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.