Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9i is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto G5S Plus, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9i!

Huawei Honor 9i  Motorola Moto G5S Plus 
Huawei Honor 9i Motorola Moto G5S Plus
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Excellence Score
32.9
28.7
Value for Money Score
75.8
74.8
Price ₹ 12,062 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Aug, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.9 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU MaliT830-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 16MP + 2MP 13MP + 13MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Panorama, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, Drag to Focus & Exposure, Quick Capture, Tap to Capture, Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst Mode, Panorama, Auto HDR, Video Stabilisation, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 13MP + 2MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Panorama, Professional Mode, Beautification Mode
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.5 mm 8 mm
Weight 164 gm 168 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
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, Turbo Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging); NFC; 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)
  • Top-grade metal build, offering a significant improvement over the Moto G5 Plus - this is the best-looking Moto G phone to date, and the build quality is comparable to much more expensive phones
  • Accurate/fast fingerprint scanner in the bezel below the screen
  • Good, sharp, punchy display - color is very good, and viewing angles are great
  • The scanner can also be used to replace the on-screen soft keys - a left swipe is ‘back’, a right one brings up recent apps - a useful feature carried over from previous Moto G phones
  • Like other Moto phones, the Moto G5S Plus uses a virtually untouched version of Android rather than a custom interface - keeping things nice and simple
  • The simple but useful Moto add-ons remain of course, including the Moto Display (ambient display notifications), and added gesture support
  • Good all-round speed/performance - both for day-to-day use and gaming
  • Pretty good dual rear camera setup, allows for a reasonably good bokeh effect - dynamic range enhancement is excellent too
  • When compared to the dual camera setup of it's main competitor the Xiaomi Mi A1, it outperforms the Mi A1 in low light conditions (although in well lit conditions, the Mi A1 tends to be better) - in fact in low light photography, it is arguably the best budget camera phone out there
  • The front camera is decent too, and has a pretty effective flash
  • Decent speaker - its pretty loud and has the extra shot of lower-frequency power needed in a tiny speaker to avoid sounding reedy and harsh
  • Good battery life - lasts the work day even with heavy use
  • Fast charging support - gets you six hours’ use in 15 minutes
  • Useful water repelling nano coating
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
  • A somewhat large camera shutter lag is the one flaw in an otherwise good camera
  • Tends to get a little warm when charging
  • The choice of a micro USB slot, instead of a USB-C one, is a little bit old-school
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 are a Moto fan then the Moto G5S Plus or Moto G5S should surely appeal to you as they look great and offer all the bells and whistles one expects at their prices
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. indiatoday.intoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  16. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. igyaan.in hands-on Read Review »
  19. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
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