Honor 9 Lite vs Moto G5s Plus: which is the best phone under Rs 15,000?

The Indian smartphone market is growing exponentially with budget brands like Xiaomi, Motorola, Honor, Oppo etc leading it. Since we are an emerging economy, the under Rs 15,000 segment is densely and diversely populated. Companies are understanding the needs and want of Indian consumers and hence, some powerful budget devices have arrived in the market. 

However, it is not always easy to choose from a million good options. Today, we are going to compare two devices which provide a seamless smartphone experience – the Honor 9 Lite and the Moto G5s Plus. While the former has launched recently, the latter is known for its strong build and performance. Let’s look at both of these smartphones in detail:

Honor 9 Lite vs Moto G5s Plus: build and design

Honor 9 Lite

The Honor 9 Lite is a treat for the eyes at such an affordable price. It has a double-sided 2.5D glass design with an 18:9 aspect ratio display. The device does look stylish but the all-glass rear panel is not anti-fingerprint. As soon as you hold the phone, your fingers will make new designs on the panel and it will diminish its style statement to a level. Better carry a clean cloth with you at all times. The frame of the phone is made out of plastic and provides a solid grip to the device. 

Honor 9 Lite

The rear panel of the phone is made out of glass but seems metallic from a distance. This is because the glass is glossy and to a level where it can reflect everything perfectly. Due to its plastic frame, the Honor 9 Lite is uncannily lightweight and while some people prefer it, others don’t. The power and volume buttons are also made out of plastic and are comfortable to use. The texture of both the buttons is similar, so it will be a little difficult for you to adjust to them. The fingerprint sensor is present on the rear side, beneath the horizontal camera setup. 


Moto G5s Plus

The Moto G5s Plus has an all-metal build. The phone looks and feels a little bulky but it’s a positive trait. The frame on the sides is also made of metal and hence, the device feels more comfortable to hold. Coming to the volume rockers and power button, made out of metal with different textures, the buttons take ease of use to another level. After using the device for two days, I was able to distinguish between the two buttons even in the dark. 

Moto G5s Plus


However, the all-metal rear panel of the phone makes it slippery and more prone to accidental damage. I have been using it since four months and I have already dropped it a couple of times. So, if you are buying this phone, you will have to put some extra pressure while holding it from the back. Unlike the Honor 9 Lite, the fingerprint sensor resides on the front, beneath the display. 

The bezels on the phone are huge and when I say huge, I mean massive. Due to these bezels, the phone does look 2016-ish but hey, are looks that important at all?

Also readHonor 9 Lite review – looks good and makes you look good.

Honor 9 Lite vs Moto G5s Plus – display

Honor 9 Lite

Honor 9 Lite’s display is probably its strongest attribute. The phone comes with 5.65-inch IPS LCD display which has an HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160p. The aspect ratio of the phone is 18:9 and due to this, it has minimum bezels.

Honor 9 Lite

The pixel density of the phone is 427ppi and it has a 76.12 screen-to-body ratio. The display is capable of producing attractive and crisp colours in all conditions. The phone looks quite premium and has an appeal of its own. 

Moto G5s Plus

The Moto G5s Plus comes with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920p. The aspect ratio on the phone is 16:9 and it contains massive bezels on all sides. The phone has a pixel density of 401ppi with a 71.53 percent screen-to-body ratio. 

Moto G5s Plus

The phone carries features like capacitive display which is scratch resistant and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The navigation buttons are also housed on the display while there was enough space to put them on the bottom bezels. The looks of the phone are outdated but that can be attributed to its early release and well, Moto’s lack of creativity. 

Honor 9 Lite vs Moto G5s Plus – specs and hardware

Honor 9 Lite

HiSilicon Kirin 659 is the powerhouse on this phone with the ARM Mali-T830 MP2 dual-core GPU. The phone has been launched in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM and another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. The native storage on the phone is expandable through a microSD card. 

Honor 9 Lite

The phone weighs in at 149g, thanks to its plastic frame and has a 3000mAh battery capacity. On the software front, the Honor 9 Lite runs Android 8.0 Oreo. Amazing for a phone worth Rs 10,999, isn’t it?

Moto G5s Plus

The Moto G5s Plus runs on the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with an Adreno 506 GPU. The phone also has two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, and another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. The storage on the device is expandable. 

Moto   G5s Plus

The weight of the phone is 170g and it also has a 3000mAh battery. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the December Security Patch as of now. 

Honor 9 Lite vs Moto G5s Plus – camera

Honor 9 Lite

The Honor 9 Lite has a quad camera setup. Yes, you heard it right. The device carries dual rear and front cameras. The ones on the rear have a combination of 13MP + 2MP sensors with an LED flash. The main shooters on the phone have an aperture of f/2.2 and can record videos with dimensions of 1440 x 2560p @ 30fps. 

Honor 9 Lite camera click

The front dual camera setup has a combination of 13MP + 2MP sensors and can record videos with dimensions of 720 x 1280p @ 30fps. The cameras on the phone have features like backside illumination, autofocus, continuous shooting, digital zoom, geotagging, panorama, HDR, touch focus, face detection, white balance settings, ISO settings, exposure compensation, self-timer, scene mode, and phase detection.

Moto G5s Plus 

The Moto G5s Plus carries a dual camera setup on the back and a single selfie snapper with a Dual LED flash. The rear setup includes 13MP + 13 MP sensors with an aperture of f/2.0. The camera is capable of recording videos with dimensions of 2160 x 3840p @ 30fps. The front camera on the phone contains an 8MP sensor and it can record videos with dimensions of 720 x 1280p @30fps.

Moto G5s Plus camera shot

The cameras on the phone include features like CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor), Autofocus, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR, Touch focus, Face detection, White balance settings, ISO settings, Exposure compensation, Self-timer, Scene mode, and Phase detection.

Also read: Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Mi A1.

Honor 9 Lite vs Moto G5s Plus – which one should you buy

Both of these phones are the best of the lot. However, it depends on what you want from your device. 

If you are someone who is into beautiful displays, camera performance, lightweight devices and premium looks, the Honor 9 Lite is the perfect match for you. Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor is a good addition for this price range. If selfies are what you live for and crisp colours of the display excite you, then you can grab the 3GB variant of the Honor 9 Lite at a price of Rs 10,999 and the 4GB variant at Rs 14,999. 

Buy your own Honor 9 Lite from here.

Honor 9 Lite

On the other hand, if you believe in quality and want a sturdy device then the Moto G5s Plus is the match made in heaven for you. The device runs Android Nougat, true but it runs seamlessly and you will not find any lags in its performance. The Moto G5s Plus is something reliable, strong, tried and tested. You can buy the 4GB variant at a price of Rs 14,999. 

Buy your own Moto G5s Plus from here.

Do you agree with our verdict? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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