What is the Honor 9?
The Honor 9 is without doubt one of the most reasonably priced telephones that appears, feels and acts like a top-end cell. It even beats the OnePlus 5‘s worth.
Given it’s additionally a rock-solid Android cellphone in nearly each respect, it’s a no brainer for these in search of a low-compromise cell at a pleasant worth. You’ll discover higher low-light digicam abilities and extra constant battery efficiency elsewhere, however the Honor 9 is without doubt one of the greatest mid-range buys of the yr to date.
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Honor 9 – Design
For these with a price range that tops-out on the Honor 9’s £370, the primary big-brand different to this cellphone is the Samsung Galaxy A5. That’s a pleasant cellphone. An ideal one, even.
However, the Honor 9 makes it look fairly plain. This cellphone has a multi-layered construction that reacts to mild, making its physique shine. In daylight, eye-catching gradients streak throughout its again.
The Honor 9 additionally has correct curved glass on its again, swooping round on the corners for a clean really feel. Compare this to the block color and solely 2.5D glass of the Samsung Galaxy A5 and the Honor clearly appears the extra placing cellphone.
Granted, the blue model I’ve been utilizing could also be a bit a lot for a few of you. The Honor 9 additionally is available in silver, gray and gold.
There’s Gorilla Glass three on its back and front, and aluminium coated to match the color of the remainder of the cellphone on the perimeters. The Honor 9 could not have the very newest technology of Gorilla Glass, and the Galaxy S8 makes use of Gorilla Glass 5 as an alternative, but when that’s what it takes so as to add as much as a £300 saving, I’m pleased with it.
One of the various constructive issues in regards to the Honor 9 is sort of how straightforward it’s to deal with and maintain. As lengthy as you’re not an individual who complains glass telephones are at all times slipping out of their hand like a careless cartoon bear fishing for salmon, that’s. The display screen isn’t enormous so the footprint is pretty small and at 7.5mm thick it’s slim.
It’s proven up by the Samsung Galaxy S8, which inserts a a lot bigger display screen right into a narrower body. However, it’s unrealistic to anticipate Honor to have the ability to shoehorn within the very newest ultra-thin display screen encompass design in a cellphone at a mid-range worth.
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That mentioned, the Honor 9 is out to courtroom exactly the individuals who suppose the price of Samsung Galaxy S8s and iPhone 7 Plus telephones is ridiculous. The look, really feel and a lot of the specs of the Honor 9 are these of a top-end cell, and this yr Honor has even undercut the standard worth champ OnePlus.
Any compromises aren’t instantly obvious both. All the standard trapping are right here. There’s an especially fast fingerprint scanner under the display screen, a superb 64GB of storage with microSD enlargement, and construct high quality on the whole is similar to that of the highest Samsungs. The fingerprint scanner will also be used as a substitute for the delicate keys with swipe gestures alongside the pad changing them.
There’s even an IR blaster on the Honor 9’s high edge. I used to be stunned to see this as they’re about as trendy as bumbags, however on this case they’ve the utility with out the attire embarrassment. For those that haven’t used one earlier than, it’s the identical tech utilized in TV remotes, and is just a bit black dot on the highest of the cellphone.
A preinstalled app allows you to programme the Honor 9 to tackle the function of a number of remotes directly. Like each cellphone IR blaster up to now, hardly anybody will most likely use it, however it’s a godsend when even a settee dissection doesn’t provide help to discover the TV distant.
Honor 9 — Screen
The Honor 9 has a 5.15-inch display screen, similar to that of final yr’s Samsung Galaxy S7 when it comes to dimension. This is one half the place Honor once more has used smart fairly than mind-blowing tech, to get you 90 per cent of the end result for round half the worth.
It’s a 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD display screen, fairly than an ultra-high decision OLED. At this dimension, although, it’s important to attempt to see the distinction in sharpness between 1080p and the 1440p utilized by the Galaxy S8 and LG G6. It seems sharp.
This can also be an all-round glorious IPS panel, with nice viewing angles and excellent distinction. A less expensive LCD cellphone can typically look a bit dim from an angle, or make its picture seem recessed under the floor. The Honor 9’s display screen picture is daring and appears so near the show floor it may be about to crack via the glass.
Colour is on the oversaturated facet, much like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium on this respect, and there’s no technique to tone this down. However, tones don’t look flat-out unrealistic and it’s in-line with how different high-end telephones seem when first turned on. Deep color is on pattern.
Like different Honor telephones, there’s a color temperature management that allows you to tweak how heat the show seems, and an eye fixed consolation mode that makes it seem very orangey to chop down on blue mild. The concept is to cut back eyestrain and try and cease late-night Facebook binges ruining your sleep.