Honor 9 Lite vs Redmi Note 5: Who wins the Budget battle?

The budget contender Honor 9 Lite is an interesting piece of art with premium offerings while Xiaomi’s highly acclaimed mid-ranger Redmi Note 5 is here to compete with the Honor 9 Lite. When it comes to the overall specs, one of them is bigger and better powerful machine. Which of them is better at a price at which they are available and which one should you choose to buy? Read our comparison below before you decide.

Here’s the Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 specs comparison.


Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – Specifications

SpecificationsHonor 9 LiteXiaomi Redmi Note 5
Release Date17th January 2017 (India)14th February 2017 (India)
Price₹10,999 (3 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage)
₹13,999 (4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage)
₹9,999 (4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage)
Display5.65-inch Full-HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) FullView IPS display with 2.5D curved glass5.99-inch IPS Display, Full HD+ Resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels), 2.5D curved Corning
Operating SystemEMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 OreoMIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Fingerprint ScannerYes, on the backYes, on the back
CPU2.36 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 processor, 16nm Kirin 659 SoCUp to 2.0 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 processor, 14nm Snapdragon 625 SoC
GPU Mali-T830 MP2Adreno 506
Memory3 GB or 4 GB RAM, LPDDR33 GB or 4 GB RAM, LPDDR3
Storage32 GB (3 GB RAM), 64 GB (4 GB RAM) internal, expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card (SIM2)32 GB or 64 GB internal, expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card (SIM2)
Main Camera13 MP + 2 MP, PDAF, Depth Mode, Portrait Mode, Single LED flash12 MP, 1.25 μm sensor, f/2.2 aperture, LED flash
Selfie Camera13 MP + 2 MP, Hardware-level Bokeh Effects, Beauty Mode, Gesture Control5 MP, LED Selfie-light
ConnectivityMicro USB, USB OTG, 3.5 mm headphones jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPSMicro USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack, IR Blaster, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
Cellular4G network, VoLTE-enabled, 2x nano SIM (GSM), microSD on SIM24G network, VoLTE-enabled, 2x nano SIM (GSM), microSD on SIM2
Battery3,000 mAh (non-removable)4,000 mAh (non-removable)

The hardware is quite similar in terms of performance, the Honor 9 Lite is powered by Huawei Kirin 659 octa-core SoC with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 equips a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. Both the phones offer 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage in its base variant.

Dual-Camera Package – Honor 9 Lite

The camera specs include a dual camera setup on each side on Honor 9 Lite whereas the Redmi Note 5 offers no dual cameras, it comes with a single 12 MP camera. Honor 9 Lite sports a 13 MP + 2 MP cameras on the rear end and on the front end. The Redmi Note 5 has 5 MP camera on the front with LED selfie light as compared to the dual 13 MP + 2 MP front dual cameras on Honor 9 Lite.

If you enjoy photography on smartphones, Honor 9 Lite will offer you better camera package which makes it the winner in the segment. The dual camera on both sides (the front and the back) will allow you to get a bokeh effect in the background with a few extra modes in the camera to impress you. Redmi Note 5 has a very mainstream camera package that sounds identical to its predecessor Redmi Note 4, just that the low light selfies could be better with the provided LED flash.


Android Oreo – Honor 9 Lite

Android Oreo is the current ongoing version of Android, Honor 9 Lite isn’t left out in the cold. After Honor View10, the Honor 9 Lite is the second smartphone to feature Oreo. If you are looking for the latest Android software, the EMUI 8.0 on Honor 9 Lite has enough features from the Oreo with latest security patches. On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is stuck with the Android Nougat until the Oreo update arrives. As of now, the Honor 9 Lite wins the race.

Battery Power – Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

The area where Redmi Note 5 leads in the budget battle is the battery capacity. It packs a 4,000 mAh battery, so expecting the battery life to be better by a margin. Honor 9 Lite comes with a smaller 3,000 mAh battery but performs great, thanks to the power-efficient CPU and EMUI 8.0 optimizations. You can view the battery test results in our Honor 9 Lite review.

Design & Looks – Honor 9 Lite

On a design point of view, both the phones feature 18:9 display with minimum bezels, 2.5D curved glass, and Full HD+ resolution. What’s the difference is the appearance, the Honor 9 Lite has a full glass body that looks absolutely stunning in the segment whereas the Redmi Note 5 offers a metallic body. Even though the Honor 9 Lite hooks up plastic frames, you will be highly satisfied with the overall looks.

The Honor 9 Lite would feel relatively compact due to its smaller size. It fit in the hands, and also lighter than the Remdi Note 5 unless you prefer larger phones. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has a larger size display (5.99-inch vs 5.65-inch).




Conclusion – Honor 9 Lite

For those having a budget around ₹10,000, these are the two best phones available in the market so far. It turns out that Honor 9 Lite has a lot of things to offer, be it premium glass design, better overall camera package (quad-cameras), or Oreo-out-of-the-box.

Honor 9 Lite is available at ₹10,999 while the Redmi Note 5 is priced ₹9,999  which slightly cheaper than its competitor. If you are tight on the budget, you won’t go wrong with the Redmi Note 5. It’s a phone that would certainly run longer considering the battery power and metallic design which ensures a stronger build quality. Else, you have a better pick, the Honor 9 Lite which is a steal deal.