Honor 9X Pro review

The Honor 9X Professional is an upgraded model of the Honor 9X on the subject of the design and processor, but it surely’s additionally Honor’s first cellphone with out Google

The 9X Professional from Honor is a higher-spec model of the Honor 9X, which got here out in Autumn 2019 within the UK. This cellphone carries over lots that we beloved concerning the base mannequin and a few good upgrades – but it surely’s laborious to disregard the omission of Google integration.

I spent a while with the Honor 9X Professional to see the way it performs underneath everyday use – learn on for my full ideas. Alternatively, take a look at our record of one of the best telephones from Honor as an entire.

Design & construct

Visually, the Honor 9X Professional has fairly a daring and gorgeous design for the worth, with a curved exterior and a shiny end throughout. There’s two colors accessible – the usual black and the purple and pink ombre that I examined. It appears and feels dearer than it truly is on first look.

The again of the cellphone has this 3D ‘X’ impact which actually stands out towards rivals. This cellphone additionally has a totally glass black, which is an improve from the 9X which is produced from plastic. The fingerprint scanner has additionally been moved to the facet, releasing up house for the design to shine. That is additionally usually a way more pure place for a fingerprint scanner to be, because it means the cellphone unlocks whenever you decide it up.

Honor 9X Pro

The display is simply as spectacular, with a 6.59in Full-HD+ LCD show and a 92% screen-to-body ratio. The 9X Professional doesn’t want a notch, due to the inclusion of a pop-up selfie digicam, making it an awesome cellphone for watching movies and enjoying video games on.

This cellphone sits on the larger facet at 163.1 x 77.2 x 8.Eight mm in dimension and a weight of 206g, which personally I discovered barely impractical for becoming in pockets, however others may even see the scale as a significant plus. You additionally get USB-C charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro-SD card slot.

Spec & options

The cellphone runs on EMUI 9.1 – based mostly on Android 9 (Pie). This is not the newest model of Android, although this cellphone may probably get an replace to Android 10 additional down the road.

The format is fairly easy and straightforward to navigate, although there are fairly a number of pre-installed apps such because the Huawei Well being app that I discovered cluttered up the interface and located no use for. These extra invested within the Huawei/Honor ecosystem might disagree, but it surely wasn’t to my tastes.

Honor 9X Pro

The Honor 9X Professional comes with 6GB RAM and 256GB value of inside storage, with room for as much as 512GB of extra exterior storage for all of your images or demanding apps. The cellphone runs on a Kirin 810 chipset, which is a good mid-range processor. It felt fast and aware of most duties and I did not have any bother. 

Beneath inside exams, this processor does present variations compared to the 9X, sitting roughly across the identical place because the likes of the Realme 6. You may see the complete benchmark outcomes under:

Digicam

The Honor 9X Professional comes outfitted with a triple-camera with a 48Mp principal rear lens, in addition to a 8Mp wide-angle lens and a 2Mp depth help lens. There’s additionally the 16Mp pop-up selfie digicam, which provides the extra profit a bezel-less full-view show. 

Honor 9X Pro camera test

The primary digicam is fairly respectable, providing crisp ranges of element and vivid colors in good lighting. Particulars are misplaced when transferring into the wide-angle, however that is nonetheless ok to get that additional little bit of panorama when taking images while travelling. 

I’m fairly impressed with the portrait mode on this digicam, which captures textures fairly nicely and blurs the background to an inexpensive quantity with out detracting an excessive amount of from the main target picture. The Honor 9X Professional is an effective possibility if you happen to’re searching for a cellphone that may take a very good selfie. 

The cellphone can also be able to capturing video in 1080p (60fps on the rear and 30fps on the entrance), with a video stabilisation characteristic if you happen to’ve bought wobbly arms. 

Honor 9X Pro

Battery life

Although the 9X Professional packs the identical 4,000 mAh battery because the 9X, I discovered this cellphone to last more total, getting practically two days value of precise utilization regardless of texting, utilizing social media and video-calling throughout these instances of social distancing.

The battery life scores additionally appeared to mirror these sentiments. Beneath managed testing, the 9X Professional achieved 9 hours and 11 minutes from full to flat (over two hours greater than the 9X), and charged 31% in 30 minutes turned off. It is value noting that this cellphone does not have quick charging capabilities, however the longevity of the battery life does make up for this. 

Software program

Honor is a sub-brand of the tech large Huawei, and thereby it’s additionally been hit by the US commerce ban on Chinese language-owned companies. The largest impression right here is that Google has needed to lower ties with Huawei and Honor. So if you happen to’re a fan of Google Drive, Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail, you received’t get these on this cellphone out of the field, which actually could also be a deal-breaker.

As well as, this ban additionally impacts most different apps you’d set up from the Google Play Retailer. You will not get Fb, Twitter, Instagram or Whatsapp prepared and ready on the handset. Nonetheless, you may nonetheless pay money for some apps via numerous strategies.

If you happen to’re not too eager on sideloading Google options, one straightforward strategy to get apps on the Honor 9X Professional is to make use of the Amazon App Retailer. On right here, you will get the likes of Fb, Twitter and Instagram to scratch the itch for social media.

Alternatively, whenever you first arrange the cellphone, Honor gives a ‘Telephone Clone’ characteristic to deliver over issues saved by yourself cellphone, together with apps like WhatsApp. It is value noting although that there are some apps (even non-Google ones) that you simply will not ever be capable to obtain on the cellphone, and our workarounds will not be assured to labored sooner or later.

If you happen to desperately must get previous of Google-specific options like Maps, you’ll have to make use of them within the browser. Gmail could be built-in into Huawei’s personal e mail system. 

Honor 9X Pro

I did attempt to use the cellphone with out utilizing any of those strategies at first, and actually it was troublesome. I’m fairly invested within the Google ecosystem and Play Retailer apps each for work and my private life, and never getting access to my Twitter gave me some critical digital separation nervousness (perhaps that is extra of a me drawback).

If nonetheless you’re not too bothered about Google and need to give the Huawei/Honor ecosystem a whirl, then it is a totally different story – particularly if you happen to’re pondering of investing in different tech from these manufacturers just like the Honor MagicBook. 

Worth & availability

Although Honor has said that the 9X Professional can be accessible within the UK in some unspecified time in the future – we’re unsure precisely when this can be. The cellphone is now on sale in elements of Europe, and has been on sale in China since final yr.

At the moment it prices round €249, which equates to roughly £218 on the time of writing. Nonetheless, based mostly on the present worth of the Honor 9X, we anticipate it to retail nearer to the £250 mark. As soon as we get official UK pricing, we’ll add this in.

The US will seemingly not be capable to get the Honor 9X Professional because of the Huawei commerce ban. If you happen to’re American and would really like this cellphone, you’d should get it imported through a website corresponding to Gearbest.

Even for £250, you are getting loads of equipment, particularly on the subject of the triple lens digicam and the large battery life. Nonetheless, there are cheaper funds alternate options that boast related specs and nonetheless come outfitted with all issues Google. One instance can be the Oppo A9 2020, which is available in at £219.99 and has a good larger battery life.  

Verdict

The design is the nicest factor concerning the Honor 9X Professional, with each an uninterrupted display and a glass rear. It’s laborious to understand how a lot of an impact the upgraded processor has – maybe that is one thing that may have an effect on the longevity of the cellphone.

Sadly, the omission of Google is an enormous turn-off for somebody who depends on that ecosystem. I attempted to work with out it (and never use sideloading), however discovered myself counting on different gadgets for my calendar and utilizing apps like Google Maps which haven’t any Huawei equal.

When this does go on sale within the UK, I’d personally suggest to stay with the Honor 9X if you happen to’re reliant on Google, because it nonetheless packs related options and specs. Software program apart although, that is nonetheless a gorgeous cellphone with an awesome digicam and battery life, while sticking to an inexpensive worth.

Specs

Honor 9X Professional: Specs

  • 163.1x77x2x8.Eight mm
  • 206g
  • Twin SIM or Single SIM
  • 6.59 FHD+ LCD FullView show
  • 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • 6GB RAM
  • 256GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • As much as 512GB expandable storage
  • Kirin 810
  • EMUI 9.1
  • 91% display to physique ratio
  • Rear-facing triple digicam setup – 48Mp principal digicam f/1.8, 2Mp depth assistant f/2.Four and 8Mp tremendous vast
  • 1080p video
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB-C port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 4000mah battery

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