Honor 9X Review.
Sergio Montana

Honor 9X Review.

Affordable phone with pop-up camera.

Today we will talk about the new generation Honor 9X global version.

On the technical side, the 9X received a completely frameless screen on the front panel, without any notches, a pop-up selfie camera, a Kirin 710F processor, a main 48-megapixel camera and 4000 mAh battery capacity.

Honor 9X: Specifications

Display: 6.59 inches IPS with 1080 x 2340 pixels
CPU: Kirin 710F Octa Core 2.2GHz
GPU: Mali-G51 MP4
Internal memory: 128GB
Memory extension: up to 256GB
Cameras: 48MP + 8.0MP + 2.0MP main camera and 16MP front camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS
Battery: 4000mAh (10W)
OS: Android 9.0
Connections: Type-C
Weight: 196 grams
Dimensions: 163.5 x 77.3 x 8.8 mm

Honor 9X: In the box

Inside the box, you will find the smartphone itself in a protective film, below is a box with a protective silicone case, documentation and a SIM needle. 

At the bottom of the box is a Type-C cable and power adapter. As you can see, this is a standard kit for a mid-range smartphone.

Honor 9X: Design

The appearance of the smartphone is surprising since the device received a rather bulky screen size of 6.59 inches. It will be impossible to control a smartphone with one hand, but thanks to the large screen, watching movies or playing games is very comfortable.

In size, the Honor 9X received 163.1 x 77.2 x 8.8 mm and a weight of 206 grams.

Near the selfie camera on the upper edge, there is a noise-canceling microphone and a hybrid slot for dual SIM cards or one SIM card and memory card.

On the right side, there is a power button and a volume rocker. The build quality of the buttons is at a good level, they are not tight and received good responsiveness.

The bottom has a Type-C port, a microphone, the main speaker and a 3.5mm audio jack. It is very pleased to have a headphone port, it will not be superfluous – that’s for sure.

The back panel is made of plastic but has a very interesting iridescent pattern in the form of the letter “X”. It looks quite exciting, but you can’t do without a protective case, and it’s good that it is supplied for the first time.

There are also three sensors of the main camera, an LED flash, and a fingerprint scanner.The scanner works quickly and accurately.

The build quality is good and the plastic case looks like glass, so it will be difficult to distinguish the device from the premium class.

The fully frameless screen with a pop-up selfie camera looks like a flagship, and not like a middle-range smartphone.

Honor 9X: Screen

The 9X screen deserves much attention since it got quite large sizes – namely 6.59 inches with FullHD + resolution or 2340 x 1080 pixels.

With this screen size and resolution, the pixel density per inch was 391 PPI. The screen occupies approximately 84.3% of the total area on the front surface. The Honor 9X received a standard IPS screen. It has good colors, viewing angles and contrast. The brightness level was 450 cd/m2, so in sunny weather, the screen will not be very readable.

In the screen settings, you can adjust the color temperature to your taste, choose HD resolution, night mode and reading mode.

Honor 9X: Performance and software

The global Honor 9X device is equipped with a HiSilicon Kirin 710F processor, and the Chinese version runs on the Kirin 810 processor, which is an order of magnitude more powerful than the 710F.

The Mali-G51 MP4 GPU has received good performance and you can play heavy games without any problems. After testing, there were no overheating, the device is well designed.

From memory, the Honor 9X has 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. Below you can see benchmarks tests of the new Honor 9X model.

In addition, the device runs on the Android 9.0 operating system and with the EMUI 9.1 user interface.

Honor 9X: Sound and communication

At the bottom of the device is the main speaker and, as the practice has shown, it is quite loud and with average sound quality. Naturally, watching movies or playing games – this speaker will be enough. The sound itself is strong but lacks density and bass.

The 3.5 mm audio jack will be a nice bonus for any user. The sound quality through the headphones is standard and does not stand out.
Onboard there is the possibility of installing dual nano-SIM cards that work with 4G LTE with 1/3/7/8/20 bands. The reception quality is good.
It is worth noting that the Honor 9X has dual-band WiFi 2.4/5 GHz and wireless Bluetooth 4.2. The device also instantly finds your location thanks to the presence of GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou. 

Honor 9X: Camera

On the back of the Honor 9X smartphone, three camera sensors are installed – this is a 48-megapixel module with an f/1.8 aperture. A second 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture for ultra-wide shots and a thrd 2-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture.

The pop-up selfie camera received a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture.

The camera app looks standard with the EMUI user interface. Here you can find many features and options, as well as various shooting modes.
The camera has a good quality of photographs in the daytime. Of course, at night, photos will be already with a little noise.

Honor 9X: Battery

The global version of Honor 9X received 4000 mAh battery capacity, which is not bad for a modern device but does not forget that there is not a small screen installed.

Despite the large screen sizes, the battery performance has shown itself well. For example, if you watch a video with maximum brightness, the smartphone will work for about 8 hours at one charge level.

I assume that the optimization of the user interface also depends on the time of work, but with EMUI everything is fine in this regard.

The charging time from 0 to 100% will take about 2.5 hours through a 5V and 2A power adapter.

Honor 9X: Conclusions

If you know about the existence of the Chinese version, then you will definitely want to choose it. The performance of the Chinese version is much better, and the user interface has remained almost untouched with the presence of Google applications.

The smartphone has the large screen on which it is cool to watch movies or play games. It has good colors, they are vibrant.

The camera with a 48-megapixel sensor was very pleased, the pictures turned out bright and have good detail.

The battery life on a single charge is good enough, thanks to good optimization, the device is able to work up to two days with average use.

HUAWEI Honor 9X 4G Phablet 6.59 inch Android 9.0 Kirin 710F Octa Core 6GB RAM 128GB ROM 3 Rear Camera 4000mAh Battery Global Version



HUAWEI Honor 9X 4G Smartphone 6GB RAM 128GB ROM



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