Honor X9a vs 50 SE

65 out of 100
Honor X9a
VS
65 out of 100
Honor 50 SE

Here we compared two mid-range smartphones: the 6.67-inch Honor X9a (with Qualcomm Snapdragon 695) that was released on January 4, 2023, against the Honor 50 SE, which is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G and came out 19 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the devices.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Honor X9a
  • Comes with 1100 mAh larger battery capacity: 5100 vs 4000 mAh
  • The phone is 1-year and 7-months newer
  • More recent OS version: Android 12 versus 11
  • AMOLED display (versus competitor's LTPS LCD)
  • Weighs 16 grams less
  • Has a built-in infrared port
Reasons to consider the Honor 50 SE
  • Supports higher wattage charging (66W versus 40W)
  • Ability to record video in 4K resolution
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks

Review

Evaluation of Honor X9a and 50 SE crucial features
Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Performance
CPU and memory performance (apps, system)
58*
Gaming
Capabilities for playing modern games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
78*
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
Scores with a red asterisk (*) are approximate and may change in the future as we gather more data.
NanoReview Score
Final comparison evaluation
65*
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Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests
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Display

Type AMOLED LTPS LCD
Size 6.67 inches 6.78 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1080 x 2388 pixels
Aspect ratio 20:9 19.5:9
PPI 395 ppi 387 ppi
Refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
Adaptive refresh rate No No
Max rated brightness 800 nits 550 nits
HDR support No -
Screen protection Tempered glass Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 89.9% 89.4%
Display features - DCI-P3
- Always-On Display
- DC Dimming
- DCI-P3
Peak brightness test (auto)
870 nits
n/a

Design and build

Height 161.6 mm (6.36 inches) 164.7 mm (6.48 inches)
Width 73.9 mm (2.91 inches) 75.6 mm (2.98 inches)
Thickness 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) 8 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 175 g (6.17 oz) 191 g (6.74 oz)
Waterproof No No
Rear material Plastic -
Frame material Plastic -
Colors Black, Silver, Green Black, Silver, Blue
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in-display Yes, in-button
Screen-to-body ratio
Honor X9a +1%
89.9%
89.4%

Performance

Tests of Honor X9a and Honor 50 SE in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G
Max clock 2200 MHz 2400 MHz
CPU cores 8 (2 + 6) 8 (2 + 6)
Architecture - 6 cores at 1.8 GHz: Kryo 660 Silver (Cortex-A55)
- 2 cores at 2.2 GHz: Kryo 660 Gold (Cortex-A78)
- 6 cores at 2 GHz: Cortex-A55
- 2 cores at 2.4 GHz: Cortex-A78
L3 cache - 2 MB
Lithography process 6 nanometers 6 nanometers
Graphics Adreno 619 Mali-G68 MP4
GPU shading units 256 -
GPU clock 950 MHz 900 MHz
FLOPS ~486.4 GFLOPS ~621 GFLOPS

Benchmarks

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
873
50 SE +3%
895
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
2139
50 SE +2%
2178
AnTuTu Benchmark 10
466020
n/a
CPU 148288 -
GPU 101746 -
Memory 94737 -
UX 118814 -
Total score 466020 -
3DMark Wild Life Performance
1203
50 SE +67%
2012
Stability 99% 99%
Graphics test 7 FPS 12 FPS
Graphics score 1203 2012
PCMark 3.0
Honor X9a +26%
10322
8191
Web score 9669 4941
Video editing 5023 5959
Photo editing 19995 15691
Data manipulation 8672 8461
Writing score 13964 9522
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Memory

RAM
RAM size 6, 8 GB 8 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X -
Memory clock 2133 MHz -
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 128, 256 GB 128, 256 GB
Storage type UFS 2.2 -
Memory card No No

Software

Operating system Android 12 Android 11
ROM Magic UI 6.1 Magic UI 4.2

Battery

Capacity 5100 mAh 4000 mAh
Max charge power 40 W 66 W
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging No No
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (57% in 30 min) Yes (75% in 20 min)
Full charging time 1:13 hr 0:36 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 12:51 hr -
Watching video 18:34 hr -
Gaming 06:11 hr -
Standby 137 hr -
General battery life
39:53 hr
n/a

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 64 megapixels 108 megapixels
Image resolution 9216 x 6912 12032 x 9204
Zoom Digital Digital
Flash LED LED
Stabilization Digital Digital
8K video recording No No
4K video recording No Up to 30FPS
1080p video recording Up to 30FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 120 FPS (720p) -
Angle of widest lens - 120°
Lenses 3 (64 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP) 3 (108 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 64 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Phase autofocus
- 108 MP
- Aperture: f/1.9
- Pixel size: 0.7 micron
- Sensor: 1/1.52", Samsung S5KHM2 (ISOCELL Plus CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
Ultra-wide lens - 5 MP
- Aperture: f/2.2
- 8 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 17 mm
- Sensor: 1/4" (CMOS)
Macro lens - 2 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- 2 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
Selfie camera
Megapixels 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Image resolution 4608 x 3456 4920 x 3264
Aperture f/2.5 f/2.2
Pixel size - 0.8 microns
Sensor type CMOS Exmor-RS CMOS
Sensor size - 1/2.74"
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth version 5.1 5.1
Bluetooth features LE LE, A2DP
USB type USB Type-C USB Type-C
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, NAVIC, SBAS
NFC* Yes No
Infrared port Yes No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 2
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* No No
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 18 -
5G support Yes Yes

Sound

Speakers Mono -
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos No No

Other

Category Mid-range Mid-range
Announced January 2023 June 2021
Release date January 2023 June 2021
Sensors - Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
Bundled charger Yes, 40 W Yes, 66 W
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

If the display, battery life, and software are more important to you, then choose the Honor X9a. But if the camera, performance, gaming, connectivity, design, and sound are more of a priority – go for the Honor 50 SE.

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