Honor 9X first impressions: Big screen, pop-up camera and Google apps

Honor lately launched its Honor 9X in India, which is a mid-range handset aimed toward recapturing the Indian smartphone market. While it would 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 units at aggressive worth 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. While it’s too early to foretell how Honor’s re-entry in India may pan out, we will certainly pen our first impressions of the Honor 9X. 

The Honor 9X seems like a typical, 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 cellphone’s show because the front-camera is housed inside a mechanised pop-up camera. 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. However, shiny open air drastically impacts the machine’s daylight legibility even when the brightness is about to max. 

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The cellphone can also be barely hefty, which could possibly be attributed to the glass rear panel. The edges are constructed out of plastic, which might find yourself being scratched and scuffed in the long term. However, most of us find yourself slapping a case cowl over the again panel and this reduces the potential 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 to be like a bit distinctive because of the sample however we are likely to not fawn an excessive amount of over a tool’s design. There is a triple rear camera setup on the top-left nook, and a fingerprint sensor sits simply above the midline of the cellphone’s rear panel. 

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The Honor 9X runs on the HiSilicon Kirin 710F SoC and we didn’t discover any lag or too lengthy app boot instances through the restricted time we spent with it. Navigating via the UI was a fluid expertise as properly. However, we will’t conclusively ship a verdict on the handset’s efficiency with out conducting our array of checks, which you need to hold an eye fixed out for in our evaluation. The camera too, performs as anticipated and in a couple of photos we captured in shiny gentle and seen on the cellphone’s display screen, they appeared sharp and colors are correct as properly. 

However, to make certain concerning the cellphone’s imaging capabilities, you will need to view the captured photos on a distinct, normal display screen. There’s a 48MP primary sensor on the again, which is supplemented by an eight MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. 

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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 Store, Gmail, Chrome, together with Google account integration. In that sense, the Honor 9X is likely to be the final cellphone by the corporate to supply the usual Android expertise one is used to. Even although Google Play Store is accessible on the cellphone, Huawei Mobile Services 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 Store. While the handset appears to be like good and works properly, we’ll reserve our verdict for the evaluation. 


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