Honor 9N vs Redmi Note 5 Pro Comparison : Battle Between Design and Power
Updated on 2018-07-24 by Tejas Upmanyu
It is always nice to see fierce competition in the budget segment and affordable technology being in people’s hands. Huawei one of the more known players in the affordable segment has brought an another excellent option for the masses. Honor 9N is launched in India on 24th July and we know you have got another option in a range where there are already some hot choices the Redmi Note 5 Pro, so whom do you pick? Worry not, we’ve got you covered, here is our take on the comparison of Huawei Honor 9N vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. Let us discuss the comparison of these phone point by point from design, display, performance, camera and the pricing.
1. Design & Build
It all begins with a gorgeous design and sturdy build. Huawei Honor 9N is almost identical to Honor P20 Lite with a sturdy build rounded corners, with a glass back and 2.5D curved glass on the front fascia making it breakable as well as the epicentre for fingerprints and smudges. Huawei has been marketing Honor 9N as an affordable smartphone with notch-design, with almost no side bezels and a noticeable chin with Honor branding, the looks really beautiful. On the back, we find the dual camera housing and fingerprint scanner at the centre. Honor 9N looks pretty decent for an affordable or upper-budget segment smartphone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, is built of aluminium with 2.5D glass up front, and a tall 18:9 display with minimised bezels up top and bottom and some on the sides as well. It’s a robust device in the hands but feels a little awkward due to Its large fit, against Honor 9N. Xiaomi hasn’t deviated a lot from Its almost traditional design - rounded corners, metal finish and antenna bands on top and bottom at the back with fingerprint sensor sitting at the centre. In the design comparison, both the smartphones are fairly standard with nothing extraordinary, but we do find Honor 9N to be a bit more refreshing and premium looking than Note 5 Pro, just a bit.
Coming to the front, both smartphones show what 2018 looks like with tall displays and minimal side bezels. While Xiaomi’s offering keeps the ones on top and bottom, Huawei’s skips side bezels as well as the top one for a notch and a small bottom bezel.
Huawei Honor 9N sports a 5.84 inch, IPS LCD Panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels at 19:9 aspect ratio, god bless the notch. The pixel density turns out to be ~432 PPI. The display has plenty of brightness, great contrast levels and more than adequate sharpness. The viewing angles look great as well, since Its an IPS panel. It is a decent budget smartphone panel with lots of colours.
On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro features a slightly bigger 6-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels at an aspect ratio of 18:9 packing a pixel count of ~403 PPI. This panel is not a lot different from the one on Huawei Honor 9N, with good colours and sharp, crisp appearance. The brightness is pretty legit as well with decent sunlight readability. We don’t find much difference in this regard, both the smartphones have great fronts, but we do feel that on comparing the two, Honor 9N is more convenient to use and comfortable to hold than Redmi Note 5 Pro.
3. Internals & Performance
In the comparison of Honor 9N vs Note 5 Pro, this section holds prominence for most people and it really sets a smartphone apart from the competition. So luckily we do have something to talk about here as Huawei has as always shown confidence in Its homegrown Kirin SoCs.
Honor 9N running on HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC, which we’ve discussed in the past but for a small summary - It is an octa-core SoC with 4x2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 cores for high-performance tasks and 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 cores for battery efficient performance. It is a decent budget SoC but it all feels pale before the majestic Snapdragon 636 on the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which is also an octa-core SoC packed up of 8 Kryo 260 cores, each clocked at 1.8GHz. Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 is the definite winner on paper as well as in real life, Kirin 659 does a decent job but couldn’t match up to the former’s performance.
For gaming and other graphics-intensive tasks, you get entry level Mali-T830 MP2 GPU on the Honor 9N which is good for casual gaming and can take on heavy games as well, but it does get warm and we see some minor glitches and drops after some time. Again, It finds no parallels with Its Adreno 509 as Its counterpart on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Both the smartphones, start out with a configuration of 4GB RAM and 64GB base storage which is really more than enough to start with. Both the smartphones perform quite similarly in the day to day tasks but when thrown a lot of heavyweight apps and hardcore app switching, that’s when Snapdragon 636 shows Its real power and takes lead. We’ll let numbers do the telling with Kirin 659(Honor 9N) scoring about 73k points while Snapdragon 636(Note 5 Pro) registers 113k points on the AnTuTu Benchmark and Note 5 Pro is the clear winner in comparison to Honor 9N.
Focusing on the cameras in these two budget contenders - Honor 9N brings a dual sensor setup comprising of 13 MP (PDAF) primary sensor with a secondary 2 MP (depth sensor) to bring bokeh capabilities. On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro showcases a vertical dual camera setup consisting of a primary 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25µm, PDAF) sensor with a secondary 5 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm, depth sensor) sensor along with dual-LED flash.
On paper, Redmi Note 5 Pro’s camera looks more promising. The early impressions of testing the Honor 9N rear camera, reveal that the camera performance is right there with other budget cameras, nothing to surprise with image quality or any major feature addition. Note 5 Pro’s camera is a great performer for the price though, It takes good daylight shots and does struggle in low-light but that is sort of known for budget cameras.
Selfie game is pretty decent with both the smartphones as Honor 9N packs a 16MP, f/2.0 sensor while the Note 5 Pro brings a 20MP, f/2.2 camera into the mix. Both sensors catch up plenty of details and perform reasonably well but early impressions suggest that Honor 9N has a better output when It comes to selfies. So, if It is about rear cameras - Redmi Note 5 Pro does a better job and If It is about the front sensor - Honor 9 takes the trophy.
Let’s discuss software now: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box, well draped with Xiaomi’s custom skin- MIUI 9 with a lot of features trickling down from Android 8 Oreo and even Android P. Xiaomi is quite on track with its updates to MIUI, with new features and security fixes. Honor 9N runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with Huawei’s custom EMUI 8.0 skin on top. Both the custom skins are quite far from stock Android but that isn’t essentially bad here as both skins have gotten quite mature and offer serious performance with a lot of useful features. The choice between EMUI and MIUI depends more on your taste than ours. Comparing the software aspect of Honor 9N and Redmi note 5 Pro, both the skins are quite similar in some regards but MIUI still feels slightly better and sharp than EMUI according to us additionally, Xiaomi’s record for shipping updates is not spotless but certainly better than Huawei’s.
6. Battery, Charging & More
Battery life is the one thing that connects all of the features mentioned above. Huawei Honor 9N comes with a fair enough 3000mAh battery, which should last for a day. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro packs a giant 4000mAh battery which can easily pull you into the second day as well. What’s disappointing is that Honor 9N doesn’t feature any fast charging capabilities while Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with QuickCharge 2, which is definitely fast than normal charging but QuickCharge 4 is the current standard so It is not that fast. Both the smartphones go with the old MicroUSB 2.0 instead of USB-C which isn’t something we want to see in 2018 smartphones. Note 5 Pro wins the battery aspect of the comparison.
Both Honor 9N and Redmi Note 5 Pro support fingerprint and face unlocking which work absolutely fine. None of the phones has IP rating, so whichever you choose after reading this comparision, do keep them safe from dust and water.
7. Price & Availability
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has already been in the market for some months and has been a blockbuster for Xiaomi in the upper budget segment. Honor 9N was launched in India on 24th July. Redmi Note 5 Pro has been available in Indian markets for Rs 14,999 while Honor 9N is priced at Rs 13999 for the 4GB 64GB variant. Both the smartphone are available exclusively on Flipkart. While the Note 5 Pro also has a 6 GB variant, the Honor 9N comes with 2 other variants: 3GB 32GB available at 11999 and 4GB 128GB available at 17999. The 4GB 64GB at 13999 provides best value for money.
Honor 9N Features
- 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
- 5.8" Full HD Plus Display 1080p
- Rear Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
- Front Camera: 16MP
- 3000 mAh Battery
- Best Price Rs. 13999
Redmi Note 5 Pro Features
- 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
- 6" Full HD+ Display 1080p
- Rear Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
- Front Camera: 20MP
- 4000 mAh Battery
- Best Price Rs. 13999