Honor (stylized and marketed as HONOR) is a smartphone brand owned by Huawei Technologies. Recently they have launched another smartphone adding to X-series named HONOR 9X. It is available on Flipkart at INR 13,999/- for base variant (4 GB RAM & 128 GB Storage) and INR 16,999/- for 6 GB RAM & 128 GB Storage. The Honor 9X seems like a meaningful upgrade over the 8X. There is a larger and notch-free screen, a new triple-camera on the back, a beefier battery, and the captivating glass design stays for another generation.
The HONOR 9X has a plastic body with glass back and comes in two color options – Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black. The back panel of 9X has a gradient-like glossy finish with a dynamic X design.
The 9X is 7-8 mm thick and weigh around 200 g but doesn’t feel heavy. The right edge houses volume rockers and an unlock button. It has a hybrid SIM card slot. It doesn’t have an additional slot for a micro SD card. You can either use two nano sim cards or one nano sim and a micro SD card.
The HONOR 9X has a 6.59-inches(16.74 cm), an IPS LCD panel display with a Full HD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels) resolution with 391 PPI pixel density. The screen has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio without any notch, giving the user an infinity display. It lacks the AMOLED Display but still, you will find out the videos quite bright.
The HONOR 9X has a triple camera setup (48+8+2 MP). It has a primary camera of 48 MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture paired with an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens with an approx. 117-degree field of view and a 2 MP depth sensor that assists in portrait mode. On the front, there’s a 16 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.
Starting with the good, images from the main camera are crisp with plenty of detail, and the portrait mode is very good and gets the edge detection pretty spot on every time. There are a bunch of different shooting modes, including HDR, light painting, moving pictures, a dedicated aperture mode and a night mode.
The EMUI camera app is absolutely packed with features, and whether you’re a casual photographer or like to take total control, you’re well taken care of. The aperture mode is a personal favorite, creating a nice depth of field effect without looking overblown or fake.
There are some weaknesses with the camera, though, and the biggest is wide-angle. It’s just not very good. Even for posting photos on social media, you’re not going to be terribly happy with it. The field of view is fine, it’s wide enough to capture a good wide-angle shot. But the detail captured is pretty bad.
Performance and Storage
The new 9X is geared up with Octa-Core (2.36 GHz, Quad-core, Cortex A53 + 1.7 GHz, Quad-core, Cortex A53) processor. The device is running on EMUI 9.1, a custom UI based on Android v9.0 OS. Its 4 GB RAM ensures lag-free performance whilst Mali-T830 MP2 GPU provides exceptional graphical performance making the gaming experience much smoother. The Honor 9X also boasts of GPU Turbo 3.0, which is great news for mobile gamers, and as proved on previous Honor phones, can deliver good results.
HONOR 9X has two variants (RAM+Storage)- (4+128 GB) and (6+128 GB). It supports the micro-SD card and storage can be expanded up to 512 GB. You can also use cloud storage offered by Google like photos, drive for additional space. The major feature that you might miss is NFC, 9X doesn’t support NFC.
The device supports 10W charging with the adapter provided in-the-box. HONOR 9X has a Li-Po 4,000 mAh battery, which is a pretty decent capacity even at this price tier of the phone. On regular use, you can expect an easy one and a half day battery life from the 9X. But if you like watching videos, being on social media at all times and playing games on your phone, the phone still lasts for a day on a single charge. The battery management system of the phone efficiently saves power by dismissing apps that aren’t in use.