It seems like every Honor smartphone is designed to disrupt the market. The Honor 9 is the latest to do so.
The funny thing is, the Honor brand (which is a subsidiary of Huawei) often goes as far as making its parent company look less desirable. It happened a couple of months ago with the Honor 8 Pro looking like a fantastic alternative to Huawei’s P10 and Mate 9 flagships. And now, the Honor 9 makes another solid case for choosing the online-only sold handset.
Technically a successor to last year’s Honor 8, the Honor 9 starts at a reasonable price of a CNY 2,299 or about $340 for the variant owning 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. That’s a steal considering it comes with the same high-end Kirin 960 processor found in the P10 and Mate 9.
Two more options exist: one with 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage for CNY 2,699 ($400) and another with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage for CNY 2,999 ($440). So yes, these could beat Huawei’s best smartphones spec for spec.
All it’s lacking is the Leica branding for its cameras, although the trademark dual-camera setup (a pair of 20-megapixel monochrome and 12-megapixel color image sensors) is still there. A less impressive 8-megapixel front-facing camera exists, but this isn’t being marketed as a selfie-centric phone in the first place.
What you’re actually buying into is a well-oiled Android 7.0 Nougat-powered smartphone with a sleek body encasing the 5.15-inch Full HD display in front. Add a decent 3200mAh battery to the package, and we don’t see why this won’t be a hit.
Well, the only hindrance would be its Chinese exclusivity. Until Huawei decides it’s worthy enough to ship internationally like it did with the Honor 8, we’re left looking down for the honor of owning one.