Huawei Honor 9 Released – The Perfect Rival of Xiaomi Mi 6, Yet Similar!
Design & Appearance
To be honest, Huawei Honor 9 appears to be almost similar to Xiaomi Mi 6, especially from the back. It’s interesting that both smartphones feature the dual-curved 3D rear and dual-curved (2.5D) front glass design. Even the dual camera placement on the rear is similar which is on the top left side. The only change we witness is that the LED flash has been shifted to the right side in Honor 9.
Still, the flagship is not a complete copy of Mi 6. Huawei Honor 9 is the first smartphone which molds from 15 layers of 3D surface aurora glass which exaggerate the beauty of the flagship. It’s the perfect combination of metal frame and glass coating. The surface is highly reflective, produces a glare which pleases to the eye and has a unique temperament.
The front fingerprint on the non-pressable ceramic button is also what’s inherited from Mi 6. The antenna layout has been shifted from the rear to the sides. Unlike, Xiaomi Mi 6, the traditional 3.5mm audio jack is retained. Also, the IR port is also is also present.
The phone is available in four luminescent colors: sea blue, night black, amber gold, and the new seagull gray.
Hardware & Performance
Once again, Huawei continues the tradition to use its own Kirin SoCs. Under the hood of Honor 9 flagship, we find the latest high-end Kirin 960 SoC accompanied by 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB Storage.
Here are the benchmark results:
A 5.15-inch 1080p display is integrated supporting 2nd Gen Eyecare Mode. The flagship runs on the updated MUI 5.1 system which supports for intelligent perception, intelligent forecasting, intelligent resource allocation, built-in live intelligent function bearing + smart fusion navigation. The OS is known for surviving 500 days without Caton phenomenon (OS crashes). Apart from that, HUAWEI Pay payment function will also support North / Suzhou / Wuhan.
At last, a built-in 3200mAh capacity battery powers the phone and supports the new Supercharge feature. Other features include Wifi AC and 4G LTE complete support.
There are three variants of Honor 9:
- Standard version (4GB RAM + 64 GB ROM)
- Higher version (6GB RAM + 64 GB ROM)
- Exclusive version (6GB RAM + 128GB ROM)
Camera & Imaging
The selling point of Huawei Honor 9 is the 20 + 12MP rear dual camera as well as the 8MP front shooter. The dual camera features 2x lossless digital zoom, portrait and bokeh modes. With the combination of black & white + color scheme, the dual cams yield the perfect image similar to that of an SLR.
Meanwhile, the front 8MP shooter features the beauty mode v2.0 and produces excellent selfies even under low light.
Price & Availability
Huawei Honor 9 will be available for purchase on June 16 at Tmall and other Chinese stores. The international release is still not confirmed.
The price of the three variants are:
- Standard version (4GB RAM + 64 GB ROM) for 2299 yuan ($338)
- Higher version (6GB RAM + 64 GB ROM) for 2699 yuan ($397)
- Exclusive version (6GB RAM + 128GB ROM) for 2999 yuan ($441)
We will inform you when the phone hits the globe on international Chinese websites such as Gearbest and Aliexpress. Stay tuned!