Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is a slightly better phone, but the Huawei Honor 9i is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Huawei Honor 9i  Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 
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Excellence Score
31.6
32.8
Value for Money Score
73.1
51.6
Price ₹ 11,999 onwards ₹ 25,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Mar, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.9 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 386 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display Super AMOLED, 2.5D + 3D Curved Glass, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 1.9 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #52 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 7880Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU MaliT830-MP2 Mali-T830
RAM 4 GB 3 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 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/1.9 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 13MP + 2MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/2.0 Aperture F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 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 7.9 mm
Weight 164 gm 186 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3600 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 23.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 16 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 17 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 20 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 59 hrs, Audio Playback Time: (Always On Display Off): upto 94 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4) Back Panel; Fast Battery Charging; NFC; ANT+ 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)
  • Aesthetic, refined design, with a premium chassis feel
  • Waterproof body
  • Beautiful large display - well suited to media consumption
  • Polished, feature-rich UI
  • Also includes Samsung Pay, Samsung's new mobile payment interface, which is pretty useful and can remove the hassle of using physical debit/credit cards
  • Very good performance - backed by a chipset powerful enough for you multitasking needs, and at the same time extremely efficient - though it falls behind the top performers in the price bracket like the OnePlus 3T, and Moto Z
  • Very good call quality
  • Good loudspeaker - it's nice and clear at maximum volume too
  • Amazing battery life - comfortably one of the best in this price bracket - if you need a weekend warrior with a large screen, this is it
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 large size means that its not the most portable or ergonomic phone, and is somewhat heavy and bulky
  • There is some color temperature shifting when tilting the display
  • Camera is decent but could be better, at this price point
  • No support for 4K video recording, or OIS
  • The glass chassis can be fragile, so you will probably be well advised to use a case
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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