Honor 9 Lite vs Mi A1 Comparison of Budget Dual Camera Phones

Updated on 2018-01-26 by Geetansh Arora

Honor 9 Lite and Mi A1 Comparison of dual camera phones

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. 

1. Design

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.

2. SoC/Processor

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.

3. Display

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.

5. Software

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.

9. Price

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.

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Features Comparison

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. 8999

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. 10999

Pros Comparison

Honor 9 Lite Pros

  • Dual rear and front camera perform well. Both camera setups are capable of taking pictures with bokeh effect.
  • The build quality of device is great and glass design looks stunning.
  • The full view display on the front looks beautiful. It is sharp and vivid with good viewing angles.
  • Kirin 659 chipset is able to handle multitasking with ease.
  • Pricing under 15000 is excellent.

Mi A1 Pros

  • The build quality is excellent. It is made of metal and feels premium.
  • Dual back camera can take some excellent shots.
  • Software is stock android with almost no bloatware. Updates should be quick as well.
  • Snapdragon 625 chipset performs well and phone does not lag at all
  • Unlimited high quality photo storage in Google Photos app.

Cons Comparison

Honor 9 Lite Cons

  • It has a hybrid sim slot so you can use either 2 sims or 1 sim and a MicroSD card.

Mi A1 Cons

  • A bigger battery would have been great.

Ratings Comparison

Honor 9 Lite

Performance Rating of 9 Lite


Design Rating of Honor 9 Lite


Battery Rating of Honor 9 Lite


Camera Rating of Honor 9 Lite


Software Rating of 9 Lite


Value For Money Rating of 9 Lite

Value For Money

Mi A1

Performance Rating of A1


Design Rating of Mi A1


Battery Rating of Mi A1


Camera Rating of Mi A1


Software Rating of A1


Value For Money Rating of A1

Value For Money

Specifications Comparison

Honor 9 Lite Mi A1
Operating System Android 8 Oreo Android 7.1
Chipset Kirin 659 Snapdragon 625
Memory(RAM) 3GB 4GB
Intenal Storage 32GB 64GB
Expandable Storage MicroSD Upto 256GB Upto 128GB MicroSD
Primary Camera 13MP+2MP Dual Camera 12MP + 12MP Dual Camera
Front Camera 13MP+2MP Dual Camera 5MP
Battery Capacity 3000mAh 3080mAh
Dual Sim Yes Yes
Hybrid Sim Slot Yes Yes
Screen Size 5.65 5.5
Screen Resolution Full HD+ 2160x1080p Full HD 1080p
USB Type C No Yes
3.5mm Audio Jack Yes Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
4G VOLTE Yes Yes
Weight 149gm 165gm
Thickness 7.6mm 7.3mm

See full review of Honor 9 Lite

See full review of Mi A1


So this was our comparison of Honor 9 Lite and Mi A1. We hope you liked it. If you are confused the consider these points:

If you want stock android and a better back camera then go for Mi A1.

If you want a fresh great looking design, software with useful features, and a better front camera then go for Honor 9 Lite.

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