Honor 9 Lite vs Mi A1 Comparison of Budget Dual Camera Phones
Updated on 2018-01-26 by Geetansh Arora
Honor has been very aggressive in India in last few months. We have seen various phone launches: Honor 9i, Honor 7X, Honor View 10 and now Honor 9 Lite. All these phones have dual camera setup and bezel-less full view display which has been a trend. The latest Honor 9 Lite is priced at 10999 for 3GB-32GB variant and 14999 for 4GB-64GB variant. In this article, we take a look at its comparison with Mi A1 which is selling at around 13999.
Mi A1 design was copied from iPhone 7 Plus and it comes with a metal unibody design. Honor 9 Lite, on the other hand, comes with a fresh design. The 9 Lite is covered with glass on both front and back. The back is very reflective and works as a mirror as well. The glass build of Honor 9 Lite makes it slippery but it does look stunning. Honor 9 Lite wins the design round.
The Mi A1 has Snapdragon 625 and the Honor 9 Lite runs on Kirin 659 chipset. Both chipsets are octa cores and have similar performance. Both phones score around 65000 in Antutu benchmarks. Both chipsets handle multitasking and gaming with ease. This round is a tie.
Mi A1 comes with a 5.5 inch Full HD display with big bezels on front. Honor 9 Lite, on the other hand, comes with a 5.7 inch 18:9 aspect ratio Full HD+ display with thin bezels. Honor 9 Lite has a larger display but the overall size of the phone is actually smaller than Mi A1. The display on both phones is sharp. Color accuracy is better on the Mi A1. This round is tie as well.
4. RAM & Storage
Mi A1 comes in only one variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Honor 9 Lite is available in 2 variants: lower one with 3GB RAM 32GB Storage and a higher one with 4GB 64GB storage. Choices are great for customers so if you don't store a lot of data and don't use a lot of apps then 3GB-32GB variant should be sufficient for you.
Mi A1 is an Android One device and runs on stock android with almost no customizations. Honor 9 Lite runs on EMUI 8 which is a custom skin based on Android Oreo 8.0. The EMUI does have a lot of useful customizations like dual apps, home screen transitions, fingerprint gestures etc. If you like stock android then Mi A1 should be your choice. If you like useful features then Honor 9 Lite is great. EMUI might be bloated but it is really fast. If matches the stock android on Mi A1 in day to day operation and you won't feel any lag.
6. Camera Comparison
Both phones have a dual camera setup and offer good camera performance. The back camera performance of Mi A1 is better than Honor 9 Lite and the front camera performance of Honor 9 Lite is better. So selfie lovers should go for Honor 9 Lite.
In video recording, both phones don't have any stabilization and videos from both phones are shaky. Moto G5S Plus(See Review) is a much better option if you want a phone to record videos.
Instead of writing a ton words here to describe their performance, we are including a video from Techniqued.
7. Battery and Charging
Mi A1 has a 3080 mAh battery and Honor 9 Lite has 3000 mAh battery. Both phones have average battery life and it will last for a day on medium to heavy usage. With light usage you might get 1.5 days of backup. In charging both phones again have a similar story. Both come with a 5V 2amps charger and take around 2-2.5 hours to fully charge.
8. Multitasking and Gaming
Both of these phones are in the budget to midrange segment and according to the price point, the overall performance is really good. You can install a ton of apps but you won't notice any lags. The performance is super smooth. Both phones can handle medium and heavy games with ease as well.
Mi A1 comes with 4-64GB configuration and was launched at 14999 in India but it got a price cut recently and now it is available at 13999. Honor 9 Lite is available at 10999 for 3-32GB configuration and 14999 for 4-64GB configuration. We don't know why Honor has kept a 4000 difference in price for just 1GB extra RAM and double storage.
Now let's take a look at the comparison of features, specifications, pros cons and ratings of Honor 9 Lite and Mi A1.
Honor 9 Lite Features
- 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM
- 5.6" Full HD+ Display 1080p
- Rear Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual Camera
- Front Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual Camera
- 3000 mAh Battery
- Best Price Rs. 8499
Mi A1 Features
- 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
- 5.5" Full HD Display 1080p
- Rear Camera: 12MP + 12MP Dual Camera
- Front Camera: 5MP
- 3080 mAh Battery
- Best Price Rs. 12700