How Does the Honor 9X Compare to Other Budget Phones?

How Does the Honor 9X Compare to Other Budget Phones?

The Honor 9X is one of our favorite budget phones of 2019. While the Honor 9X implemented lots of great features into their device, other companies have put out some really competitive options. See how the Honor 9X compares to the competition.

Honor 9X €299.00

The Honor 9X is the first in the X-series line to feature a pop-up camera. This pop-up camera has a fully motorized design. When the selfie mode is activated, the camera will quickly rise from the top of the phone. To really enhance the full-screen notch-free effect of the phone, Honor fitted a larger display into the phone at 6.59″. The end result is a large full screen phone with a very convenient motorized pop-up camera.


With the 9X, Honor put a great deal of attention into the photography aspect of this phone. The device is fitted with a 48MP triple camera that includes an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The f/1.8 aperture is paired with the half-inch sensor to produce super clear photos. The AIS super night mode promises improve your low-light photos. Observe some of our initial sample shots here.

honor 9x

Honor 9X

Honor 9X Selfie Camera

Aside from the pop-up camera, the Honor 9X sports some fantastic specs and features for a phone under €300. The Honor 9X features the Kirin 710F and 6GB of RAM. There are other models that come with the Kirin 810, but for one reason or another this isn’t included in every model. This makes the processor a very mild upgrade from the previous Honor 8X which came with the Kirin 710. With that being said, there is not much to criticize when it comes to performance on this phone.

Honor 9X Specs
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 710F
RAM/Storage 4/6GB 64/128GB
Display 6.59″ 1080x2340p
Selfie Camera Motorized pop-up 16 MP
Main Camera 48+8+2MP
GPU Mali-G51 MP4
Battery 4000mAh
Software Android 9.0 EMUI 9.1

Overall, the Honor 9X is the best of the X-Series so far. While the camera is usually the main feature to suffer in budget phones, the 48MP shooter on the 9X is actually one of the best aspects of this device. The Honor 9X is a great deal for anyone looking to get the most out of their smartphone camera.

This is the best phone under €300 in 2019, but there are plenty of other great budget phones that came out this year. See some of the other good options below.

Features Huawei P30 Lite Google Pixel 3A XL Motorola Action One Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite Honor 9X
Full View Display No No No No Yes
Pop-up Camera No No No No Yes
Headphone Jack Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chipset Kirin 710 Snapdragon 670 Exynos 9609 Snapdragon 710 Kirim 710F
RAM 4/6/8GB 4GB 4GB 6GB 4/6GB
Display Resolution 1080 x 2312 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels 1080 x 2520 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Screen Size 6.15 inches 6.0 inches 6.3 inches 6.39 inches 6.59 inches
Main Camera 24/48+8+2MP 12.2MP 12+16+5MP 48+8+2MP 48+8+2MP
Selfie Camera 24/32MP 8MP 12MP 32MP 16MP
Battery Capacity 3340mAh 3700mAh 3500mAh 4030mAh 4000mAh

Motorola Moto One Action $249.99

Motorola Moto One Action

The Moto One Action has really great specs for the price, but stands out because of the unique 21:9 display. Very few phones have this aspect ratio, and most of them have much higher prices. This makes the Moto One Action special, as an entry level phone for those who are looking for this type of display. Aside from this, you’ll have a triple camera setup for great photos.

Motorola Moto One Action Specs
Chipset Exynos 9609
RAM/Storage 4GB 128GB
Display 6.3″ 1080x2520p
Selfie Camera 12MP
Main Camera 12+16+5MP
GPU Mali-G72 MP3
Battery 3500mAh
Software Android 9.0


google pixel 3a


The Pixel 3A XL is the best option to get into the pure Google experience from Pixel phones, without shelling out massive amounts of money. The camera quality is decent for a single sensor design, and you can expect to be first in line for future Android Updates.

Chipset Qualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon 670
Display 6.0″ 1080x2160p
Selfie Camera 8MP
Main Camera 12.2MP
GPU Adreno 615
Battery 3700mAh
Software Android 9.0

Huawei P30 Lite

huawei p30 lite

Huawei P30 Lite

The Huawei P30 Lite is a good option for people looking for a triple camera setup. Don’t expect the best quality from this camera, but the performance of the phone overall is very good.

Huawei P30 Lite Specs
Chipset Hisilicon Kirin 710
RAM 4/8GB 128GB
Display 6.15″ 1080x2312p
Selfie Camera 24/32MP
Main Camera 24/48+8+2MP
GPU Mali-G51 MP4
Battery 3340mAh
Software Android 9.0

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite is one of the best phones in the budget category. For the low $279 price, you’ll get a 48MP triple camera, 32MP selfie camera, a huge 4030mAh battery and a large 6.38 display. It’s a great phone for the price, and Xiaomi has been killing it with their software experience lately.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite Specs
Chipset Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710
RAM 6GB 64/128GB
Display 6.39″ 1080x2340p
Selfie Camera 32MP
Main Camera 48+8+2MP
GPU Adreno 616
Battery 4030mAh
Software Android 9.0


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