Global smartphone brand HONOR today launched the HONOR 9X, the latest member of its powerful X-series that boasts next-generation technology in design, photography and performance. Armed with a 48MP Triple Camera and a 6.59” HONOR FullView Display, this feature-laden smartphone offers an extraordinary user experience at an accessible price point of £249.99. Users in the UK will be able to order the HONOR 9X now. HONOR is also allowing users to lead a more intelligent life with its suite of wearables such as wireless headphones and fitness trackers.
Design and display
For an affordable smartphone, the Honor 9X has a big screen. It’s a 6.6-inch display, which is a little on the large side for a smartphone, so unless you have rather big hands it may be hard for you to properly use the device.
The screen resolution is 1080 x 2340, so it’s a fairly sharp display, but the fact it’s LCD may put some people off. LCD screens are generally considered lower quality than more popular OLED-based displays, as they have relatively poor black reproduction and flatter looking colours. Saying that the Honor 9X has one of the best-quality LCD screens we’ve seen, with colours that seem to ‘pop’ more than competitors. Max brightness isn’t too high, though.
Triple camera setup
One thing previous, more affordable Honor phones have always impressed with is camera performance, and that’s somewhat true on the 9X. The first thing worth noting is that unlike the Chinese variant, the European Honor 9X comes with a triple camera setup on the rear.
It’s made up of a 48MP main sensor, a 2MP depth sensor and an 8MP wide-angle. It’s all backed up with the excellent AI shooting mode from all recent Honor phones, which does an incredible job of matching the shooting conditions and pre-tweaking images. When turned off, you get a purer, flatter looking image, but if you’re not looking to edit your shots or simply want them to pop on social media, it’s certainly worth keeping enabled.
Most of the time you won’t be shooting full-resolution 48MP images, and one mild criticism is that it’s not that obvious how you do at all. It seems that the full resolution is only available in the Pro shooting mode paired with manual controls, and for most people, it really won’t be an issue. It just feels a little hidden.
Most of the time you’ll be shooting 12MP images on the main camera and 8MP on the wide-angle. Starting with the good, images from the main camera are crisp with plenty of detail, and the portrait mode is very good and gets the edge detection pretty spot on every time. There are a bunch of different shooting modes, including HDR, light painting, moving pictures, a dedicated aperture mode and a night mode.
The EMUI camera app is absolutely packed with features, and whether you’re a casual photographer or like to take total control, you’re well taken care of. The aperture mode is a personal favourite, creating a nice depth of field effect without looking overblown or fake.
- Dual 3D Curved Panel with an 8.8mm thick frame
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- USB Type-C connector
- Pop-up Selfie Camera
- 4,000 mAh All-Day Battery
- 128GB internal storage which can be expanded to 640GB with a 512GB microSD card
“At HONOR, we believe in staying at the forefront of technological innovation and smartphone design in order to provide the best experiences for our users,” said Olivier Dobo, Marketing Director HONOR UK. “The introduction of new technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming how people lead their lives. The HONOR 9X with its stellar camera capabilities, stylish design and powerful software performance was designed from the ground up for our young and dynamic audience.
Pricing and Availability
The HONOR 9X is available from Argos, Amazon, Carphone Warehouse, Mobilephonesdirect, AO Mobile & Buymobiles.net now and Very. The 9X is available at Carphone Warehouse from £14.99/month with an upfront cost of £9.99 or £249.99 SIM-free from ID Mobile. Colour variants of the devices may vary in retail stores.