If you have a budget of Rs 15,000 and you are planning to buy a new smartphone, then the lower number of options available in the market is sure to bother you. The mid-range smartphone segment in India is a fierce competition, and it is dominated by some Chinese players like Xiaomi and Honor.
Earlier this year, both companies launched their respective mid-range smartphones – Redmi Note 5 and Honor 9 Light. After starting prices of Rs 9,999 and Rs 10,999 respectively, Shiomi Redmi Note 5 and Honor 9 Light offer everything from competitive spectacles to decent cameras. But overall, which one is a better package?
Read my complete comparison review between Honor 9 Light and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, and find out!
Design & Build Quality
Xiaomi Radmi Note 5 and Honor 9 Lite are both well-built smartphones with a solid hand feel. While there is a metal chassis in the past, the latter comes with all glass backs.
As far as the question is concerned, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 does not have a candle to honor 9 light. The smooth metal back of the note 5 is fine, but from the lavish glass back of Honor 9 lite it looks more expensive than ever before.
the Honor 9 Light glass back panel attracts many haze, and makes the smartphone extremely prone to scratches and other types of damage.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has a single 12MP rear camera with two-tone dual-LED flash, and Honor 9 Lite comes with a dual (13MP + 2MP) camera setup at the back with single-LED flash. There’s a 5MP front-facing camera on the Redmi Note 5, while the 9 Lite has dual (13MP + 2MP) selfie cameras.
Both smartphones come with a circular fingerprint sensor at the back.
In both smartphones, power buttons and volume rockers are located on the right side, and on the left are the dual nano-sim / microSD card trays. Micro USB 2.0 port is also down on both smartphones. In the case of Honor 9 Light, the 3.5mm audio port is below. And in Xiammi Redmi Note 5, the top is the place where the IR blaster has 3.5mm audio port.
The Honor 9 Lite comes with a 5.65-inch IPS LCD touchscreen, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has a 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel. Except the difference in size, the display on both smartphones is similar, with FullHD + (1080×21 pixels) resolution and 18: 9 aspect ratio.
Now, the panels on both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Honor 9 Lite are very good with seeing decent color accuracy and angle. That said, 9 light performance is a little better, with more vibrant colors and an increase in speed.
Performance & UI
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SOC, perhaps the most popular chipset for mid-range smartphones. The CPU has eight Cortex-A53 cores, each is a clock at 2.0GHz, and the graphics is handled by Adreno 506 GPU.
On the other hand, Honor 9 Light uses its HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset of HoWei. There are eight Cortex-A53 cores in the CPU, each of which is at 2.36GHz clock and four clock 1.7GHz each. Graphics are taken care of by the Mali-T 830 MP3 GPU.
As no one hopes, both smartphones easily handle day-to-day tasks. Whether it is multi-functional, do not respect random switching, 9 lite and Redmi Note 5 between the app or anything else.
Both smartphones handle game like Lara Croft: Relic runs process any issues. Honor 9 Lite and Shiomi Redmi Note 5 gets a bit hot during the extended gameplay, but this is normal.
Want some numbers? See comparative screenshots, along with comparative screenshots that indicate the performance of the Xiomi Redmi Note 5 and Honor 9 Lite, evaluated by Zichobench 4 and 3derm.
Despite the launch of 2018, the Redmi Note 5 is still disappointing with the Android Nougat Out of the Box. In contrast, the Honor 9 Lite is preloaded with android Oreo.
Thanks to the Custom Touch Interface (EMUI and MIUI) which are hooked on Android, Honor 9 Lite and Cheoi Redmi Note 5, some nifty software-based features such as gestures and themes get. EMUI and MIUI are not heavy on that resource, and overall performance on both smartphones is fairly smooth.
Keeping in mind the trends, Honor 9 Lite comes with a dual camera setup on the back, which includes 13 MP modules and 2MP modules. There is also a dual camera setup (13 MP + 2MP) in front of it. However, there is a 12 MP camera in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, as well as a 5 MP selfie shooter.
Generally, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Honor 9 Light both capture good looking pictures. On close inspection, the latter shot is faster and better visible.
In the case of low light conditions, the Xiaomi Redmi note 5 fits slightly better than the 59 light. But after playing dedicated night mode, table 9 lite are completely closed in favor.
To find out which smartphone offers a better overall camera experience, read our camera comparison comparisons between Honor 9 Light and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.
This is where Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 receives upper hand on Honor 9 Lite. And this should not be surprising, because the Note 5’s battery capacity (4,000 mAh) is more than 9 lights (3,000 mAh).
Now, this does not mean that the battery life on the Honor 9Lite is bad. Smartphones can easily live through the entire day with medium usage. But the big battery of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 means that you can watch a full movie, and there will be enough juice for a while.
During my trial, about 20 minutes of gameplay reduced the battery level of Honor 9 Light by 8%. The battery level of Sheomi Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 dropped only 4% after 20 minutes of playing the same game.
In addition, recording the full HD video of 10 minutes dropped the battery level to 4% on the Honor 9 Light and 2% on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.
Both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Honor 9 Lite are both excellent smartphones, specially considering their prices. But when the parts of their parts are considered as yoga, then the honor 9 lite definitely comes out as the better of both. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is not bad, but the losses like average camera experience and dated Android OS do not really inspire confidence.