Realme 1 Vs Redmi Note 5 Vs Honor 9 Lite – Who Is The Midrange King?

With its price tag, Realme 1 will compete with the likes of best-selling budget smartphones Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Honor 9 Lite.

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Realme 1 Vs Redmi Note 5 Vs Honor 9 Lite

Oppo sub-brand Realme has launched its very first budget smartphone in the country called Realme 1. The company has been teasing its features recently on Amazon India and its social media handles. The smartphone will come in three variants starting at Rs 8,990.

Oppo has claimed that Realme 1 has been specifically made to deliver quality at a budget price. The smartphone’s motherboard is made to go through 18 special quality tests along with more than 100,000 drop tests. In short, the smartphone has been made keeping in mind the real-world usage scenarios.

With its price tag, Realme 1 will compete with the likes of best-selling budget smartphones Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Honor 9 Lite.

Realme 1 Vs Redmi Note 5 Vs Honor 9 Lite

All the three smartphones come with similar specifications and similar pricing. The newly-launched Realme 1 will go against bestsellers Redmi Note 5 and Honor 9 Lite.

The Faceted Backside of the Realm 1
The Faceted Backside of the Realme 1

Let’s find out which is the best budget smartphone available in the country right now –

Design

All the three smartphones come with a sturdy built on the out. With a compact form factor, all the smartphones are good for one-hand use. Realme 1 has an added advantage as it comes tested with more than 100,000 drop tests.

Winner – Realme 1

Display

Realme 1 sports a 6-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD 18:9 display with a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. Honor 9 Lite comes with a 5.65 inch Full HD+ 18:9 display with a similar screen resolution. Redmi Note 5 features a 5.99 inch Full HD+ 18:9 display with similar resolution. In terms of the display size, the Redmi Note 5 and Realme 1 surge ahead of the Honor 9 Litte.

Winner – Redmi Note 5 & Realme 1

Hardware & Storage

Realme 1 will be powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 chipset coupled with 3GB, 4GB or 6GB of RAM. It has three storage options of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Redmi Note 5 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset coupled with 3GB or 4GB of RAM with 32GB and 64GB storage options. Honor 9 Lite is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 659 with 3GB or 4GB RAM with 32GB and 64GB variants.

All smartphones have expandable storage. Honor 9 Lite and Redmi Note 5 feature a hybrid slot, but Realme 1 has a dedicated memory card slot, which is a better solution than a hybrid SIM slot.

Winner – Realme 1

Software

Coming to software, Honor 9 Lite and Realme 1, both run the latest Android Oreo out of the box. But the Redmi Note 5 lags behind with Android Nougat. The Oreo update for Redmi Note 5 is expected to roll out soon.

Winner – Honor 9 Lite & Realme 1

Rear Camera

Realme 1 sports a single AI-powered 13-megapixel rear camera, The company has claimed that the AI on Realme 1 can add depth effects without a second sensor. Redmi Note 5 comes with a single 12 megapixel sensor. The Honor 9 Lite comes with a dual rear camera system with a 13 megapixel primary camera coupled with a 2 megapixel secondary camera.

Winner – Honor 9 Lite

Front Camera

Up front, the Realme 1 features an 8-megapixel AI-powered shooter. Honor 9 Lite comes with a dual camera setup in front with a 13 megapixel primary sensor combined with a 2 megapixel secondary sensor. Redmi Note 5 features a 5 megapixel camera up front.

Winner – Honor 9 Lite

Connectivity

All the three smartphones come with dual SIM card support. The smartphones support all major 4G LTE bands with 4G VoLTE connectivity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 and GPS.

Winner – Tie

Battery

Oppo Realme 1 features a 3410mAh battery, Redmi Note 5 packs in a 4000mAh battery, whereas Honor 9 Lite packs in a 3,000mAh battery. None of these smartphones support fast-charging.

Winner – Redmi Note 5

Pricing

Realme 1 will be available in three variants.

  1. 3 GB RAM + 32 GB Storage will cost Rs 8,990
  2. 4 GB RAM + 64 GB Storage will cost Rs 10,990
  3. 6 GB RAM + 128 GB Storage will cost Rs 13,990

Redmi Note 5 is available in two variants in India.

  1. 3 GB RAM + 32 GB Storage costs Rs 9,999
  2. 4GB RAM + 64 GB Storage costs Rs 11,999

Honor 9 Lite also has two variants.

  1. 3 GB RAM + 32 GB Storage costs Rs 10,999
  2. 4 GB RAM + 64 GB Storage costs Rs 14,999

Winner – Redmi Note 5 & Realme 1

Availability

Honor 9 Lite is available exclusively via Flipkart. Whereas Redmi Note 5 is available online via Flipkart and Mi India website, and offline in Mi Home stores and Xiaomi preferred stores. Realme 1 will be available exclusively on Amazon starting from May 25 via Amazon India.

Detailed Comparison – Realme 1 Vs Redmi Note 5 Vs Honor 9 Lite

Realme 1 Redmi Note 5 Honor 9 Lite
Display 6 inch full HD+ (18:9) 5.99 inch full HD+ (18:9) 5.65 inch full HD+ (18:9)
Processor MediaTek Helio P60 Snapdragon 625 Kirin 659
Front Camera 8 megapixel 5 megapixel 13 megapixel + 2 megapixel
Rear Camera 13 megapixel 12 megapixel 13 megapixel + 2 megapixel
Software Android Oreo Android Nougat Android Oreo
Battery 3,410mAh 4,000mAh 3,000mAh
RAM 3GB/4GB/6GB 3GB/4GB 3GB/4GB
Storage 32GB/64GB/128GB 32GB/64GB 32GB/64GB
Price Rs 8,990 (3GB)
Rs
 10,990 (4GB)
Rs
 13,990 (6GB)
Rs 9,999 (3GB)
Rs 11,999 (4GB)
Rs 10,999 (3GB)
Rs 14,999 (4GB)
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