HONOR 9X: The Promising Best Budget Smartphone With Pop-Up Selfie Camera, 48MP Triple Camera, Bezel-Less Screen

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HONOR 9X With Box

The mid-range smartphone market is filled with some great choices these days but choosing a phone that stands out is tough. Most phones compete on specs or looks but not a combination of those two. HONOR has launched a new phone to India that promises to offer not only great features and specifications but also a stylish design that stands out.

The HONOR 9X has been launched in India at an affordable price. It offers all-round performance and looks stylish at the same time. If you are looking to buy a new smartphone in the mid-range price segment, here is why you should choose the HONOR 9X.

Completely Bezel-Less Screen For Immersive Experience

HONOR 9X Screen

The HONOR 9X is one of the few phones in its price segment to offer a completely full-screen design, devoid of any ugly notch or punch hole for the selfie camera. And that’s because it uses a sophisticated, motorised pop-up mechanism to hide the selfie camera. The 6.59-inch LTPS IPS LCD screen is large, bright, and colourful. It has very thin bezels on all sides, and as a result, the phone has an impressive 91% screen-to-body ratio.

HONOR 9X Screen Outdoors

It has Full HD+ screen resolution, so the content on the screen looks sharp. Whether you binge-watch a new season of Stranger Things on Netflix or your favourite YouTubers, your video watching experience should be extra immersive. It also looks great when you’re using apps, browsing the web, or playing games. For reducing eye strain, HONOR has implemented a Blue Light Filter that can be turned on in the night.

Stylish X Design

HONOR 9X Rear Dynamic X Design

As mentioned earlier, the HONOR 9X impresses with its looks, and that’s due to its Dynamic X design at the rear. The X shaped pattern shines and glimmers when the light hits the smooth and shiny glass surface of the phone. As the light hits the phone at different angles, it also creates streaks of lines.

HONOR 9X Fingerprint Reader

The capacitive fingerprint reader and the HONOR logo are symmetrically placed at the rear above and below the X shaped pattern. The phone will surely attract the eyeballs of your friends and people passing by you, thanks to its attractive design and striking style.

48MP Triple Camera & 16MP Pop-Up Selfie Camera

HONOR 9X Triple Rear Camera

At the rear, the HONOR 9X has three cameras: 48MP main sensor, an 8MP ultrawide-angle camera, and a 2MP depth sensor.

The 48MP camera uses a large, ½-inch sensor, and as most of us know already, larger sensors mean better image quality. The wide, F1/8 aperture increases the light that hits the sensor, resulting in brighter images that have lower noise. Images captured using the HONOR 9X come with promising levels of details, closer to real colours, and low noise. The AIS Super Night Mode helps in capturing bright and noise-free images in low-light conditions.

The 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera is apt for those situations where you have to fit more of the scene or more friends in the frame without you needing to take a step back. It has a field of view of 120 degrees, so you can fit almost the entire scene that you can see with your naked eyes. There’s also a distortion correction feature that automatically works while capturing images using the ultra-wide camera so that there is no fish-eye effect.

The 2MP depth sensor on the rear, which works in conjunction with the 48MP camera, helps you in capturing stunning portraits. These images have sharp details on the face and a beautiful bokeh effect on the background. Studio-quality portraits can be captured using the HONOR 9X as it features various lighting effects.

HONOR 9X Pop Up Selfie Camera

The 16MP selfie camera pops up using a motorised camera pop-up mechanism when you open the camera app in the selfie mode and hides within the body when you close the camera app.

The rear camera can record smooth 1080p 60fps videos, while the front-facing camera can record 1080p 30fps videos. On top of that, the company’s self-developed AI Video Stabilisation makes videos even smoother.

Powerful Kirin 710F Processor

HONOR 9X Kirin 710F Processor

The Kirin 710F makes sure that the phone impresses you with its speed and reliability. The chipset has eight 64-bit CPU cores and Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. The phone runs Android with EMUI customizations and the Kirin 710F’s octa-core CPU makes sure your apps don’t fall short of processing needs. There’s up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage. You can also buy the phone in its 4GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. You can even expand the storage up to 512GB space using a microSD card.

HONOR 9X Gaming Performance

The phone’s GPU Turbo 3.0 optimisation technology makes gamin even smoother and power-efficient, so you can play games at smooth frame rates and keep them playing longer on a single charge. Whether you’re using everyday apps, heavy games, or multitasking, the HONOR 9X keeps up with the speed. More importantly, the chipset is made using a power-efficient 12nm fabrication process node, so it also keeps power usage in check, improving your phone’s battery life.

4000mAh Battery For Excellent Battery Life

HONOR 9X 4000mAh Battery USB C Charging

Speaking of battery life, the HONOR 9X comes powered by a 4000mAh battery, which can easily last all day on a single charge. There’s a USB Type-C port that can be used to fast-charge the phone.

HONOR 9X Charging

The company promises up to 120 hours of offline music playback or up to 13 hours of offline video playback on the smartphone with just one charge. If you’re a mobile gamer, you would be pleased to know that you can play up to 8 hours of games with one full charge on the HONOR 9X.

The HONOR 9X is priced at Rs 13,999 (4GB RAM + 64GB storage) and it is available through Flipkart starting January 19, 2020 from 12 AM in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue colours. The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant of the phone is priced at Rs 16,999. You can get a discount of Rs 1,000 on the entry-level variant during the first day of sale on 4GB+128GB variant. Buyers using ICICI Bank credit card or Kotak Mahindra credit or debit cards can also get an additional 10% discount from January 19 to January 22, 2020.

So, the HONOR 9X is a promising smartphone in its segment that offers an all-round experience, be it the bezel-less and notch-less screen, a fast processor, a triple rear-facing camera, a pop-up selfie camera, and a large battery. And the phone offers all of this in an attractive styling. What more could you ask for, especially when it is offering all these features at an affordable price?

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Asif heads the editorial team at MySmartPrice. He has more than six years of experience in reporting consumer technology, and has been quoted in various esteemed publications, including TheVerge, TWiT, and SamMobile. Asif has immense interest in CPUs, GPUs, mobile chipsets, camera sensors, and apps. Asif can be tagged as one of the most patient team members as we often pick his brains when it comes to learn about complex tech topics like camera sensors.

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