Huawei’s Honor has announced the Honor 9, successor to last year’s flagship Honor 8, at a press event in China. Interestingly enough, the Honor 9 resembles a lot to its predecessor, blending a dual rear camera setup with glass and metal sandwich unibody. The visible difference, however, the fingerprint scanner is moved to the front. Although the Honor 9 is a bit heavier than Honor 8, its thickness remains unchanged. Despite the Honor 9 is slightly taller than its predecessor, it employed a 5.15-inch display, resulting in 70% screen-to-body ratio.
Continuing on the display, the overall equation appears to be a bit strange given that last year’s Honor 8 blended a 5.2-inch screen with a smaller body, offering more screen-to-body ratio. This way the Honor 9 could have reduced the size of bezels at both the top as well as the bottom and made room for some extra real estate, similar to what Samsung did with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. It could have been possible if the placement of the fingerprint scanner had remained unchanged.
Adding to my list of disappointments is lacking Corning Gorilla Glass protection, unlike the Honor 8. The Honor 9, however, comes with more RAM and storage options: 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM with either 64GB or 128GB of storage. Honor has apparently dropped the idea of 32GB of storage it employed with its earlier flagship. The dual-SIM Honor 9, similar to Honor 8, lacks a dedicated memory card slot but instead uses one of the SIM slots for storage expansion up to 256GB.
In terms of photography, the Honor 9 houses a dual rear camera setup with a 20-megapixel and a 12-megapixel monochrome and RGB lenses respectively. The Honor 8, on the other hand, deals with two 12-megapixel rear cameras. The camera further assists phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, and dual tone flash. Up front, there is a similar 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Honor 9 packs a 3200mAh battery with fast charging support, which is a noteworthy upgrade over its predecessor. It is powered by the company’s HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core CPU and runs EMUI 5.1 software on top of Android Nougat. It supports 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C.
The Honor 9 comes in Blue, Amber Gold, Gray and Black colours and is up for pre-order. It will be up for grabs starting June 16th at the starting price of 2299 yuan (approximately US$ 339 or Rs. 21790).