Honor 9X first impressions: Massive display screen, pop-up digicam and Google apps

Honor lately launched its Honor 9X in India, which is a mid-range handset aimed toward recapturing the Indian smartphone market. Whereas it’d seem to be Honor is late to the get together, India being a extremely price-sensitive market, the corporate can show its price by delivering good gadgets at aggressive value factors. Realme for instance, adopted the identical system and ended up with a 6.7 % cargo in Q3, 2019 as in comparison with 1.three % in the identical quarter final 12 months. Whereas it’s too early to foretell how Honor’s re-entry in India would possibly pan out, we are able to absolutely pen our first impressions of the Honor 9X. 

The Honor 9X seems like an ordinary, sturdy handset however the show appears barely bigger than what we’re used to on different telephones. This is likely to be as a result of there’s no notch on the telephone’s show because the front-camera is housed inside a mechanised pop-up digicam. It comes outfitted with a 6.59-inch Full HD+ show with a 2380x1080p decision and at first look, the show appears pretty vibrant with barely boosted colors, which isn’t unusual in most mid-range handsets. Nonetheless, vivid outside drastically impacts the system’s daylight legibility even when the brightness is ready to max. 

The telephone can be barely hefty, which may very well be attributed to the glass rear panel. The sides are constructed out of plastic, which may find yourself being scratched and scuffed in the long term. Nonetheless, most of us find yourself slapping a case cowl over the again panel and this reduces the opportunity of a handset getting scratched. On the Honor 9X’s rear panel is a sample design that kinds an ‘X’ relying on the angle one views it from. The smartphone appears a bit distinctive as a result of sample however we are likely to not fawn an excessive amount of over a tool’s design. There’s a triple rear digicam setup on the top-left nook, and a fingerprint sensor sits simply above the midline of the telephone’s rear panel. 

The Honor 9X runs on the HiSilicon Kirin 710F SoC and we didn’t discover any lag or too lengthy app boot instances throughout the restricted time we spent with it. Navigating via the UI was a fluid expertise as effectively. Nonetheless, we are able to’t conclusively ship a verdict on the handset’s efficiency with out conducting our array of checks, which you must hold a watch out for in our evaluate. The digicam too, performs as anticipated and in just a few pictures we captured in vivid mild and seen on the telephone’s display screen, they appeared sharp and colors are correct as effectively. 

Nonetheless, to make certain concerning the telephone’s imaging capabilities, you will need to view the captured pictures on a special, commonplace display screen. There’s a 48MP essential sensor on the again, which is supplemented by an eight MP ultrawide digicam and a 2MP depth sensor. 

Huawei’s tussle with the US impacted the inclusion of Google apps within the firm’s handsets. The Honor 9X is an outlier although because it comes outfitted with the usual set of Google apps just like the Google Play Retailer, Gmail, Chrome, together with Google account integration. In that sense, the Honor 9X is likely to be the final telephone by the corporate to supply the usual Android expertise one is used to. Though Google Play Retailer is out there on the telephone, Huawei Cellular Companies and the Huawei AppGallery are nonetheless current. 

First impressions:

On the floor, the Honor 9X is a neat smartphone that sports activities a notable show, respectable cameras and appears highly effective sufficient to deal with on a regular basis duties with ease. It options respectable construct high quality and comes outfitted with all the usual Google apps, together with the Google Play Retailer. Whereas the handset appears good and works effectively, we are going to reserve our verdict for the evaluate. 

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