The Huawei Honor 9 has finally been unveiled, coming in as the successor to the magnificent Honor 8.
The latter was released last year and received an impressive welcome in the heavily congested smartphone market thanks to an impressive design and flagship internal specs that were coupled with a top-notch camera, yet priced like many midrange phones out there.
With the new Honor 9, the Chinese tech giant has picked up from where it left with a number of upgrades coming in over the Honor 8. One thing that you will notice between the two phones is the similarity in design. This was expected given that the design of the 2016 model was more than impressive, featuring a beautiful metal and glass body that contributed to its popularity in the west.
The 2016 Honor 8 shipped with a good number of hardware specs. In fact, this phone was powered by the same hardware that was used on the flagship Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. With the 2917 Huawei P10 and P10 Plus already in the market and boasting a powerful set of specs, you should have already guessed what the Honor 9 looks like on the inside.
Similar to the P10 series, the Huawei Honor 9 has the flagship HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor and for the RAM, you get a massive 6GB package, same as the high-end Huawei P10 Plus. However, you can still go for the lower end variant that packs a RAM of 4GB. Similarly, the Honor 9 has two storage options of 64GB and 128GB, both of which can also be expanded via a microSD card slot. As for the Honor 8, you get a Kirin 950 SoC that is paired with a RAM of 4GB. There’s no second variant in terms of RAM, but the phone has two storage options of 32GB and 64GB, both of which have been doubled.
In terms of display, the Huawei Honor 9 packs an impressive 5.15-inch display screen with a decent 1080p resolution. This phone has a 2.5D curved glass on top of the display that contributes to the phone’s sturdiness. This is not so different from the 5.2-inch 1080p display panel used on the Honor 8. In short, the two deliver the same quality when it comes to display, although the newer model is a little sharper thanks to a pixel density of 428ppi compared to the 423ppi of the Honor 8.
Last year’s Honor 8 had one of the best cameras in the smartphone market. The handset shipped with a dual 12MP+12MP camera on the back that was accompanied by an aperture of f/2.2, laser AF, dual-tone LED flash and 1080p video recording. On the front panel, there is an 8MP sensor with a smaller f/2.4 aperture.
Well, the game has been upped with the 2017 Huawei Honor 9. While the dual-lens camera setup remains, one 12MP sensor has been replaced by a massive 20MP monochrome shooter. You also get PDAF, the same f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, 2x optical zoom, dual-tone LED flash and support for 4K video recording. As you can see, these are some massive upgrades over the Honor 8. You are guaranteed of better selfie shots thanks to the 8MP sensor on the front that comes with a bigger f/2.0 aperture for enhanced performance in low light conditions.
Software-wise, the Honor 9 has Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, but the Honor 8 can be updated to this version via an OTA update. Huawei also stepped up the game in terms of battery capacity, introducing a bigger 3200mAh unit compared to the 3000mAh unit used on the Honor 8. Both phones have USB-C ports for connectivity.
Even though both the Huawei Honor 9 and Honor 8 have fingerprint scanners, the former has it on the front while the latter has it on the back panel. Interestingly, the two have kept the same launch price tags of about $340 and $400 for the base and high-end models, respectively, despite all the upgrades you can see in the new Honor 9. But this also means that you can now grab the Honor 8 at a much lower price tag than the above mentioned.