Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Vs Honor 9 Lite
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to do a full specifications comparison of two mid-range smartphones the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Vs Honor 9 Lite. So, these two devices priced at below that 15k pricing in India. The Redmi Note 5 price 9,999rs for the base variant and 10,999rs for 4GB of RAM variant while the Honor 9 Lite comes for 10,999rs for the 3GB of RAM variant. So, in this comparison, we’ll talk about all the aspects to see which is a better value for money device out there. So, let’s get started-
Design & Build: –
The Honor 9 Lite definitely looks the battered device out there with a glass finish on the front and rear panel. It looks really good with the great build quality and looks pretty premium as well when compared to the Redmi Note 5.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is almost similar to the Redmi Note 4 except for minor changes in terms of design. It is a metal construction looks so quite good in terms of the build quality but we feel the Honor 9 Lite is a better-looking device in this price segment and when compared to the Redmi Note 5 it is a better-looking device.
Here, we have two different display sizes. We have the 5.99-inch Full HD Plus resolution display on the Redmi Note 5 while the 5.65-inch screen size on the Honor 9 Lite.
Now, we have a slightly denser display on the Honor 9 Lite because of the smaller screen resolution but both these devices have a really good display. The viewing angles are pretty good and the touch response is also really smooth on both the phones.
Now, there is additional Corning Gorilla Glass support on the Redmi Note 5 while nothing is mentioned on the Honor 9 Lite. So, we’ll say display looks quite good on both the phones and we can’t really say one winner in this segment.
This is one area where the Honor 9 Lite excels because it has a dual camera setup both on the rear as well as on the front. Here, we have 13-megapixel primary + 2-megapixel secondary camera. On the other hand, we have 12-megapixel primary camera on the Redmi Note 5. Now, on the front panel, we have a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 while we have a 13-megapixel primary camera + 2-megapixel secondary camera for depth sensing on the Honor 9 Lite.
The pictures quality, the Honor 9 Lite produces better results the Redmi Note 5 is not a great camera smartphone although the camera has improved when compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
We feel the Honor 9 Lite has a better camera in terms of the overall aspects including additional features like the Bokeh Mode, Portrait Mode all these options are included on the 9 Lite.
The Selfie experience is really great with the Dual camera setup and overall the selfie performance with Portrait mode looks really good.
We have Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box on the Honor 9 Lite with EMUI 8.0. So, the EMUI 8.0 is one of the really good devices in terms of the features being offered. You had a lot of additional features including smart assistance one-handed UI, Dual App support, and great memory management on the EMUI 8.0. So, that’s one of the really good aspects with Android Oreo out of the box and one of the few smartphones in this price segment offering Oreo.
Now, talking about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 we have Android 7.1.2 out of the box and MIUI 9.2. The MIUI 9.2 also features some really good options including Dual App support for themes, App Lock by fingerprint scanner and second space and a lot of customization options.
Here we feel the EMUI is a bit more optimized UI, especially in RAM management. It definitely works slightly better and also the availability of Oreo is again a strong point for the Honor 9 Lite. So, in terms of software, we feel Honor 9 Lite is a better choice.
We have Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 while the Kirin 659 Octa-Core chipset on the Honor 9 Lite. So, both these devices have the really good chipset, both are equally powerful and does the job pretty well.
When it comes to gaming that’s the Redmi Note 5 excels with the better gaming abilities when compared to the 9 Lite which has a slightly laggy experience in terms of the gaming performance. So, overall performance looks really good on both the smartphones so there is no clear winner but in terms of gaming go for with the Redmi Note 5. Now, both smartphones have dual SIM cards for LTE and VoLTE out of the box. The call quality on both the devices is really good.
Both devices have the fingerprint scanner mounted on the rear panel and do a job really good. Both phones are really accurate in terms of the fingerprint scanner and do the job pretty well. Now, the Honor 9 Lite comes with a face unlock feature which is good while on the other hand that feature is not available on the Redmi Note 5.
We have 4000 milliamp-hours battery on the Redmi Note 5 while we have a 3000 milliamp-hours battery on the Honor 9 Lite. So, battery performance the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is the clear winner with a slightly battery overall performance with the Snapdragon 625, the Honor 9 Lite is not far behind the Kirin 659 is also a good chipset with good battery life.
So, which is the better device to buy?
The Honor 9 Lite price is 10,999rs while the 10,999rs variant of the Redmi Note 5 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage while we have 3 gigabyte RAM and 32 gigabytes storage on the Honor 9 Lite. So, if you are looking at the pricing alone then the Redmi Note 5 makes sense because it’s slightly cheaper than the Honor 9 Lite. But overall if you look at the different aspects of the 9 Lite emerges as a winner here because of the superior design and build quality, glass finish looks really great and premium feel then the software is good Android Oreo out of the box, then the performance is also good, camera is really great when compared to the Note 5 and battery life is also decent. So, talking about the overall experience the Honor 9 Lite makes it a good package.