Honor 9 is a great smartphone; the brand is known for attractive prices and Honor 9 follow the lead.
The smartphone comes in a small standard for the brand box, at least the package Honor 8 looked almost the same. Its distinctive feature is the vertical arrangement of the smartphone inside and the narrowest profile.
Also in it, you can find a charger, a cable, a clip, documentation and a cover. Unlike the flagship Huawei, the headset does not have a phone, and there is no protective film on the screen either.
Despite the fact that similar models Honor and Huawei have an identical layout of connectors and controls, they get a unique design. About Honor 9 it can be said that the model develops the ideas laid down by Honor 8 and even Honor 6.
“Back” is made of a multi-layer material, which ensures the play of light. An interesting pattern is created, which varies depending on how you hold the device. And on closer inspection, you can see that under the smooth plastic lies a small pattern.
The bend of the “back” is slightly different from the Huawei P10 and resembles the flagship Samsung, which makes Honor 9 more pleasant in hand. There are three colours available: black, silver and blue. The latter, perhaps, looks most interesting, but regardless of the colouring on the back side will be collected fingerprints. Also, it is necessary to take into account some slipperiness of the case, which is characteristic of all such devices.
At the same time Honor 9 is quite convenient for daily use. All controls are in their places; the size is smaller than average – the device can interest fans of small smartphones.
If you worry about the safety of the case, then you can use a complete cover – it minimizes the size and gives a little protection when falling. The case even allows you to admire the overflow of the back cover, but it is too quickly covered with small scratches – literally in the first days of use. Probably, in time it will want to be changed to a better analogue.
Back in Honor 9, there is a small feature that distinguishes it from Huawei P10 – in the model they refused to use the on-screen control keys. You can use either hidden touch buttons on the sides of the scanner (they are indicated by dots that light up or continuously, or 5 seconds after pressing), or “hang” all controls on the scanner and use gestures, as in many modern models. Traditionally, the scanner works fine and for its intended purpose.
Honor 9 is equipped with a 5.15 inch IPS screen with Full HD resolution. It is covered by a protective glass with a good oleophobic coating – unlike the first lots of P10, the manufacturer did not refuse such a “trifle”.
Just want to note that despite the minimal difference in the diagonal, the screen Honor 9 visually seems much larger than in the Huawei P10 – just because there basically abandoned the on-screen control keys of the system.
Regarding objective measurements, everything is at a reasonable level: the brightness varies from 2.5 to 423 cd / m², the contrast is 1 to 1093, the automatic brightness adjustment works adequately, the calibration accuracy is normal.
In general, we have an excellent screen with a bright picture, which you can additionally adjust yourself. There are modes of “reading” and “improving readability in the sun”, as well as increasing the sensitivity of the sensor for working in gloves. The only difference with P10 is white with a pinkish tinge.
In terms of characteristics Honor 9 can be considered identical to Huawei P10 – the same platform Kirin 960, made on a 16 nm process technology, 64 GB of internal memory and 4 GB of RAM, a “hybrid” tray for two NanoSIM or memory card cards and NanoSIM, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi. The key difference Honor – the presence of an infrared port for the management of household appliances.
In the benchmarks, the smartphone shows results comparable with P10. The difference is only in AndroBench, which measures the performance of the memory used, but in practice, I did not notice that this somehow affected the real speed of the work. Running applications, including games, the overall responsiveness of the system – it’s all right, Honor 9 works as it should be for a productive device.
If the load is prolonged, the cabinet may become slightly warm, but it will not be hot. Honor 9 is running Android 7.0 paired with the EMUI 5.1 shell, an upgrade to Android 8.0 is scheduled for 2018.
The interface is completely similar to Huawei smartphones – the same menu design, icons and standard applications, power consumption settings, themes, gestures and so on. Someone scolds EMUI for the design – here you can add that the “stock” theme, indeed, would not be superfluous, but otherwise, the shell is pleasant. The manufacturer claims that it has built-in special algorithms that allow you to avoid breaking after six months or a year of use. In general, these statements are close to the truth.
As we said above, Huawei and Honor are similar, but not identical. In particular – there is a slight difference in how smartphones sound in headphones. The pre-installed player in Huawei has the DTS setting, which makes the sound bigger and brighter, but works somewhat rudely and only in its native player.
Honor also has the Huawei Histen settings – an algorithm that works together with the Kirin platform and allows you to fine-tune the sound even in third-party players. You can select the type of headphones you are using and one of the presets for 3D audio, or you can use the 10-band equalizer.
In general, with Histen sound in the headphones Honor 9 is more interesting than that of Huawei P10, but I did not notice the difference in maximum volume. External speakers at the same time sound comparable – these are good speakers.
Honor 9 is equipped with a built-in battery for 3200 mAh – exactly the same as in the Huawei P10. Accordingly, the operating time remained about the same – the effect of a slightly larger screen is almost not felt.
But during the existence of models on the Kirin 960, the company was able to optimize the smartphone a little, especially in the standby mode. If you judge roughly, then with Honor 9, I could count on the same 4-4.5 hours of screen per day of use in my relatively active mode. In this case for a week of use, I have never encountered a situation where the smartphone was discharged until the evening.
On the weekend at home, in a more sparing mode of use, I got a day of work at 5.5 hours of the display – normal, though without a record. There is support for fast charging, but it’s called simply Quick Charge (18W, 9V / 2A), and not Turbo Charge (22.5W, 5V / 4.5A) as in Huawei P10. From 5 to 95% Honor charges about 1:15, to 100% – for 1:25.
Like the P10, Honor 9 is equipped with a dual main camera with colour (12 Mp, f / 2.2) and monochrome (20 Mp, f / 2.2) sensors. The company says that unlike the Huawei P10 in Honor, optics Leica, as well as optical stabilization. At the same time, they saved the possibility of creating black-and-white photos, two-fold hybrid zoom and the general principle of camera operation – when shooting two modules work simultaneously.
There is also a slight difference in the camera interfaces – the P10 manual settings are available directly on the main screen, and on Honor 9 for this, you need to switch to a separate mode. The rest of the interfaces are similar.
Comparison: Honor 9, Huawei P10
I do not know whether the used optics are really different (or the company just removed the Leica logo from the case), but with direct comparison of the frames made in automatic mode under identical conditions, there is a noticeable difference in the algorithms for processing the images.
Honor 9 in photos is a little brighter than colour and a little more noise, and P10 gives a more “honest” image. That is, formally, P10 shoots better, but the average user pictures with Honor 9 when comparing directly on the screens of smartphones like more than Huawei P10.
If you move away from comparisons, then for your price Honor 9 photographs very well. The camera works quite fast, autofocus almost always works out correctly. Night shots also look normal. The front module is quite high quality.
Honor 9 Pros:
- Design and body materials
- Good screen and overall speed
- The availability of NFC and IrDA
Honor 9 Cons:
- The main camera is a bit simpler than the Huawei P10
Taking into account the official price of the phone Honor 9 looks very interesting proposal. Comparing it with Huawei P10, you can find a lot of small differences, but by and large – this same smartphone with more emphasis on design, slightly improved sound in headphones and with a slightly simplified main camera. Almost the same proposal for less money and without “pitfalls.” If we compare Honor 9 with the best of competitors, then the model will not be lost either. Another question is that against the background of last year’s Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3T, as well as the new Xiaomi Mi 6, the smartphone looks like a comparable offer. For Honor, this is an achievement, but the ordinary buyer will not pay attention to it.