The Honor 9X is a fine phone for its price range, and while it won’t blow you away with its performance, cameras or display, it still works perfectly well as your day-to-day smartphone.
The well-documented Huawei ban debacle in mid-2019 saw the future of Huawei thrown into question, but a relatively forgotten victim of Google’s ban on Huawei using its apps was Honor, the youthful sub-brand of the Chinese company. Future phones from this brand, including its main range as well as the Honor V and Honor X series, will no longer have Google apps.
The last Honor phone to be confirmed to have Google Mobile Services (GMS) is the Honor 9X, from the affordable X range of handsets, a phone which succeeds the Honor 8X. Affordable certainly is the name of the game here, with a modest camera array (well, at least compared to something like the Honor 20), and a middling chipset and screen.
Although the Honor 9X’s designers likely didn’t know it, the phone could be the last from Honor (outside China, where Google apps aren’t used anyway). So is it a decent final offering, and a reason to jump on the Huawei ship before it crashes, or should you turn down this last opportunity?
Price and availability
Honor has yet to announce the price of the 9X in most regions, but we do know the price in Russia. There, it costs 18,990RUB (roughly $300, £230, AU$435), and that suggests the handset will be available for the same price as the Honor 8X.
The Honor 8X could be purchased for £229.99 (generally $310, AU$435) in the UK, in spite of the fact that it wasn’t accessible in numerous different districts. In view of the transformation from Russian Rubles, we’d expect the Honor 9X discharge cost to be equivalent to the 8X.
As far as discharge date, Honor hasn’t declared that either, yet we don’t anticipate that it should be excessively long, since the handset is gradually being discharged in European nations like Russia and the Netherlands.
Design and display
For a moderate cell phone, the Honor 9X has a big screen. It’s a 6.6-inch show, which is a little on the enormous side for a cell phone, so except if you have rather huge hands it might be difficult for you to appropriately utilize the gadget.
The screen goals is 1080 x 2340, so it’s a genuinely sharp show, yet the reality it’s LCD may put a few people off. LCD screens are commonly viewed as lower quality than increasingly prominent OLED-based presentations, as they have moderately poor dark multiplication and compliment looking hues. Saying that, the Honor 9X has extraordinary compared to other quality LCD screens we’ve seen, with hues that appear to ‘pop’ more than contenders. Max brilliance isn’t excessively high, however.
On account of the Honor 9X’s spring in advance confronting camera (which we’ll get to in a second), there’s no score or ‘punch-opening’ occupying important screen room. Of course, there’s a genuinely perceptible jawline at the base of the screen, yet for the most part the 91% screen-to-body proportion is admirable.
The telephone has a fairly ordinary structure – it’s very huge, as recently expressed, and feels somewhat substantial too at 197g. It has a Gorilla Glass front, and what feels like a Gorilla Glass back with plastic casing, anyway Honor hasn’t affirmed its body materials.
There’s a back mounted unique mark sensor very high on the back of the telephone, which we found somewhat advantageous to reach, yet this obviously relies upon hand size, so in the event that you have a littler hand it might be distant. We utilized a UK arrival of the Honor 9X, yet the gadget in China had a side-mounted unique finger impression sensor, so in case you’re bringing in the gadget from Asia, you may think that its looks somewhat changed.
Only alongside the unique mark sensor is the tri-focal point camera cluster. It’s housed in a knock, yet it’s a little knock contrasted with comparable mounts on different telephones, and wasn’t as badly arranged thus.
Back to that front camera – it’s fine, with a square plan that is really customary as pop-ups go. The implicit drop identification framework consequently reviews the spring up camera when the telephone is falling, so you’re not in danger of harming it, however the spring up takes somewhat longer than others to completely broaden, so it is conceivable you could harm the camera on the off chance that you dropped it from a low tallness.
You’ll discover the volume rocker and power button on the correct edge of the Honor 9X, and the base has a USB-C port. This sort of port is industry standard, however some spending telephones still utilize miniaturized scale USB ports, so the nearness of USB-C here is a treat, as it makes charging much snappier. There’s additionally a 3.5mm earphone jack. These are showing up in less and less telephones, so on the off chance that despite everything you like utilizing wired headphones this is one of only a handful hardly any ongoing handsets you can get that will in any case have a port for them.
The main element here is the back example – when seen at specific edges, the back of the telephone has a 3D inclination ‘X’ design, like how the Honor View 20 has a ‘V’ design on the back. It’s a decent touch, and it makes the Honor 9X look considerably more particular, however the structure can without much of a stretch be hidden by smircesh from fingerprints.