Is Honor 9N a good phone

Honor 9X in the test: the cheap smartphone that nobody needs

Despite the US sanction, the smartphone from Huawei subsidiary Honor appears with Google services. Like its predecessors, this device should also impress with good technology for little money. Our test shows what the Honor 9X can really do.

What is particularly impressive about the Honor 9X is that it exists - at least outside of China. As a subsidiary of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei, Honor is just as affected by the trade conflict with the USA as the parent company. Among other things, this prevents Huawei and Honor devices from appearing with Google services in the future. Users are also denied access to the Play Store, including all apps in the Google universe.

But Honor was able to evade the spell with a trick: Because the European Honor 9X is said to be a modified Huawei P smart Z or Enjoy 10 Plus, as various media and journalists such as Roland Quandt from "WinFuture" report. This was presented at the beginning of May and therefore did not fall under the Huawei ban. Compared to the Chinese Honor 9X, however, there are also some differences to the European model: For example, the Honor 9X in this country comes with an older processor. A Pro version is also missing. You can read in the test whether the device can still convince.

Giant screen - but LCD

The Honor 9X follows the trend of current (China) smartphones and comes with a giant screen - here 6.59 inches (about 16.7 centimeters). For comparison: Manufacturers such as Apple or Samsung already have the "plus" versions. Those with small hands can be disturbed by the large screen, but users who like to watch videos or play games benefit from such devices. However, due to its size, the Honor 9X is always noticeable in your trouser or jacket pocket.

The screen itself has a FHD + resolution (2,340 to 1,080 pixels) and almost completely fills the front. Honor has installed an LCD screen as the display, presumably also for cost reasons. Because LCDs are cheaper than OLEDs, but also show colors less intensely. In comparison with a device with OLED, the difference was also clearly visible here.

Camera is okay

The Honor 9X does not have an annoying notch (the notches in the screen) on the front. When in use, the front camera extends out of the device, similar to the OnePlus 7T Pro. If the cell phone falls out of hand, the camera retracts automatically. Compared to the OnePlus device, however, the front camera on the Honor 9X is significantly slower. In the test, the cell phone had already hit the ground before the camera was fully retracted. However, the Honor 9X costs around 299 euros not even half as much as the OnePlus 7T Pro. In return, the lens at the front also has a resolution of 16 megapixels. The photo quality is okay for the price of the Honor, but the photos are stingy with details and appear a bit overexposed: the Honor 9X turns a blue sweater into a gray one in our test images.

In addition to the fingerprint sensor, there are three camera lenses on the back. They each have a resolution of 48, 8 and 2 megapixels. The two megapixel sensor is used for depth measurement, the 8 MP camera as a wide angle and the 48 MP camera is to take the main photos. It shows: As long as you don't zoom, the photos make a good impression. With each zoom level, however, the image becomes blurred and shows more artifacts - whether in 12 or 48 MP mode. In contrast, the image sharpness drops significantly in wide-angle mode. The edges are distorted and especially the figures on the edge of the picture are very washed out. Almost as if they were part of an impressionist painting.

Such flaws are common in mid-range cell phones. Amazingly, night photos and close-ups with the Honor 9X are comparatively good. In addition, the system provides some gimmicks such as beautification filters, light painting or AI photos with image recognition.

Performance, memory and battery

The Honor 9X works with a Kirin 710F processor, an eight-core processor with up to 2.2 gigahertz. The main memory has a capacity of 128 gigabytes (GB) and can be expanded by up to 512 GB using a microSD card. But users have to do without a second SIM card.

The Chinese version of the Honor 9X works with a Kirin 810 processor. It also has eight cores, but manages up to 2.27 GHz. Normal users shouldn't notice the difference: The Honor 9X reacts quickly to all inputs and also delivers some nice-looking effects.

If you like to play games on your smartphone, you have to do without detailed graphics. Performance tests like Antutu listed the Honor 9X above the Redmi Note 8 (around 180 euros) and below the Samsung Galaxy A50 (around 275 euros). Interesting: the predecessor Honor 8X landed only two places behind the Honor 9X. The 8X currently costs around 199 euros.

The battery is 4,000 mAh. That was enough in the test with regular WhatsApp and email checks as well as occasional surfing and phone calls for a little less than two days. A quick charge function is missing, as is NFC. The Honor 8X also had this feature and is used, for example, for cashless payments.

Price and colors

The Honor 9X appears in the colors Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue for around 300 euros. Those who buy the device on Amazon currently also receive Honor headphones and the Band 4 Running fitness tracker.


Conclusion

In itself, the Honor 9X is not a bad smartphone: The large screen without a notch - even if it is an LCD - and the possibility of inserting a microSD card are particularly praiseworthy. The cameras are also better than the predecessor, but only deliver decent results overall.

And that is the problem: The market for mid-range smartphones is highly competitive and proper is not enough to stand out from the crowd. But if you are primarily looking for a smartphone with a large screen without a notch, the Honor 9X is a good choice. Otherwise, it's worth taking a look at the Honor 8X, the predecessor model, which is 100 euros cheaper.

Otherwise, there is currently the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro for around 50 euros less, which can also impress technically for the price, but is significantly cheaper than the Honor 9X.

Honor 9X
DisplayLC display 6.59 inches,
2,340 x 1,080 pixels,
391 ppi, 19.5: 9
Weight196 g
processorKirin 710 F with up to 2.2 GHz
random access memory4 GB
Internal memory128 GB
via microSD up to 512 GB
Rear cameraTriple camera: 48 MP, f / 1.8
8 MP super wide angle 120 °, f / 2.4
2MP depth assistant, f / 2.4
Videos up to 1,080 p, EIS
Front camera16 MP f / 2.2 extendable
Videos up to 1080p, EIS
battery pack4,000 mAh
operating systemAndroid 9
EMUI 9.1
ColoursMidnight Black, Sapphire Blue
miscellaneousDual Nano-SIM, jack plug,
Fingerprint sensor, LTE
Price (RRP)299 euros

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