Xiaomi Mi A1 Vs Honor 9i Comparison – Which Phone Is Better?

Huawei has launched its Honor 9i smartphone in the Indian market. It features dual cameras on both the front and the back. The bezel-less smartphone offers competent specs in the under Rs 20,000 segment. Let’s see how compares to other devices. The Xiaomi Mi A1 sports dual rear cameras and Android One OS. Read more to find about Xiaomi Mi A1 Vs Honor 9i Comparison – Which Phone Is Better?

Xiaomi Mi A1 Vs Honor 9i


Xiaomi Mi A1 Rs 14,999
Honor 9i Rs 17,999

While the Xiaomi Mi A1 is priced in India at Rs 14,999, the Honor 9i is available at Rs 17,999. In this segment, the Xiaomi smartphone has an advantage.

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Specifications Honor 9i Xiaomi Mi A1
Processor 2.36GHz octa-core Kirin 659 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Internal Storage 64GB 64GB (expandable up to 128GB)
Display 5.9-inch, full-HD, FullView, 18:9 aspect ratio. 5.5-inch, full-HD (1080×1920 pixels)
OS Android 7.0 Nougat, EMUI 5.1 Android One
Primary (Rear) Camera Dual (16MP + 2MP) with flash Dual (12MP + 12MP) with flash
Front Camera Dual (13MP + 2MP) 5MP with flash
Battery 3340mAh 3,080mAh

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB). It is backed by a 3,080mAh battery. Whereas the Honor 9i packs a HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Internal memory. It is backed by a 3340mAh battery.


Both smartphones feature a dual camera setup on the back. The Xiaomi Mi A1 combines a 12MP 26mm wide-angle lens with a 12MP 50mm telephoto lens (similar to iPhone 7 Plus). It comes with 2X optical zoom, 1.25um pixels, a special Portrait mode, and a Beautify mode. On the other hand, the Honor 9i uses a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. The dual camera setup comes with PDAF and a LED flash.

On the front end, while the Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5MP front camera with LED Flash, the Honor 9i sports a dual camera module (13 MP + 2 MP). The Honor handset offers better selfies with superior depth of field and details.

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Design & Display

In terms of design, the Xiaomi Mi A1 features a full metal body design with 2.5D curved glass. It comes with a special anti-fingerprint coating on the back. The fingerprint scanner is also placed on the back side. It comes in Black, Gold, and Rose Gold color options.

On the other hand, the Honor 9i sports a metal and glass design. The display comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio which makes it look slimmer. The premium looking handset measures 156.2 x 75.0 x 7.5mm and weighs 164 grams. It comes in three color options – Platinum Gold, Navy Blue, and Midnight Black.

While the Honor 9i sports a bright 5.9-inch FullView display with full-HD resolution and minimal bezels, the Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch display with full HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

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While the Honor 9i costs more than the Xiaomi Mi A1, it offers a better combination of design and specs. On the other hand, the Xiaomi handset runs Google-powered Android One (Android 7.1 Nougat) operating system. Which if the two handsets will you go for? Let us know in the comments section below.

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