Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei, which is one of the leading Chinese smartphone OEMs, has launched two new smartphones in China. These include the Honor V9 and the Honor 8 Youth Edition. For starters, the Honor 8 Youth Edition is same as the Honor 8 Lite smartphone that recently debuted in Finland.

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The Honor V9 was one of the highly anticipated smartphone from the Chinese brand. It is the successor to the Honor V8 and is expected to be showcased at the MWC 2017. The main highlight of the Honor V9 is its dual rear camera setup. Huawei has been producing some excellent camera phones touting dual rear camera setup of late, and the Honor V9 seems to be an addition to that ever expanding list.

Honor has made use of two 12MP camera sensors for their flagship smartphone. This is similar to the implementation seen in the Honor 8 and Honor V8. With that said, the camera sensors have possibly received an specs upgrade. The rear camera module is capable of capturing a 3D model of a subject. Huawei claims that this is the first time a smartphone is coming with such a 3D imaging technology. Besides, the smartphone comes with an 8MP front-facing shooter for clicking selfies.

Apart from the cameras, the Honor V9 comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display. This is same as the one found in its predecessor. Under the hood, the smartphone packs a 2.4 GHz Hi-Silicon Kirin 960 octa-core processor and a Mali M71 GPU. This is mated with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. As for the storage, the Honor V9 comes in two variants – 64GB and 128GB. There’s also room for memory expansion via MicroSD card slot. It’s also worth noting that the Honor V9 comes with a dedicated security chip.

honor v9 camera

The Honor V9 packs a 4,000 mAh battery and runs on Android Nougat 7.0 with EMUI 5.0 on top. Huawei will be selling their Honor V9 in a total of three variants. It includes a standard variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, a higher variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage and a premium variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. These will in turn retail at a price of 2599 Yuan (Rs 25,293/$378 approx.), 2999 Yuan (Rs 29,186/$435 approx.) and 3499 Yuan (Rs 34,053/$508 approx.) respectively.

Honor V9 Specifications

honor v9 specifications

  • 5.7 inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) IPS LCD Display
  • 2.4GHz Hi-Silicon Kirin 960 Octa Core Processor with Mali M71 GPU
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 64GB /128GB Internal Storage + Upto 128GB Expandable Storage (via MicroSD)
  • Dual 12MP Rear Camera
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • 4,000mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • Android Nougat with EMUI 5.0
  • Variants: 4GB RAM/64GB Storage, 6GB RAM/64GB Storage and 6GB RAM/128GB Storage
  • Colors: Black, Gold, Blue and Red

The Honor 8 Youth Edition, on the other hand, is a trimmed down variant of the last year’s flagship. It comes with a 12-layer mirror coating and packs a 5.2 inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LCD display. Powering the smartphone is a Hi-Silicon Kirin 655 octa-core SoC and 3GB/4GB RAM. The Honor 8 Youth Edition comes in three storage variants. These include 16GB, 32GB and 128GB.

honor 8 youth edition

The major difference being the Honor 8 and the Honor 8 Youth Edition is however, in the camera department. The latest smartphone from Honor misses out on the dual rear camera setup. Instead it packs a single 12MP f/2.2 rear shooter and an 8MP front facing camera. It also comes with a 3,000mAH battery and runs on Android Nougat 7.0.

Honor 8 Youth Edition Specifications

honor 8 youth edition

  • 5.2 inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LCD Display
  • Hi-Silicon Kirin 655 Octa Core Processor with Mali T830 MP2 GPU
  • 3GB/4GB RAM
  • 32GB/64GB/128GB Internal Storage + Upto 128GB of External Storage (via MicroSD)
  • 12MP f/2.2 Rear Camera
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • 3,000mAh Battery
  • 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • Android Nougat 7.0 with EMUI 5.0
  • Variants: 3GB RAM/16GB Storage, 4GB RAM/64GB Storage, 4GB RAM/128GB Storage
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Streamer Gold, Sea Blue and Pearl White

As for the price, the Honor 8 Lite aka the Honor 8 Youth Edition will be available at 1099 Yuan (Rs 10,360/$160 approx.) for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage, 1399 Yuan (Rs 13,616/$203 approx.) for 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 1599 Yuan (Rs 15,563/$232 approx.) for 4GB RAM/128GB storage variants. The Honor V9 and Honor 8 Youth Edition will both be available for pre-orders starting today. They will, however, go on sale on February 28.

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