- Silicone bumper
- Network adapter
- USB cable
- Instruction manual
- Warranty Card
Today, the Honor brand introduced two new products under the same name. 9X. The main differences from each other: in one version there are two cameras and NFC, in the other. three cameras and there is no contactless chip. Strange, isn’t it?
I asked for a review with a model with two cameras, since for the Russian user NFC is more relevant than ever, but for many, an additional camera is still pampering.
The Honor 9X device is a frameless smartphone with a FullView display, that is, it has no cutouts, no bangs, or cameras built into the screen. Another feature is a selfie camera leaving the top of the case.
In general, the Honor 9X is a relatively affordable smartphone with a large FullView screen and a pop-up camera for taking selfies.
At the time of writing, the cost was not announced. Representatives of the company hinted that the price will be in the region of 17,000. 18,000 rubles. Surprisingly, the Huawei P smart Z costs almost the same, which is almost a copy of the 9X.
Here is a typical representative of the “onor-like” ones: a large and thick body, sloping corners and a back panel decorated with another unusual pattern under glass. This time, Honor designers made a pattern in the form of the letter “X”, composed of many stripes arranged at certain angles. Reminiscent of the X-Men logo. Depending on the level and light source, these strips either converge toward the center or diverge. Nice, but visible only with a good level of light, as in the shadow of Honor 9X. a simple dark blue smartphone.
You will have to get used to the dimensions of 163.1 x 77.2 x 8.8 mm, because the phone is wide, tall, and quite well-fed. Weight is a bit upsetting. 206 grams.
The screen is protected by glass, and plastic was used on the back and on the side faces. Oleophobic coating of medium quality: fingerprints quickly cover the entire surface of the display, but are erased relatively easily. Traces also remain behind, slightly less noticeable.
What colors will go on sale, I still do not know, but in general there is red, blue and black (like matte). The assembly for this type of device is not bad, there’s nothing to complain about. Is that the back panel bends slightly to the battery.
The chip of this model is a retractable chamber located on the upper end of the housing. The extension time is about 1.3 seconds. The same amount of time is spent on returning. Face recognition takes about a second.
Judging by the tests from the manufacturer, the number of camera extensions can be more than 100,000 times (about 5 years of use). In addition, the model can withstand a load directed at 90 degrees relative to the plane of the phone, up to 15 kg.
In the upper part of the front panel there is a proximity sensor and a speaker. It is loud, mid-range sound, pleasant timbre. And the light sensor is under the screen.
Bottom. 3.5 mm, microphone, USB-C and speakerphone. On top is a camera module, another microphone for noise reduction, a combined slot for two SIM cards and a memory card.
The power button and volume control are on the right, and there are no elements on the left.
On the reverse side: a large module with two lenses, it is combined with a flash, and even lower, to the right, there is a round fingerprint scanner. It works quickly, no complaints.
In this model, the screen is quite large. 6.59 inches. The usual resolution is 2340×1080 pixels (FullHD), density. 390 pixels per inch. than enough for a clear picture display, given that the display matrix is made using LTPS technology.
Honor 9X’s display bezels are 4 mm, bottom. 7 mm, top. 4 mm, left and right. 3.5 mm each. I would like to see already symmetrical frames.
The screen is bright (450 cd / m2. more than the declared value), with rich color rendition, the image does not distort at angles, slightly fades in bright light.
In the display settings, you can select resolution, text size, color temperature, or adjust vision protection.
Below you can see the data received from the calibrator. In short, everything is not bad, without any obvious excesses in color.
Video: Honor 9x Where the Proximity Sensor is
Honor 9X and Vivo Nex 3 Displays
The smartphone Honor 9X installed a non-removable 4000 mAh battery. During the test, I received the following numbers:
- Video playback at maximum brightness. 8 hours
- Games at maximum brightness. 6 hours 20 minutes
- Screen glow time in operation mode. up to 5 hours
And the manufacturer gives his data:
- Play music. 108 hours
- Calls (3G). up to 28 hours
- Games. up to 10 hours
- Video playback. up to 22 hours.
In the kit you will find a 5V / 2A network adapter. Charges Honor 9X for 2 hours 20 minutes.
Traditionally, the smartphone works with two nano-format SIM cards. Both nano-SIMs work in 4G CAT 4 networks (1/3/7/8/20 bands). From the point of view of communication, the Honor 9X is well done: the reception quality is high. All this thanks to the cunning arrangement of antennas that do not overlap with any hand grip.
Wireless Wi-Fi operates at 2.4 / 5 GHz and supports the ac standard, Bluetooth has version 4.2 (BLE). The phone works with GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou. Immediately finds up to 20 satellites even indoors near the window. It operates with 15–25 satellites in open areas, and accuracy is from 5 meters.
This model is equipped with an NFC chip. Surprisingly, 9X with three cameras lost contactless payment. A very strange decision.
Memory, Chipset and Performance
The Honor 9X smartphone uses 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory (113 GB available).
The speed of RAM is 6390 MB / s. a normal result for a device for 17,000. 18,000 rubles. Flash memory speed is not bad. 171/220 MB / s. Of course, there is a slot for a microSD memory card (up to 512 GB), but it is combined with a SIM card.
As the processor, Huawei chose SoC HiSilicon Kirin 710F (12 nm, ARM 4xCortex-A73 2.2 GHz 4xCortex-A53 1.7 GHz) with a Mali-G51 MP4 graphics accelerator. Proprietary GP Turbo 3.0 technology is supported.
For those who prefer tests, I give an example of Antutu: a smartphone scores just over 130,000 points. a good result in general, but not for “heavy” toys in ultra-graphics. In this case, the performance is similar to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset installed in the huge Huawei 8X Max.
I can’t say that the Honor 9X is very fast, but you can’t call it slow either. There are no frank juggling, the animation is smooth. With games, everything is simple: PUBG at the minimum, in Call of Duty you can play on medium ones.
The Honor 9X is running Google Android version 9, and the proprietary EMUI 9.1 shell is installed on top of the system. The funny thing is, the system displays the phone as STK-LX1, and this is the familiar Huawei P smart Z.
In the new product, if you can call it that, two cameras are installed: one at 48 MP, the other at 2 MP to blur the background.
The quality of the photos seemed to me comparable to the frames on the P Smart Z, despite the presence of another module with a large number of megapixels. Most likely, the developers used the same algorithms as in the previous model, where the module is 16 MP.
Sample photos on Honor 9X
This model uses two speakers: one for talking, the other for speakerphone output. No stereo, unfortunately.
The main speaker is quiet, it sounds extremely simple, the sound is flat and inexpressive.
The sound, as usual, was tested on wired Meizu Flow headphones. I liked everything, but there were not enough low frequencies. Wireless Bose QC35 “shakes” well, TWS-headphones Meizu POP play quietly, but JBL Armor. just a class.
Among the applications you can find FM radio. To work, you need to connect a headset.
The Honor brand, which belongs to Huawei, has turned out to be a good product for those who want a large screen without cutouts for little money. It was not possible to detect any significant jambs: in general, everything is smooth or good. Again, for your money.
The only thing, instead of a module for blurring the background, I would like to see a camera with a wide-angle lens, otherwise it’s somehow worthless to flaunt in 2019, in fact, with one ordinary camera. It is in another model, but it lacks an NFC chip.
Of course. Huawei P smart Z. It costs 17,000 rubles and is an almost complete copy of the Honor 9X with two cameras. Together with a smartphone, you will also be given a free Huawei CV80 printer. Well, why not?
As an option. Samsung Galaxy A40 or A50. There is a cutout in the form of a drop. Decide for yourself whether this option is suitable or not. In terms of plus or minus the same as Honor 9X.
Another powerful representative of multi-chamber. Redmi Note 8 Pro. For its 18,000 rubles, it is stuffed to the limit: a 64 MP camera, a 6.53-inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, a 4,500 mAh battery, a “sea” of memory and all possible communication capabilities, including NFC. True, there is a drop-shaped cutout in the screen.
For a thousand over 20, you can try to find the Honor View 20. It’s a lot cooler than the Honor 9X, but it costs, as you see, more expensive.
As usual, I am waiting for you in the comments: is the cutout on the screen critical for you, which one will you take calmly?