Bhim Prasad
on 26/07/18, 2:16 pm

Honor 9N vs Moto G6 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro comparison: Which one is Better?

Huawei’s sub brand Honor has just launched it brand new Honor 9N budget smartphone at it’s quite the stunner at Rs 11,999. The device surely looks good with its shiny glass back and will definitely appeal to younger audiences looking for something flashy. The coloured plastic frame also makes it lighter than its identical twin sibling, the Huawei P20 Lite, which sells for almost double the price, despite having similar hardware inside.Yes, the Honor 9N does look like doppelganger of the Huawei P20 Lite. It’s hard to tell between the two smartphones until you look at the logo on the bottom chin, below the 19:9 display. That 19:9 aspect ratio 5.84-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display is covered with 2.5 D glass just like on the P20 Lite.

It’s easy to point out going purely by the specifications on paper, despite being a looker does lose out in some areas, mainly against the Asus ZenFone Pro M1.Having used the Kirin 659 in the (Honor 7X, Honor 9i, Huawei P20 Lite and Honor 9 Lite) it’s easy to conclude that the SoC is not as good or as capable as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636.

The same can said about the 13 MP + 2 MP camera setup where the ZenFone offers a bit more with a 13 MP + 5 MP camera. Next up is the expandable storage, where the ZenFone offers 2 TB of expandable storage as opposed to the 256 GB offered on the 9N. Then there’s software. Asus offers an almost stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, with no messy skinning. It’s indeed a poor man’s Pixel.

Inside, there’s Honor and Huawei’s tried and tested HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC that is coupled with 3 GB RAM and comes with 32 GB internal storage (expandable up to 256 GB using a hybrid SIM slot). Other options include a 4 GB RAM + 64 GB model and a 4 GB RAM + 128 GB model.

As for the cameras there’s a 13 MP + 2 MP setup along with an LED flash. The front-facing camera features a 16 MP sensor that sits alongside the receiver speaker and the ambient light sensor all packed tightly inside that display notch.

As of today, the Honor 9N is the only smartphone in the budget range to feature a display notch with a 19:9 aspect ratio display (until Xiaomi announces the Mi A2 Lite); if you are still into display notches that is.

So how does the gorgeous Honor 9N fair against its competitors in the budget smartphone segment? Let’s find out!

SmartphoneHuawei Honor 9NASUS Zenfone Max ProXiaomi Redmi Note 5Moto G6 Play
Display Size (inch)5.85.995.95.7
Resolution (pixels)1,080 x 2,1602,160 x 1,0802,160 x 1,0801,440 x 720
Pixel Density (PPI)428402403282
Dimensions(mm)149.2x71.8x7.7159 x 76 x 8.5158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05154.4 x 72.2 x 9
Weight (gm)152-180175
Dual SIMYesYesYesYes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 659Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
CPU CoresOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz)4 Cortex-A53 @ 2.36 GHz & 4 Cortex-A53 @ 1.7 GHz8xQualcomm Kryo 260 @ 1.8 GHz8 Cortex A53 @ 2.0 GHz8x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4 Ghz
GPUMali-T830MP2Adreno 509Adreno 506Adreno 505
RAM3GB, 4GB3, 4, 6 GB3,4 GB3 GB
On-Board Memory32, 64, 128 GB32, 64 GB64 GB32 GB
Expandable MemoryYes, up to 256 GBYes, up to 2 TBYes, upto 256 GBYes, upto 256 GB
SensorsFingerprint, Accelerometer, Proximity, CompassFingerprint, Accelerometer, Proximity, CompassFingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, CompassFingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity
Primary Camera13 MP and 2 MP13 MP and 5 MP12MP, f/2.213 MP f/2.0
Optical Image StabilizationNoNoNoNo
Camera ArrayDual CameraDual CameraSingle CameraDual Camera
Autofocus SystemPhase detectionPhase detection autofocusPhase detectionPhase detection autofocus
Secondary Camera16 MP8 MP5 MP, f/2.08 MP
Video Capture1080p1080p@30fps1080p1080p
OS VersionEMUI 8.1 Android 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9.2Android 8.0 Oreo
AI (Smart Assistant)Google AssistantGoogle AssistantGoogle AssistantGoogle Assistant
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, HotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, HotspotWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetoothv4.2, A2DP, LEv4.2, A2DP, LEv4.2, A2DP, LE4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR
Fingerprint ScannerYes, Rear buttonYes, Rear buttonYes, Rear buttonYes, rear
3.5mm jackYesYesYesYes
RadioYes, FM RadioYes, FM RadioYes, FM RadioYes
USB TypemicroUSB v2.0microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-GomicroUSB v2.0micro USB 2.0
USB StandardUSB 2.0USB v2.0USB v2.0USB v2.0
Battery (mAh)3,0005,0004,0004,000
Fast chargingNoYesYesYes
ColorsMidnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Lavender Purple, Robin Egg BlueDeepsea Black, GreyBlack, Gold, Rose Gold, BlueIndigo, Gold
Prices in IndiaStarting at Rs 11,999Starting at Rs 10,999Starting Rs 9,999Starting at Rs 11,999

Lastly, there’s that gigantic 5,000 mAh battery that trumps the Honor 9N’s 3,000 mAh unit, which will easily the ZenFone get better results when it comes to battery life.

Oh and did I mention that the ZenFone with all of its additions (over the Honor 9N) with sells for Rs 1,000 less?

But the Honor 9N has one detail going for it and that’s the design. It’s made of plastic and glass (vs plastic and metal on the ZenFone), but it’s easy to conclude that 9N is a stunning smartphone in its class when it comes to design.

The Asus and the Redmi Note 5 may be practical (and a bit chubby) but it’s no match for the slim profile of the Honor 9N.

Overall, the Asus ZenFone Pro M1 still takes the crown here, but if you are looking for the something slim and power and battery life don’t really matter, then the Honor 9N will get your attention with a base price starting at Rs 11,999.