Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9i is a slightly better phone than the Huawei P20 Lite, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9i!

Huawei Honor 9i  Huawei P20 Lite 
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Excellence Score
31.6
31.4
Value for Money Score
73.1
56.5
Price ₹ 11,999 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.9 inches 5.84 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.36 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #52 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Hisilicon Kirin 659Ranked #52 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU MaliT830-MP2 Mali-T830 MP2
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 16MP + 2MP 16MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Panorama, HDR 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 13MP + 2MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Full HD Video Rec., 3D Portrait Lighting
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.4 mm
Weight 164 gm 145 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 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
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
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)
  • Premium, good looking design, with nice rounded corners, and a glass back
  • Light-weight at just 145g
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint scanner at the back
  • Good, tall, 5.84 inch 'bezel-less' display with a notch at the top
  • EMUI is now one of the better Android skins around, and has a lot of useful customizations
  • Decent performance similar to phones with the Snapdragon 625 processors - both regular use and casual games will be smooth and lag-free
  • Good set of dual rear cameras, with a nice bokeh effect, and bright colors (especially in daylight) - comparable to the other very good camera phone in this price bracket, the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • The front camera has a 16Mp sensor and is pretty good too
  • Supports facial recognition too (and it works well)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The back is quite prone to fingerprint smudges
  • Sunlight legibility of the display could have been better
  • Doesn't support fast charging
  • Uses the older microUSB standard instead of the modern USB-C standard
  • EMUI is getting better with time, but is still a little cluttered
  • While performance is decent for most use cases, there are many better performing phones in this price bracket
  • Average loudspeaker
  • Battery life is average - with light to medium use, you will found yourself reaching for the charger by 7-8pm each day
  • Although the phone does theoretically support quick charging, a quick charging adapter is not included with the phone (will have to be purchased separately)
  • On the whole, while the P20 Lite is a good looking phone with a good display and good cameras, it's let down by performance and battery to some extent - it will find it difficult to compete on value with the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max M1 Pro, Honor 7X, and Honor 9i
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 »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indiatoday.intoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you look beyond that captivating display, you may want to check a few other options before placing your order as some of those will give you better value
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It’s a solid and attractive phone, but you can get better for less
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want a modern-looking phone with a great display, the Huawei P20 Lite is a good choice....However,the Redmi Note 5 Pro is hard to beat as an all-rounder, and costs quite a bit less
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Just an average smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. It’s a phone meant for taking good photos, but when it comes to performance, it lags behind almost everyone in the mid-range segment
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good looking device that could use more power
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Huawei P20 Lite has some of the nicest fit and finish in the mid-range space, plus some powerful features that set it apart from the competition – but an older processor means its days are numbered
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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