Honor 7X vs Honor 9i vs Honor 9 Lite: Which one should you buy?

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Honor 7X vs Honor 9i vs Honor 9 Lite

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has been on a roll in India. In the past few months, the company has launched a virtual barrage of handsets in the country. These new handsets include the high-end Honor View 10, and three handsets in the budget segment; the Honor 9i, the Honor 7X, and more recently the Honor 9 Lite. In this article, we will do a quick comparative analysis of these three budget handsets and figure the similarities and differences between them. This article should also be of help to folks who are considering to buy one of these handsets and are confused.

Honor 7X vs Honor 9i vs Honor 9 Lite: Design, Display

It seems all the budget Honor smartphones launched in the past few months use the same design language. If you keep these three handsets side-by-side, it would be very difficult to distinguish between them – even if you happen to be an industry insider and know your smartphone models inside out. One of the reasons for the near-identical design is the fact that all three models feature an 18:9 aspect ratio display. All three handsets get an IPS LCD display and feature the same display resolution (1080 x 2160 pixels). There are slight differences in the display sizes, though. While the Honor 7X and the Honor 9i get a 5.9-inch display, the Honor 9 Lite is slightly smaller in size and gets by with a 5.65-inch panel. All the handsets use an aluminium frame and feature toughened glass at the front for scratch resistance. The Honor 7X and the Honor 9i weigh almost the same – at 165 and 164 grams, respectively. The smaller Honor 9 Lite is also lighter at 149 grams.

Honor 7X vs Honor 9i vs Honor 9 Lite: Hardware, Software

All three handsets in this comparison feature near-similar hardware with just a few differences. For example, all the handsets use Huawei’s own Kirin 659 chipset that houses the Mali T830 MP2 graphics chip. While the Honor 7X and the Honor 9 Lite come in two variants, the Honor 9i keeps things simple and ships with just one variant – a 4GB RAM + 64GB version. The Honor 7X and the Honor 9 Lite come in two versions as follows

Honor 7X

  • 4GB RAM + 32GB
  • 4GB RAM+ 64GB

Honor 9 Lite

  • 3GB RAM + 32GB
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB

All three handsets get a hybrid SIM slot where one of the slots can also be used to add a microSD card for additional storage. As far as the battery is concerned, the Honor 7X and the Honor 91 being similarly sized handsets, get a large 3340 mAh battery. The smaller Honor 9 Lite gets a 3,000 mAh battery.

As for the software, the Honor 7X and the Honor 9i run EMUI 5.1 atop an Android 7.1 Nougat core. Being the relatively newer device, the Honor 9 Lite runs EMUI 8.0 atop an Android 8.0 Oreo core. We are hopeful, however, that the other two devices will soon get an official update to Android Oreo.

Honor 7X vs Honor 9i vs Honor 9 Lite: Camera

The camera department is where you will find most of the key differences between these three handsets. While all the three handsets feature a dual-camera set up at the rear, the Honor 9i and the Honor 9 Lite also feature a dual camera set up at the front. Here are the comparative camera specs of these three handsets

Honor 7X

  • Rear Camera: Dual 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • Front Camera: 8-megapixel, 1080p video recording

Honor 9i

  • Rear Camera: Dual 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • Front Camera: Dual 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel, 1080p video recording

Honor 9 Lite

  • Rear Camera: Dual 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel, phase detection autofocus, 1080p video recording
  • Front Camera:  Dual 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel, 1080p video recording

Apart from the slight hardware differences, the newer Honor 9 Lite also claims to have improved upon Honor’s depth sensing capability and the new device is markedly better at depth sensing. The new handset also gets a bunch of additional camera options that come with its newer Android 8.0 Oreo software.

Honor 7X vs Honor 9i vs Honor 9 Lite: Which one should you buy?

Honor has priced these three devices rather interestingly. Just to keep things simple here is what the current prices look like. We start with the most affordable of the three, the Honor 9 Lite

Honor 9 Lite

  • 3GB + 32GB: Rs. 10,999
  • 4GB + 64GB: Rs. 14,999

Honor 7X

  • 4GB + 32GB: Rs: 12,999
  • 4GB + 64GB: Rs: 15,999

Honor 9i

  • 4GB + 64GB: Rs. 17,999

As you might have noticed, Honor’s new range covers almost the entire Rs,10,000 to Rs.20,000 price bracket and seems to have a device for everyone. In our opinion, though, the 4GB +64GB versions of the Honor 7X and the Honor 9 Lite should be an ideal purchase. The reason for recommending the Honor 9 Lite is due to the fact that it already runs Android 8.0 Oreo and that it is also smaller in size compared to the Honor 7X. If the operating system version and size is of no concern, the 64GB version of the Honor 7X looks like a great buy as well.



Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.