Honor 9i First Impressions: Will It Leave a Mark in Sub-Rs. 20,000 Segment?

Honor 9i First Impressions: Will It Leave a Mark in Sub-Rs. 20,000 Segment?

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Honor 9i has a 5.9-inch FullView display
  • It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage
  • It sports dual cameras at the front and at the back

Honor 9i is the latest sub-Rs. 20,000 entrant to hit the Indian market, relying on features such as its four cameras, and bezel-less FullVision display. The company has been expanding aggressively in India, launching a handset for each key price point, such as the Honor 8 Pro in the sub-Rs. 30,000 segment. So, with the Honor 9i in its portfolio, will the Huawei-owned brand have enough firepower to make a last mark in the segment, which is dominated by the likes of Vivo, Oppo and Samsung? Find out in our Honor 9i first impressions.

 

With the 9i, Honor has a lot of firsts. For starters, this is the first device from the company to sport an 18:9 FullView display. It is also the first to launch with dual cameras at the back as well as the front. So how good is it in the real world? We got to spend some time with the Honor 9i at the company’s launch event and here are our first impressions.

The device looks quite premium. It also feels solid and has a good heft to it. There’s a 13-megapixel primary camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary one on the front, while the pair on the rear consist of a 16-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The camera bump on the back is positioned in the centre of the phone and protrude slightly. While it does seem to have a raised metal trim around it, we are curious to see how it holds up with regular use.

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Power the device on and the big 5.9-inch display fires up giving you the first indication of how thin the borders around it are. Honor has followed the current market trend and opted for an 18:9 aspect ratio for its display. The different aspect ratio results in what’s called FHD+ resolution which is 1080×2160 pixels. At the bottom of the phone, you’ll find an old-style Micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack along with the loudspeaker. Powering the Honor 9i is Huawei’sown Kirin 659 which is an octa-core processor. There is also 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which seems to be in line with similarly priced devices like the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Moto G5S Plus. You do get the option to expand storage using the hybrid dual-SIM slot, at the cost of a second SIM.

Honor has managed to cram in a 3340mAh battery which is good considering its thickness. In our brief time with the Honor 9i, it didn’t exhibit any abnormal drain or heating issues. However, we’ll hold our comments on battery life till we run it through our full review process.

Once powered on, you are treated to EMUI 5.1 running on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. While the basic functionality of the OS is the same, Honor has added a few features.

There are multiple gestures and shortcuts that can be used to get things done. Also, the higher resolution means that most apps will need to be stretched to make use of the entire screen.

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There is no doubt that the cameras are the highlight of this smartphone. With dual cameras on both sides, Honor is claiming that it is using hardware to create bokeh effects rather than software, which most other manufacturers use. We will test how much of a difference this makes when we conduct our full review.

Priced at Rs. 17,999, it does seem that this phone offers good hardware. With an 18:9 display and four cameras, the Honor 9i could tempt a lot of buyers looking for new features to play with. Stay tuned for our review to see how well it performs in the real world.

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Disclosure: Honor sponsored the correspondent’s flights and hotel for the event in Goa.

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Huawei Honor 9i

Huawei Honor 9i

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2.36GHz octa-core

Front Camera

13-megapixel

Resolution

1080×2160 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3340mAh

Also See
  • Motorola Moto G5 Plus (Lunar Grey, 32GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.16,999
  • Oppo F1S (Gold, 64GB) With offer –
    Rs.17,990

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Best Phones Under Rs. 10,000: Which is the Best Mobile in Under-10000 Segment?

Best Phones Under Rs. 10,000: Which is the Best Mobile in Under-10000 Segment?

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is a worthy successor to the Redmi 3S Prime
  • The Yu Yureka Black is another good mobile under Rs. 10,000
  • The Lenovo K6 Power remains a solid choice as well

Although the news is often dominated by the latest flagship phones because that’s where the most innovation is happening, when it’s time to actually buy a phone, most of us are still looking in the under Rs. 10,000 category. It’s also one of the categories that sees relatively fast turnover in picks, as a lot of mobiles are released in this price range. In the under Rs. 10,000 category, we’ve added a few phones that weren’t there in our last roundup, and there’s a notable exit as well. If you’re looking to buy a mobile under Rs. 10,000, then these are the absolute best options you have right now.

As always, we’ve stuck to phones that we’ve put through our detailed review process, since we can’t vouch for quality of phones based on just their specifications. We’ve also avoided mobiles that are over a year old, as, especially in the sub-Rs. 10,000 price bracket, things tend to change for the better pretty quickly.

Here are our top picks (in no particular order) that all fight it out to be the best phone under Rs. 10,000, along with a few other phones worth checking out.

Best phones under Rs. 10,000

Mobile under Rs. 10,000 Gadgets 360 rating
Xiaomi Redmi 4 8/10
Yu Yureka Black 8/10
Lenovo K6 Power 8/10
Moto G4 7/10
Coolpad Note 3S 7/10

 

1. Xiaomi Redmi 4
Replacing the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, which was one of the strongest picks through much of last year, we now have the Xiaomi Redmi 4, which is also a good pick if your budget is under Rs. 10,000.

Our review rated the 3GB/ 32GB variant of the phone 8 on 10 which is really good for a phone at this price point, and the new phone has really good battery life and a sleek and compact design. The camera is disappointing, but it’s a problem that even the best phones under the Rs. 10,000 price must live with. If you’re looking for a value for money phone, then the Xiaomi Redmi 4 is a solid pick.

Xiaomi Redmi 4

Xiaomi Redmi 4

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good build quality
  • Compact body
  • Solid battery performance
  • Excellent value for money
  • Bad
  • Average camera performance
  • Hybrid dual-SIM
  • Limited availability
Also See
  • Motorola Moto C Plus (Starry Black, 16GB, 2GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs. 6,999
  • Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro (Gold, 16GB) –
    Rs. 7,490
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S (Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999

2. Yu Yureka Black
Yu had a bit of a slow year last year as it wasn’t prepared for the fast adoption of 4G, but it’s back now and the Yu Yureka Black is a pretty good choice for a good phone under Rs. 10,000. Its display is a little disappointing, but it does well on other fronts, and is a good value for money phone.

The Yu Yureka Black looks good, and has solid battery life and good overall performance, so if you’re looking for a good all-rounder, this phone is a pretty good option in the sub-Rs. 10,000 price bracket.

Yu Yureka Black

Yu Yureka Black

Rs. 8,999
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Looks good
  • Solid battery life
  • Decent overall performance
  • Bad
  • Low-light camera performance could be better
  • Screen quality isn’t quite up to the mark
  • Hybrid dual-SIM slot
BUY AT
  • Yu Yureka Black (Matte Black, 32GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 8,999
  • Yu Yureka Black (Chrome Black, 32GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 8,999

3. Lenovo K6 Power
One of the best phones from the last year at this price point, the Lenovo K6 Power is still a good choice if you’re looking for a phone for less than Rs. 10,000, with performance that’s still good enough, and excellent battery life.

The display and camera are also rated very well, but the baseline has shifted up a little since it launched so although it’s still a good phone, it’s not head and shoulders above the others mentioned here, despite what the numbers might suggest. That being said, it’s still a pretty good pick, and it also recently received an update to Android Nougat, making it more value for money than others which are still using Marshmallow. Plus, it’s a lot easier to get your hands on than some of the others on the list.

Lenovo K6 Power

Lenovo K6 Power

Rs. 9,949
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good looks and build quality
  • Decent display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Bad
  • No fast charging support
  • Cameras could have been better
  • No dedicated microSD card slot
BUY AT
  • Lenovo K6 Power (Gold, 32GB)
    Rs. 9,949
  • Lenovo K6 Power (Silver, 32GB, 3GB RAM) – 
    Rs. 9,999

4. Moto G4
Available at just under Rs. 10,000, the Moto G4 is another good mobile with a disappointing camera, which is a common complaint at this price. However, it has a good display and decent performance, and it’s also a good looking device.

Battery life and Motorola’s UI are additional selling points, but the lack of a fingerprint sensor has moved from a minor inconvenience to a telling fault over the months since its launch, as most phones under Rs. 10,000 have started to add this feature.

Motorola Moto G4

Motorola Moto G4

Rs. 9,999
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good screen
  • Decent performance
  • Near-stock Android
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • Average camera performance
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Not worth the price
BUY AT
  • Motorola Moto G4 (White, 16GB) – 
    Rs. 9,999

5. Coolpad Note 3S
The Coolpad Note 3S also released near the end of 2016, and it remains a good all-round pick, thanks to its unique looks and good camera (in daylight conditions).

Relatively weak battery life and middling performance keep it from the top of the list, but there’s not so much of a difference either, so if you like the design and the UI, then this phone might also be a good phone for less than Rs. 10,000.

Coolpad Note 3S

Coolpad Note 3S

Rs. 8,990
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Unique looks
  • Good photo quality in daylight
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Bad
  • Weak battery life
  • Relatively unwieldy
  • Non-competitive specs
BUY AT
  • Coolpad Note 3S (Gold, 32GB)
    Rs. 8,990
  • Coolpad Note 3S (White, 16GB) – 
    Rs. 9,799

Other picks
These five phones are our top picks fighting it out to be the best phone under Rs. 10,000, but apart from these, there are a few other phones that you can consider. Looking at older phones, the Micromax Canvas 6 Pro is not a bad choice – it comes with a good amount of RAM, but the battery life and camera are a letdown, and the phone also heats up, so it didn’t make the main list.

Two sub-Rs. 10,000 phones we haven’t reviewed yet, but liked during quick impressions are the Lyf F1s, the Moto C Plus, which launched in December, and May respectively. Both phones have good overall specifications, and the Moto C Plus in particular has really great pricing. The Nokia 3 is another decent addition that looks good on paper, but we can’t recommend it because we haven’t reviewed it, yet.

These are our latest picks for phones under Rs. 10,000 – if you think we’ve missed a good pick that others should know about, let us know via the comments.

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