Honor 9X Indian Variant Review

Huawei is gearing up to launch Honor 9X Global Variant in India in coming months. The Huawei ban by US Govt, which prevented shipping devices with Google Apps and Play Store, does not affect Honor 9X as it was launched before the ban.

Honor 9X Indian Variant is same as the Global variant, but is different from the chinese 9X. I have been using Global variant for a while now. Here are my thoughts and review.

It is powered by mid-range Kirin 710 octacore processor and comes with Triple Cameras at the back. The original 9X is powered by faster, better and newer Kirin 810 processor, but only has a single camera at the back.

Honor 9X Pro on the other hand features Triple Cameras at the back like the Indian 9X. The Pro model would probably won’t launch in India. One other feature 9X Pro has and 9X doesn’t is the internal cooling system for better, and longer gaming.

Honor 9X comes with a 48MP main camera with an F1.8 aperture lens. This is a Sony made sensor and offers excellent dynamic range and quality. By default, it takes 12MP photos which is achieved by 4-in-1 Super Pixel ( Pixel Binning ) technology.

From my experience, it’s better to leave the camera at 12MP instead of going for the full 48MP. The image quality is not exceptional, but good for a budget Android smartphone.

The Ultra wide angle 8MP sensor lets you take some really fun wide angle shots. However, the image quality is just average.

The pop-up front camera take good selfies, but is a bit slow to pop out and be ready.

Honor 9X Camera Pros and Cons

  • Good Dynamic Range and Decent image quality
  • Good close-up focusing
  • Feature Rich Camera App with Pro mode, Aperture Mode, Portrait, Light Painting, Night mode etc.
  • No DNG Raw Support
  • No 4K recording support
  • Video Quality is below average
  • Image Stabilization – EIS is only available on 720P videos.
  • Night Mode and Light Painting modes can only take 8MP photos.

This ships with a big 4000mAh battery. Huawei Phones have always known for good battery life thanks to their many optimization features build in to EMUI.

The display on the 9X is a Full HD IPS LCD one with very good Sunlight visibility and brightness. It is much better than my Honor 10. However, the color saturation is bit high and is not accurate. You can tweak this in the Display setting to achieve the color tone you like.

9X currently ships with EMUI based on Android 9. It will get Android 10 based EMUI 10 in future with Google Play store.

Honor 9X Official India Launch Date and MRP price is yet to be announced.

Most Popular Cameras on DPreview

DPReview, one of the best online media to look for news and reviews related to Cameras and Photography, have just announced their Most Popular Cameras of the year 2019 as well as Most Clicked / Most Visited Cameras on their site. As expected, Mirrorless cameras top the list and the only DSLR in the list is Nikon D850.

Here are the Top 5 Most Clicked Cameras on Dpreview

First place in the list, X-T3 is a top-end camera with an APS-C size crop sensor. It features an X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and has X-Processor 4 image processing engine. The EVF is a 3.69-million-dot one with max 100 fps refresh rate support. FUJIFILM X-T3 is the first Mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor that can record 4K/60P 4:2:0 10bit internally. Even Sony hasn’t been able to achieve that on their A6600 and A6400 bodies yet.

For Full list, visit Dpreview here.

Best DNG RAW Photo Editor on Android Smartphone

Mobile Phone cameras have come a long way now. Phones like Google Pixel uses computational photography and HDR algorithms to produce stunning results just by a single click. However, Pro photographers who love to have the best dynamic range and image quality, still shoots DNG raw and edit them using software to get the best output possible.

On Android Play Store, there are a lot of Photo Editing Apps available. However, most of them do not support DNG raw editing.

The best DNG raw editor currently available on Android is without any doubt Adobe Lightroom Mobile. Even though you need monthly paid subscription to use advanced editing features like Healing, Graduated Filters etc, you can import and do basic edits on DNG files even without the need for a paid subscription.

Google’s own Snapseed too support DNG raw editing. However, Google hasn’t cared to update this incredibly powerful app with more features. DNG editing is not that great on Snapseed and is very basic. It doesn’t have Noise Reduction or Sharpening options available which are often necessary when you retouch a DNG file.

Adobe Lightroom Mobile also has a build in Pro Camera app which lets you shoot dng raw and let you change Shutterspeed, ISO, White Balance etc. It’s Free to use and doesn’t need subscription.

Adobe Lightroom Mobile is free to download from Playstore. After installing the app, just login with your Adobe ID or create one. You are now good to go. Check out the LrMobile playstore link here.

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Honor Watch Magic First Gen Smartwatch Review

Honor Magic ( First Gen ) Smartwatch is now selling for an offer price of Rs 8,999 in India online on Flipkart. Is it worth buying for that price ?

I have been using a Honor Watch Magic for a while now. Before that, i have used basic Mi Band 3 Fitness band for quite some time. There are Pros and Cons for both these fitness devices. Read them below.

Honor Magic Watch Feature Highlights

  • Slim and Lightweight
  • Good Quality and Design
  • HD AMOLED Full Touchscreen
  • 7 Day Battery Life
  • Built in GPS
  • Realtime Heart Rate Sensor
  • Huawei TruSleep – Sleep Monitoring
  • Notification Alerts

Apple Watch, even though has the “Best Smartwatch on the Planet” crown, it’s battery life is not great. You often have to charge it every day. Honor Magic on the other hand offers up to 7 days of battery life which is great for a smartwatch.

The display is an AMOLED one with good PPI ( 326 ). From my experience, it is visible outdoors even in direct sunlight. I find it hard to read the screen of my Mi Band 3 under direct sunlight even though it OLED. So the screen quality is quite good on the Magic

Apple Watch and many Android Wear OS watches support Apps. Honor Magic Watch on the other hand do not have that functionality. It is more like a fitness band on steroids. It comes with features like Realtime Heart Rate Sensor, Barometer, Altimeter, GPS etc. If you want better battery life, i would suggest you disable the realtime Heart rate sensor.

Honor Magic can be paired with your smartphone using Huawei Health app. It’s quite easy to do that. Firmware updates are done via this app as well, however, i find the process of Firmware update painfully slow between my Honor 10 and Honor Magic Watch.

Talking about the Huawei Health App, it has all the basic Fitness features. You can enable or disable features like Heart Rate Monitoring. Tru Sleep etc. You can also select and configure which apps are allowed to send notifications to the watch via the app. Feature-wise, it is not as rich as Mi Fit app, but has all the basic features build in.

Huawei now allows to change and download Watch Faces via this App as well. You don’t currently have a lot of watch faces to choose from though. On the Watch, you can easily change the watch face by long pressing and swiping left or right to choose the one you want.

Does Honor Watch Magic First Gen support Always-On Display ? Yes. When it was launched, it didn’t have that feature. They added this feature via a Firmware update. However, you can’t use the watch face you like as the Always-on display, instead, have to choose between Digital or Analog – those are the only two options available under the always on display. You can alternately pull down from top and hit ‘Show Time‘ – which supports up to 20 mins of screen on time.

Honor Magic Watch Pros & Cons

  • Good Battery Life
  • Stylish Premium Looks
  • Good Display
  • Phone Notifications Support
  • No App Support
  • Huawei Health App need to get more features
  • Only a handful of Watch Faces available