Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Honor 9 Lite vs Mi A1: Price in India, Specifications and Features Compared

Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Honor 9 Lite vs Mi A1

The Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched last week, and true to the rumours and leaks, it’s a truly impressive phone. It offers features and specs not many other phones in the same pricing segment can boast of, so we decided to see if there were any challengers that could take on it. We shortlisted two excellent candidates: the Honor 9 Lite, and the Mi A1 from Xiaomi. So without further ado, let’s go ahead with the comparison so we can find out which the best phone is, among these three.

Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Honor 9 Lite vs Mi A1: Price in India

The Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched on 14th February and carries a price tag of Rs. 13,999 for its base variant. Comparatively, the Honor 9 Lite’s higher spec variant costs Rs. 14,999, and it was launched in January 2018. The Mi A1 is the oldest phone among the three, as it was launched in September 2017. It currently costs Rs. 13,999.

Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Honor 9 Lite vs Mi A1: Display

The Redmi Note 5 Pro offers a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels on its 5.99-inch IPS LCD display, with a pixel density of 403ppi. The Honor 9 Lite sports a 5.65-inch screen which has a resolution of 1080×2160 as well, with a pixel density of 428ppi. The Mi A1 comes with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display and offers 1080×1920 pixels with 403ppi of pixel density. The Mi A1 is the only one among the three which has an aspect ratio of 16:9, as the other two offer 18:9 ratios. Both Xiaomi phones offer Gorilla Glass protection for their displays.

Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Honor 9 Lite vs Mi A1: Performance

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa-core 1.8GHz Kryo 260 with an Adreno 509 GPU for your games and media graphics processing. The Honor 9 Lite, in comparison, is driven by a HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core (4 x 2.36GHz + 4 x 1.7GHz) with a Mali-T830 MP2 GPU for graphics work. The Mi A1 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz chip, which is paired with an Adreno 506 graphics processing unit.

All the three phones in this comparison offer the same RAM+storage configuration: 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. All three phones offer hybrid slots, which let you choose between a second SIM or a microSD card, so you can add up to 256GB of extra storage. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is currently on Android Nougat 7.1.2, whereas the Huawei Honor 9 Lite offers Android 8.0 via its EMUI fork. The Mi A1, being an Android One phone, offers a stock experience and is currently on Android Oreo.

Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Honor 9 Lite vs Mi A1: Camera

The Redmi Note 5 Pro features an excellent 12MP+5MP rear dual camera setup, that performs well out of its class. The Honor 9 Lite, too, offers a dual camera array on the back, with a 13MP+2MP combo. The Mi A1 too is equipped with twin 12MP lenses on the back. All three phones offer phase detection autofocus. The Mi A1 can record 4K video at 30fps, whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Honor 9 Lite let you shoot 1080p videos at that frame rate.

For selfies, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is equipped with a monstrous 20MP front camera. The Honor 9 Lite isn’t one to be left behind, as it too offers an excellent front camera: a 13MP+2MP dual camera setup, which means you can take selfies with bokeh effects. The Mi A1 is comparatively humble on this front, as it comes with a 5MP front shooter.

Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Honor 9 Lite vs Mi A1: Verdict

Of the three phones, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the best. It has a better processor, an amazing camera and also it has better battery life, as it features a 4000mAh battery whereas the Honor 9 Lite has a 3000mAh cell and the Mi A1 has a 3080mAh battery. So go right ahead and get your hands on this phone as quickly as you can!

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Pradeep started his career as a tech writer while finishing off his computer science degree from Mumbai University, writing articles for TechTree, RSJ, and Cleartrip. He then branched out to other fields in media like audio and video production, working on some of the top projects in India, in the process. He last worked for Trivone as its Creative Head, where he led the copy, design and video team. With over 12 years of work experience in media, he now manages the video department at MySmartPrice and occasionally writes for the tech blog.