Our Opinion

The OnePlus 5T (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a much better phone, but the Huawei Honor 9i is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Definitely the OnePlus 5T (6GB RAM, 64GB), if your budget allows for it.

Huawei Honor 9i  OnePlus 5T (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 9i OnePlus 5T
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Excellence Score
32.9
70.6
Value for Money Score
70.8
68.1
Price ₹ 13,782 onwards ₹ 32,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Nov, 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 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.9 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display Optic AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 Colour Coverage, sRGB, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display, Ambient Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.45 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU MaliT830-MP2 Adreno 540
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 16MP + 20MP
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 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX398 Sensor; 1.12um Pixel Size, 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX376K Sensor; 1.0um Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Slow Motion Video, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image
Secondary Camera 13MP + 2MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/2.0 Aperture Sony IMX371 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Electronic Image Stabilisation, Full HD Video Recording, HDR, Screen Flash, Smile Capture, Face Beauty
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 164 gm 162 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3300 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, Dash Charge
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Internal Storage; Fast Battery Charging (Dash Charge); Support AANC; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound; DLNA; NFC; USB Audio Support; 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-notch build quality, minimalistic/elegant design, and even more premium looks now, with a modern 18:9 minimal-bezel display
  • Continues to have the very handy mute switch, in the tradition of earlier OnePlus phones
  • One of the new additions this time is Face Unlock - a la iPhone X - it works super fast (though not quite as reliably as the iPhone X), and is another area where OP went the extra mile to make one of Google's stock feature better - it's a useful, time-saving method to unlock your phone
  • The fingerprint reader, which used to be below the display, now sits on the back, below the camera - and it works well
  • Very good, and this time larger AMOLED display with great color rendition, and an excellent in-built Kindle-like "reading mode"
  • The larger display (6 inches instead of 5.5) is clearly the most envy-inciting difference between the OnePlus 5 and 5T, offering a better experience for watching videos and also simply a larger canvas to do the regular phone stuff too - and because the bezels are thinner, the 5T's physical size remains relatively the same - managing to fit in a 6-inch display within the dimensions of a one-handed phone
  • OxygenOS continues to be an excellent blend of stock Android and light but useful touches in all the right places - it is, without doubt, one of the best Android UIs around
  • There is also an option to make "parallel" apps on the phone if you have two different accounts for apps like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
  • Performance is blazing fast all round, and same as OnePlus 5 - matching and sometimes even beating other Snapdragon 835 powerhouses like the Galaxy S8, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and even the newer Pixel 2 XL
  • Very good dual camera setup, like the OnePlus 5 - overall it's pleasing color rendering and good dynamic range - the portrait mode is pretty nice too - on the whole the camera is fast and reliable
  • The one major change from the OnePlus 5 is that OnePlus swapped out the 20-megapixel telephoto lens on its dual camera, replacing it with a lens for low light - resulting in better low light pictures at the expense of optical zoom - which is a good trade-off because most users will prefer having better low-light capabilities at the end of the day, over optical zoom
  • Front facing camera is pretty good too, and so is 4K video recording (with good stabilisation)
  • Good loudspeaker - a bit richer and full-bodied compared to OnePlus 5
  • Very solid battery life - similar to the OnePlus 5 - will last the day easily
  • OnePlus's proprietary dash charging technology continues to provide industry leading fast charging speeds, and continues to work even when you are using your phone
  • On the whole, once again leaving aside the camera, which is good but not comparable to the best in business (Google Pixel 2), the OP5T matches other premium flagships in all other areas - and delivers this at a fraction of the price - continuing OnePlus's tradition of offering great performance at excellent value for money
  • And with improvements in some key areas (especially the screen and the looks), the OnePlus 5T also replaces its sibling as the new best phone to buy in this price range
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
  • The phone still misses out on water and dust resistance, that is there in other (yes, more expensive) flagships
  • The phone's face unlock doesn't authorize payments like the iPhone X, and is not that consistent in challenging light
  • The phone's display is pretty good but doesn't pack the same punch as the (again, admittedly higher priced) premium Android flagships
  • The camera is also excellent for the price, and a little bit better than the OnePlus 5, but it is a notch below the level of the best Android camera phones like the Pixel 2 - the Pixel 2's camera outpaces the OnePlus 5T in clarity and focus, low-light (due to the camera's OIS/EIS setup), and portrait mode despite only having one lens - though of course the Pixel 2 is also much more expensive
  • If you already have a OnePlus 5, then the changes other than the screen are not that big, so you can easily skip the OnePlus 5T
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 »
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  1. Value for money is the game, and OnePlus knows how to play it, and it's going strong with the 5T
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A stellar phone gets an even larger screen
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 5T is fully stocked and fashion-forward, making it one of the best Android phones you can buy
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The flagship killer returns in style
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
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