HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro : Everything You Need To Know!

The HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro smartphones promise to deliver 48 MP photography on the cheap.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro, and how they compare against the HONOR 8X!

HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro : Everything You Need To Know!

 

HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro

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

Pop-Up Camera + Slightly Larger Display

The HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro smartphones join 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 – available only in the HONOR 9X Pro – it offers a more dramatic viewpoint, especially for architectural or scenery shots.

HONOR 9X ultra-wide comparison

The headline 48 MP main camera – available in both models – 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.

The last “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

Both models run on the Kirin 810, which is the replacement for the Kirin 710 platform used by the HONOR 8X., and the Kirin 710F used in the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition.

Specifications Kirin 810 Kirin 710 / Kirin 710F
Process Technology 7 nm 12 nm
Processor 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.27 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.55 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
Graphics Processor ARM Mali-G52 MP6 ARM Mali-G51 MP4
4G LTE UL : Cat18 (200 Mbps)
DL : Cat21 (1.4 Gbps)
UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz) 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
802.11a/ac (5 GHz only)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2

The Kirin 810 offers two faster ARM Cortex-A76 cores with six low-power ARM Cortex-A55 cores, and a faster six-core ARM Mali-G52 MP6 GPU.

In addition, the Kirin 810 is fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, which means it runs cooler and uses less power than the Kirin 710 or Kirin 710F.

Side Fingerprint Sensor

Unlike the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition, both HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Global Edition feature a side fingerprint sensor.

HONOR 9X Global fingerprint sensor

Larger Battery + USB Type C Port

Both models come 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!

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

 

HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro vs HONOR 8X

For your convenience, here is a table comparing the specifications of the two HONOR 9X models against the HONOR 8X :

Specifications HONOR 9X Pro Global HONOR 9X Global HONOR 8X
Display 6.59-inch IPS display 6.5-inch IPS display
Display Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels (391 ppi) 1080 x 2340 pixels (396 ppi)
Protection None
Operating System Android 9 with EMUI 9.1 Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.2
Platform HiSilicon Kirin 810 HiSilicon Kirin 710
Processor 2 x ARM Cortex-A76
6 x ARM Cortex-A55
4 x ARM Cortex-A73
4 x ARM Cortex-A53
Graphice Processor ARM Mali-G52 MP6 ARM Mali-G51 MP4
Memory 8 GB LPDDR4X 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X 4 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB
microSD slot
64 GB / 128 GB
microSD slot
64 GB
microSD slot
Front Camera 16 MP sensor, f/2.2
– pop-up design
16 MP sensor, f/2.0
– 720p video recording
Main Camera 48 MP main camera
8 MP ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
48 MP main camera
2 MP depth sensor
20 MP PDAF main camera
2 MP depth sensor
GPS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou GPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM Support Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby
4G LTE UL : Cat18 (200 Mbps)
DL : Cat21 (1.4 Gbps)
UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Connectivity Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted Yes, Rear-Mounted
NFC Support Yes No
Battery 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
3,750 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
Dimensions 77.3 mm wide
163.5 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
76.6 mm wide
160.4 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight 197 g 175 g

 

HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro Price + Availability

Here is the official price list for the two Global Edition models :

HONOR 9X Global Edition

4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : CNY 1,399 / ~RM 829 / ~S$272 / ~USD 200 / ~£155 / ~A$293
6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : CNY 1,599 / ~RM 948 / ~S$310 / ~USD 228 / ~£177 / ~A$335
6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : CNY 1,899 / ~RM 1,125 / ~S$369 / ~USD 271 / ~£210 / ~A$398

HONOR 9X Pro Global Edition

8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : CNY 2,199 / ~RM 1,303 / ~S$427 / ~USD 314 / ~£243 / ~A$461
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage : CNY 2,399 / ~RM 1,422 / ~S$466 / ~USD 342 / ~£265 / ~A$503

 

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