Recently launched Honor 9 Lite has been the hottest selling smartphone from Honor portfolio in 2018 so far. The phone has been going out of stocks with seconds as the company continues to follow flash sale strategy for the device.
What’s really driving sales for the Honor 9 Lite is all glass sexy outfit, 18:9 display and decent hardware. The phone isn’t perfect, though. Our Honor 9 Lite review clearly suggests that performance-wise, it might not be the best option for you. If you are in the market looking for a mobile phone under a budget of Rs 15,000 you should consider these alternatives.
1. MI A1
After delivering one after another blockbuster device under Rs. 15,000 budget, Xiaomi has been virtually setting the benchmarks for the industry. The Mi A1 (review) is another ace which Xiaomi delivered in 2017. ‘The created by Xiaomi and powered by Google’ mobile phone managed to win hearts of budget users with its fast and reliable performance, stock software, and noteworthy camera.
Recently, Xiaomi started pushing Android Oreo on the device and we expect timely security patch updates too for another year. In terms of specification, the Mi A1 rocks a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM and hybrid sim slot.
Mi A1 Lowest Price Till Date: ₹12,999
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Display: 5.5-inch full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.1.2 | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm |Battery: 3080mAh
- Stock Android Oreo software
- Solid Camera performance
- Reliable performance
- Hybrid SIM slot
- No FM radio
2. Vivo V7
If aesthetics rank on the top of your priority list than Vivo V7 (review) is one perfect alternative to the Honor 9i Lite. It boasts beautiful near bezel-less 18:9 HD+ IPS display and metallic finish body with rounded edges.
In our time with the Vivo V7 we found it a consistent performer. It manages to fuel demanding apps like Asphalt 8 flawlessly. Other prominent features of the Vivo V7 includes its selfie skills and fast Face Unlock.
Vivo V7 Lowest Price Till Date: ₹ 15,650
Display: 5.7-inch HD+; IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 450 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Software: Android 7.1.2 | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 24MP | Dimensions: 72.8 x 149.3 x 7.9 mm | Weight: 139g |Battery: 3000mAh
- Appealing design and display
- Good performance
- Face Unlock and fingerprint sensor
- Dedicated microSD slot
- Dated UI
- No NFC or 5GHz Wi-Fi Support
- No fast charging
3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Xiaomi sold many million Redmi Note 4 units through 2017. Research firm Counterpoint also listed the Note 4 (review) as the top-selling smartphone in India in 2017. After recent price cut, it has become an even more lucrative buy for budget buyers.
The Redmi Note 4 is a perfect example of value for money smartphone. It features a metal body, Snapdragon 625 chipset, up to 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and 4100 mAh battery.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB +64GB) Lowest Price Till Date:₹ 10,999
Display: 5.5-inch full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: MIUI 9 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 151 x 76 x 8.5 mm |Battery: 4100mAh
- Excellent battery backup
- Vibrant Display
- All-round performance
- Mediocre Camera
- Hybrid card slot
- No fast charging
4. Motorola Moto G5S Plus
Motorola Moto G5S Plus (opinion) is yet another worthy alternative to Honor 9 Lite. The phone comes with all metal shell, stock-ish android, and good innards. The upgraded version of Moto G5 plus flaunts dual rear camera which is one of the better performing cameras in its price range.
If you have a budget of Honor 9 Lite 3GB variant than in that case you can consider Moto G5 Plus as well.
Moto G5S Plus Lowest Price Till Date: ₹13980
Display: 5.5-inch full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.1 | Rear camera: 13MP + 13MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 153.5 x 76.2 x 8 mm |Battery: 3000mAh
- Full metal shell
- Excellent battery life
- Vanilla Android with Moto Gestures
- Turbo Charging
- Average Selfie camera
- Bulky design
- Audio issues post update
5. Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime
Samsung recently came out with its Galaxy On7 Prime mobile phone which is priced in the same league as the Honor 9 Lite. The biggest USP of this Samsung’s new smartphone is its Samsung Mall app which lets you shop on different online platforms from within one app.
Apart from this, the Galaxy On7 Prime (faq) has a solid metal body, reasonable cameras, and dedicated microSD card slot.
Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro Lowest Price Till Date: ₹14,990/ ₹13,800
Display: 5.5-inch full HD; TFT | Processor: Exynos 7870 SoC | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.1 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 13MP | Dimensions: 151.69 x 75 x 8 mm |Battery: 3300mAh
- Elegant Design, Solid build
- Feature rich software
- Decent Selfie Camera
- No gyroscope
- Dated Chipset
- No fast charging
6. Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie
If selfies are your staple diet, then Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie is worthy enough to buy under ₹10,000. Asus has taken the selfie game to next level and now it lets you beautify your live videos as well.
In terms of innards, it packs a full HD 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. There is a 13-megapixel camera on both front and the back.
You can also consider the dual front camera variant of Zenfone 4 Selfie that retails for Rs. 14,999.
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Lowest Price Till Date: ₹8981
Display: 5.5-inch HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 430 SoC | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Software: Android 7.1.2 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 13MP | Weight: 144g | Dimensions: 155.7 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm |Battery: 3000mAh
- Good battery life
- Dedicated microSD card slot
- Decent selfies
- Not so appealing UI
Top 6 Honor 9 Lite Alternatives Worth Buying
If you are in the market to buy an android mobile phone between Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 these options should also fit your bill just like the Honor 9 Lite. If you can wait a month or so, you can expect Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 launch which in all likeliness will be a part of the same budget range.