Honor Nepal has launched Honor 9X in Nepal on 2nd December. The most awaited phone from Honor is now available across all major retailers in Nepal. The phone packs great features that will directly compete with the phone that is priced under Rs. 30000 in Nepal. Honor 9X devices come with the pop-up camera to meet the consumer demand for a bigger screen and greater selfie experience. It is better than Honor 8X which was a popular device in Nepal. The price of Honor 9X in Nepal is Rs. 28,990 for a 6/128GB variant and the device is available across the country.
Honor 9X Overview
The Honor 9X features a 6.59-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by Hisilicon Kirin 710F Octa Core Processor. It has 4,000mAh battery with support for 10W charging and it runs Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.1 on top. The handset features a Triple-camera setup with a 48MP primary camera.
Design and Display
Honor 9X packs a 6.59-inch full-HD+ display with 1080 X 2340 pixel resolution. The LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen on the device has an 84.3% screen-to-body ratio. The 391 ppi density screen is expected to be a good one but still, AMOLED would have been a better option.
The phone has a premium glossy back that glistens with an “X” shaped pattern with a gradient. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint reader along with a triple camera setup. The phone measures 163.5 x 77.3 x 8.8mm and it weighs 196.8 Grams.
Performance and OS
The phone is powered by Hisilicon Kirin 710F Octa Core Processor. It’s made on a 12nm process, which features an octa-core CPU in a 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 configuration. The GPU is a Mali-G51 MP4. The handset comes coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone has an expandable memory of up to 512GB with micro SD.
While we compare these Kirin 710F Kirin 710 specs-wise, they are almost the same chipset. The F stands for FCCSP or Flip-Chip Chip-Scale Package and means the 710F chip has a distinctive integrated circuit packaging than the first-gen 710 SoC. They should be the same when performance and specs are concerned. The Kirin 710F is not that performing chipset. It runs high-end games at average setting and do not expect it run games in ultra settings.
The Honor 9X runs on EMUI 9.1, which is based on Android 9 Pie. It has all Google services and whole access to Play Store. The Huawei P Smart Z has been confirmed to receive Android 10 and EMUI 10, which indicates the Honor 9X is going to get Android 10 anytime soon.
For the camera, the Honor 9X features a Triple-camera setup which consists of the Main Camera 48MP f/1.8, Secondary Camera 8MP Ultra wide pictures and a Third Camera 2MP shooter for depth effects. For selfies, there is a 16MP f/2.2 front camera that uses a motorized pop-up module.
When it comes to the video, the primary camera of the Honor 9X captures videos at up to 1080p @ 30fps and 1080p videos at 60fps. The ultrawide camera takes videos in 1080p@30fps only. Honor hasn’t included any electronic or optical stabilization on either camera.
Moving to the camera quality, the full-resolution 48MP images are not available for shooting every time. The full resolution is only usable in the Pro shooting mode paired with manual controls, and for many people, it really won’t be an issue. The images from the main camera are punchy with lots of detail, and with the edge detection pretty spot on, the portrait mode is very good on the 9X. There are various shooting modes on the handset – HDR, light painting, moving pictures, a dedicated aperture mode and a night mode.
Battery and Connectivity
It has 4,000mAh battery with support for 10W charging which is painfully slow as compared to the phones that are priced in this range. With its 10W charger, the phones charge to 16% in 15 minutes and 29% in 30 minutes.
The phone has various connectivity features such as dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS + GLONASS, USB-C type charging port, and 3.5mm audio jack.
Honor 9X Technical Specifications
- Body: Front and rear glass, aluminum frame, 206g.
- Display: 6.59″ LTPS IPS LCD, 1,080 x 2,340px, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 391ppi.
- Rear camera: Primary – 48MP, 27mm, f/1.8; PDAF; Ultrawide – 8MP, 13mm, f/2.4; Depth sensor – 2MP. Video recording up to 1080p@60fps.
- Front camera: Motorized pop-up with 16MP, f/2.2; fixed focus lens.
- OS/Software: Android 9 Pie, EMUI 9.1.
- Chipset: Kirin 710F: octa-core CPU (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53); Mali-G51 MP4 GPU.
- Memory: 4/6GB of RAM; 64/128GB storage; microSD card slot (hybrid).
- Battery: 4,000mAh, 5V/2A charging
- Connectivity: Dual SIM; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0; USB-C, 3.5mm jack.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted)
- Price in Nepal: Rs. 28,990(6/128GB)
Price, Availability, and Verdict
The HONOR 9X is a synthesis of the most desired software and hardware features and functionality, offering the ultimate user experience through advances in photography, design, and performance. Although there are several variants of the device available worldwide, Honor Nepal has just launched the 6/128GB variant in Nepal. The price of Honor 9X for the 6/128GB variant is Rs. 28,990 which is quite aggressive pricing from Honor Nepal. It will be available in one color Sapphire Blue.
Although the device packs impressive features, there are also some features that the phone is missing. The phone does not offer NFC to transfer data and it does not support fast charging. Unlike, Redmi Note 8 Pro, Honor 9X does not have a splash resistance or dust resistance.
With the pricing below 30K, the phone is set to compete with popular Redmi Note 8 Pro, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40, Vivo S1, Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 and others which are the popular mid-range phones in Nepal.
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