Today, the Honor 9 was launched in China as was reported a few days prior. Honor is a subsidiary of the Chinese telecommunication behemoth Huawei; The Honor 9 is the successor to last year’s Honor 8 which was well received thanks to its dual camera at the back. Continuing the trend the Honor 9 will also feature a dual camera setup at the back with updated hardware inside.

Design and Features

The Huawei Honor 9 features a very contemporary design sensibility with a metal chassis at the centre with 2.5D glass at the front and a full 3D glass back. This allows the handset to feel premium whilst keeping the phone relatively light although comes at the cost of the glass chassis being susceptible to shattering. The front of the device is dominated by the 5.15-inch full-HD (1080 x1920) IPS panel based display with minimal side bezels but a large chin and forehead bezel. Below the display is the ceramic fingerprint scanner and above is the earpiece flanked by the selfie camera and an ambient light sensor.

The Huawei 9 from the rear

Flip the phone over and apart from the dual camera setup at the back there is not much to be seen under the glass back save the Honor brand logo. The phone also features a USB Type-C connector and 3.5mm audio jack.

Hardware and Specifications

Huawei has provisioned the Honor 9 with its flagship in-house HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset which has an octa-core CPU which can clock up to 2.4GHz coupled with a Mali G71-MP8 GPU. The SoC is complemented with 4 GB/6 GB of RAM and 64 GB/128 GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card. The 5.15-inch IPS display is compliant with DCI-P3 colour space standards for more accurate colour renditions. Powering all this hardware is a 3100mAh battery unit with support for fast charging. On the OS front, Huawei has provisioned the Honor 9 with EMUI 5.1 which is based on Android v.7.0, Nougat.

Huawei Honor 9 profile shot

The main draw of the Huawei Honor 9 though is the dual camera setup at the back of the device which is composed of a 12-megapixel and a 20-megapixel sensor in tandem. The camera is capable of two times optical zoom with support for Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and features a dual-tone CCT LED flash. On the connectivity front Huawei has provisioned the smartphone with 4G bands support inclusive of VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 up to ac standard (dual band), Bluetooth v.4.2, GPS and NFC.

Huawei Honor 9; Costing and availability

The Huawei Honor 9 starts retailing for 2,299 (~$340) for the 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant while the 6 GB RAM variant with 64 GB of internal storage will set one back by 2,699 (~$400). The highest end 6 GB RAM variant coupled with 128 GB of internal storage comes in at 2,999 (~$440). It is available in Black, Blue and Amber Gold colour options and would be open for purchase from June 16 on various Chinese retail channels.

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