough details, the colours are nice, and the contrast is excellent - portrait selfies are available and are decent
  • Video recording is good from both primary and ultra-wide cameras - electronic stabilization is available for the cameras
  • Good set of stereo speakers - the speakers get very loud with good enough bass
  • Excellent battery life from the 6000 mAh cell - the battery can last a whole day with heavy use, with light to moderate use it can be stretched for the second day
  • Very good fast charging from the 33W fast charger - it takes little over an hour to charge the phone completely
  • The Xiaomi Poco X3 is one of the best budget smartphones in its segment - it crams in a huge battery, solid screen, good cameras, and excellent performance for an unbeatable price, add in the great audio setup and it makes for a fantastic package
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 202gm
  • Face Unlock is not available on the Honor 9X Pro
  • Software is one area where the Honor 9X Pro massively drops the ball - it ships without the Play Store and doesn’t support Google’s wide range of popular apps either - instead, it comes pre-installed with Huawei's own App Gallery, but it’s missing key apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, and Youtube
  • 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
  • The Honor 9X Pro is compelling as far as hardware is concerned, it offers excellent performance, good cameras and impressive battery life - however, the lack of Google services makes it incredibly hard to recommend - there are plenty of alternatives available from realme and Xiaomi, including the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, Realme 6 Pro and Poco X2
  • A tad bit too bulky, measuring over 10mm and weighing over 225 grams
  • Brightness could have been better for direct sunlight use
  • There are still at least a dozen unnecessary apps pre-installed, though most of them can be uninstalled
Expert Reviews
  1. No matter how powerful and beautiful the 9X Pro is, the user experience is seriously handicapped by the limited app catalog
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Honor 9X Pro is an impressively affordable smartphone... but the lack of Google apps make it very hard to recommend
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Honor 9X Pro is a compelling overall package... but, the lack of Google services makes it incredibly hard to recommend
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Honor 9X Pro is good value... but software is an issue
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A glaring lack of Google apps and minuscule third party support cast a heavy shadow on what is an otherwise well-equipped mid-ranger
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Honor 9X Pro has a high-end design and a decent camera set-up for a great price, but the lack of Google features do make this phone inaccessible for the everyday user
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  8. An affordable large-screen handset with a major drawback
    zdnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Poco X3 is an outstanding smartphone with a great specs sheet on a bargain price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A pretty capable phone where the specs do translate to real-life usage
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Poco X3 brings incremental updates, it does everything just a little better compared to the Poco X2
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Xiaomi’s Answer To The Budget-Conscious
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One of the best phones in India under Rs 20k
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Xiaomi Poco X3 is one of the best budget smartphones you can buy
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. This is the best Poco so far
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Poco X3 make for a good smartphone to buy
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Great performance
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
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  18. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
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