A couple of weeks back at an event in China, Huawei’s Honor sub-brand announced their flagship smartphone for 2017: the Honor 9. Following in the footsteps of the Honor 8 before it, the Honor 9 continues in Honor’s tradition of offering flagship-level smartphones with high-end components at a more mainstream price. At the time of the reveal, the Honor 9 was only being released in China. But now a short few weeks later, Honor is announcing that it is making its way west for its European launch, which kicks off today.

Honor’s latest flagship is a 5.15-inch phone that, at first glance, looks a lot like parent company Huawei’s recently-launched P10 smartphone. The Honor phone gets the same latest-generation Kirin 960 SoC from Huawei’s HiSilicon division, and the 5.15-inch 1080p display is only a hair larger than the P10’s 5.1-inch display. This is similar to what we have seen in past generations, with the Honor flagship serving as a more value-priced alternative for consumers who are after the latest Huawei tech.

Honor Flagship Phones
  Honor 9 Honor 8
SoC HiSilicon Kirin 960

4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz
4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.4GHz
ARM Mali-G71 MP8
HiSilicon Kirin 950

4x Cortex-A72 @ 2.3GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz
Mali-T880MP4 @ 900MHz
Display 5.15-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD 5.2-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD
Dimensions 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.45 mm
155 grams
145.5 x 71.0 x 7.45 mm
153 grams
RAM 4GB / 6GB 3GB / 4GB
NAND 64GB
+ microSD
32GB / 64GB (eMMC)
+ microSD
Battery 3200 mAh (12.23 Wh)
non-replaceable
3000 mAh (11.46 Wh)
non-replaceable
Modem HiSilicon LTE (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 12/13)
HiSilicon Balong (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6)
SIM Size 2x NanoSIM
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.2, NFC, GPS/Glonass/BDS
Connectivity USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headset
Launch OS Android 7.1 with EMUI 5.1 Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1

Rounding out the specifications, depending on the configuration the phone is paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. All (listed) SKUs come with 64GB of NAND for storage, along with a microSD card for additional storage. For wired connectivity, Honor offers a USB 2.0 port as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. Powering the phone is a 3200mAh battery, which works out to being a bit bigger than the battery on last year’s Honor phone. Finally, Honor has thankfully moved the fingerprint sensor for this year’s phone; rather than being on the rear of the phone it’s now on the front of the phone, where it’s easier to access.

Meanwhile like the Honor 8 before it, the Honor 9 gets a dual camera implementation. This time however instead of matching color and monochrome cameras, the monochrome camera gets a resolution boost, resulting in a 12MP color (RGB) camera paired with a 20MP monochrome camera. As you’d expect with the significant resolution increase for one of the cameras, along with the more powerful Kirin 960 SoC, the camera is the second major focal point for Honor’s promotion of the phone. Specifically, the company is promising improved low-light photography thanks to the improved monochrome camera.

As for the build of the phone, Honor has once again gone with glass for the front and back of the phone. In fact the overall design of the phone and its construction appears to be very similar to the Honor 8 in this respect; the edge-to-edge glass is comprised of 15 layers, with a 2.5D curve at the edges. New to this year’s model is what Honor is calling “Glacier Grey”, which joins their other color options.

As for the launch of the phone, the Honor 9 is available today in much of Europe, including Germany, Belgium, Italy, Russia, and the UK. Interestingly, different countries are getting slightly different phone configurations: the UK gets a 4GB RAM / 64GB NAND configuration for £379.99, meanwhile the rest of Europe is reportedly getting a 6GB RAM / 64GB NAND configuration for €449.99. As for a US release, Honor isn’t announcing anything at this time. However given Honor’s recent struggles, at this point a US release should not be considered a given.

Source: Honor

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  • syxbit - Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - link

    How good has Huawei been at Android updates? Reply
  • vladx - Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - link

    The premium P line gets 2 years support while Honor line just one so wit Jonor 9 you will get Android O as well. Reply
  • vladx - Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - link

    *Honor Reply
  • Mil0 - Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - link

    The honor 8 got N in February, so pretty decent. The honor 7 didn't get it afaik, so there is that. Reply
  • Ariknowsbest - Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - link

    Fingerprint sensor was better placed last year, faster to access and allows for bigger screen size. Reply
  • tsk2k - Saturday, July 01, 2017 - link

    EMUI, avoid like the plague. Reply
  • milkywayer - Monday, July 03, 2017 - link

    Huge forehead and chin bezels. I'll pass. Reply
  • K_Space - Monday, July 03, 2017 - link

    Honor 9 got quite a a favourable review in the latest quarterly recommendation. Looking forward for an Honor 9 versus Oneplus 5 duel. A bit disappointed in the OPF price hike if not unexpected. Reply
  • K_Space - Monday, July 03, 2017 - link

    It was actually the Honor 8 (which was pitted against the outgoing OP3T) which makes sense...
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/9770/best-android-ph...
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  • Harry Smith - Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - link

    What is the price in INDIA???
    https://apkauthority.com
    Reply

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