Honor 9 Lite vs Redmi Note 4 Detailed Comparison of Budget Phones

Updated on 2018-01-26 by Geetansh Arora

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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. Redmi Note 4 has been a bestseller for Xiaomi and they claim to have sold more than 25M units which is a crazy number for a smartphone. 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 Redmi Note 4 which is selling at around 10999. 

1. Design

Redmi Note 4 comes with a typical metal unibody design with nothing exciting. 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.

2. SoC/Processor

The Redmi Note 4 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.

3. Display

Redmi Note 5 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 Redmi Note 4. The display on both phones is sharp. Color accuracy is a bit better on Redmi Note 4.

4. RAM & Storage

Redmi Note 4 comes in three variants but right now only the 4GB 64GB variant is available. 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

Redmi Note 4 runs on MIUI 9 which is a custom skin build on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Honor 9 Lite runs on EMUI 8 which is a custom skin based on Android Oreo 8.0. Both MIUI and EMUI are somewhat bloated and have some useful customizations as well. Both work well without any lag. EMUI is slightly better when it comes to RAM management and keeping apps in memory. If you open a lot of apps on both phones, you will notice that Honor 9 Lite keeps them open while Redmi Note 4 starts reloading apps because it aggressively kills apps.

6. Camera Comparison

Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13MP primary camera and 5MP front camera. Both cameras are average at best. Pictures look good in outdoor conditions but still lack details. Performance in low light is below average. Redmi phones have always been average in the camera department and Redmi Note 4 is no different.

Honor 9 Lite, on the other hand, comes with a dual camera setup on both front and back. You can take portrait mode pictures with depth effect from both sides. The camera performance is good. It is not great because color reproduction is not good. Still, it is much better than Redmi Note 4.

In the front camera department, Honor 9 Lite is probably one of the best phones in this segment. The selfies from front camera come out really good. Selfie lovers would definitely like the 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.

7. Battery and Charging

Redmi Note 4 has a 4000 mAh battery and Honor 9 Lite has 3000 mAh battery. Redmi Note 4 offers great battery backup because of its larger battery, efficient chipset and aggressive app killing. With low to medium usage, you can expect 2 days battery backup on a single charge. Honor 9 Lite, on the other hand, offers average battery backup. It will last for a day with medium usage.

 Both come with a 5V 2amps charger and take around 2.5 hours to fully charge. Honor 9 Lite has a smaller battery but still takes almost same time as Redmi Note 4 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

Redmi Note 4 4GB-64GB variant was launched at 12999 but after the price cut, it is now available at 10999. 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. So, Redmi Note 4 is much cheaper than Honor 9 Lite. If you are not going to use a lot of apps and games then you should go for Honor 9 Lite 32GB variant.

Now let's take a look at the comparison of features, specifications, pros cons and ratings of Honor 9 Lite and Redmi Note 4.

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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. 10999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 64GB Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
  • 5.5" Full HD Display 1080p
  • Rear Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 4100 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.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 64GB Pros

  • Build quality is solid and phone feels good in hand
  • The Snapdragon 625 Chipset is the latest mid range chipset and performs well
  • The 4100 mAh battery will provide 2 days backup to average users
  • Camera is decent for a device in this range
  • Fingerprint sensor is quick and accurate

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.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 64GB Cons

  • Hyrbid sim slot is there so you can use only 1 sim and a micro sd or 2 sims at a time.
  • Sound quality via 3.5 mm jack is average at best. Using Audio Effects option in settings helps to improve that a bit.
  • Available via flash sale only

Ratings Comparison

Honor 9 Lite

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 64GB

Performance Rating of Redmi Note 4 64GB


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Specifications Comparison

Honor 9 Lite Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 64GB
Operating System Android 8 Oreo Android 6.0
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 13MP
Front Camera 13MP+2MP Dual Camera 5MP
Battery Capacity 3000mAh 4100mAh
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 No
3.5mm Audio Jack Yes Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
4G VOLTE Yes Yes
Weight 149gm 165gm
Thickness 7.6mm 8.4mm

See full review of Honor 9 Lite

See full review of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 64GB


So this was our comparison of Honor 9 Lite and Redmi Note 4. We hope you liked it. If you are confused the consider these points:

If you want excellent battery backup with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM then go for Redmi Note 4

If you want a great looking design and better cameras then go for Honor 9 Lite.

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