After a long wait, the Honor 9X smartphone has reached the Indian soils. The price point the device is being offered at puts it right into the competition with the likes of devices like the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Realme 5 Pro. This could lead to potential confusion for many who want to buy a mid-range smartphone. Well, if you are one of those, it’s your lucky day as we are comparing all the three devices mentioned above. We will try to list down the differences between these devices and bring out the winner, thereby making your buying decision a bit easier. So, without waiting any further, let’s compare the Honor 9X with the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Realme 5 Pro devices. May the best mid-ranger win.
Honor 9X vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro: Price in India
Starting off with the Honor 9X, the device is launched in two memory configurations in India – the one with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage is priced at Rs 13,999 (on the first day of the sale, however, users can avail an extra Rs 1000 discount and get the 4GB/128GB variant of the Honor 9X for Rs 12,999), and the one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage is priced at Rs 16,999. Coming to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, there are three memory variants of the device – 6GB/64GB for Rs 14,999, 6GB/128GB for Rs 15,999, and 8GB/128GB for Rs 17,999. Lastly, the Realme 5 Pro is also available in three variants – 4GB/64GB for Rs 13,999, 6GB/64GB for Rs 14,999, and 8GB/128GB for Rs 16,999.
In terms of price, the base variant of the Honor 9X is the cheapest offering amongst the three. That said, if we talk about the top-of-the-line options, the 8GB/128GB variant of the Realme 5 Pro will give you the maximum amount of RAM and storage for Rs 16,999.
Winner: Honor 9X (4GB/64GB) and Realme 5 Pro (8GB/128GB)
Honor 9X vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro: Display
Speaking of the display, the Honor 9X features a 6.59-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display has minimal bezels owing to the pop-up camera mechanism for its front camera. The Redmi Note 8 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a waterdrop notch at the top. The Realme 5 Pro also has a waterdrop notch display, but it is slightly smaller at 6.3-inch. The panel is still IPS LCD. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the winner here because it has a Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Winner: Redmi Note 8 Pro
Honor 9X vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro: Camera
Talking about the cameras of the devices, the Honor 9X comes with a triple rear camera setup and, as said, a pop-up front camera setup. At the back, the device has a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera is a 16MP unit. Speaking of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the device features a quad-camera setup at the back – a 64MP primary lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. At the front, the device features a 20MP selfie snapper. Lastly, the Realme 5 Pro also features four cameras at the back – a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.
When it comes to the cameras, the Redmi Note 8 Pro takes the lead owing to the on-paper specifications, at the very least.
Winner: Redmi Note 8 Pro
Honor 9X vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro: Processor and Software
The Honor 9X smartphone is powered with the company’s in-house Kirin 710F chipset. The Realme 5 Pro, on the other hand, runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset. The Redmi Note 8 Pro runs on the MediaTek G90T chipset which is aimed at the gamers out there. When it comes to processing, the Redmi Note 8 Pro wins the competition owing to the sheer power its processor offers.
As far as the software is concerned, all the three devices have their own skins built on top of Android. The Honor 9X runs on EMUI 9, the Realme 5 Pro uses ColorOS (for now), and the Redmi Note 8 Pro utilises MIUI 11. When it comes to the choice of OS, we can’t really declare a winner here as it will ultimately boil down to personal preference. Still, one should keep in mind that the Redmi Note 8 Pro devices are the only ones (in China, for now) which have started receiving the Android 10 update.
Winner: Redmi Note 8 Pro
Honor 9X vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro: Verdict
First of all, all the three devices that we have compared feature pretty decent specifications at the price bracket they are introduced in. Still, we promised that we would find a winner for you, so the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the smartphone that we could recommend you to buy. It has the best cameras, the best display, and the best performance. It is not dirt cheap, but it is undoubtedly value-for-money.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with our choice? If not, which device would you declare as the winner? Do let us know in the comments section below.