Honor has silently launched three new smartphones in Russia today, the Honor 9A, Honor 9C, and the Honor 9S. And just so you know, these smartphones haven’t launched anywhere else yet; Russia is the first country to get them. All three smartphones range from entry-level to lower mid-range price category. The Honor 9C is the costliest of the bunch, followed by the Honor 9A, and the Honor 9S. Yeah, I know, the naming convention is a bit confusing. Anyway, let us have a look at their specifications, price, and availability.
Honor 9A, Honor 9C, and Honor 9S: Price, Availability
The Honor 9A is available in Russia in a single memory configuration, 3GB RAM + 64GB storage. And it costs RUB 10,990 (Approximately INR 11,300). Honor is offering RUB 1,500 worth Honor Band 4 fitness tracker free with the smartphone.
The Honor 9C also comes in only one memory configuration in the country, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. It is priced at RUB 12,990 (Approximately INR 13,400). Since this is a costlier smartphone, the brand is offering RUB 2,000 worth Honor Band 5 fitness tracker with the device.
Just like its two siblings, the Honor 9S is also available in a single memory configuration, 2GB RAM + 32GB storage. This one will set you back by RUB 6,990 (Approximately INR 7,200). Even though the Honor 9S is an entry-level device, it comes with Honor Band 4 fitness tracker for free.
All three devices will go on sale in the country from May 4. Their international availability is still unknown.
Honor 9A Specifications
The Honor 9A features a 6.3-inch IPS LCD with HD+ resolution. The display has a traditional, U-shaped notch at the top for the front camera. Speaking of, the front camera is an 8MP unit. As for the rear cameras, there are three, a 13MP main camera, 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor.
Powering the Honor 9A is the MediaTek MT6762R processor. And as I said earlier, the smartphone packs 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. On the software side of things, the device runs on the Android 10 OS with Magic UI 3.1 customization. Since there is no Play Store, Huawei has packed all three devices with App Gallary.
The smartphone features a massive, 5000mAh battery. However, the downside is that you will have to charge it through a microUSB port. Other connectivity options include dual-SIM 4G, W-Fi, and Bluetooth v5.0. For security and privacy, you get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Honor 9C Specifications
The Honor 9C sports a 6.39-inch IPS LCD with an HD+ resolution and a punch-hole. I wish Honor had equipped this smartphone with a Full HD+ display. Anyway, according to the brand, the thin bezels give the display a screen to body ratio of 90%.
The smartphone has modern rear camera hardware. There is a 48MP main camera accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie camera is the same 8MP unit that is in the Honor 9A.
The Honor 9C is powered by the in-house developed Kirin 710 SoC, which has four Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. Mated to the chipset is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Surprisingly, the Honor 9C has Android 9 Pie, instead of the Android 10 OS that the more affordable, Honor 9A offers.
When it comes to battery, the Honor 9C features a 4000mAh battery pack. And just like its sibling, the Honor 9C comes with the outdated microUSB port. There is dual-SIM 4G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth v5.0 connectivity options onboard and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Honor 9S Specifications
The Honor 9S comes with a much-smaller, 5.45-inch HD+ IPS LCD. And I think you can’t expect more than that from an entry-level smartphone. The display, as you might imagine, has old-school, thick-looking bezels.
Inside the Honor 9S is the MediaTek MT6762 SoC, just like the Honor 9A. And as I said in the pricing section, the smartphone has 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Honor 9S runs on Android 10 with MagicUI 3.1 customization.
The Honor 9S has outdated camera hardware; an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The device packs a 3020mAh battery, microUSB port, dual-SIM 4G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth v5.0. You don’t get a fingerprint scanner on this smartphone.