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HONOR 9X Unboxing and First Impressions

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Better late than never. HONOR Philippines has recently launched its latest smartphones like the HONOR 9X and HONOR 20 Lite. These phones has been launched in China months ago.

We have the HONOR 9X for review. We have been using the phone for the past 48 hours and we must say, it is one promising phone. Let’s check out first what’s inside the box!

HONOR 9X specs

  • Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 710F processor
  • Mali G51 graphics
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal memory expandable memory via microSD up to 512GB
  • 6.59-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Rear Cameras
    • 48MP f/1.8
    • 8MP ultrawide
    • 2MP depth sensor
  • 16MP motorized pop up front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (side mounted), USB Type C
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.1
  • Price: Php 12,490

What’s inside the box?

  • HONOR 9X unit
  • USB Type C cable
  • Wall adapter
  • Free case

HARDWARE

We already saw the black paint job and we are lucky to have the blue one for review. The blue one has a nice X pattern at the back giving it a unique look. The phone looks like the Huawei Y9 Prime probably because of the placement of the camera, fingerprint scanner and the pop up camera. Good thing the HONOR 9X already sports USB Type C and still has an audio jack.

Let’s take a hardware tour – the pop up camera and SIM card tray are on the top portion. Volume rockers and power button are on the right while at the bottom we have 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type C port and single speaker. At the back, we have triple cameras and the rear mounted fingerprint scanner.

The 6.59-inch display is an IPS panel. Color accuracy and saturation is decent but its not near with the likes of AMOLED. As for brightness, it does well outdoors but not under direct sunlight. The good thing here, since the selfie camera is tucked away, you get a notchless viewing experience.

SOFTWARE

All HONOR smartphones are running Huawei’s EMUI skin on top of Android. HONOR is a sub brand of Huawei in case you did not know. Expect the same built quality and software experience here. So far we have only installed our social media apps. Yes, this has Google Mobile Services and it will receive regular updates. Underneath, the HONOR 9X is powered by a Kirin 810 chipset with 6GB RAM. This chipset can run games and do heavy multitasking but we have to test that further.

FIRST CAMERA SAMPLES

The HONOR 9X has four cameras – three at the back and the selfie camera. We have a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP depth sensor. The pop up selfie camera is 16MP. Like any other Huawei phones even in the midrange, it can really take good photos. Check out some of our first sample photos.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The HONOR (X should be lined up as one of the best midrange smartphones today. It does have good build quality, very good cameras, a large battery and a nice design. We give our two thumbs up recommendation if you decide to buy one. For now, we have to explore much of the phone and give our final verdict on our full review.

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