Things have been quiet on the Honor front for a few months now. While Huawei’s sub brand has been raking up the numbers in China, we haven’t seen an India launch in a while now. The Huawei-US government standoff hasn’t shown signs of easing but that hasn’t stopped the brand’s latest India launch that makes a play for the super competitive Rs 10,000 – 20,000 price segment with a couple of hardware variants.
Let’s get the elephant out of the room first. This is a fully functional Android device with all the Google Apps that you need to keep your phone running without glitches. It’s pre-loaded with Android 9.0 (Pie) that’s layered with the latest version of Huawei’s very own spin on Android – EMUI 9.1. It’s not our favourite version of Android with a user interface that is rather busy. It doesn’t quite complement the elegant build of the 9X. We dig the 3D curved design and the unique X-shaped textured back that add to its presence.
A pop-up selfie cam is one of the major improvements over its predecessor (the Honor 8X). It makes the 6.59-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels / 391 PPI) display very immersive. It’s all screen, minus the bezels. Colours are quite vibrant, this is a great display for all those binge watching sessions on the go. A 4000 mAh battery under the hood keeps the device chugging along. It adds to the heft (196 gm) though; this is a device that feels quite heavy in your hands.
The processor doesn’t get a huge upgrade over the HONOR 8X. The Hisilicon Kirin 710F chipset is almost identical to the 710 processor we saw in the 8X. HONOR offers a choice of 4GB / 128GB and 6GB/128GB hardware variants. This should work for regular users who don’t push their devices too hard. But if intense gaming is your scene, the 9X doesn’t quite ace it.
Camera performance is a mixed bag. The rear cam packs three lenses – a 48MP primary lens, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor for those portrait images. The ultra-wide cam delivers average results while lowlight photography is just about acceptable too. Selfie fiends should approve of the 16MP front cam that comes with aggressive beautification options for days when you need extra help from your cam to look presentable.
The HONOR 9X is a significant device for HONOR. This is a segment that the brand needs to make up for lost time and the 9X’s aggressive pricing might help it create an impact. It’s this price tag, given the elegant build and vibrant display that might help it gloss over some of the device’s weaknesses. It’s probably why this device might be worth checking out.
The HONOR 9X is comes in Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black. The 4GB/128GB version costs Rs 13,999 while the 6GB/128GB version is priced at Rs 16,999