After the smash hit that was the Honor 7X and followed up with the 8X, Honor is back with the 9X! Well, no, not that 9X, but a 9X!, It’s actually a weird amalgam of a few phones, but we’ll get as to why later on.
Let’s start with the specs, as those are what most people are interested in. inside this 9X is powered by a Kirin 710f, which is utilising ARMs Cortex A73 and A53 CPU cores, in a 4+4 configuration at 2.2Ghz and 1.7Ghz respectively, there is also a Mali G51 GPU here all fabricated on TSMCs 12nm process node, this is where this 9X differs from the real 9X, that uses the much newer and faster Kirin 810. My unit of this 9X has 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS2.1 storage, and Honor have kept the MicroSD Slot (no Nano here) for up to 512GB giving you the option of having over 600GB of local storage on your phone, damn.
Upfront is the star of the show, a 6.59” 1080p+ IPS LCD, and it’s a pretty nice panel, it’s pretty similar to the panel on the 8X from last year, except for one thing, no notch. Yes, you heard me right, all the 9X’s have this in common, no notch, it has a pop-up selfie camera, this model is 16mp. Not having a notch or a hole punch isn’t a big deal to me, but it is to some people, and there is no denying that watching the camera pop up when you open the selfie camera on Instagram stories is pretty fun too.
What about Battery? Well, you’ll be glad to hear there is a whopping 4000mAh battery in this thing, paired with an efficient 12nm chipset and an easy to push 1080p screen, this thing lasts a good long while, easily into the second day. The problem comes when it comes to charging, Honor decided to omit SuperCharge here, and annoyingly also USB-PD. The 9X (again, this 9X) caps out at a measly 10w of USB-C charging, thankfully you should only need to charge it overnight, but it’s annoying either way.
Lastly, we have the Cameras, and this is pretty great, like most phones at the moment, this 9X is using the Sony IMX586, a 48MP camera sensor designed to take absolutely stunning 12mp shots, and it does. This is paired with an 8mp ultrawide camera with a 120-degree field of view, and a 2mp portrait/depth camera. Whilst I would rather this portrait camera would not be there, Honor does not take product suggestions from me. The main 48MP camera has an F1.8 aperture and can shoot video at 1080p60, but if you want to take advantage of the new AIS (AI Assisted Image Stabilisation) you’ll have to drop down to 720p30.
This 9X runs Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.1, not MagicUI, we were told that is only for the high-end Honor phones, and the X series is specifically midrange. But the benefit of the older Android build and likely the use of this older chipset is that this device is fully Google certified, so unlike the Mate 30 Pro, this has full access to the Google Play Store and Google services, such as Gmail, Maps, YouTube and Chrome, meaning you don’t need to worry about finding workarounds from potentially unsafe areas of the internet.
We don’t yet know about the Pricing of the Honor 9X, nor do we exactly know the release date, but we will have our review up soon and hopefully that information will be out by that time.