Realme P1 Pro or Honor X9b: Which is a better pick at ₹25,000?

The Realme P1 Pro has been recently launched in the Indian market, boasting impressive features within the sub-25000 price range. This phone faces tough competition from the Honor X9b, which entered the Indian market a couple of months ago.

Both devices share the same 5G processor, but they differ in several aspects that are important to consider when choosing between the two.

1. Design & display

The recently launched Realme P1 Pro and the Honor X9b both feature distinct designs with the only thing common between them being their circular camera islands and their slightly curved display. The P1 Pro is available in appealing color options, while the Honor X9b has a more premium look.

You get a higher-resolution 1.5K (2652 x 1200 pixels) OLED display on the Honor X9b, while the P1 Pro features an FHD+ (1080 x 2412 pixels). Both of these phones offer a 120Hz refresh rate, however, the X9b is slightly brighter with 1200 nits peak brightness, compared to 950 nits on the P1 Pro. The X9b also has some special features like its Ultra-Bounce Anti-Drop Display, which features a double-strengthened glass with shock-absorbing materials, making it resistant to cracking from drops up to 1.5 meters.

2. Performance & software

Both the P1 Pro and the X9b use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 processor, which made its debut in September 2022. This processor is manufactured by using Samsung’s 4nm process, and it yields an AnTuTu score of around 575K.

The processors on both of these devices are paired with LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 3.1 storage, so you won’t notice any differences in performance. That being said, one major difference between the two is their software.

While the Honor X9b debuted with Android 13 and is yet to receive its Android 14 upgrade, the P1 Pro has launched with Android 14 out of the box with a promise of 3 OS updates, and 4 years of security updates. In contrast, Honor has not confirmed these details, however, we expect the device to get around 2 major OS updates.

3. Battery & fast charging

This category is a mixed bag. On one hand, the Honor X9b comes with a larger 5,800mAh battery, compared to the 5,000mAh battery on the P1 Pro. However, the P1 Pro features a 45W wired fast charging, compared to the 35W fast charging on the X9b.

The disparity in fast charging capabilities isn’t significant enough to warrant choosing a phone with a smaller 800mAh battery. Thus, customers who prioritize battery life might prefer the X9b.

4. Cameras

Perhaps the biggest difference between the smartphones is seen in the camera department. The Realme P1 Pro comes with a 50-megapixel Sony LYT-600 primary camera sensor that offers optical image stabilization. The other camera on the back is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens.

In contrast, the Honor X9b features a 108-megapixel main camera with up to 3x in-sensor zoom, as well as a 5-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a 2-megapixel macro camera.

While the X9b’s primary camera is satisfactory, it doesn’t quite match up to the Realme P1 Pro’s LYT-600 sensor. The P1 Pro’s optical image stabilization (OIS) improves zoom shots. In terms of ultra-wide camera performance, the P1 Pro’s 8-megapixel sensor offers better detail and sharpness compared to the X9b’s 5-megapixel ultra-wide lens.

As for videography, both smartphones offer support for 4K 30fps recording, however, the P1 Pro is capable of up to 120FPS recording in 1080p, while the Honor X9b tops out at 60FPS at 1080p. On the front, both smartphones offer 16-megapixel selfie cameras capable of 4K 30FPS video recording. Quality aside, the Honor X9b offers some special features for vlogging, like multi-video mode and AI noise canceling for videos.

5. Pricing

The Realme P1 comes with a starting price of ₹21,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, whereas the Honor X9b comes in a sole 8GB + 256GB configuration which is currently going for ₹24,999. The P1 Pro also has an 8GB + 256GB configuration priced at ₹22,999, making it more affordable overall.

In conclusion, both devices are capable, but the Realme P1 Pro has an edge with its camera system, while also being more budget-friendly than the Honor X9b. The X9b has its own positives, such as a drop-resistant higher resolution display and a larger battery. However, its camera performance is somewhat lacking compared to the competition. If camera quality isn’t your top priority, the X9b is worth considering for its premium look, superior display, and battery life, even at a slightly higher price.



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