Huawei sub-brand Honor, have released their latest flagship dubbed Honor 9. The Honor brand is mainly targeted for the western markets and in the recent past it has been doing really well, especially in the mid-range category.
The Honor 9 features a 5.15-inch Full HD display covered with a 2.5D glass. Storage options include 64GB or 128GB of internal storage with either 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM. The device is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, the same processor that powers the Huawei P10.
The highlight of the device is its dual camera setup, which includes a 20MP monochrome and 12MP RGB sensors with an f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus. The selfie camera is maxed at 8MP with an f/2.0 aperture, similar optics to the Huawei P10 aside from the aperture and Leica branding.
Software department, we have EMUI 5.1 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat and Honor says that they have included an AKM Hi-Fi audio chip to improve the audio experience.
Design-wise, the Honor 9 has a combination of metal and glass and comes in four-color options: Blue, Amber Gold, Gray, and Black. The back of the device is slightly curved to aid with handling.
The device is said to cost $340 for the 4GB/64GB model, $400 for the 6GB/64GB model and $440 for the 6GB/128GB model.
Considering this device shares a lot of the similarities with the Huawei P10, it is bound to attract some attention. If I was to pick between the P10 and the Honor 9, I would go for the later, considering the P10 costs Ksh.65,000 ($629) which is significantly higher than the Honor 9.
We might not officially get the Honor 9 in Kenya, but some online retailers will definitely stock it. So look out for it.