Huawei Honor 9X (6GB RAM)  +1 variation

price₹ 14,999 onwards

launchJan, 2020

32.8

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68.5

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Design

  • Unique, striking glass rear panel design - one of the best looking phones in this price range, with its Sapphire Blue finish combined with Honor’s trademark reflective geometric tiles (the Midnight Black colour option is much more subdued though)
  • The front is modern and cutting edge too, with a 'full screen' notch-less display thanks to the pop-up selfie camera mechanism (its the cheapest pop-up selfie camera phone, as of today)
  • There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back that works well
  • The Honor 9X is a gargantuan handset - it certainly isn’t built for small hands or pockets - also a bit heavy at 197gm
  • Face Unlock is not available on the Honor 9X

Display

  • Large, surprising bright, 6.59-inch Full HD+ IPS display - overall quality of the display is really good for an affordable smartphone
  • The lack of a notch makes watching video and playing games much more immersive

Software

  • Honor's EMUI based on Android 9 Pie (with all Google services and access to Play Store) is in a good place these days and is one of the better custom Android skins - there are no ads here and a decent assortment of useful extras (the lack of Android 10 at the time of the launch is a letdown)
  • This might also be one of the last Honor phones to provide access to the Google app ecosystem (because of the ongoing ban on Huawei by the Trump administration, future models of Honor might not have access to Google Play Services)
  • If you are an Android purist, and prefer stock like Android and minimal bloat, you should look elsewhere

Performance

  • Good, fast mid-range performance with the Kirin 710F SoC (similar to the Snapdragon 660) - Honor 9X will do for lag-free daily operations and stutter-free gaming
  • Sadly, Honor 9X is far from being the most powerful smartphone at this price range, there are better options available, like the Redmi Note 8 Pro with MediaTek G90T & the Realme 5 Pro with Snapdragon 712

Camera

  • Good triple camera setup at the rear - 48-megapixel primary + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • In good lighting, the primary camera can shoot decent 12MP pixel binned photos - exposure is good in most environments, white balance and the colours are pretty accurate too - there's an AI mode that can boost colours even more
  • Low-light performance is good for a phone in this price bracket - noise is kept reasonably in check even in very dark shots - Night Mode also helps boost the phone’s low light capabilities, provided you have steady hands
  • Depth sensor works pretty well and produces some good portrait shots
  • Good 16MP pop-up selfie camera - shots are detailed, colours are accurate, and the contrast is nice
  • The image quality from wide-angle camera is disappointing (however, it does provide exaggerated perspective shots on the cheap)
  • Video performance is average from both primary and wide-angle cameras - there's no 4K here and no electronic stabilisation at Full HD
  • Overall, while the Honor 9X offers good cameras for the price, Xiaomi & Realme offer even better cameras

Audio

  • The phone’s single speaker is average at best

Battery

  • Very good battery life with a 4000 mAh cell - will easily see you through a full day and a half of moderate use
  • The phone doesn’t sport any nifty fast-charging technology - it takes a painfully long 128 minutes to fully charge the 4000 mAh battery

Verdict

  • Honor 9X continues Honor's tradition of making good quality, desirable, but affordable phones with its eye-catching looks, notch-less display and good set of triple cameras (it's far from perfect though, with the lack of fast charging and the year old processor)
  • If you're looking for an all-rounder, you'll have better luck with the Redmi Note 8 Pro or the Realme 5 Pro, especially in terms of processing power and faster charging

Expert Reviews

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  1. A rather good mid-ranger with balanced features for its asking price...but we have some doubts about its future
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Honor 9X is an decent mid-range smartphone with a large no-notch display, attractive design... but you have to live with the Kirin 710F SoC and the lack of fast charging
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Honor 9X is a safe bet for those looking for a cheap pop-up camera phone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Honor handsets always offer eye-catching looks and the 9X is the company’s most distinctive affordable phone yet
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A solid all-rounder that will satisfy most people's needs...However, the elephant in the room is the lingering uncertainty over the relationship between parent company Huawei, and Google
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Honor 9X looks like a decent smartphone... but it is difficult to recommend, especially given the older processor and the lack of fast charging
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Looks like something far more expensive than what it actually costs, and manages to hold this veneer up to close scrutiny....The only fly in its ointment is that, underneath its slick exterior, it’s hiding the same processor that appeared in last year’s m
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  8. One of the best value phones around
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A gorgeous design and well-made hardware let down a little by some performance critiques
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. This fashionista phone is dressed to impress, but what's underneath can't keep up the pace with similarly-priced rivals
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  11. Honor has a record of producing phones that look like flagships, but are actually less than half the price, and the 9X is no exception
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. The Honor 9X is a good buy if you are wowed by its full-screen display and characteristic design... not so much if performance and user experience are your top priorities
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. You are getting the flaunt factor of the all-screen front and the pop-up camera, and if that interests you, the Honor 9X is a good buy... but the performance isn't the best
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Honor 9X looks fresh and brings a decent mix of cameras, design and performance to the table
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. The absence of a notch on that large screen, the eye-catching Dynamic X design and the great battery life all make for a solid affordable handset
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. At this price, Honor 9X looks like a great choice with its all-round capabilities
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  21. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  22. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »

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Huawei Honor 9X (6GB RAM) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.59 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen Design'Full Screen' with Popup Selfie Camera
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, HiSilicon Kirin 710FRanked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G51 MP4
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Dimensions
Weight197 gmHeavy
Thickness8.8 mmMedium
Width77.3 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 48MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF
  • 8MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 13mm Focal length (Ultra-wide)
  • 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture
  • Depth Sensor
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera16MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • Motorized Pop-up Camera
  • f/2.2 Aperture
  • 26mm Focal Length
  • 1/3" Sensor Size
  • 1.0um Pixel Size
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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