Honor recently launched its latest mid-range device, the Honor 9 Lite in India. The phone comes with four cameras, a full HD+ 18:9 display and a premium looking all-glass design. With such features, it takes on popular budget segment offerings from the likes of Samsung and Xiaomi. The Honor 9 Lite price in India starts at Rs. 10,999 and it will be available from January 21 via flash sales exclusively on Flipkart.
Samsung has also launched its latest budget smartphone in India in its ‘On series’, dubbed as the Galaxy On7 Prime. The Galaxy On7 has a 5.5 inch full HD display, is powered by an Octa-Core Exynos processor, and comes with 13MP front and rear cameras. The Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime is available in India with a starting pricing of Rs. 12,990.
Reasons to Buy Honor 9 Lite
The first good thing you find about the Honor 9 Lite is its premium design which you can feel the moment you hold it in your hands. The mid-range phone features a metal body with glass on both front and back, giving it a very premium look. Additionally, the phone is very sleek measuring just 7.6mm and it weighs just 149 grams which makes one hand usage very comfortable.
Full HD+ 18:9 Display
The Honor 9 Lite features a 5.65 inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The display comes with an aspect ratio of 18:9 offering minimum bezels on each side. The device comes with a pixel density of ~427 PPI. The full HD+ 18:9 display in this price segment is definitely a plus point.
Coming to the cameras, the Honor 9 Lite comes with 4 cameras, two on front and two at the back. The device features a 13MP primary RGB camera along with a 2MP secondary monochrome camera, both at the front as well as the back. The rear cameras also get PDAF and LED flash for improved focusing and low-light performance.
Android 8.0 Oreo
Talking about the software, the Honor 9 Lite comes with the latest Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. The Honor 9 Lite comes with Huawei’s latest EMUI 8.0 skin on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. This is very good as many premium phones haven’t even received the Oreo update yet.
Hardware and Storage
In terms of hardware, the Honor 9 Lite is powered by Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.36GHz. The device is available in 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variants. The storage on the device can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. Considering that the Honor 9 Lite is a mid-range device, the hardware and storage being offered by Honor are quite good.
The next highlight of the Honor 9 Lite is its aggressive pricing which starts at Rs. 10,999. The 3GB/32GB variant Honor 9 Lite costs Rs. 10,999 and the 4GB/64GB version has been priced at Rs. 14,999. The pricing of the device, especially its 3GB RAM variant make it a very good option in the budget segment.
Reasons to Buy Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime
Metal Unibody Design
Now, coming to the Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime, it has a metal unibody design which feels sturdy. It weighs just 167 grams, which is good enough considering the all-metal design. The handset measures 8mm in thickness, which is also decent. The device comes with a fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home button.
One of the highlight features of the Galaxy On7 Prime is that it comes with Samsung Mall app which has been launched for the first time in India. The app offers shopping experience across multiple e-commerce sites of India. Users can search for a product just by clicking an image of it. The app uses machine learning to identify objects. Samsung has also partnered with e-commerce sites like Amazon, Jabong, ShopClues and Tata CliQ to offer services from their stores.
Samsung Pay Mini
Another highlight feature of the Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime is Samsung Pay Mini support. Samsung Pay Mini is the toned-down version of the company’s mobile payment system. It lets you transfer money using wallets just by scanning the code or sending it using the mobile number. Users can also send money to their bank accounts using UPI.
The camera is another good feature on the Galaxy On7 Prime. The Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime sports a 13MP primary camera with an LED flash and f/1.9 aperture. Up front, the device comes with a 13MP secondary camera with same f/1.9 aperture.
Hardware and Storage
Powering the Galaxy On7 Prime is a 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 processor with ARM Mali T830 GPU. In terms of memory and storage, the device comes with 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage variants. The storage on the device can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.
After seeing some good reasons to buy both the mid-range phones, we have come to the conclusion that Honor 9 Lite is a better option in the segment. The Honor 9 Lite with its full HD+ 18:9 display, premium design, dual rear & front cameras and the latest Android version makes it a better buying choice.