Comparing Honor X9b with Honor 90: what’s different between the two Honor phones?

Following the launch of the Honor 90 in India late last year, HTech has now unveiled the Honor X9b as the second phone by the brand since its comeback in the country. Both phones are competitively priced in the mid-range segment and come with several interesting features. 

The Honor X9b and Honor 90 offer 5G support and showcase a premium design language, curved displays, Snapdragon chipsets, triple rear cameras, and fast charging technology, among other things. But how different are the two phones from each other? Let’s take a look.

Honor X9b vs Honor 90: Specs at a glance

SpecsHonor X9bHonor 90
Display6.78-inch 1.5K curved AMOLED 120Hz display6.7-inch 1.5K quad-curved AMOLED 120Hz display
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
RAM and storage8GB+256GB 8GB+256GB, 12GB+512GB
Rear cameras108MP + 5MP + 2MP200MP + 12MP + 2MP
Selfie camera16MP front camera50MP front camera
Charging35W fast charging66W fast charging

Honor X9b vs Honor 90: Price in India

The Honor X9b has been launched with a price tag of Rs 25,999, making it slightly more affordable than the Honor 90. The Honor 90 was initially launched for Rs 37,999 but has since received a few price cuts and is currently available for as low as Rs 27,250 on Amazon.

Honor X9b8GB+128GBRs 25,999 on Amazon
Honor 908GB+256GBRs 27,250 on Amazon
12GB+512GBRs 28,750 on Amazon

Honor X9b vs Honor 90: Design, colours

The Honor X9b features a curved screen and a plastic frame. It boasts a stylish circular camera module inspired by luxury watches and jewellery, along with a vegan leather back available exclusively in the Sunrise Orange colour variant.

The Honor 90 also exudes a premium look with its curved rear panel, offered in glossy or matte finishes depending on the colour option. The glossy accent around the oval camera modules adds a pearl-like appearance to the back of the phone.

While the Honor X9b is available in two colour options – Midnight Black and Sunrise Orange, the Honor 90 is offered in Diamond Silver, Emerald Green, and Midnight Black colours.

Honor X9b (L) and Honor 90 (R)

Honor X9b vs Honor 90: Display

The all-new Honor X9b offers a 6.78-inch curved AMOLED display with 1.5K resolution with up to 120Hz refresh rate, 1200 nits of peak brightness and utilises 1920Hz PWM Dimming technology. Notably, the anti-drop display provides 360-degree protection around the device, with a shock-absorbing structure offering resistance to drops up to 1.5 meters.

On the other hand, the Honor 90 sports a 6.7-inch quad-curved AMOLED screen with 1.5K resolution and support for up to 120Hz display. It achieves a peak brightness of 1600 nits and features up to 3840Hz PWM dimming technology, which aims to provide a flicker-free display, particularly at low brightness levels, to reduce eye fatigue in dimly lit environments.

Honor X9b vs Honor 90: Cameras

The Honor X9b has a triple camera setup on the back, consisting of a 108MP primary sensor, a 5MP ultra-wide angle lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. For selfies, the new X9b features a 16MP front camera. The phone supports 4K video recording and offers up to 8x digital zoom.

Meanwhile, the Honor 90 boasts an impressive 200MP Samsung ISOCELL HP3 primary sensor, accompanied by a 12MP ultra-wide and macro camera lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, it utilises a 50MP front camera. The Honor 90 also supports 4K video recording.

Honor X9b vs Honor 90: Performance

The Honor X9b comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 processor, coupled with an Adreno 710 GPU. It offers 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage, along with an additional 8GB of RAM for enhanced performance.

On the other hand, the Honor 90 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset and comes with 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. It offers storage options of 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Additionally, it features 7GB of RAM for improved performance.

The Honor 90 boasts a faster chipset compared to the Honor X9b. However, it doesn’t mean that the Honor X9b would perform poorly. According to 91mobiles’ review, although the Honor X9b isn’t marketed as a performance-focused smartphone, it’s still capable of handling most tasks effectively.

Honor X9b vs Honor 90: Battery

The Honor X9b comes with a larger battery capacity compared to the Honor 90 but slower charging speed. The device houses a 5,800mAh battery with support for 35W charging. Meanwhile, the Honor 90 is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery and supports 66W fast charging.

Despite the Honor 90 supporting faster charging speeds, HTech is bundling a 30W charger on purchasing the device, as is the case with the Honor X9b. Using a 30W charger takes roughly over 2 hours to charge the Honor X9b.