The Best Honor Phone under 15000 in India

by Oct 24, 2019

Honor which is the sub-brand of Huawei that has launched a lot of good looking smartphones in the Indian market. It has been known for offering nice functionalities at marginal costs. If you are looking to buy a smartphone at under Rs.15000 it can be a tough choice to make as the market is stuffed with different brands and it is difficult to choose which brand to opt for.

In this list, we have compiled a bunch of excellent smartphones from Honor which offers the correct balance between performance and looks.

The 4 Best Honor Phone under 15000

1.

Honor Play

Honor Play
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3750 mAh

Overview

Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei that launched the Honor Play last year which some new and cool features all wrapped in a metal body.
The Honor Play’s metal unibody frame gives the phone a good look while also offering sturdiness and durability. The phone does not tend to slip thus offering a somewhat good grip. The build quality of the device is moderately nice and might sustain a few accidental drops as well. It comes in two colors namely Navy Blue and Midnight Black.

It owns a 6.3 inch full HD + IPS LCD panel having 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone has an option to toggle between FHD + and HD + resolution for battery saving. The display provides good viewing angles and decent brightness but is very reflective under direct sunlight.

The Honor Play is powered by a Hisilicon Kirin 970 SoC which is based on 10 nm architecture. As per the company’s claims, the Kirin 970 owns a custom NPU ( Neural Processing Unit) for AI processing. The phone comes in two RAM options 4 GB and 6 GB both having 64 GB of storage. Considering the price at which it is being offered, the device is a monster when it comes to performance. It can run heavy apps and can multitask without any hiccups while games also run smoothly too.

As for the cameras, the device has a dual-camera setup at the back having a 16-megapixel f/2.2 aperture primary camera and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor. The camera performance is very mediocre with poor dynamic range. The 16-megapixel selfie camera takes sharp daytime shots with good details but fails drastically in lowlight conditions. The camera has 4K recording capabilities with a bunch of other inbuilt features as well.

The 3750 mAh battery is satisfactory and provides about 10 to 11 hours of battery life in a single charge. Honor Play runs on EMUI 9.1 on top of Android 8.1 and can be upgraded to Android 9.0.

Additional Features

The Honor Play has a GPUTurbo feature which is a mobile gaming-focused optimization that offers better performance and battery life while gaming. The company has provided face recognition for faster unlocking and UFS 2.0 storage.

Verdict

If you are looking for a good gaming phone with a decent performance at a budget then Honor Play is a smartphone to consider. The build quality and design are also good while the battery life is adequate for a day when used mildly. However, the camera is disappointing and has a lot of bloatware.

What We Loved

  • Nice performance
  • Great display
  • Value for money

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very average cameras
  • Bloatware
2.

Honor 20i

Honor 20i
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.21" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 24 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3400 mAh

Overview 

The Honor 20i is one of the newly released smartphones released a little earlier this year.

The phone possesses a polycarbonate back which boasts a gradient design. The company says that this finish is accomplished by a 3D photolithography process. Although the back panel is attracted to fingerprints and smudges. The phone comes in Gradient Blue, Gradient Red, and Magic Night Black colors.

It’s 6.21 inch full HD + screen with 1080 x 2340 pixels provides decent viewing angles and sharpness. The brightness and color reproduction is satisfying which is legible under bright situations.

The Honor 20i is fitted with an octa-core Kirin 710 chipset along with 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. As far as the performance is concerned, the phone is capable of managing the day to day tasks with ease. Though it faces troubles in running modern games, and minor lags and stutters are prominent.

A triple camera setup can be found on the device featuring a 24-megapixel primary shooter, an 8-megapixel f/2.4 ultrawide camera, and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 sensor for depth calculations. the photos captured are a little oversaturated and lack sharpness and details. Portrait mode is satisfying and does a fair job while the 32-megapixel selfie camera takes clear and vivid selfies. The camera can record videos at 1080 resolution and has a dedicated night mode too.

The 3400 mAh battery of Honor 20i is respectable and can last a day with basic usage. The phone has power and ultra power saving modes to give more juice if and when needed. It supports EMUI 9.1 on top of Android 9 (Pie).

Additional Features 

There is a Digital Balance feature that monitors the user’s phone usage statistics, a BedTime mode which turns the display grey and limits access to only user-specified apps along with Ride Mode and a bunch of other Honor apps.

Verdict 

The Honor 20i seems to be a good offering from the company and can perform basic everyday functionalities without any hassle and EMUI offers a tonne of great additional features as well. Though the phone misses out on cameras and heavy games and apps tend to slow the phone down. For the price at which it comes there are very capable phones from the likes of Xiaomi, Oppo, and others which give you better overall functionality.

What We Loved

  • Fair performance
  • EMUI is feature loaded
  • Build quality is solid

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor cameras
  • Subpar battery life
  • No 4K video recording
3.

Honor 8X

Honor 8X
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.5" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 20 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3750 mAh

Overview 

Honor is always bringing innovations and technologies to their smartphones. The company is trying to find a hard ground in the Indian market and has launched many smartphones at different price points. The Honor 8x is a good budget segment smartphone launched in late 2018.

The company has done a good job when it comes to the design and -build quality of the phone. The phone has an aluminum frame and a glossy dual-tone designed back which sets it apart from others. Honor calls it the “visual grating effect” which is obtained by multiple layers of glass. It is available in four color options – Black, Blue, Red, and Pink.

The device comes with a 6.5 inch IPS LCD panel ( 1080 x 2340 pixels) having an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from minor drops or scratches. The Honor 8x has an impressive 91 % screen to body ratio with very thin bezels all around the screen. The screen is bright and has a fair amount of colors but isn’t very sharp.

At the heart of the display, an octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 710 processor based on 12 nm architecture and a Mali -G51 GPU powers the phone. Three variants are being offered by the company based on RAM and storage capacity – the base model has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, the second is 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage option, and the top end is 6 GB and 128 GB of storage.

The smartphone offers great performance and smooth experience and switching between apps are also fluid. When it comes to games the phone performed decently as well although at high settings lag and heating issues are a problem.

In the optics department, the phone has a 20-megapixel f/1.8 primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It has a very basic camera and the images taken are pretty decent with fair colors although the pictures are not very sharp and in low light conditions the images have a lot of noise. The 16-megapixel selfie shooter takes good selfies which are worth posting on social media.

Additional Features

Despite having only 3750 mAh battery, the Honor 8X can surprisingly last a day without any trouble and has 10 W charger included.

Verdict 

Considering the price at which it comes the Honor 8X is a great and well-looking smartphone with very promising performance. The phone can easily pull off basic functions and the display looks good too.

What We Loved

  • Great design
  • Nice performance

What We Didn’t Like

  • Ordinary cameras
  • No fast charging
4.

Honor 9N

Honor 9N
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.84" (1080 x 2280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3000 mAh

Overview

Honor is trying to manufacture smartphones for young customers and has already launched a lot of smartphones for budget and mid-level consumers.

The Honor 9N was released in July last year and comes in a lot of different color options like Lavander Purple, Robin Egg Blue, Sapphire Blue, and Midnight Black. The phone is very comfortable to hold and has rounded corners and curved sides giving it an amazing standout look, and the built quality is also nice. The phone has a hybrid dual Sim slot with dual 4G standby support.

It has a 5.84 inch IPS LCD screen with a 79.5% screen to body ratio. The back panel is made of glass and holds a glossy finish, which looks surpassing since many other companies don’t offer a glass back in this segment. It also has a notch at the top which is a nice addition to the design of the phone.

Under the hood, the device is powered by a Kirin 659 chipset which is based on 16nm architecture and is an octa-core SoC clocked at 4 x 2.36 GHz and 4 x 1.7 GHz. It manages the day to day tasks quite efficiently, although multitasking feels sluggish since the processor is underpowered and a bit old.

In the GPU department, this phone has a Mali- T830 MP2 GPU, and overall performance is decent although many games have frame rate issues and phone struggles a bit. Honor 9N is available in three variants- the base model offers 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, the second one offers 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage and the top end offers 4 GB of RAM with 128 GB of onboard storage.

In the camera segment, Honor 9N has a dual-camera setup on the rear, with a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary depth-sensing camera with an f/0.95 aperture for taking portrait-mode images. The phone also owns a 16-megapixel front camera which takes proper selfies. Overall the images taken from this phone are decent and have nice details but it does not perform well in low light conditions or particularly at night.

The phone comes with a 3000 mAh battery which is non-removable with a standard 10-watt charger in the box and struggles in providing a day’s power. Honor 9N runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, with Huawei’s custom skin known as EMUI 8.0 on the top.

Additional Features 

The EMUI offers cool features and customizations of its own. It comes with a WiFi+ feature which can automatically switch between mobile data and WiFi depending on which connection is stronger. Honor 9N supports a three-finger swipe to take a screenshot gesture and has a lot of themes to change the look and feel of the phone.

Verdict 

The Honor 9N is a great looking smartphone with a lot of attractive colors to choose from but not so good performance. The chipset which is used is considerably old and feels sluggish at multitasking or running demanding games at high settings. The battery life is also an issue along with an average pair of cameras.

What We Loved

  • Solid build quality
  • Good design
  • Great display

What We Didn’t Like

  • Outdated chipset
  • Underwhelming cameras
  • Battery life should have been better