Honor has been slowly picking up the pace with its affordable flagships, and today the brand has released Honor 9 at an event in Berlin. The Honor 9 will be the 2017 flagship from the company, and it comes equipped with a spec sheet that is pretty much similar to the Honor 8 Pro. The Honor 9 unlocked variant has been priced starting at £380($485).
The Honor 9 opts for a much smaller 5.15-inch FHD display as opposed to the 5.7-inch QHD unit on the Honor 8 Pro. It’s pretty much evident that Honor has opted for an FHD display in order to achieve a better battery life and also reduce the load on the CPU. The Honor 9 comes powered by a Kirin 960 SoC clocked at 2.4GH and paired with 4GB/6GB of RAM along with 64GB of onboard memory. The microSD card slot supports up to 256GB.
Design-wise, the Honor 9 resembles the Honor 8. A lot. But the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the front. The rear is fitted with a glossy glass back, and the twin dual camera lens setup comes without any protrusion. That being said, Honor has not opted for a slimmer bezel or a display curves at the edges and has decided to play it safe. Honor touts the glass design on the Honor 9 and claims that it has been created with 15-layers in order to trap the light and reflect it back (Glitz!) I couldn’t help but notice that the Honor 9 also looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 especially in the “Sapphire Blue”.
The dual rear camera consists of a 12-Megapixel RGB sensor and a 20-Megapixel monochrome sensor for recording more details, depth of field and color. The U.S Pricing is crucial if the Honor 9 is priced in the band of $400 to $450 it can give the OnePlus 5 (priced at $573) a run for its money. Interestingly the Honor 9 is also more affordable than the Honor 8 Pro and the Huawei P10.
The Honor 9 runs on EMUI 5.1OS which is based on Android 7 Nougat. If you are vary of the EMUI, the 5.1 version has been greatly improvised, and the UI doesn’t lag anymore. The Honor 9 is currently up for preorder on Amazon and Vmall, and this will be followed up by an offline store launch in the next three months.