Honor is one of the most selling smartphones who always tries to give tough competitions to other popular brands like Redmi, Realme, Samsung and various brands available in the market. Now this time Honor is going to come back with their one of the most awaited smartphone i.e., Honor 9X. Yes, you heard it right Honor is finally going to launch this product in the Indian market. Earlier Huawei got banned by the US for using Android OS, but Honor 9X announced before the ban. Don’t get confused between Honor and Huawei because Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei. This phone by Honor is going to give tough competition in their respective price segments.
Honor 9X already debuted in July 2019 in China. But due to the Huawei ban by the US, the phone is not launched in the international market. Now, Honor already started sending invitations for the launch event. Make sure to read the complete post as we are going to discuss in detail about Honor 9X Specifications. Honor 9X is a mid-range smartphone with massive screen and beautiful design. There is no notch or punch-hole camera, but it is using a motorized camera. Watching videos and playing games on this gives your immersive experience.
Honor 9X Specifications Detailed
Honor 9X Design – Front
At this price Honor, 9X is a big screen device that comes with a 6.59-inch display. Also, when we look at dimensions which is 163.5 x 77.3 x 8.8 mm with 196.8g weight and it feels heavy too. At the front, there are very little bezels and the earpiece is placed on the top. One thing to note is that it doesn’t have a notch or punch-hole type camera but it’s having a pop-up camera. Also, on the front, we are getting front glass protection, but Huawei hasn’t confirmed what type of protection is used.
Honor 9X Design – Back
On the back, Honor is still using curved plastic back which feels like glass, but it’s plastic, which illuminates different shades and you can see “X” as a 3D gradient pattern on the back when viewed at certain angles. Now, talking about fingerprint sensor placement, then, it is placed high on the back, which is convenient for those having a big hand if you have smaller have this may be inconvenient for you. Although in China variant fingerprint sensor is side-mounted.
Just beside the fingerprint sensor triple camera lens is present. Bump of the camera housing is present there, but it is small when we compare it with other smartphones available in the market. However, the bump on the camera is not inconvenient.
Honor 9X Design – Sidewise
Now, coming to the right side you will get the volume rocker power button and at the bottom of Honor 9X, you will be surprised that it is having a USB Type-C port and microphone. This port is becoming standard, but most companies still using normal USB ports to cut down the cost. Also, you will be getting a 3.5mm headphone jack which is also disappearing these days from fewer phones. Now, coming to the left side you will get nothing and on top you pop-up camera and the SIM insertion tray.
Honor 9X feels good in the hands and gives the premium type look, but it can easily grab fingerprint smudges. You need to keep in a case to protect it from smudges.
Honor 9X Display
You can enjoy entertainment on this device as it is having a huge 6.59 inches Ultra Full View Display with a 91% Screen-to-touch Panel Ratio. Also, there are very few bezels we can call it “Boundless View Sight” display and this is a notch-less design. As it’s having a motorized selfie camera that’s why it saving space of display due to which we are getting more screen space.
Honor 9X is using an LTPS IPS LCD screen with a 1080 x 2340 resolution and 391PPI density. Looking at more screen specs, then it is having:
- Contrast ratio: 1500:1
- NTSC: 85%
- Display: Panoramic full-view display
- Brightness: 480nit
Honor 9X is not offering S-AMOLED or AMOLED panel, but still, the quality of this LTPS IPS LCD is very good in this price segment. Also, you will be getting good viewing angles on this display and it’s been Full HD+ display. Huawei is also using TUV Rheinland-certified Eye Comfort mode 2.0 for protecting your eyes from dangerous blue lights that emit from the screen.
The Video Enhancement mode is also present on this device through which you can enjoy every frame on your home theater. You can enjoy your favorite movies, video, and games on this big display as this is a complete package of entertainment. Honor brings uninterrupted entertainment experienced with a refined notch-less display. Its panoramic full-view display gives you impressive video and gaming experience. Now, you can enjoy YouTube, Gaming and Read with an immersive experience.
Honor 9X Processor
The Honor 9X Chinese variant is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 810 which is manufactured on 7nm FinFET technology. But international variant is having HiSilicon 710F chipset.
The Kirin 710F is the same chipset as 710. But Kirin 710 is first-gen SoC. The F in 710F stands for Flip Chip Chip-Scale Package (FCCSP). 710F is based on different packages of IC then 710. But performance-wise they should be the same.
Honor has made a Performance mode option in Battery settings. This mode can provide you a boost in speed, but not much. The good thing is that it doesn’t make the device hot. We are not expecting high-level performance with A73 core as this is not impressive these days. But it will deliver enough power and will give you a smooth experience.
The Honor 9X is a wonderful device with great performance and a good processor. This device is using the HiSilicon 710F chipset, which is based on 12nm FinFET technology. It has Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) with the Mali-G51 MP4 GPU.
Talking more about the process than it contains 5,500,000,000 transistors with 8 cores and 8 threads. The base frequency is of 1.7GHz and turbo frequency of 2.2 GHz. There are a total of 4 energy cores and four high-performance cores. The GPU is Mali-G51 MP4 with 4 execution units and 64 shading units with a clock rate of 650 MHz.
As it is using 12nm FinFET technology, which means it is power efficient and it will exhibit less heat and you will also get good performance. In day to day usage, you will not face any problem with it. Those who love watching movies and playing games gonna love this device because it will perform better with this processor.
HiSilicon Kirin 810 vs 710F
|CPU||Octa-Core (2x Cortex-A76 @2.27GHz, 6x Cortex-A55 @1.88 GHz)||Octa-Core (4x Cortex-A73 @2.22GHz, 6x Cortex-A53 @1.7 GHz)|
|GPU||Mali-G52 MP6||Mali-G51 MP4|
Now, if we compare HiSIlicon Kirin 710F with Kirin 810 than 810 is better because its manufacturing is based on 7nm while, 710F is based on 12nm technology. Also, 710F is more power-efficient and exhibits less heat than 810. Even 810 is using a Mali-G52 MP6 GPU while 710F is having a Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. You can play games on medium graphics levels, but on the highest settings with 710F chipset.
This device comes with 4G connectivity and not with 5G. You can either you 2 SIM cards or 1 SIM card at a time. NFC is not present on this device. In this smartphone, you will get the following things:
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth: 4.2 Version
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio: FM radio
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 with reversible connector
Also, all the basic sensors like Fingerprints, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, and Compass present in it.
Honor 9X RAM and Storage
The Honor 9X will come with three variants, i.e, 4GB + 64GB, 4GB + 128GB and 6GB + 128GB LPDDR4 RAM & internal storage respectively. However, you can expand storage up to 512GB with a MicroSD card. But if you want to use two SIM cards at the same time, then you can’t do this because it is having a hybrid SIM slot tray. Either, you can use 1 SIM card and MicroSD card or 2 SIM cards at a time.
If you want to use 2 SIM cards at the same time and also you required more storage than it is better to buy 4GB + 128GB or 6GB + 128GB RAM and internal storage variant. But if you use only one SIM card, then you can buy 4GB + 64GB variant.
Honor 9X Operating System
This smartphone is still using Android 9.0 (Pie) with Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 which is a little disappointing thing as Android 10.0 is out. You will get preloaded system apps like Huawei’s calculator, app store, clock and browser. But you will not get irritating ads as we got in some other brands.
Honor 9X Camera
Honor 9X is having a triple camera on the back like Huawei P30 Lite. The camera setups include 48MP, 8MP, 2MP cameras. The 48MP camera is main with f/1.8 aperture and PDAF, secondary cameras are of 8MP with ultra-wide, f/2.4 aperture and it is having fixed-focus. Also, 2MP is present for depth sensing with f/2.4 aperture. You are also getting a single LED flash for capturing photos in low light.
The primary camera of 48MP is using the Sony IMX582 sensor which uses pixel binning of the quad-Bayer array. The final image is 12MP in resolution as it is using pixel binning technology. You can capture good photographs with this camera under good light.
In this camera setup, Huawei’s Advanced Master AI is present, which you can turn on or off via the viewfinder. It can recognize 22 scenes and you can also adjust parameters of the image. You can choose the desired scene, according to your choice.
Available Camera Modes:
- Night mode: it is also present which can produce good pictures in low light.
- Pro mode: you can use this mode via the mode selector in the camera. In this mode, you can adjust parameters like ISO (50 to 3200), shutter speed (1/4000s to 30s), exposure (-4 to +4EV), and white balance (light and present temperature).
- Portrait and Aperture mode: Both of these modes are present on this. In Aperture mode, you can select aperture in the range from f/0.95 to f/1.6. Also, you can change the focus point and aperture after capturing a photo. In Portrait mode, you can blur the image background, adjust lighting and also you can add beautification too.
- Slow-Mo: Capture slow-motion videos at 480fps.
This is for the first time Honor is giving a motorized pop-up camera of 16MP with f/2.2 aperture. As expected, it is having fixed-focus. But you can get good images with good lighting conditions. One of the best features is that the pop-up module retracts when it senses free-falling.
The good thing is that Portrait mode is available on the front camera. You can blur the background and also beautification to images can be added. It’s a front camera that also supports Master AI functionality with 8 scene recognition and 3D Portrait Lighting.
The primary camera of Honor 9X can capture videos at up to 1080p resolution with 30fps and 60fps. But you can shoot video with an ultrawide camera only in 1080p@30fps. Even there is no OIS or the electronic stabilization option. By default, video is encoded using h.264 codec, but you can enable h.265 codec. The audio is recorded in stereo mode.
Honor 9X Battery
Huawei is using Li-Po 4000 mAh battery which can last up to one and half days on normal usage. But the sad thing is that it is not having fast charging support. Honor 9X supports only 10W charging, which is not good. Also, there is no wireless charging support.
With 4000 mAh Battery, you can get 91h music playback, 21h non-stop calls, 12h video streaming, 10h real-time navigation, and 7h continuous gaming.
Honor 9X Loudspeaker
The Huawei’s Honor 9X is having a single speaker firing from the bottom. It has Voice at 65.6dB, Music at 71.5dB and Ringing phone at 81.8dB. Overall it is good, but less than Honor 8X. It may seem quiet when you watch videos on YouTube.
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