Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus: Specs Comparison

by Michele Ingelido 0

Honor 9 Lite was made official back in Decemeber: it is the nth midrange launched by Huawei last year, and it is not very different from Enjoy 7S, Honor 7X and some others. On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is a best-buy by Xiaomi announced last year as well.

Is it worth buying the Honor 9 Lite or does the Redmi 5 Plus has better potentialities? This Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus comparison will help you find out: let’s see which handset is the most interesting.

honor 9 liteHonor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Huawei Honor 9 Lite Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 151 x 71.9 x 7.6 mm 158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm, 180 grams
DISPLAY 5.65 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 428 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD 5,99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD
PROCESSOR Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659, octa-core 2.36 GHz  Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, octa-core 2.0 GHz
MEMORY 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB, micro SD slot
SOFTWARE Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0 Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
CAMERA Dual 13 + 2 MP
Dual 13 + 2 MP front camera
12 MP f/2.2
5 MP front camera
BATTERY 3000 mAh  4000 mAh
Fast charging 5V / 2A
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Hybrid Dual SIM slot Hybrid Dual SIM slot

When it comes to design, Honor 9 Lite is way more attractive. It has a glass back and a metal frame just like flagship devices. Further, its dimensions are smaller than Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, which is a classic full metal unibody design. On the other hand, R5P has a bigger display, so it is more comfortable for multimedia and productivity. The viewing experience should be similar, both are Full HD+ and 18:9 displays, and usually Xiaomi and Huawei do not differ so much when it comes to midrange panels. The hardware side is similar too: while Honor 9 Lite has a Kirin 659 SoC, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a Snapdragon 625 which is at the same level, more or less. Both come with 3 or 4 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal storage depending on the variant.

The camera department should be better on Honor 9 Lite. It has four cameras, two on the back and two on the front (each couple has resolutions of 13 + 2 Megapixel). Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a single 12 MP camera on its back, with average capabilities, and a classic 5 MP snapper for selfies. Another strong point of Honor 9 Lite is the operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo is installed out of the box, while R5P comes with Nougat and Oreo will be rolled out in almost a year, maybe. But Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a much bigger battery, so it will probably last much more with a single charge (3000 mAh vs 4000 mAh). For now, Honor 9 Lite has been launched just in China with a price of 227 dollars for the base variant (191 euros). Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus can be found at just 151 dollars in China (127 euros) and it costs about 200 euros worldwide (we are talking about online street prices). In my opinion, Honor 9 Lite is a slightly better choice if we exclude the battery, but it will cost more. Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a better value for money, with similar performances at a lower price.

Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus: PRO and CONS

Honor 9 Lite


  • Beautiful design
  • Interesting camera
  • Nice hardware
  • Android Oreo


  • Higher price

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus


  • Very big battery
  • Bezel-less and bigger display
  • Affordable price
  • Solid build quality


  • Bigger dimensions