Honor 9X Premium is a great combination of quality and affordable price. The smartphone will interest a wide audience of users, as it has all the relevant parameters. A large screen, powerful battery, good hardware and a triple camera make the model attractive to people of all ages. Good performance and battery make it possible for gamers to try out many games on a mobile device. The beautiful design and colors make the phone stand out from the rest. It is suitable for completing important tasks every day in a short time and in comfort.
Appearance and ergonomics
The premium version of the Honor 9X has a stylish and unique design. The back of the device shimmers and shines when exposed to light from different angles. From this, the cover of the smartphone looks even more impressive. The edges of the device are chamfered, so it fits perfectly in the hand. On the back, on the left, there is a block for a camera with three lenses. Underneath is the LED flash. The fingerprint scanner is located just above the middle of the back of the smartphone. Closer to the very bottom is the Honor inscription. There are special keys on the right side of the device to control the sound and turn on the phone.
The front is virtually one continuous display. On the sides there are the thinnest frames that are almost invisible. There are no more unnecessary elements in the front. The front camera slides out from above to take selfies. Available in midnight black and sapphire blue. Dimensions: height. 163.5 mm, width. 77.3 mm, thickness. 8.8 mm, weight. 196.8 g.
The Honor 9X Premium has a separate triple-lens camera unit on the back. The 48 MP main module makes it possible to create really high-quality photos. In addition, this module will provide excellent shots even in the dark. There is a special night mode that works in conjunction with artificial intelligence. In low light, shots are obtained with excellent detail. 8MP wide-angle lens with good visibility, so you can capture all the details you need in one photo while shooting. 2MP module allows you to measure the depth of the frame, and together with the main camera makes excellent portraits with bokeh.
Video shooting is available in 1080p format. For smooth and clear images, there is digital stabilization. It helps to eliminate defects. Front camera 16 MP with aperture 2.0 is retractable. It is located at the top of the smartphone and appears when you need to take a selfie or hold an online conference.
The Honor 9X Premium has a 6.59-inch LTPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The model has a high pixel density, so the user gets excellent color reproduction with excellent image detail. The picture can be enjoyed from different angles even in bright light. The aspect ratio is 19.5 to 9. The screen has no cutouts or areas for the camera, so it is ideal for working with any content. Its area is 84.3% of the front. The user can conveniently read, watch sites or movies, play and use applications. The display has a protective glass, as well as an oleophobic coating, so you don’t have to worry about scratches or fingerprints.
- The front camera may not be familiar to all users.
- Missing NFC module.
- Traces may remain on the back.
Iron and performance
The 9X Premium smartphone is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 710F with eight cores. They also guarantee excellent performance and good functionality when multitasking. In addition, the cores allow you not to overload the battery too much. Responsible for the graphics is the Mali-G51 MP4 video processor. Games and applications run without delays or freezes. According to the Antutu benchmark, the device scores 162,369 points. The smartphone allows you to play many modern games and applications. The model supports proprietary GPU Turbo technology, which makes it possible to play smoothly, as well as enjoy complex special effects in games.
The internal memory of the device is 4 GB or 6 GB, while 64 GB or 128 GB are allocated for the internal storage. The device has a slot for a memory card up to 512 GB. The smartphone comes with the Android 9.0 operating system with a proprietary shell that provides the user with many new possibilities.
Honor 9X Premium review
Honor 9X Premium is a mid-range smartphone with excellent parameters. The device has a really large and high-quality screen, a triple camera, and a powerful battery. The phone is equipped with a pop-up photo module, and one of the lenses of the main camera has a resolution of as much as 48 MP. The model was announced on October 24, 2019.
Honor 9X is the first in the brand to receive a new chipset developed by the Chinese company. The Kirin 810 replaces the popular 710, which was the heart of many Huawei-Honor smartphones in 2018-2019. The new processor is made using a 7nm process technology, with 8 cores (2 Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2.27 GHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores with a frequency of 1.88 GHz) and a Mali-G52 MP6 GPU. In the AnTuTu benchmark, the new chipset is gaining more than 237 thousand “parrots”.
There are three memory configurations to choose from. 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of constant, 6/64 GB and maximum 6/128 GB. By the way, unlike the company’s flagships, they retained support for microSD memory cards.
The model is doing very well with wireless interfaces. it has dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE and all kinds of navigation protocols. By the way, about Wi-Fi: the manufacturer talks about the use of certain technologies that can ensure reliable signal reception from an access point even through several reinforced concrete walls. At the presentation of the Chinese version, it was not said about the presence of a contactless payment chip in the phone, but the international deliveries of Honor 9X will most likely receive NFC, because this has already happened with Huawei / Honor. And further. there is a 3.5 mm audio jack, beloved by many users.
The novelty has quite modest photo capabilities by today’s standards, but they are at the level of the main competitors from Redmi and Realme. The main module has two sensors. the main 48 megapixel with an aperture of f / 1.8 (possibly a Sony IMX586) and the secondary 2 megapixel for creating bokeh shots. There are also software “chips” here: artificial intelligence for scene recognition, maximum ISO up to 102400 bright pictures even in the dark (the manufacturer modestly kept silent about the noise level with such a sensitivity). Special AIS Handheld Super Night View 2.0 mode, when detecting the absence of smartphone shaking, sets shutter speeds up to 30 seconds to get better photos in low light.
And a few words about the front camera. Here it is hiding in a pull-out module and has a resolution of 16 megapixels. There is also a face unlock function, but in a smartphone with a retractable front camera, this is still a pleasure.
What could the Honor 9X be
Although Honor 9X is considered a mid-range model, judging by the information leaks, the smartphone will follow the trends of 2019 in almost everything. So, 9X will receive a 6.39-inch IPS-screen without cutouts and with thin bezels. The 9X Pro version will have a slightly larger display (6.59 inches) with similar specs. Unfortunately for the fans, this generation decided to ditch the 7-inch version of the Max.
Framelessness in the smartphone was achieved thanks to a fashionable retractable 16 megapixel front camera. The main difference between the 9X version and the 9X Pro. main photomodule. If the first model has two sensors in the module (48 and 2 Mp), then the extended version also gets a wide-angle 8 Mp.
The “heart” of both versions will be the latest chipset developed by Huawei Kirin 810. This processor replaced the popular 710 and has every chance of surpassing it in all respects. The pre-top-level chipset operates at a frequency of up to 2.27 GHz, is made using a 7-nm process technology and has a graphics subsystem in the form of GPU Mali-G52 MP6. Huawei promises that smartphones with this processor have high everyday and gaming performance.
Depending on the configuration, the Honor 9X will have 6-8 GB of RAM and 64-128 GB of storage. Honor 9X Pro will be presented with only 8 GB of RAM and 64/128/256 GB of ROM to choose from.
According to rumors, the manufacturer will not save on wired and wireless communications in new products. The Honor 9X will feature NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth version 5, as well as Type-C ports and 3.5mm audio jack.
Honor 9X smartphone review (no wide-angle camera, but with NFC)
The manufacturer presented its new mid-budget smartphone called Honor 9X in two versions at once. We already wrote about the 9X Premium, a model with an additional wide-angle camera and more RAM, today it is the turn of the “regular” Honor 9X. We note right away that despite the “Premium” prefix in the name, the previous smartphone we studied is not too “advanced” relative to the hero of today’s review, which has its own “ace up its sleeve”. All the details are in our review.
Appearance and usability
Honor 9X received a solid plastic case with a calm, discreet design. Side frame, back panel. everything here is lacquered, glossy and quite easily soiled.
The design of the model differs depending on the color of the case. In blue, the back surface is designed in the form of the Latin letter “X”, while the black version is simply mirrored, does not have a geometric pattern, but it also looks more serious. Such a successful division allows each customer to choose a design for their character.
The body of the smartphone is large, wide, quite heavy, and at the same time somewhat slippery due to the glossy surfaces. Although it looks quite attractive and even stylish from the outside.
On the back, everything is arranged perfectly: here the cameras are also shifted to a corner so as not to overlap with a finger during shooting, and the fingerprint scanner platform is installed exactly under the index finger and slightly recessed to easily grope it blindly.
The module with cameras, however, slightly protrudes beyond the surface, so that the smartphone lies on the table steadily, but it sways slightly when touched to the extreme part of the screen.
A retractable module with a front camera installed in it is installed on the top end. The module moves out slowly. and just as slowly moves back, the whole process in any direction takes one second. If the smartphone is dropped, the camera immediately begins to “pull in” back and must have time to hide before the device reaches the floor. But this is in theory, in reality, the time for an object to fall from a height of one and a half meters is a little more than half a second, which is not enough for the camera to plunge into the body completely. However, even this can reduce the risk of fatal damage to the module.
In this case, a protective cover will certainly not help. For the retractable module, by the way, there is a corresponding cutout in it.
Supports work with two Nano-SIM cards and one microSD memory card. The card slot in the smartphone is hybrid, it does not support the simultaneous installation of a second Nano-SIM card and a microSD memory card, you will have to choose one.
On the side edge, two hardware buttons are conveniently installed, but both of them are smooth, tactilely indistinguishable from each other. The keys are large, have a clear response.
In the upper end, in addition to the slot for cards and a retractable camera, you can see the hole for the auxiliary microphone, usually used for the operation of the noise reduction system and high-quality recording on a dictaphone. For an inexpensive smartphone, this is commendable.
The bottom has a USB Type-C connector, speaker, microphone and 3.5mm audio output. the perfect set. Only the asymmetrical arrangement of the connectors is imperfect, it will be unpleasant for perfectionists.
The Honor 9X is sold in two color options: blue and black. The smartphone is not protected from dust and moisture.
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The Honor 9X has an IPS display with dimensions of 70 × 152 mm, diagonal of 6.59 inches, a resolution of 2340 × 1080 (with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9), a pixel density of 391 ppi. The frame around the screen is 3 mm wide at the sides, 5 mm at the bottom, 4 mm at the top.
The front surface of the screen is made in the form of a glass plate with a mirror-smooth surface, resistant to scratches. Judging by the reflection of objects, the anti-glare properties of the screen are better than that of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) (hereinafter simply Nexus 7). For clarity, here is a photo in which a white surface is reflected in the turned off screens (on the left. Nexus 7, on the right. Honor 9X, then they can be distinguished by their size):
The screen of the Honor 9X is noticeably darker (the brightness in the photos is 103 versus 117 for the Nexus 7). The doubling of reflected objects in the Honor 9X screen is very weak, which indicates that there is no air gap between the layers of the screen (more specifically, between the outer glass and the surface of the LCD matrix) (OGS type screen. One Glass Solution). Due to the smaller number of boundaries (such as glass / air) with greatly different refractive indices, such screens look better in conditions of intense ambient light, but their repair in the case of cracked outer glass is much more expensive, since the entire screen has to be changed. There is a special oleophobic (grease-repellent) coating on the outer surface of the screen, which is better than Nexus 7 in terms of efficiency, so fingerprints are much easier to remove, and appear at a slower speed than in the case of ordinary glass.
With manual brightness control and with the display of the white field on the whole screen, the maximum brightness value was about 440 cd / m², the minimum was 2 cd / m². The maximum brightness is quite high, therefore, given the excellent anti-glare properties, something on the screen can be seen even outdoors on a sunny day. In complete darkness, the brightness can be reduced to a comfortable value. In the presence of automatic brightness control by the light sensor (it is at the bottom on the edge of the front panel to the right of the center). In automatic mode, when the ambient light conditions change, the screen brightness both increases and decreases. The operation of this function depends on the position of the brightness adjustment slider: with it, the user can try to set the desired brightness level in the current conditions. If you do not intervene, leaving everything at default, then in complete darkness, the auto-brightness function reduces the brightness to 6 cd / m2 (dark), in an office illuminated with artificial light (about 550 lx) sets to 120 cd / m2 (suitable), in very bright environment (corresponds to illumination on a clear day outdoors, but without direct sunlight. 20,000 lux or slightly more) increases to 440 cd / m² (to the maximum, this is what you need). The brightness level of the backlight depends on the position of the slider in dark and medium conditions, and in very bright environments it is always set to the maximum. The default result did not quite satisfy us, so we moved the slider slightly to the right in complete darkness and for the three conditions indicated above, we got 20, 150 and 440 cd / m² (an ideal combination for those who need lighter in the dark). It turns out that the automatic brightness control function works adequately and allows the user to customize his work for individual requirements. At any brightness level, there is no significant backlight modulation, so there is no screen flicker either.
This smartphone uses an IPS-type matrix. The micrographs show the typical IPS subpixel structure:
For comparison, you can see the gallery of micrographs of screens used in mobile technology.
The screen has good viewing angles without significant color shift, even with large gaze deviations from the perpendicular to the screen, and without tint inversion. For comparison, here are some photos showing the same images on the screens of Honor 9X and Nexus 7, while the brightness of the screens was initially set to about 200 cd / m², and the color balance on the camera was forcibly switched to 6500 K.
Note the good uniformity of brightness and color tone of the white field.
The colors on the Honor 9X’s screen are clearly oversaturated, and the color balance of the screens is slightly different.
Now at an angle of approximately 45 degrees to the plane and to the side of the screen:
It can be seen that the colors did not change much on both screens, but on the Honor 9X the contrast decreased to a greater extent due to the more black highlighting.
The brightness at the angle of the screens has decreased (about 5 times, based on the difference in exposure), but the Honor 9X has a slightly lighter screen. When deviated diagonally, the black field brightens up strongly and remains conditionally neutral-sulfur (as seen with the eyes). The photos below demonstrate this (the brightness of the white areas in the direction perpendicular to the plane of the screens is the same!):
With a perpendicular view, the uniformity of the black field is good (for clarity, the backlight brightness of the Honor 9X is increased):
The contrast (approximately in the center of the screen) is high. about 1200: 1. Black-white-black response time is 20ms (10ms on 10ms off). The transition between gray tones of 25% and 75% (based on the numerical value of the color) and back takes 35 ms in total. The gamma curve, plotted using 32 points at equal intervals in terms of the numerical value of the shade of gray, showed no blockage in either the highlights or the shadows. The exponent of the approximating power function is 2.18, which is close to the standard value of 2.2. In this case, the real gamma curve significantly deviates from the power dependence:
This device has a dynamic adjustment of the backlight brightness with an unobvious dependence on time and on the nature of the displayed image. As a result, the obtained dependence of brightness on the hue (gamma curve) may not correspond to the gamma curve of a static image, since the measurements were carried out with sequential output of gray shades almost on the entire screen. For this reason, a number of tests. determining the contrast and response time, comparing the black illumination at angles. we carried out (however, as always) when displaying special templates with a constant average brightness, and not single-color fields across the entire screen. In general, such a non-switchable brightness correction does nothing but harm, since a constant change in screen brightness can at least cause some discomfort.
The spectra of the components are fairly well separated, which leads to a wide color gamut. For a consumer device, a wide color gamut is in no way an advantage, but a significant drawback, since as a result, the colors of images. drawings, photographs and films. oriented to the sRGB space (and there are an overwhelming majority of them) have an unnatural saturation. This is especially noticeable on recognizable shades, such as skin tones. The result is shown in the photos above.
However, not everything is so bad: when you select the Normal profile, the coverage is compressed to the sRGB borders.
Colors in images become less saturated (and color balance changes slightly):
By default (the Vivid profile is selected), the balance of hues on the scale is a compromise, since the color temperature is significantly higher than the standard 6500 K, and the deviation from Spectra of absolute black body (ΔE) is above 10 on most of the gray scale, which is not very good even for a consumer device. However, in this case, the color temperature and ΔE change little from hue to hue. this has a positive effect on the visual assessment of color balance. (The darkest areas of the gray scale can be ignored, since the color balance there is not very important, and the error in measuring color characteristics at low brightness is large.)
This device has the ability to correct the color balance by adjusting the hue on the color wheel or choosing one of three preset profiles.
In the graphs above, the Vivid curves correspond to the results without any color balance correction (Vivid profile), and the Normal curves correspond to the results data obtained after selecting the Normal profile and correcting, as in the picture above. In the second case, the color temperature approached the standard value, and ΔE decreased. However, the brightness is reduced at the same time. Note that this function is implemented in a variant rather for show, since there is no numerical reflection of the correction and there is no special field for measuring the color balance.
There is a trendy setting to reduce the intensity of the blue component.
Marketers tried to intimidate the user in order to show the degree of concern of the manufacturer. Of course, there is no UV radiation (see spectrum above), and there is no eye strain caused by blue light. In principle, bright light can disrupt the circadian rhythm. The bottom line is that in bright light, a person’s production of melatonin (a hormone that controls a person’s fatigue and need for sleep) is suppressed, which can lead to a violation of the circadian rhythm and other unpleasant consequences. However, everything is solved by adjusting the brightness to a comfortable level, and there is absolutely no point in distorting the color balance, reducing the contribution of blue.
To summarize: the screen does not have a very high maximum brightness (up to 440 cd / m²), but it has excellent anti-glare properties, so the device can somehow be used outdoors even on a sunny summer day. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable level (up to 2 cd / m²). It is also acceptable to use the mode with automatic brightness adjustment, which works adequately. Also, the advantages of the screen include an effective oleophobic coating, no air gap in the layers of the screen and no flicker, high contrast (about 1200: 1), sRGB color gamut and good color balance (when choosing the right profile and after a little correction). The disadvantages are the low stability of black to deviation of the gaze from the perpendicular to the plane of the screen. Given the importance of characteristics for this particular class of devices, the screen quality can be considered high.
The rear camera of the Honor 9X, unlike the Premium version, is dual. Shooting is carried out on the main module with a sensor resolution of 48 megapixels and a lens with an aperture of f / 1.8, which is supplemented by a module for measuring the depth of field of the scene (2 megapixels, f / 2.4). Accordingly, compared to the Honor 9X Premium, there is no wide-angle camera. Has a very bright flash and applies phase detection autofocus (PDAF).
Honor 9X VS Honor 9X Premium в 2019, кто победит?
It is possible to connect artificial intelligence to work, which will be engaged in setting the optimal, according to the automation, shooting parameters. There is no native ability to save images in RAW, but no one forbids the use of third-party applications for this.
By default, the camera offers to shoot in the “four pixels in one” format, that is, at a resolution of 12 megapixels. You can manually switch to the full resolution of 48 megapixels, but is it necessary? In principle, 48-megapixel shots provide slightly higher detail, but finding a scene in which this is noticeable is not so easy. At the same time, there is an unpleasant noise in the 48 megapixel images, including the remnants of color, that is, such images will not simply be reduced in the editor, additional processing will be required, and the original files weigh at least 2 times more. In general, in our opinion, in everyday life you should not bother with this mode.
Honor 9X is built on the Kirin 710F single-chip system, although it was previously expected that the latest Kirin 810 will be used. The aging Kirin 710 is made on the 12nm process technology, while the Kirin 810 is on 8nm. The Kirin 710F SoC configuration includes two CPU clusters: four Cortex-A73 cores with a frequency of 2.2 GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores with a frequency of 1.7 GHz. Responsible for graphics performance GPU Mali-G51.
The amount of RAM is 6 GB for the Honor 9X Premium and 4 GB for the Honor 9X, the storage capacity is 128 GB (of which about 105 GB is free). Supports the installation of a microSD memory card, as well as connecting external devices to the USB Type-C port in USB OTG mode.
Kirin 710F is far from the most productive SoC. However, the speed and smoothness of the system and applications do not cause any particular complaints, although the platform does not “star” in the benchmarks. With games, of course, the situation is expected: Modern Combat 3, Mortal Kombat X are doing well, and Injustice 2 and especially PUBG are slowing down. You can play, but not at high graphics settings.
Benchmarking AnTuTu and GeekBench:
All the results obtained by us when testing the smartphone in the most recent versions of popular benchmarks, we have summarized in tables for convenience. Several other devices from different segments are usually added to the table, also tested on similar latest versions of benchmarks (this is done only for a visual assessment of the obtained dry numbers). Unfortunately, within the framework of one comparison, it is impossible to present the results from different versions of benchmarks, therefore, many worthy and relevant models remain “behind the scenes”. due to the fact that they once passed the “obstacle course” on previous versions of test programs.
Testing the graphics subsystem in the 3DMark and GFXBenchmark gaming tests:
When tested in 3DMark for the most productive smartphones, it is now possible to run the application in Unlimited mode, where the rendering resolution is fixed at 720p and VSync is disabled (which can cause the speed to rise above 60 fps).
Testing in browser cross-platform tests:
AndroBench memory speed test results:
Appearance and usability
The case of Honor 9X (hereinafter we will call the smartphone that way for brevity, since the case and almost everything else in the 9X and 9X Premium is the same, so everything that has been said applies equally to both modifications) is made in a calm design made of glossy plastic without the presence metal on the sides and glass on the back. The back surface is quite nicely designed in the form of a geometric pattern, which, under the rays of light, forms the Latin letter “X”.
Both the back panel and the side bezel are slippery, while the case is also quite wide, and the lacquered surfaces are quickly covered with fingerprints. In general, we have in front of us a nice, but not the most practical device with a very large screen.
The module with cameras protruding beyond the rear panel does not greatly hinder the device from lying on a hard surface. The smartphone shakes slightly when touched at the very outer part of the screen, but in general it lies on the table steadily.
The fingerprint scanner is located at the back, its platform is recessed, so it can be easily found by touch. There are no complaints about the operation of the scanner itself, it works quickly and accurately.
The front camera is located here in a separate retractable module, the creators did without the usual cutout in the screen. This is far from the first such decision, but the very idea of not losing part of the screen is good.
The module with the camera is not pulled out at lightning speed. and just as slowly slides back. If the smartphone is dropped, the camera immediately begins to “pull” back and theoretically should have time to hide before the device reaches the floor.
The branded case is not flexible, it is made of hard transparent plastic. It has a wide cutout for the slide-out module.
The smartphone supports microSD memory cards. True, the card slot in the smartphone is a hybrid, it does not support the simultaneous installation of a second Nano-SIM card and a microSD memory card, one will have to be sacrificed.
The card slot itself is located at the top end, next to the microphone hole and the retractable front camera.
The hardware buttons on the side face are smooth and do not differ tactilely. The keys are large, have a long travel and a clear response, there are no complaints about them.
At the bottom there is a modern USB Type-C connector, speaker, microphone and even 3.5 mm audio output. the perfect set.
Honor 9X is offered in Russia in two color options: blue and black. Only the blue version has an iridescent geometric pattern on the “back”, while the black version has a solid color. The smartphone is not protected from dust and moisture.
Below is a thermal image of the rear surface taken after 15 minutes of fighting a gorilla in Injustice 2 (this test is also used to determine autonomy in 3D games):
Heating is higher in the upper part of the device, which, apparently, corresponds to the location of the SoC chip. According to the heat chamber, the maximum heating was 41 degrees (at an ambient temperature of 24 degrees), this is the average heating in this test for modern smartphones.
Telephone part and communications
The Kirin 710 platform has an LTE Cat.12 modem with a theoretical download speed of up to 600 Mbps. Honor 9X does not support as many frequencies as the flagships (B1 / 3/7/8/20), but all the most common bands in Russia are present.
In practice, within the city limits of the Moscow region, the device demonstrates confident operation in wireless networks, does not lose connection, and quickly restores connection after a forced break. The Wi-Fi module supports both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands and 802.11ac mode. There is Bluetooth version 4.2, and there is also no NFC module (it is in the Honor 9X, but not in the 9X Premium).
The navigation module works with GPS (dual-frequency, with A-GPS), with the domestic Glonass and with the Chinese Beidou. The magnetic COMPASS required for navigation software is included in the smartphone.
The phone application supports Smart Dial, that is, when dialing a phone number, a search is immediately carried out by the first letters in contacts. The methods for sorting and displaying contacts are standard for the Android interface. The vibrating alert is quite noticeable, there are no complaints about it. Cards work in Dual SIM Dual Standby mode.
Smartphone Review Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)
Honor presented its next mid-budget smartphone at the end of October. Honor 9X. In terms of positioning, this is the oldest model among the available brand lines, but unlike the version released earlier in China on a more powerful Kirin 810 processor, it received the already familiar Kirin 710F hardware platform (like the Honor 10i).
The company is launching two smartphones with the name Honor 9X on the market at once, in this review we will consider a more advanced modification of the 9X Premium (STK-LX1). However, it would be more accurate to say that this is a more expensive modification. But is it more advanced? The key differences of the 9X Premium are an additional wide-angle camera and 6 GB of memory instead of 4 GB in the 9X, but at the same time, the older model unexpectedly did not receive an NFC module. All the details are in our review.
Software and multimedia
As a software platform, Honor 9X uses Google Android 9th version with a proprietary shell EMUI 9. The interface allows you to flexibly customize most of the functions for your own needs, you can set the option to control your smartphone with one hand, gestures, voice, use special modes like game, clone your social media accounts and much more. It is curious that the smartphone does not have a face unlock function.
There is only one main speaker in the device. The smartphone sounds loud through it, but somehow a little flat, which, however, is normal for a device of this price range. The sound in the headphones is also good, but nothing more. For listening in headphones, the Huawei Histen audio effects system is provided, there are presets for different types. There is also an FM radio and a dictaphone useful for recording seminars with quite good sensitivity.
This unit, apparently, does not support DisplayPort Alt Mode for USB Type-C. displaying images and sound to an external device when connected to the USB port. which was found out using the Aten UH3234 docking station.
To test the display of video files on the screen of the device itself, we used a set of test files with an arrow and a rectangle moving one division per frame (see “Methodology for testing video playback and display devices. Version 1 (for mobile devices)”). Screenshots with a shutter speed of 1 s helped to determine the nature of the frame output of video files with various parameters: the resolution varied (1280 by 720 (720p), 1920 by 1080 (1080p) and 3840 by 2160 (4K) pixels) and the frame rate (24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 fps). In our tests we used the MX Player video player in the “Hardware” mode. The test results are summarized in the table:
|4K / 60p (H.265)||not reproduced|
|4K / 50p (H.265)||Good||a lot of|
|4K / 30p (H.265)||Great||No|
|4K / 25p (H.265)||Great||No|
|4K / 24p (H.265)||Great||No|
|4K / 30p||Great||No|
|4K / 25p||Great||No|
|4K / 24p||Great||No|
|1080 / 60p||Great||No|
|1080 / 50p||Great||No|
|1080 / 30p||Good||No|
|1080 / 25p||Good||No|
|1080 / 24p||Great||No|
|720 / 60p||Great||No|
|720 / 50p||Good||No|
|720 / 30p||Great||No|
|720 / 25p||Great||No|
|720 / 24p||Great||No|
Note: If both the Uniformity and Gaps columns have green ratings, this means that, most likely, when watching movies, artifacts caused by uneven interleaving and skipping of frames will either not be visible at all, or their number and visibility will not affect the comfort viewing. Red marks indicate possible problems with the playback of the respective files.
According to the criterion for outputting frames, the quality of video playback on the screen of the smartphone itself is good, since in most cases frames (or groups of frames) can (but are not required) to be displayed with a more or less uniform alternation of intervals and without frame drops. When playing video files with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels (1080p) on a smartphone screen, the image of the video file itself is displayed exactly at the height of the screen (in landscape orientation), one to one pixel by pixel, that is, in the original resolution. The brightness range displayed on the screen corresponds to the standard range of 16-235: in the shadows and in the highlights, all gradations of shades are displayed, which is required for correct reproduction of typical video files. Note that this smartphone does not support hardware decoding of H.265 files with a color depth of 10 bits per color.
The main camera of the Honor 9X Premium is formally triple. The main module with a sensor resolution of 48 megapixels and a lens with an aperture of f / 1.8 is complemented by a wide-angle module (120 °) with an 8 megapixel sensor and a lens with an aperture of f / 2.4, as well as a module for measuring the depth of field of a scene (2 megapixels, f / 2,4).
The work of the camera in automatic modes is controlled by AI, which sets the optimal shooting parameters, according to the automation. When shooting, phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) is used. There is no native ability to save images in RAW.
The main module, according to the tradition that has developed in the new season, offers to shoot in the “four pixels in one” format, that is, in a resolution of 12 megapixels, and not in the full 48 megapixels. And as usual, this is completely justified, there is no benefit from 48 megapixel images.
The 9X Premium modification is additionally equipped with a wide-angle module. For such a camera, the fundamental is the ability to photograph large objects from a short distance, or when it is necessary to fit everything into the frame, even sacrificing quality. This camera has no autofocus, and the quality is worse than that of the main one. There are large areas of confusion around the edges of the image, and detail is too low in the center of the frame.
In low light and handheld shooting, the wide-angle module fails.
6x digital zoom is available, but you shouldn’t expect detail and clarity from it.
Despite the high resolution, the main camera is not flagship here. Detail, noise, color rendition, dynamic range all match the device class.
Macro photos can be called good with some stretch. In low light, you can use the night mode, which, by gluing several frames into one, will provide beautiful colors, but not every first or even every second shot will be sharp.
- Movie (97 MB, 1920 × 1080 @ 60 fps, H.264, AAC)
- Movie (70 MB, 1920 × 1080 @ 60 fps, H.264, AAC)
- Movie (77 MB, 1920 × 1080 @ 60 fps, H.264, AAC)
The Honor 9X selfie camera uses a 16MP sensor and an f / 2.2 aperture lens. Even in the daytime, in bright street light, the pictures are “loose”, but the high resolution saves: if you reduce such pictures to at least 4 megapixels, the picture becomes quite nice. Indoors, sharpness and detail fall even more, here you will have to reduce images to screen resolution.