Among the most popular price categories in the Indian space has to be the sub-Rs 15,000 segment, and for good reason. Many buyers are looking to buy in this segment, considering that the devices on offer come with enough features and capabilities without heavy price tags. The latest smartphone to take on the price bracket is the new Honor 9N, which has been launched at a starting price of Rs 11,999.
The Honor 9N takes on two popular options in the segment, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, both of which have set the benchmarks for what users can expect from an affordable device today. We explore the specifications and features of the three phones, to help you decide which the best option for you is.
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Price and availability
The Honor 9N is priced from Rs 11,999, which is priced slightly higher than the base variant of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 at Rs 10,999. In comparison, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro starts at Rs 14,999, but comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on the base variant. The prices vary depending on the storage and RAM, and the Honor 9N is the only one of the three devices here to feature a 128GB storage option.
All three phones are available to buy on Flipkart, with the Honor 9N going on sale on July 31. The Asus and Xiaomi options have already had sales, but availability depends on stocks and variants. The Honor 9N 128GB option is the most expensive of all variants here, priced at Rs 17,999.
Design and display
Of the three devices on comparison here, the Honor 9N has the most modern display. With a 19:9 aspect ratio and notch cutout, the screen of the phone stretches all the way till the top. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 both feature 18:9 aspect ratio full-HD+ screens, with no notch. Therefore, these phones also feature a thin strip of non-screen space just above the screen, which houses the front camera, earpiece and sensors.
The edge-to-edge screen stretching all the way to the top also allows the Honor 9N to have the most compact form factor of the three phones on comparison. The phone is significantly smaller than the others, with a screen that is only slightly smaller. All three phones feature IPS LCD screens with full-HD+ resolutions and comparable pixel-per-inch counts.
While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 have metal builds, the Honor 9N features a glass back. What you choose entirely depends on what you’re looking for in terms of build; the glass back is certainly not as durable as a metal one, but it does add an aura of premium to the Honor 9N.
Specifications and software
The biggest factor in the specification sheet is the chipset, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 both sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, and up to 6GB of RAM, along with up to 64GB of storage. In comparison, the Honor 9N comes with either 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, or 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, and is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC. The Honor 9N has the smallest battery at 3,000mAh, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 4,000mAh battery, while the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has the largest battery of the devices on comparison, at 5,000mAh.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched on Android Nougat, but is already receiving Android Oreo through an update. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has been launched with Android 8.1 Oreo, while the Honor 9N runs on EMUI 8.0 based on Android Oreo. While the Xiaomi and Honor smartphones run their respective manufacturer overlays, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 runs a near-stock version of Android, with minimal modifications or pre-installed apps.
The dual-camera setup is a fairly common sight on smartphones priced at under Rs 15,000 today, and all three devices on offer come with this feature. The Honor 9N features a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup, which enables depth-sensing for portrait shots. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel arrangement that also enables portrait mode, while the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel arrangement with the same portrait mode ability. The top-end 6GB RAM variant of the Zenfone comes with a 16-megapixel primary camera.
At the front, the Honor 9N sports a 16-megapixel camera, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 20-megapixel camera and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has an 8-megapixel camera (16-megapixel camera on the 6GB variant of the Zenfone). The Asus and Xiaomi devices also feature front LED flash, which the Honor 9N doesn’t have.
Honor 9N vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Comparison table
|Features||Honor 9N||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro||Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1|
|Display||5.84-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD (19:9)||5.99-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD (18:9)||5.99-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD (18:9)|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 659||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636|
|RAM||3GB / 4GB||4GB / 6GB||3GB / 4GB / 6GB|
|Storage||32GB / 64GB||64GB||32GB / 64GB|
|Rear camera||13-megapixel + 2-megapixel||12-megapixel + 5-megapixel||13-megapixel / 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel|
|Front camera||16-megapixel||20-megapixel||8-megapixel / 16-megapixel|
|OS||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 7.1 (updateable to Android Oreo)||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2||Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0||Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Security||Fingerprint sensor / Face Unlock||Fingerprint / Face Unlock||Fingerprint sensor / Face Unlock|
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