Honor 9 debuts in China with 20-megapixel hybrid dual-camera system

Overview
Processor

HiSilicon Kirin 960
Octa-core (4x2.4GHz Cortex-A73 + 4x1.8GHz Cortex-A53)
Mali-G71 MP8 GPU

Screen Size

5.15 inches LTPS
1080 x 1920 (~428 ppi)
DCI-P3 color gamut support

Memory

4GB or 6GB options

Storage

64GB or 128GB options
microSD-expandable by up to 256GB

Camera/s

Rear: 20MP (monochrome) + 12MP (color) dual-camera system w/ f/2.2 aperture
Front: 8MP w/ f/2.0 aperture

Battery

3,200mAh non-removable
18W charging

Release Date

June 12th, 2017

Weight

155 grams

Materials

Aluminium and glass

Operating System

EMUI 5.1
Android 7.0 Nougat

Huawei has introduced the sequel to the bang-for-buck smartphone it launched last year. Like the Honor 8, the Honor 9 merges laser-cut glass design for a striking appearance with premium specifications (plenty of them seen on the previous P10 and Mate 9 releases) at a very competitive price.

One upgrade that goes above and beyond what we’ve seen is the dual-camera system at back. Sheer resolution has been increased as the ISP now takes data from a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12-megapixel color sensor at the rear to provide a hybrid image that should have better contrast definition than conventional imaging products. Users can also pull off some interesting high-res black-and-white stills, too. The company is also promoting a 2x hybrid zoom that should provide clearer close-ups. As a package, it’ll be interesting to pitch this device against the recently-released OPPO R11 — its dual-camera system features different focal lengths per sensor.

As Apple and Samsung have done with their latest flagships, Huawei has put in a display that supports a wide color gamut, this one specfically being DCI-P3. Right below it is the newly-placed fingerprint sensor, mated to the home button.

The Honor 9 is also said to be an audio champ with tuning from the best engineers and a new optimization process called Huawei histen for Hi-Fi listening experiences plugged into the 3.5mm headphone jack. Users can also take advantage of Bluetooth 4.2 or USB-C if they prefer.

Pre-order slots are currently quite tight for the three configurations out right now through June 16. The base model, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, costs ¥2,299 or $338. Upping the RAM to 6GB gets you to ¥2,699 ($397) and then raising the storage at that point to 128GB will top out at ¥2,999 ($441).

If history is any indicator, we should hope to see the Honor 9 make it stateside and elsewhere later this summer.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.