Honor 9X Leaked Design Sketches Reveal Pop-up Selfie, Dual Rear Cameras; Kirin 810 SoC Confirmed


Just yesterday, it was announced that the Honor 9X series would be debuting in China on July 23. A mere weeks before launch, infamous leakster Evan Blass has managed to get his hands on design sketches of the Honor 9X. If these sketches are accurate, the smartphone will feature a pop-up selfie camera and a bezel/notch-less display. Separately, a new poster has been released for the smartphone which confirms that it will run on the new Kirin 810 chipset.

Honor 9X Might Get A Side-Mounted Fingerprint Sensor

Up until now, it was assumed that the Honor 9X would get a punch-hole selfie camera. The newly leaked sketches, however, suggest the use of a pop-up selfie camera instead. Furthermore, the drawings showcase a relatively slim-bezel design for the display. The earpiece seems to be located at the top bezel. The lack of a similar cut-out marking down below means there will be a bottom-mounted loudspeaker. There does seem to be a marking for the charging port where one would expect it to be located, but the sketches fail to show whether this is a USB Type-C port or a microUSB 2.0 port.

Honor 9X Leaked Desing Sketch

There is another wide marking at the top, and we are pretty sure this is for the SIM/microSD card tray as many of Honor’s devices make use of such a layout. Moving on to the back, we have a vertically stacked rear camera placement. We think the dark circles represent dual-rear cameras, while the smaller white circle seems to indicate the LED flash. This contradicts previous rumors that suggested the phone would come with a quad-camera setup. There is still a chance we might see such a setup on the Honor 9X Pro variant.

Then there are the markings on the right side of the phone, where the top ones seem to be for the volume rockers. But then there is the slightly recessed marking just underneath which might possibly be for a side-mounted fingerprint sensor embedded within the power button, similar to those found on the recently launched Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro.

Honor 9X To Feature Kirin 810 SoC

Honor 9X Poster HiSlicon Kirin 810 Chipset

Huawei unveiled its latest Kirin 810 chipset last month, and a newly released poster confirms that the Honor 9X will be one of the first phones to feature it. This is a mid-range SoC that has been manufactured on the 7nm process just like the flagship Kirin 980. This Kirin 810 features an octa-core CPU that consists of two performance ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.27GHz and six efficiency ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.88GHz. One of the direct competitors to this chipset is the Snapdragon 730, and Huawei claims that the Kirin 810 is capable of 11 percent better single-core and 13 percent better multi-core performance.

In terms of GPU performance, this chipset features a Mali-G52 MP6 GPU that is said to overtake the Snapdragon 730’s Adreno 618 with 44percent higher frame rates. This GPU is also said to be 162 percent better in raw performance when compared to its predecessor found on the Kirin 710.

But perhaps the most notable aspect of the Kirin 810 is its DaVinci NPU based on the Rubik’s Cube Quantitative Stereo Arithmetic Unit which is claimed to outperform MediaTek Helio P90 and even the Snapdragon 855 in AI-related workloads. This NPU has been designed to help with CPU, GPU, and memory communication speeds for efficient and stable performance over longer durations.

Honor 9X Expected Specifications

The Honor 9X and Honor 9X Pro are expected to feature LCD screens measuring around 6.5-inches and bearing a Full HD+ resolution. The front camera is expected to bear a resolution of 24MP. Meanwhile, the primary rear camera is expected to make use of a 48MP Sony IMX 582 sensor. Previous rumors talked about an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP dedicated macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor to also be located at the rear but this now seems unlikely, at least for the Honor 9X. Then there is the battery that might measure in at 4000mAh.