Huawei officially launches the Honor 9

Earlier today Huawei officially launched their latest device in their Honor line of smartphones which are intended to be their mid-tier phones for more budget-oriented consumers. Despite some downgrades to hardware to keep costs in check, the Honor phones typically include a nice mix of features and the new Honor 9 that was launched today is no exception.

Compared to the device it is replacing, the Honor 8, the Honor 9 appears to be similar hardware. One change that does jump out though is the relocation of the fingerprint sensor to the front of the device. That is placed just below the 5.15-inch full HD display. Powering the Honor 9 will be Huawei’s in-house produced Kirin 960 processor which is also used in the Mate 9 and the Huawei P10.

The Honor 9 gets three different configurations for memory and storage. They include an option with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage; an option with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage; and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. All of the variants also support microSD cards for even more storage. With a whopping 6GB of RAM in some models, you can see why the Honor line gets some props for offering a nice mix of hardware for a mid-tier device.

Some of the other hardware packed into the Honor 9 includes a dual rear-facing camera made up of a 20MP monochrome unit and a 12MP color sensor; an 8MP front-facing camera; a 3,200 mAh battery; and the usual assortment of support for WiFi, VoLTE, NFC and even a headphone jack. The Honor 9 will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 user interface.

Buyers will be able to select from one of five colors – gold, blue, black, amber and grey. The base model will retail for ¥2,299 ($340 USD), the middle version for ¥2,699 ($400 USD) and the top of the line version will list at ¥2,999 ($440). The bad news here is that the Honor 9 will only be available in the Chinese market initially when it goes on sale starting on June 16th. Huawei has not announced plans for additional markets like the United States

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.