If you had Rs. 15,000 in your pocket, and you wanted to buy the best possible phone, it would be a pretty insane task to choose the best one. But that’s where we come in. In this article, we’re comparing three lower mid-range smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi A1, Honor 9 Lite, and the Samsung Galaxy On Nxt, all of which are priced below Rs. 15,000. Since everyone has personal preferences, they might find plenty of reasons to choose any one of these phones. However, most would agree that any smartphone should be fast, have a good quality camera, and a bright and colourful screen. Moreover, the battery should last at least one whole day without any problem. We will compare all these aspects of the Mi A1, Honor 9 Lite, and Galaxy On Nxt to see which one is better of the three when one considers the all-round performance. Let’s go ahead then.
Mi A1 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy On Nxt: Price in India
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was first launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 14,999, but the company recently dropped its price permanently by Rs. 1,000. So, the phone is now available for Rs. 13,999. The Huawei Honor 9 Lite comes in two variants: 3GB RAM + 32GB storage (Rs. 13,999) and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage (Rs. 16,999). The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt comes in three storage variants: 16GB (Rs. 10,999), 32GB (Rs. 12,999), and 64GB (Rs. 12,900). If you want to get the highest RAM and internal storage (64GB) at the lowest cost, the Xiaomi Mi A1 looks like the perfect choice right now.
Mi A1 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy On Nxt: Screen
The Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Samsung Galaxy On Nxt feature 5.5-inch LCD screens with Full HD resolution (1080×1920 pixels), resulting in a pixel density of around 401ppi. However, the Mi A1 uses an IPS LCD panel, while the Galaxy On Nxt uses an inferior quality, PLS TFT panel. The Honor 9 Lite trumps both these phones with its 5.65-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution (2160×1080 pixels), resulting in a pixel density of 428ppi. It also features the in-trend 18:9 aspect ratio and smaller bezels than its competition. While the picture quality (brightness, contrast, and touchscreen accuracy) of the screens on the Honor 9 Lite and the Mi A1 are similar, the Honor 9 Lite offers extras like an 18:9 screen with minimal bezels and higher pixel density. We think that the Honor 9 Lite has the best screen when compared to the Galaxy On Nxt and the Mi A1.
Mi A1 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy On Nxt: Camera
The Mi A1 (review) uses an iPhone 8 Plus-like dual-12MP camera setup on the rear, but it lacks OIS and the aperture is narrower. Did you really expect those features at such a low price? Well, that’s what you get for Rs. 13,999. The phone can also record 4K videos at 30 frames per second using its rear camera. The front-facing 5MP camera with fixed-focus lens can record 1080p videos. The Honor 9 Lite and the Mi A1 feature phase-detection autofocus, while the On Nxt still uses the older, contrast-detection autofocus mechanism.
In terms of camera quality, the Mi A1 clicks pretty amazing pictures. Although the Honor 9 Lite (13MP+2MP dual-camera) and the Galaxy On Nxt (13MP single camera) have higher resolution cameras, they have smaller sensors. However, if you prefer selfie quality over the rear-facing camera’s quality, the Honor 9 Lite may be a better choice for you since it has a 13MP+2MP camera setup at the front and it can click portrait images using its front-facing camera as well. We would prefer the Mi A1, though, thanks to a better rear-facing camera.
Mi A1 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy On Nxt: Performance
The Mi A1 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (expandable). It was launched with Android 7.1 and stock UI, and it recently received the Android 8.0 Oreo update. The Honor 9 Lite uses a Kirin 659 chipset with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (expandable), and it runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 software. The Galaxy On Nxt uses an Exynos 7870 processor with 3GB RAM and up to 64GB storage (expandable), and it was launched with Android 6.0.1. It received the Android 7.0 Nougat update at a later stage, and we think that it won’t receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update.
The single-core performance of the Kirin 659 is better, while the multi-core performance of the Snapdragon 625 is better. The Exynos 7870 SoC is the worse in both single-core and multi-core tests when compared to the Kirin 659 and the Snapdragon 625. The Snapdragon 625’s Adreno 506 GPU is twice as fast as the GPUs used in the Exynos 7870 and the Kirin 659. The Galaxy On Nxt (review) is the slowest of the three, and the performance difference is can be noticed immediately. Overall, the Mi A1’s performance trumps the performance of the Honor 9 Lite and the Galaxy On Nxt. Be it gaming, web browsing, or day-to-day tasks like launching and using apps, the Mi A1 would be a better choice.
Mi A1 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy On Nxt: Battery Life
The Mi A1, with its 3080mAh battery, lasts longer than the 3000mAh battery on the Honor 9 Lite and the 3300mAh battery on the Galaxy On Nxt. This is mainly due to the combination of screen size and brightness, processor’s power efficiency, and software optimisation. Even though the Galaxy On Nxt has the largest battery, it has a shorter battery life than the other two phones which have 3000mAh batteries. The Mi A1 received faster charging, while the other two phones lack this feature. However, with the Oreo update, Mi A1 is facing battery drain issue, and Xiaomi has announced that it is working on fixing the issue soon.
Mi A1 vs. Honor 9 Lite vs. Samsung Galaxy On Nxt: Verdict
The Xiaomi Mi A1, thanks to its decent design, good screen quality, good cameras, faster performance, smooth and bloatware-free software, and longer battery life, is our choice as the best phone when compared to the Honor 9 Lite and the Galaxy On Nxt. The Honor 9 Lite has a better design, screen quality, and front-facing camera, but its gaming performance is not that great in comparison to the Mi A1. Moreover, we feel that its EMUI 8.0 software can put off some users who like cleaner and lighter user interfaces. The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt has the worst design, performance, camera quality, and battery life. Although it has some good software features, nothing is helpful if the phone is slower. Even though it has the highest capacity battery, the On Nxt has the worse battery life.
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