Honor 9X review: ninth shaft

More than six months have passed since the thunder of American sanctions against Huawei struck. But the USA is once again

their introduction was postponed for the third time, and Huawei/Honorstill continues to release new models on the market (and is just as well eating away share from other players). “The extension of the Temporary General License will not have a significant impact on Huawei's business. This decision does not change the fact that Huawei continues to be treated unfairly,” this is how the company commented on the situation. Indeed, uncertainty leaves its mark on the company’s lineup as well. For example, Honor launched a model in the mid-segment 9X with last year's Kirin 710F chip, since such a solution was certified before the sanctions.

What kind of model is this?

Honor 9X – This is an update to the running X-seriesHonor. In fact, this is Huawei P Smart Z, with slight differences in specifications and a different design. Last year's X-series representative sold 10 million copies by spring and made its competitors nervous. But if the “hot cake” of 2018 at the start of sales cost 7,999 UAH, then a representative of the middle segment entered the market this year at a price of 6,999 UAH. The Kirin 710F sweetened the pill not only with a pleasant price, but also with a powerful camera.

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What is interesting Honor 9X?

We have already published a review of Huawei P Smart Z, if youIf you're looking at this price category, you probably didn't miss it. Like its colleague/competitor, Honor 9X is equipped with a front-facing popup camera, and accordingly, its display is devoid of cutouts. The main camera has grown to 48 MP, and this is a triple camera in the below-average price category. Like the above-mentioned model, this one has a fairly energy-efficient processor for its price category &#8211; Kirin 710F is made using a 12nm process technology.

For some reason, there is no NFC in our model for our market. But the camera was set up three-module.

What does he look like?

From the front side &#8211; almost solid screen(occupies 84% ​​of the surface), behind &#8211; typical Honor X with an X-shaped pattern on the lid, which becomes noticeable under artificial light. Moreover, rays of light, built as if from pixels, diverge throughout the body even when the smartphone is in a transparent silicone case. Without him &#8211; and even brighter. Rear &#8211; a triple camera module, prettier than on the new iPhones, and a fingerprint scanner.






The model weighs almost 200 grams.Overall, it's still a comfortable weight for a smartphone, as are the dimensions. It is a millimeter thicker than its predecessor and several millimeters &#8211; longer and wider. I can't compare the hand feel to the Honor 8X, but I will say that I was still able to use it with one hand in many cases. Unlock screen with PIN or fingerprint &#8211; Please. Launch the application and navigate through the menu &#8211; often yes. But typing a message is no longer convenient.

Unlike its predecessor, this model receivedalready a Type-C connector. Audio output saved. With them below is a speaker &#8211; normal, loud (he only wheezes at maximum speed), albeit lonely. If you hold your smartphone in a horizontal orientation, it will not fit into your hand.

Sound and screen lock buttons&#8211; on right. Slightly above the center of the smartphone. There is nothing on the left side &#8211; and it’s good, because it would be inconvenient to stretch. The top is reserved for the upstart camera, it is quite compact, and there is a slot for two SIM cards (the second is a hybrid one, you can also install a memory card with a capacity of up to 512 GB). Among the disadvantages &#8211; Huawei/Honor popup smartphones do not have a facial recognition system, while there are solutions on the market located on a retractable block.







Overall, I liked the appearance of the model&#8211; The assembly is solid, the ergonomics are excellent for the size of the smartphone, and there is an interesting design solution on the back side. Color &#8211; blue anyway &#8211; pleasing to the eye. The only thing &#8211; The smartphone collects fingerprints from the back with a bang.

What's in the box?

Smartphone, charger, cable, screen protector. There is no cover, and it is better to buy, since the case is quite slippery and also large, the smartphone can simply slip out.

How is the screen?

Honor 9X is equipped with a 6.59 diagonal screeninches and a resolution of 1080&#215;2340 pixels (aspect ratio &#8211; 19.5:9), which gives a pixel density at a comfortable level of 391 ppi. By default, the screen is somewhat blue. But if you turn on warm temperature in the settings, the color rendition of the IPS matrix of this screen becomes perfectly accurate, which is not typical for budget devices. Only the color gamut is slightly smaller than the RGB space. In the smartphone settings you can make the temperature warmer and the colors &#8211; brighter. There you can also enable eye protection mode and disable the default “smart” resolution &#8211; which decreases when the battery charge is low.

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I can’t evaluate the oleophobic coating, becauseI immediately had a smartphone with a protective film. The smartphone, judging by the P Smart Z, should be quite good. Brightness &#8211; again, in the current realities of Kyiv weather &#8211; sufficient. Our office colorimeter showed a maximum brightness of 350 cd/m2. There are no questions about the operation of the automatic backlight adjustment.

Screen &#8211; FullView, that is, without cutouts.The front camera is hidden in the body, and this is the first such model in the Honor line. With all that it implies &#8211; Movies are cool to watch, reading is comfortable, nothing cuts off precious millimeters of information.








What about the battery?

I tested Honor 9X in urban conditions&#8211; that is, there was no increased load on the battery, as happens when traveling. It also happened that my smartphone worked for more than two days. Judging by a similar Huawei model, almost two days of work &#8211; This is the average norm for a battery. I basically don’t use the power saving mode and ignore the system’s suggestions to unload a too resource-intensive application from memory. In standby mode, the battery drains very slowly. So if necessary, I think it will be possible to squeeze out three days of autonomy or so in economy mode. Important clarification &#8211; this time I listened to music from my phone exclusively on wireless headphones, from two to several hours a day.






What about performance and interface?

As I mentioned above, Kirin is installed here710F. RAM capacity &#8211; 4 GB. In general, the picture is typical for its price category, although devices with 6 GB of RAM are gradually starting to appear in it. The processor is based on the big.LITTLE architecture, contains eight cores (four high-performance ARM Cortex-A73 with a clock frequency of up to 2.2 GHz and four energy-saving ARM Cortex-A53 with a clock frequency of up to 1.7 GHz), supports GPU Turbo technology, which According to the manufacturer, it provides a 60% increase in productivity and a 30% reduction in energy costs. In real life, a smartphone is comfortable to work with, taking into account the price and its level. The interface works smoothly, but it's not rocket-bomb like in flagship smartphones. I also didn’t notice any brakes or freezes behind it. Unless a dozen tabs in Chrome can start to slow down. You can play Asphalt 9 on it, the game runs, although there are some slight twitches.







You can read about the model interface in reviews, for example, P30 lite or Mate 20 lite, there is nothing new here. Google services are.

How does the main camera shoot?

Honor 9X received a triple camera with a triple module.Main&#8211; 48-megapixel (f/1.8). Additional &#8211; 8 MP ultra-wide-angle (f/2.4) and secondary &#8211; 2 megapixel, for bokeh effect. Apparently, exactly the same module is installed in the Huawei P30 lite, and we liked this camera at one time. This is a rather extraordinary solution, and the P30 lite review describes the theoretical part in detail and provides a large number of pictures with examples of gorgeous detail and wonderful panoramic shots. Of course, there was no such sun as in summer in November Kyiv, so my examples &#8211; cloudy and foggy, or even taken at night. But they allow you to consider the capabilities of the camera in all sorts of different conditions.
























Below I give an example of frames taken on the wide-angle camera of a smartphone.






And also an example of pictures taken in aperture priority mode.








For those who do not want to get acquainted with the theoreticalin part, I’ll clarify that pictures in the maximum 48-megapixel resolution are not always available, but only for photos taken without the intervention of AI. And you need to select it in the settings. Or switching happens automatically when shooting with “2x zoom”. At a triple zoom, magic disappears. It is very difficult to get a clear shot at this magnification. In general, the manufacturer recommends shooting at 12 MP.






Panoramic shooting.

Night mode.










For comparison &#8211; Night mode in Galaxy A50.He shoots faster, but he tries so hard, he tries so hard that the pictures he takes turn out lighter than we would like. Honor 9X still looks more like night.







An example of a video shot on a Honor 9X camera.

And the front?

The Honor 9X has a 16 megapixel module in the popup form factor. Moreover, the module is really compact.

Any movable mechanism for a smartphone &#8211;this is potentially a problem. Honor says the 9X's popup camera will last up to 10,000 open/close cycles, which is about five years of operation. In addition, the smartphone is equipped with sensors that can detect a fall and close the camera on the go. I checked. Works. The smartphone warns that it had to close the camera.

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Module “departure” speed &#8211; not the highest on the market, but quite comfortable. I checked the fall sensors from about a meter above the sofa.

The camera managed to hide at the last moment. That is, it is better, of course, not to drop, but if that happened, then most likely everything will remain intact.

There are no questions about the quality of shooting.Huawei/Honor has some of the best selfie processing algorithms on the market, although it does like to play things up on the default settings. The camera does not redraw the entire face like Vivo, and does not leave hard shadows like OPPO &#8211; a healthy balance of “beauty” and life.






An example of pictures in original resolution is, as usual, on Torba.

What are the alternatives?

The most obvious &#8211; this is, of course, Huawei PSmart Z. Everything is the same, only with NFC and a little cheaper, with a slightly different design style. Honor is on the side in this case &#8211; a more advanced main camera and twice the amount of internal memory.

The model differs from its predecessor in enlargedscreen diagonal and battery capacity (in fact, there is most likely no difference in autonomy), and as with the P Smart Z &#8211; plus the camera, minus the price and NFC. But if in the first case the choice is not so obvious, then in the second, for those who do not pay with a smartphone, I would recommend taking a closer look at the latest version of the “average”.

In the Samsung lineup, the model competes with the Galaxy A50and Galaxy A40, A40s and a little more A30. In the abundance of models of the middle segment from Samsung, you can get lost, and the differences between them are not so obvious. The first is interesting AMOLED-display, the presence of NFC, fast charging and face recognition system. But losing the front camera and the price. The smoothness of the interface is comparable, and the life expectancy for some reason is less, despite the difference in diagonal and display technology in favor of Samsung. The Galaxy A50 also has a sub-screen fingerprint scanner. And it works very badly. Younger models have fewer screens and lower performance, but everywhere AMOLED. But for some reason it seems to me that the battery also does not give a big head start, as in the older model. Galaxy A40s received more RAM (6 GB) and lower display resolution.

They also ask for exactly the same money for Xiaomi RedmiNote 8. The models are similar in characteristics, although Xiaomi has more bells and whistles &#8211; more camera modules, RAM and contactless payments. At the same time, the cutout on the screen and the manufacturer’s image are, after all, weaker. . But there is a cutout on the screen and there is still a difference in the levels of the manufacturer; Honor belongs to Huawei with all that it implies.

In general, in my opinion, in this price categoryit’s very hot and it will be difficult to make a choice. Therefore, I recommend that those who consider a smartphone for 6000-8000 UAH start from the expectations of the camera and the need for NFC. Then everything will fall into place.

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In the dry residue

Honor 9X &#8211; smartphone for those who are not readyto pay extra for a brand, but at the same time is sensitive to the quality of the device and also does not intend to risk the brand. This is a 100% user who does not pay with a digital wallet. And also &#8211; a person who cares about the camera, selfie &#8211; including. Do you consider yourself one of those? Then pay attention to this model.

4 reasons to buy Honor 9X:

  • outstanding camera for your money;
  • 128 GB of internal memory;
  • interesting design;
  • decent autonomy.

3 reasons not to buy the Honor 9X:

  • you need contactless payments;
  • no face recognition;
  • you prefer OLED screen.

SpecificationsHonor 9x

IPS LCD 6.59&#8243;, 1080&#215;2312 pixels, 391 ppi

Dimensions and weight
164x77x9 mm, 197 g

Kirin 710F (8 cores: 4 Cortex A73 2.2 GHz + 4 Cortex A-53 1.7 GHz), ARM Mali-G51 graphics, 1.0 GHz

RAM 4 GB, ROM 128 GB + microSD up to 512 GB (hybrid tray)


Main 48 MP, f / 1.8, super wide 8 MP (f / 2.4), auxiliary (for blurring the background) 2 MP

Front: 16 MP, pop-up

USB Type-C

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2

non-removable, lithium polymer, 4000 mAh

operating system
Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0.1 add-on

SIM card
2 x nanoSIM

The fingerprint scanner
on the back panel

Honor 9X

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The smartphone received a 6.59-inch IPS display without cutouts, a retractable front camera, a Kirin 710F processor, a triple main camera and a 4000 mAh battery.

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