Mi Play vs Honor 9N vs Nokia 6.1 Plus Price Specifications Compared

Mi Play vs Honor 9N vs Nokia 6.1 Plus Price Specifications Compared

Mi Play will compete with Honor 9N and Nokia X6 aka Nokia 6.1 Plus

  • Mi Play is the first to be powered by the Helio P35 SoC
  • Honor 9N is the thinnest, but heaviest of the lot
  • Mi Play & the other 2 pack dual cameras, fingerprint scanner at the back

Mi Play was launched on Monday, after many teasers by Xiaomi over the past month. The Mi Play is seen sporting a waterdrop-shaped notch, a dual camera setup at the back, and a rear fingerprint sensor as well. It is also the first smartphone to launch with the MediaTek Helio P35 SoC. Xiaomi has also bundled 10GB of free data per month for 12 months on the purchase of the device. We compare the Mi Play with other smartphones that compete with it on the price and specifications fronts, to see how well it stands up.

On paper, the Mi Play by Xiaomi will compete with the likes of Honor 9N and Nokia X6 aka Nokia 6.1 Plus. We pit the three smartphones against each other to see which one fares better on paper.

Mi Play vs Honor 9N vs Nokia X6 (Nokia 6.1 Plus) price

The Xiaomi Mi Play price in China has been set at CNY 1,099 (roughly Rs. 11,100) for the lone 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. The smartphone comes in Black, Dream Blue, and Twilight Gold colour options along with a gradient finish. Xiaomi's online store in China will start selling the Mi Play from 10am CST on December 25. There's no word on its availability outside of China.

The Honor 9N, on the other hand, has been launched in India in July, and it comes in two variants. The smartphone's price in India has been set at Rs. 11,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, and Rs. 17,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant. The smartphone is available via Flipkart and the HiHonorStore in Lavender Purple, Robin Egg Blue, Midnight Black, and Sapphire Blue colour options.

Honor 9N Review

The Nokia X6, was launched in China in May, and its price starts at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 13,800) for the 4GB RAM, 32GB storage variant, going up to CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 16,000) for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant, while the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 18,100). In India, the smartphone was launched as the Nokia 6.1 Plus, and is priced at Rs. 15,999 for the lone 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option made available here.

Nokia 6.1 Plus Review

Xiaomi Mi Play vs Honor 9N vs Nokia X6 (Nokia 6.1 Plus) specifications

Coming to specifications, all the three devices support dual-SIM slots, and run on Android Oreo. While the Xiaomi Mi Play and Honor 9N have their own skin customisations, the Nokia X6 aka Nokia 6.1 Plus runs on the stock version, and the Nokia 6.1 Plus global version is part of the Android One programme as well. Xiaomi and Honor offer 5.84-inch display size, and the Nokia variant comes with a slightly smaller 5.8-inch display. All of them offer 1080x2280 pixel resolutions, 19:9 aspect ratio, and 432ppi pixel density. The Xiaomi Mi Play is seen sporting a waterdrop-shaped notch, while the other two are seen sporting a slightly wider notch display. The Xiaomi Mi Play is the first smartphone to be powered by the MediaTek Helio P35 processor, while the Honor 9N is powered by the home grown HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor. The Nokia X6, meanwhile, is powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC.

The Xiaomi Mi Play and the Nokia 6.1 Plus global variant are only available in the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option. The Nokia X6 Chinese variant is made available in 4GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage options. The Honor 9N is available in 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 128GB storage options.

Coming to the camera, all the three phones sport dual rear camera setups at the back stacked vertically. On the Mi Play, there is one 12-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The dual rear camera setup is accompanied by an LED flash. For selfies, the Mi Play sports an 8-megapixel sensor at the front.

The Honor 9N features a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture, alongside an LED flash. The camera also comes with PDAF and supports features such as HDR, time-lapse, and burst mode. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel sensor that works with a beauty mode. Both camera setups support full-HD (1080p) video recording.

The Nokia X6 aka 6.1 Plus bears a 16-megapixel primary sensor featuring an f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels, while the secondary 5-megapixel monochrome sensor sports a f/2.4 aperture and 1.12-micron pixels. The rear setup features a dual-tone flash module. On the front, the smartphone bears a 16-megapixel sensor coupled with an f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus wins in the battery department by a slight margin with a 3,060mAh battery, while the other two pack a 3,000mAh battery. The Nokia X6 aka 6.1 Plus also supports Bluetooth version 5.0, while the other two support version 4.2. All the three devices support rear fingerprint sensors, and offer storage expansion via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. The Honor 9N is the thinnest at 7.70mm, and the heaviest at 152 grams.

Xiaomi Mi Play vs Honor 9N vs Nokia X6 comparison
  Xiaomi Mi Play Honor 9N
Nokia X6
Key Specs
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P35 HiSilicon Kirin 659Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Front Camera8-megapixel16-megapixel16-megapixel
Rear Camera12-megapixel + 2-megapixel13-megapixel + 2-megapixel16-megapixel
Battery Capacity3000mAh3000mAh3060mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.0Android 8.1
Resolution1080x2280 pixels1080x2280 pixels1080x2280 pixels
Overall NDTV Rating--
Design Rating--
Display Rating--
Software Rating--
Performance Rating--
Battery Life Rating--
Camera Rating--
Value for Money Rating--
ModelMi Play9NX6
Release dateDecember 1, 2018June 1, 2018May 1, 2018
Dimensions (mm)147.76 x 71.89 x 7.80149.20 x 71.80 x 7.70147.20 x 70.98 x 8.59
Weight (g)150.00152.00151.00
Battery capacity (mAh)300030003060
ColoursBlack, Dream Blue and Twilight GoldLavender Purple, Black, Robin Egg Blue, Sapphire BlueBlack, Blue, White
Launched in India-Yes-
Screen size (inches)5.845.845.80
Resolution1080x2280 pixels1080x2280 pixels1080x2280 pixels
Aspect ratio19:919:9-
Pixels per inch (PPI)432432-
Processor2.3GHz octa-core2.36GHz octa-core (4x2.36GHz + 4x1.7GHz)octa-core
Processor makeMediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765)HiSilicon Kirin 659Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Internal storage64GB64GB32GB
Expandable storageYesYesYes
Expandable storage typemicroSDmicroSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)256256256
Rear camera12-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel13-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel16-megapixel
Rear autofocusYesPhase detection autofocus-
Rear flashYesLEDDual LED
Front camera8-megapixel16-megapixel16-megapixel
Operating systemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.0Android 8.1
SkinMIUI 10EMUI 8.0-
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 4.20Yes, v 4.20Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-CNo--
Number of SIMs222
Wi-Fi Direct-Yes-
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYes
Fingerprint sensorYesYes-
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYesYes
Face unlock-Yes-
  • NEWS
Display 5.84-inch
Processor MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765)
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 3000mAh
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Resolution 1080x2280 pixels
  • NEWS
  • Variants
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Compact and well built
  • Sleek design
  • Vivid display
  • Bad
  • Battery life could be better
  • Average cameras
  • Middling performance
  • Software bloat
Display 5.84-inch
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 659
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 3000mAh
OS Android 8.0
Resolution 1080x2280 pixels

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