Honor 9X is finally official in India. The Honor 9X is in one of the most competitive price ranges and impresses with its striking design and a hinged selfie camera. This phone is a typical mid-range device with a triple rear-view camera and a sufficiently large battery. The Honor 9X offers an interesting mix of functions at a fairly competitive price, but it competes against the well-received competitors from Xiaomi and Realme. We had some hands-on experience with the Honor 9X and here are our first impressions of the latest Honor offer.
As already mentioned, design is one of the main selling points of the Honor 9x. The back wall is made of plastic with a crisscross line pattern that seems to form an X, hence the marketing moniker "Dynamic X". We had the Sapphire Blue variant. The design is not entirely original, but it is easy to distinguish in the sea from color gradients and smoky surfaces, which almost every smartphone manufacturer has been dealing with recently. The glossy back is slightly smeared on the back and fingerprints are visible everywhere within a very short time. However, the midnight black version of the phone seems more reserved. The curved profile ensures a comfortable grip and luckily the finish is not too slippery.
There is a 6.59-inch full HD + display (1080 x 2340 pixels) on the front, which corresponds to a screen to body ratio of 91 percent. The notch-free design with the thin bezels definitely pleases and the panel is also reasonably sharp. However, the brightness could have been a bit better as the visibility outside was not very good. While the large display is good for media consumption and gaming, one-handed use could be a problem for some.
It gets interesting in the internal hardware. First of all, the Honor 9X launched in India is a different phone than the Honor 9X launched in China last July. The model presented here has three rear cameras, while the Chinese version has two. The processors also differ in both market-specific versions. Interestingly, the Honor 9X in India has the same internal model number as the Huawei Y9 Prime (2019), and these two devices are almost identical in terms of internal hardware.
The Honor 9X has a 48-megapixel main snapper, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. A 16-megapixel selfie shooter is located in a hinged camera module. We couldn't help but notice that the pop-up mechanism is a bit slow. The camera functions include a dedicated night mode, moving pictures and slow-motion video recordings. A couple of selfies we took were sharp and vivid colors, but there was a lot of post-processing and smoothing to be seen.
The phone is based on the Kirin 710F SoC with up to 6 GB RAM and was quickly ready for use in our short practical time. It was quick to load and switch between apps. EMUI 9.1, based on Android Pie, takes care of the software. It has a ton of pre-installed apps and a rather garish aesthetic but some useful features. There is a 4,000mAh battery, and this phone supports 10W charging. The Honor 9X appears to be a compelling package at a price of Rs. 13,999, but we reserve the right to make our decision until we conduct an in-depth review evaluating aspects such as raw performance, battery life, and camera quality. Check out Gadgets 360 to get the full Honor 9X review that will be available soon.