Honor 9X has been launched in India as the company’s latest bet for the budget segment of the market. Clad with a 6.59-inch Full HD+ OLED display, and a pop-up camera to tow, the smartphone has been announced to fight in the crowded budget to mid-segment of the market.
For its entry variant, the phone comes at a price of Rs 13,999 and goes up to 16,999 for the 6GB RAM variant. Interestingly, this pricing puts the Honor 9X in a direct dogfight against the likes of the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme 5 Pro — both of which offer great value for money themselves.
But despite being similar in price, the three devices do offer different things as a package. Let’s see how the three compare.
How’s the display and design?
The three phones offer impressive IPS displays that despite the differing sizes, do offer the same Full HD+ resolution. As such, there is very little to choose from in this particular department. When it comes to design, it’s again very difficult to choose, as looks usually is a matter of perspective.
But considering there’s only one phone in the list that comes with a pop-up selfie camera and as a consequence a high screen to body ratio, our vote goes to the Honor 9X.
What’s under the hood?
In terms of specifications, there are major differences between the three smartphones. While for the 9X, Honor has gone ahead with its in house Octa-core 710F SoC, Redmi has gone with the much-hyped MediaTek Helio G90T chipset. On the other hand, Realme has played it safe in the department and used a Snapdragon 712 SoC from Qualcomm.
Of the entry variants of the three phones, it’s only Redmi’s Note 8 Pro that offers 6GB of RAM, while the offerings from Realme and Honor bring 4GB chips on board. Storage variants again are the same at 64GB across the entry-level price point.
While the extra 2 gigs of RAM on the Redmi Note 8 Pro definitely makes it the leader of the pack in terms of the outlook of the spec sheet, it also needs to be noted that its entry variant starts at Rs 14,999 while the other two smartphones start retail at Rs 13,999.
The camera department again sees the Redmi Note 8 Pro steal a march on its competition as the device comes with a 64-megapixel lens. In comparison, the Realme 5 Pro and Honor 9X sport 48-megapixel primary lens-based camera setups.
However, to counter this, the Honor 9X Pro claims to offer superior low light photography compared to the competition and also pairs the primary lens with an ultrawide and macro lens — much like the Redmi Note 8 Pro which also sports a similar setup. The Realme 5 Pro though brings with it a quad-camera setup which sees an ultrawide, macro and a depth-sensing lens sit beside the primary lens of the phone.
Battery and features
In terms of the operating system and features, all three offer their own takes on Android. While they are easily differentiated, choosing a winner among the three is no easy task.
Coming to the batteries, it’s the Redmi Note 8 Pro which offers the biggest pack at 4500mAh. The Honor 9X and the Realme 5 Pro both bring 4000mAh batteries. However, the Realme device gets VOOC 3.0 fast charging, while Honor 9X only gets 10W fast charging support.
But overall, because of the fact that the Redmi Note 8 Pro brings the biggest battery of the three and also pairs it with 18W charging, it makes it the best choice of the lot in the battery department.