Juvenile and containing more than the price of its Huawei relatives, HONOR phones are usually an attractive proposition for those looking for more casual designs at prices somewhat lower than others without giving up some of the fashion features. That's where the HONOR 9X, a mobile that updates the design of the HONOR 8X by adding one more rear camera and bringing the front panel to a removable module for convenience.
Although we met some first versions for other markets, this new HONOR 9X has a somewhat different configuration and is the one that arrives in Europe. Let's see what is the proposal for the mid-range of this manufacturer, which in this case escapes the blockade of the United States to Huawei and Integrate Android 9 with all Google services.
HONOR 9X technical sheet
6.59 "IPS FullHD + 16.7 million colors 2,340 x 1,080 px, 391 dpi
128 GB + microSD (up to 600 GB)
Main: 48 MP f / 1.88 MP wide angle 120 f / 2.4 2 MP depth f / 2.4 Video 1080p @ 60fps
16MP pop-up, f / 2.2 Video 1080p @ 30fps
Android 9 PieEMUI 9.1
2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b / g / n, 5GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 a / acABluetooth 4.2, USB 2.0 type CGPS / AGPS / Glonass
Dimensions and weight
163.5 x 77.3 x 8.8 mm196.8 g
Side fingerprint reader, WiFi ac, 3.5mm jack, BT 5.0, USB type C
To be confirmed
The "all screen" reaches the mid-range of HONOR
As we said, the front camera goes inside the mobile to appear periscope style leaving a clearer front, reaching according to the manufacturer to 91% of screen use by the front. A 6.59 inch IPS type screen and FullHD + resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels, with a density of 319 pixels per inch.
The front is left without notch and with quite thin edges, keeping a chin somewhat more than the upper edge, and integrating the headset quite discreetly about where that notch had gone. The speaker is located at the base, next to the USB type C and the 3.5 mm minijack.
Although part of the most striking is the X design which has the blue version (sapphire blue). It is a finish with X-shaped concentric strips that reflects the light with different shades, being something different from the rear ones with holographic reflections that we have been seeing this year especially in these mobiles destined for those who are looking for something more casual in terms of design
GPU Turbo 3.0 so that playing is a good experience
Part of the changes we see in this HONOR 9X regarding that first version we met is in the components. This HONOR 9X integrates the Kirin 710F with its NPU along with 4 GB of RAM (up to 6 GB in other markets outside Europe) and the possibility of expanding the base storage of 128 GB up to 600 GB thanks to the microSD.
The battery takes advantage of the volume left in this mobile with a considerable screen filling the body with a battery of 4,000 mliamperios / hour, that do not paint anything wrong on paper. We will have to see the influence of the software, EMUI 9.1 on Android 9, and the charging time, since we do not see here a fast charging system of the current ones.
48 megapixels and pop-up camera
HONOR explained that the 3.5 mm jack is part of this terminal because it is something that according to their feedback people want, and more or less the same happens with the 48 megapixel sensor of the main camera, although here we already comment that not everything is megapixels and that resolution does not have to be the panacea either.
It is interesting the size of it, 1/2 inches, which is not bad for that resolution and be a mid-range mobile. The promise: a lot of resolution even zooming in (in this case without telephoto).
What accompanies the main lens is a wide angle 120 degrees with an 8 megapixel sensor and a 2 megapixel depth sensor that is used primarily in improving portrait mode. A mode that works with people only, but that is still compensated with the opening in addition to the stabilization by artificial intelligence (AIS), adding the night mode that we have seen previously in the brand.
As we saw, it is the first mobile of HONOR that integrates a pop-up front camera. The manufacturer explained that the system has a fall detector, protection in case of forced introduction and protection against dust and water.
HONOR 9X versions and prices
The new HONOR 9X keeps in common characteristics of the previous 9X and 9X Pro, so the price is probably around the range of these. That is, around the 250 and 300 euros.
We will tell you all the information about price and availability as soon as it is provided by the brand, so stay tuned if this mobile is of your interest.