Redmi Note 5 vs. Honor 9 Lite:Which should you choose?

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For those having a budget around ₹10,000 for their new phone, there are so many great choices on the table. And two products, Honor 9 Lite and Redmi Note 5, stands out because of their solid quality, fantastic cameras and modern design.

It is really hard to choose one between the Honor 9 Lite and Redmi Note 5, that’s why we have made the comparison for you.


As successor of Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 5 looks quite similar: a metal body with plastic caps at the top and the bottom of the rear for the antennas. The biggest change is its screen, the Redmi Note 5 follows FullView display trend of smartphone industry, spotting a 5.99-inch 18:9 display.


Honor is always a leader when it comes to innovation, that’s why the Honor 9 Lite, which was released last year, also gets a 5.65-inch 18:9 display. What’s more, the 2.5 curved glass at the back looks like a mirror, especially shining and striking when light reflects off it. If you want to get glass-bodied smartphone without spending a fortune, the Honor 9 Lite is your choice.

While the Honor 9 Lite weighs 149g, Redmi Note 5’s weight is 180g, which means it will be easier to carry an Honor 9 Lite. If you really want a bigger screen, you can check Redmi Note 5, but be cautious, not everyone can handle its big screen with single hand.

System and Performance

It seems Xiaomi thinks Snapdragon 625 is good enough to support new products for another year, therefore, Redmi Note 5 gets the same chip as Redmi Note 4. Maybe this is good enough to beat many competitors, but it is not powerful enough to beat over the Honor 9 Lite.

Redmi Note 5

In the Antutu Benchmark, the Redmi Note 5 receives 76764 points while the Honor 9 Lite receives a total score of 88699. When it comes to Geekbench 4 test, Redmi Note 5 wins multi-core test, with 4248 points against 3727 points. However, Redmi Note 5 loses again in single-core test, it got 860 points and Honor 9 Lite beats it over with 936 points.

What’s more, according to The Mobile Indian’s test, the Honor 9 Lite shows better performance in multitasking experience. “While exact performance varies, a 10% differential is a safe bet in favour of the Honor 9 Lite.”

Another sad news is, it’s 2018 and Redmi Note 5 is still using Android Nougat. On the contrast, the Honor 9 Lite offers EMUI 8 basing Android Oreo.


The Honor 9 Lite and the Redmi Note 5 both deliver photos of best quality among budget phones. However, Redmi Note 5 has a huge disadvantage: the number of cameras. It has a 12MP single camera on the rear and 5MP camera on the front, while the Honor 9 Lite spots 13MP + 2MP dual-camera both on the front and the back.

Unsurprisingly, hardware affects the photo quality. The Honor 9 Lite keeps more details and maintain consistency in various light condition. You can easily feel that from samples below.


Obviously, if you care about features mentioned above, the Honor 9 Lite is better choice for you, especially when you want to take great photos and smooth user experience. Now you can get 3GB RAM +32GB ROM version at the price of ₹10,999 and 4GB RAM+64GB ROM version with ₹14,999.

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