Our Opinion

The Oppo F5 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Huawei Honor 9i is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Oppo F5 (6GB RAM, 64GB).

Huawei Honor 9i  Oppo F5 (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 9i Oppo F5
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Excellence Score
32.9
41.2
Value for Money Score
71.4
69.7
Price ₹ 13,482 onwards ₹ 17,999 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 NougatLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
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 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.5 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio P23Ranked #36 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU MaliT830-MP2 Mali-G71 MP2
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
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 16.0MP
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 F/1.8 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 13MP + 2MP 20.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size
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
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.5 mm
Weight 164 gm 152 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3200 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
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)
  • Looks pretty good, with a beautiful, tall edge-to-edge display
  • Also pretty thin (7.5mm), and light (very manageable at 152g) - so it's easy to handle
  • On the whole, as far as phones with extra-large screens go, this one is fairly easy to use and handle, and that's a big plus that goes in its favour
  • The texture of the rear shell also makes this phone easy to grip
  • The fingerprint sensor on the back is surprisingly well within reach, and its slightly oblong shape means that it's hard to miss - it's also fast and accurate
  • There is also Face Unlock that works pretty well in most conditions - not quite as accurate as the iPhone X, but not far behind either in real-life conditions
  • The quality of the large display itself is very good - it's crisp and bright, with punchy colours and excellent viewing angles - everything from text to movies looks great, and you will find ourselves feeling immersed especially with video
  • Oppo's custom skin on Android, called ColorOS, is pretty expansive but also quite polished (with a lot of elements inspired by iOS
  • Bloatware is thankfully restricted to a few apps - Facebook, WPS Office and Amazon's Shopping and Prime Video apps
  • There are also useful add-on features like Clone Apps, Game Acceleration, and Gesture support
  • Good, reliable performance throughout - compares well to its main competitors like the Honor 9i and Vivo V7 Plus - and is generally similar to Snapdragon 625 in terms of performance
  • Strong connectivity suite - the Helio P23 chipset supports Dual SIM, Dual standby, as well as simultaneous VoLTE/ViLTE on both SIM slots
  • Pretty decent rear camera - does well even in low light, details come out well, and colours pop
  • Videos also come out quite sharp and smooth under different lighting conditions
  • Very good front camera too - does a very good job in most conditions, and there is also a whole new "AI-powered" selfie enhancement feature - easily one of the best selfie cameras you will get in this price bracket
  • The built-in speaker is decent, delivering generally clear and rich audio in games and videos
  • Good battery life - you will be able to get a day and a half of usage out of the Oppo F5 on a single charge, with moderate use
  • On the whole, its a good all-round phone and comes out ahead of competition like the Vivo V7+ and Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro
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
  • Average bundled headset
  • No support for fast charging - takes about an hour to get to 50% charge
  • Uses the older Micro-USB port instead of the more modern Type-C standard
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. The Oppo F5 is a slightly boring, but nevertheless, a solid mid-range choice
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Oppo has delivered a winner with the F5...Generally, there's a level of polish that we are happy to see
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Too expensive for the internal hardware the phone sports
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A good smartphone for those looking for a smartphone that offers a well-rounded package, including A good front camera, battery life and edge-to-edge display
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. OPPO F5 is for those who don’t mind paying a premium for some great selfies, even if there are more well-rounded options at a lesser price in the market.
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A solid budget Android with an impressive selfie camera and ultra-wide screen
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indiatoday.intoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
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