Xiaomi is undoubtedly leading the smartphone market in India, but that does not mean that it has no competition. Another Chinese manufacturer like Huawei is also competing with Xiaomi to some extent with its sub-brand, Honor. The Honor 9 Lite smartphone is a legit contender in the sub 15k segment in India. Recently, Lenovo-owned Motorola also launched the Moto G6 series that also includes Moto G6 Play, which is a budget phone. Besides, Xiaomi’s upcoming phone, the Redmi S2 has also leaked via TENAA listing. The influx of all these phones makes it quite unavoidable for us to not pit them against each other in a comparison battle. Keep reading to know about the specifications, features, and price of these phones. Also, it must be noted that except for the Honor 9 Lite, the other two phones are not available for purchase in India. The Moto G6 Play has been launched globally, but its availability in India is still kept under wraps while the Redmi S2 is under the rumoured cloud for now and is expected to be made official by the company soon.
Redmi S2 vs Moto G6 Play vs Honor 9 Lite: Price in India
The Redmi S2 has been leaked a few days back via TENAA listing. Although the pricing has not been revealed yet, it is expected to launch in three variants – 2GB RAM/16GB storage, 3GB RAM/32GB storage, and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. Given the variant types, we can expect the phone to launch with a starting price under Rs. 7,000 in India while the high-end variant could be priced somewhere under Rs. 12,000 in India.
The Honor 9 Lite’s price in India is Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant and Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant. On the other hand, the Moto G6 Play is launched at $199, which converts to Rs. 13,000 in Indian currency. We can expect Motorola to launch it under 13K in India.
Redmi S2 vs Moto G6 Play vs Honor 9 Lite: Display
In the display segment, the Redmi S2 is tipped to come with a 5.99-inch HD+ TFT display with 720×1440 pixels resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Honor 9 Lite, on the other hand, features a 5.65-inch IPS display bearing full-HD+ 1080×2160 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The Moto G6 Play settles at a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ 720×1440 pixels resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio.
The Honor 9 Lite comes up as a better choice with its full HD+ screen resolution while the other two adjust at HD+ resolutions only. Of course, the specs about the Redmi S2 are yet to be confirmed.
Redmi S2 vs Moto G6 Play vs Honor 9 Lite: Performance
Regarding performance that is mainly constituted by the hardware and software on the phone, the Redmi S2 has been rumoured to come powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset coupled with Adreno 506 GPU, 2GB/3GB/4GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options. It is expected to run Android 8.1.0 Oreo-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box.
The Honor 9 Lite is powered by an octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC coupled with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage options, based on the variant. It runs Android Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 OS. Whereas, the Moto G6 Play comes powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB storage options. The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box without any customised OS on top.
The Redmi S2 seems to be a better option with its Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is better than HiSilicon Kirin 659 and Snapdragon 430, on Honor 9 Lite and Moto G6 Play respectively. However, the Redmi S2’s specs have not been confirmed yet so if you are looking to buy a smartphone within a few weeks then you can go for the Honor 9 Lite.
Redmi S2 vs Moto G6 Play vs Honor 9 Lite: Camera
In the imaging segment, the Redmi S2 is rumoured to sport a 12MP+5MP dual camera setup at the rear, Sony IMX486/OmniVision OV12A10 and Samsung S5K5E8 secondary sensor, respectively. The rear camera setup will also include an LED flash and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). On the front, the phone may feature a 16MP selfie camera.
The Honor 9 Lite, on the contrary, boasts two sensors on the rear and two on the front. The rear panel houses 13MP+2MP dual camera setup with LED flash, Fast Focus, autofocus, and Phase detection autofocus (PDAF). The front panel also has the same 13MP+2MP dual camera setup for clicking selfies. The two sensors on the front and rear enable bokeh effect that blurs the background and focuses exclusively on the subject.
The Moto G6 Play loses by a greater margin in this segment as it lacks dual camera setup. The phone comes with a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP camera on the front with soft LED flash.
It is quite clear that the Honor 9 Lite wins this segment with leaps and bounds, thanks to quad-camera setup.
Redmi S2 vs Moto G6 Play vs Honor 9 Lite: Verdict
As we have already mentioned at the beginning of this comparison, the Redmi S2 has just been leaked and does not have confirmation concerning its specs and feature so we cannot base our verdict on its rumoured specs. However, even if the specs stand true, this comparison is won by the Honor 9 Lite with its superior display and camera specifications. The Moto G6 Play succumbs to its mediocre specs that will result in lower sales when it launches in India.