Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has released some exquisite smartphone recently named as Honor 7A, Honor 10, Honor Play 7 and few others. Slowly, but definitely, Honor is establishing a foothold in markets like Australia. Importantly, Honor has also not shied away from adopting, or even being early on trends like dual camera setups.
Just now, Honor released its much-anticipated mid-range smartphone namely Honor 9i in Australia with pretty dazzling features over other Honor’s devices. The Honor 9i sports a bigger 18:9 aspect ratio display, combines a dual camera on both the front and back – a rare combination which works for both photography enthusiasts and selfie lovers.
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The latest Honor 9i aims to offer more for less and the list of fully-backed features and the specs sheet isn’t off the mark. But, it handles to dishes out together a compelling device? Let’s find out in our Honor 9i review.
Honor 9i Release Date and Price
After a month of speculations, every rumour has been turned out true and now Honor 9i is landing on shelves worldwide including China, India, UK, and France, Switzerland, US, Germany, and Italy.
The Honor 9i was announced on June 7, 2018, and started arriving shores a week later. Interestingly, Honor 9i release date in Australia was also June 7 and now available across Australia in all major stores or even online.
How much does it cost? A very next question which pops-up on your mind, right? The Honor 9i is a mid-range flagship smartphone which comes for users running out of a budget but looking for a premium smartphone.
The Honor 9i has been priced at $191 (roughly £145). After conversion Honor 9i Price in Australia comes around AU$259.
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Honor 9i Specifications
Here is a quick rundown of Honor 9i Specifications and Honor 9i Features. So, let’s have a look.
- Dimensions: 149.2 x 71.8 x 7.7 mm (5.87 x 2.83 x 0.30 in)
- Weight: 152 g (5.36 oz.)
- Display Size: 5.84-inches IPS LCD 79.5% Screen-to-Body Ratio
- Display Resolution: 1080 x 2280 Pixels (432 PPI)
- Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659
- GPU: Mali-T830 MP2
- RAM: 4GB
- ROM: 64GB
- Card Slot: microSD, Up to 256GB
- Rear Camera: Dual 13MP + 2MP PDAF LED Flash
- Front Camera: 16MP 1080p
- Camera Features: Geo-Tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, Hotspot
- Bluetooth: 4.2
- NFC, GPS, USB 2.0
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Battery: 3000mAh Non-Removable Battery
- Colours: Black, Blue, Purple, Lime
Honor 9i Design
The Honor 9i has a silky, matte finish over its back, whereas the front side is a glossy black just because 2.5D glass screen which disappears seamlessly into the metal unibody. It has been said that Huawei has included a curved lipping between the metal frame and the glass (one which most will miss as of its polished, glossy black appearance). Hence, it’s a premium-look smartphone, one that many mistook for a flagship device.
Honor 9i Display
Its Huawei’s first smartphone loaded with a Full HD+ 2280 x 1080 pixels display with 18:9 aspect ratio. There is a high 79.5% Screen-to-body ratio – impressive for a flagship device at that price point. The Honor 9i boasts 5.84-inches IPS LCD display which is incredibly sharp and the colour saturation is pretty good. The contrast ratio is impressive and the viewing angles are great as well give you dazzling visual experience.
Honor 9i Camera
A dual camera configuration and a solid single front-facing camera is a highlight of Honor 9i smartphone. The 9i sports a dual 13MP + 2MP rear camera supported by additional features i.e. Phase Detection Autofocus and LED flash. The front-side, on the other hand, is covered by a solid 16MP camera for capturing selfies with your near and dear.
The camera boasts several features such as Geo-Tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama and more.
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Honor 9i Performance
The Honor 9i is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, whereas Mali T930-MP2 manages a graphical department quite well. Talking about the real world experience, the performance is butter smooth and snappy and doesn’t show a sign of lag whether you work on multiple apps at once or play graphics enriched games while numerous tabs open in Chrome.
Honor 9i Storage and OS
In terms of storage, Honor 9i comes up with a massive 64GB of onboard memory – ready to accommodate your files and other data with ease. Looking for more? You’re in luck as Honor 9i allows its users to expand the onboard memory further up to 256GB via microSD card.
The Honor 9i runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 5.1 on top. Unlike other Honor flagships running on Android 7.0 Nougat – this Honor 9i comes with 2 home screen styles – Standard (shows all apps on the home screen) and Drawer (shows all apps on drawer screen).
Honor 9i Battery
The Honor 9i is backed by 3000mAh non-removable battery which provides a day’s worth of battery life. It’s good enough, but nothing special, to be honest. If you’re working processor-intensive tasks or playing games, the battery drain is quite noticeable. When you’re not pushing the processor, Honor 9i manages power pretty good.
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- Well-built, Stunning design, Ample amount of battery, Best in a class selfie camera, Striking display, Feature-rich OS
- There is no fast charging, UI needs a little polishing, Battery life could be better, Inconsistent camera performance
8.1The Honor 9i flagship smartphone isn’t just a phone in the pocket-friendly smartphone category, but rather still handles to put up an excellent case for itself. The Honor 9i is well-built, is a decent performer, offering high-quality images, gives an exquisite visual experience and of course, has a dependable battery life.