Huawei Honor 9X Pro 

price₹ 17,999 onwards

launchMay, 2020

37.4

excellence score

67.8

value for money score

 This phone doesn't come with any Google app including Youtube and some other widely used apps will also be inaccessible, such as, WhatsApp, Facebook etc. Read more here.
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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 8 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

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, very similar to the Honor 9X
  • The front is modern and cutting edge too, with a 'full screen' notch-less display thanks to the pop-up selfie camera mechanism
  • 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 202gm
  • Face Unlock is not available on the Honor 9X Pro

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

  • Software is one area where the Honor 9X Pro massively drops the ball - it ships without the Play Store and doesn’t support Google’s wide range of popular apps either - instead, it comes pre-installed with Huawei's own App Gallery, but it’s missing key apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, and Youtube

Performance

  • Class-leading performance from Huawei's in-house Kirin 810 chipset (Similar to the new Snapdragon 765G) - it's impressively smooth in regular use and offers superior gaming performance

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

  • The Honor 9X Pro is compelling as far as hardware is concerned, it offers excellent performance, good cameras and impressive battery life - however, the lack of Google services makes it incredibly hard to recommend - there are plenty of alternatives available from realme and Xiaomi, including the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, Realme 6 Pro and Poco X2

Expert Reviews

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  1. No matter how powerful and beautiful the 9X Pro is, the user experience is seriously handicapped by the limited app catalog
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Honor 9X Pro is an impressively affordable smartphone... but the lack of Google apps make it very hard to recommend
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Honor 9X Pro is a compelling overall package... but, the lack of Google services makes it incredibly hard to recommend
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Honor 9X Pro is good value... but software is an issue
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A glaring lack of Google apps and minuscule third party support cast a heavy shadow on what is an otherwise well-equipped mid-ranger
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Honor 9X Pro has a high-end design and a decent camera set-up for a great price, but the lack of Google features do make this phone inaccessible for the everyday user
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  8. An affordable large-screen handset with a major drawback
    zdnet.com hands-on Read Review »

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Huawei Honor 9X Pro Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
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 810Ranked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G52 MP6
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory256 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Dimensions
Weight202 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
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreHuawei App Gallery
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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