HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition : What You Need To Know!

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The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition smartphone is now out, promising to deliver 48 MP photography on the cheap.

Find out how the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition compares against the HONOR 8X, and the HONOR 9X Global Edition!

HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition : What You Need To Know!

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition

Released just over a year after the HONOR 8X, the HONOR 9X promises a few nice improvements, and a pop-up camera design. Let’s take a closer look!

Pop-Up Camera + Slightly Larger Display

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition joins the pop-up camera fad, just to squeeze out the display notch. Together with a slightly larger 6.59-inch display, HONOR eked out a 91% screen-to-body ratio.

The pop-up camera takes about a second to extend and retract, which may be problematic if you need to quickly snap a selfie. It sports the same 16 MP sensor, but with a smaller f/2.2 aperture.

Triple Rear Cameras

The biggest upgrade is, arguably, the 8 MP ultra-wide camera – it offers a more dramatic viewpoint, especially for architectural or scenery shots.

HONOR 9X ultra-wide comparison

Its headlining 48 MP main camera looks nice on paper, but defaults to 12 MP for better image quality. Unless you manually switch to the 48 MP mode, the HONOR 8X actually has a higher resolution 20 MP camera.

This camera now supports video stabilisation, albeit only for 720p videos. Its Kirin 710F processor just isn’t fast enough to handle 1080p video stabilisation.

The third “camera” is a 2 MP depth sensor that captures depth information to help the main camera differentiate the subject from its background, to deliver more accurate software bokeh effects.

Same Platform, In A New Package

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition runs on the Kirin 710F, which is the same Kirin 710 platform used by the HONOR 8X, just assembled with a different package.

In other words – it has the same performance as the HONOR 8X. The only real difference is that you have the option of buying the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

HONOR 9X RAM + storage

The HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro Global Edition comes with the newer and faster Kirin 810, which pairs two faster ARM Cortex-A76 cores with six low-power ARM Cortex-A55 cores.

In addition, it has a faster six-core ARM Mali-G52 MP6 GPU and is fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, which means it runs cooler and uses less power than the Kirin 710 or Kirin 710F.

Larger Battery + USB Type C Port

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition comes with a slightly larger 4,000 mAh battery – just 250 mAh (6.7%) more than the HONOR 8X.

The big upgrade though comes in the form of the USB 2.0 Type C port. It still charges at 18 watts, but at least it is bidirectional!

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HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition vs Global Edition Differences

For your convenience, here is a table highlighting the KEY DIFFERENCES of the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition with the Global Edition models.

SpecificationsHONOR 9X
Malaysia
HONOR 9X
Global
HONOR 9X Pro
Global
PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 710FHiSilicon Kirin 810
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73
4 x ARM Cortex-A53
2 x ARM Cortex-A76
6 x ARM Cortex-A55
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G51 MP4ARM Mali-G52 MP6
Memory6 GB LPDDR4X4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage128 GB64 GB / 128 GB128 GB / 256 GB
Rear Cameras48 MP main camera
8 MP ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
48 MP main camera
No ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
48 MP main camera
8 MP ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
GPSGPS / AGPS / GLONASSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou
4G LTEUL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
UL : Cat18 (200 Mbps)
DL : Cat21 (1.4 Gbps)
Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
802.11a/ac (5 GHz)
802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz)
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 5.0
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Side-Mounted
NFC SupportNoYes

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition vs HONOR 8X Specifications

For your convenience, here is a table comparing the specifications of the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition with the HONOR 8X.

SpecificationsHONOR 9X
Malaysia Edition
HONOR 8X
Display6.59-inch IPS display6.5-inch IPS display
Display Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels (391 ppi)1080 x 2340 pixels (396 ppi)
ProtectionNoneNone
Operating SystemAndroid 9 with EMUI 9.1Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.2
PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 710FHiSilicon Kirin 710
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G51 MP4ARM Mali-G51 MP4
Memory6 GB LPDDR4X4 GB LPDDR4X
Storage128 GB internal memory
microSD slot (up to 512 GB)
64 GB internal memory
microSD slot (up to 400 GB)
Front Camera16 MP camera (f/2.2)
– pop-up design
16 MP camera (f/2.0)
– 720p video recording
Rear Cameras48 MP main camera (f/1.8)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
20 MP PDAF main camera (f/1.8)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
GPSGPS / AGPS / GLONASSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM SupportDual nano SIM, Dual StandbyDual nano SIM, Dual Standby
4G LTEUL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
802.11a/ac (5 GHz only)
802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
ConnectivityBluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Infra-Red EmitterNoNo
NFC SupportNoNo
Battery4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
3,750 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
Dimensions77.3 mm wide
163.5 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
76.6 mm wide
160.4 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight197 g175 g

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Price + Availability

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition is available in either Midnight Black or Sapphire Blue colour options beginning 28 November 2019 in a single variant.

  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 999 / ~S$326 / ~USD239 / ~£185 / ~A$353

Here in Malaysia, HONOR is bundling it with a free HONOR Band 5 Sport.

Here are the online pre-order or purchase links :

Its lower price point and freebie gives the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition a fighting chance against the Xiaomi Mi 9T, which has been out for several months now, with better features like :

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  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 mobile platform
  • higher-resolution 20 MP front camera, with wider f/2.0 aperture
  • extra 8 MP telephoto camera
  • Bluetooth 5.0 support
  • Comes with an IR emitter
  • Comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor

Recommended : Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) – Everything You Need To Know!

 

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