With the new release of the Honor 9, Huawei’s sub-brand unveils a new flagship phone equipped with a promising dual camera system. The new release promises lots of new technologies for a price at 429 Euros. For the Launch, Honor offers a 30 Euro Cashback Action to promote the handset. Is it worth the upgrade or is it just a refinement of the Honor 8? Let’s find out!
Honor 9: The most important new features
Starting with the display it features a 5.15 Inch Full-HD Resolution screen with 428 PPI. The body is constructed out of premium feeling materials and features a 3D curved metal and glass back cover in new colours. Inside of the phone, we can find a well performing HiSilicon Kirin 960 CPU from Huawei, which has a clock speed of 2.45 GHz. Towards the powerful CPU, there are 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage available. And if that’s still not enough memory, there’s the option to add an extra SD-Card and Dual SIM.
One of the most important features today is the camera, the Honor 9 features a dual-camera setup with a 12 Megapixel and 20 Megapixel Monochrome Sensor. Towards that, it has WIFI, NFC, USB-C and a newly placed Fingerprint reader under the display.
The battery capacity is rated at 3.200 mAh so we can expect good performance with these specs. Preloaded the Honor 9 comes with the latest version of Android 7 and the new EMUI 5.1 User interface from Huawei.
Honor 9: Design & Build Quality
The unboxing experience of the Honor 9 is very premium and does remind us of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Coming out of the box with a black film on the display almost makes the device appear bezel-less. Although back to reality, the Honor 9’s display isn’t anywhere near the Infinity Display from Samsung: it isn’t curved and it’s surrounded by bezels which match the phone’s body colour.
But the backpanel of the Honor does remind us very much of the Galaxy S8 or S7 with it’s smooth, clean design of the body, covered in 3D curved glass. The back has a very elegant and also ergonomic curve, which also reminds us of the Xiaomi Mi 6.
Speaking of the back, the light catches and reflects in a very high premium way, giving it an exclusive look and high-quality finish. You will also find the camera, which doesn’t protrude from the phone. There’s a dual LED flash, laser autofocus and the branding “DUAL LENS hybrid zoom”. The USB Type-C port is located in the middle of the speakers and headphone jack at the bottom.
The Honor 9 is really nice to hold in your hands, similar to the Galaxy S7 – it isn’t slippery and is very easy to grip, even with one hand. The build quality and finish is top-notch for this price point! While the body is still a fingerprint magnet, as expected but the display features an oleophobic coating, which is why you won’t find an included screen protector.
Honor 9 Display
The display of the Honor 9 are quite warm, but you can easily calibrate the color temperature to your liking. Honor has also added a new daylight reading feature to improve readability under the sun. Overall the display has good viewing angles and with the brightness set to 60% you can enjoy content without draining too much of the battery.
Honor 9 Camera Test & Performance
Similar to the previous devices like the P10, the camera is easy to navigate and opens in a snap. Quickly change modes by swiping to right for the settings and swipe left for the different modes. You can also take advantige of the PRO-modes on the Honor 9 allowing you to take control over the autofocus or expsoure on photos and videos, as previously seen with the Honor 8.
Among the innovations, there’s the Panorama 3D mode (via the social application developed by Fyuse) and 3D Creator (already present on Honor 8 Pro, but not on Honor 8). The latter allows you how to create customised 3D avatars and convert them to GIFs, but to do this, you must keep your hand very steady. These features highlight the fact that Honor targets a young audience that likes to stay on top of trends.
To make the most of the hybrid zoom, which is based on the use of the different focal lengths of the two lenses, just press 1.0x, which is written next to the screen. For the rest, you will find filters, portrait mode and the bokeh effect already seen on the Honor 8 and the P10. The front camera offers Panorama, Video, Panorama 3D and Time Lapse modes. The shots taken when the lighting conditions are good are clear and detailed with colors close to reality. At night, when the lighting becomes weaker, you have to hold the smartphone very steadily or secure it to a tripod to avoid blurry shots.
Honor 9 Technical Specifications
- Dimensions: 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.4 mm
- Weight: 155 g
- Battery Size: 3200 mAh
- Screen Size: 5.15 Inch
- Display Type: LCD
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels (428 PPI)
- Front Camera: 8 MP
- Rear Camera: 20 MP
- Flash: Dual-LED
- Android-version: 7.0 – Nougat
- User Interface: Huawei EMUI
- RAM: 4 GB
- Storage: 64 GB
- CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 960 – @ 2.4 GHz – 8 Cores
- Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.2