Live from here in Berlin, we’ve got all the very latest details on the new Honor handset. The first thing you need to know is the price. It’s going to retail in the UK for a mere £379 and will be sold via Amazon, vMall and Three. The UK network will be the exclusive network provider there, offering it on both PAYG and contracts, starting at £16 a month on a 24 month contract with no upfront cost.
The next thing you need to know? Well, although the Leica camera tweaking isn’t here, the dual-camera setup is very good indeed.
The Honor 9 has the hybrid zoom technology, meaning that you can go up to 2X zoom smoothly and clearly. All the details can be seen on resulting photos because both cameras work together. It works uses “pixel binning technology” to add extra brightness in low-light and night shots.
The (Huawei) Honor 9 specs include a powerful Kirin 960 octa-core (4x 2.4 GHz + 4x 1.8 GHz) CPU, the 12 megapixel and 20 megapixel dual-optics (albeit not Leica) and an 8 megapixel selfie camera. It’s all very close to the Huawei P10. Heck, the camera might not have that Leica branding on it but it still features the “Portrait Mode” that I loved so much on the P10. Don’t forget, the P10 is £549. This is £379.
The Honor 9 has 9V2A fast charging support for the 3,200 mAh battery, which allows consumers to charge from 0% up to 40% within just 30 minutes.
Available with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, you can also add a microSD card to boost that storage still further. If you want one, you can pre-order as of today in “Sapphire Blue” for £379.99 on vMall and Amazon.
It has a 5.15″ 1080p IPS LCD panel which has a resolution of 1920×1080 and a 428ppi. It comes with a curved glass display and that fingerprint sensor, like the Huawei P10, has the trick control system that builds the back and menu button into one key. It really is very clever and works fantastically well.
Inside is the latest Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1. Other specs include WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, USB Type-C with USB OTG, Dual Nano SIM or Nano SIM + microSD. We’ve got some more photos of the handset coming your way shortly, so keep a look out and follow us on Twitter.
I love the additional smaller things and the attention to detail that you get with Huawei and Honor handsets, like the way that weak GPS signals are compensated for – using tech to follow you through tunnels when GPS signals aren’t strong.
The Honor 9 also supports up to 250,000 IR devices via the integrated IR remote control. It has the ultra-wide 3D field technology for better virtual surround sound (giving near, front and wide sound response) and now they’ve partnered with Monster. Monster, you may remember, were working with Beats until they got sold to Apple. Now they’re back, and they’re keen to show “just how amazing smartphone audio can sound with bass and the high performance you expect”. How? Well, when you connect Monster headphones to an Honor 9 handset, you’ll get a specially tweaked audio configuration just for the Monster headphones alone.
The Honor Monster earphones, above give 3D immersive sound effect with HD voice, tangle free cables and in-line control.
Owners also get exclusive 6 month access to Assassins Creed Unity and $18 of game content from Google Play.
Full details below..
Honor is building on its technology leadership with new flagship Honor 9, featuring an upgraded dual-lens camera
[London, 27th of June 2017] – Honor, the online smartphone brand for digital natives, today released its brand-new flagship smartphone, the Honor 9. Aimed at those who value excellent quality, an outstanding user experience and incredible price-performance ratio, this new Honor flagship offers a multiplex of features. The Honor 9 comes with a 3D curved glass back, an upgraded dual-lens camera and even more power with the Kirin 960 processor. The smartphone will be available with 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM and features Android 7.0, allowing applications or games to run with ease. The Honor is available for pre-order as of today in “Sapphire Blue” for £379.99 on vMall and Amazon.
The Honor 9 is also available on PAYG and a variety of contracts with exclusive network provider Three UK, starting at just £16 a month on a 24 month contract with no upfront cost.
“With the new Honor 9, we take manufacturing excellence to the next level”, said Eva Wimmers, President of Honor Western Europe. “Our world today is filled with pictures and moments we want to capture – Honor 9 does not only stand out through its elegant 3D curved glass back design, it also incorporates the newest camera features, easy to use for any proficiency level, and market-leading smartphone technologies – we build technology for people.”
New design, new colours
The ultra-thin (7.45 mm) Honor 9 has an exceptional and unique design: 15 impeccably crafted bending layers create a 3D curved glass design on the back of the device which reflects natural light to create a stunning aurora. With 2.5D curved glass on the front, a sandblasted metal bezel and a ceramic fingerprint sensor on the bottom, the 5.15-inch Honor 9 is visually beautiful.
Upgraded dual-lens camera
With the latest dual-lens camera technology, the Honor 9 brings smartphone photography to a new level providing a 20 MP monochrome lens and a 12 MP RGB lens with two times hybrid zoom for incredible clarity. Using sophisticated software the two lenses work in unison to deliver the perfect shot
What can we expect from the upgraded dual-lens camera?
· Low-light photography: Thanks to a special pixel-binning algorithm, the Honor 9 offers low-light shooting capabilities of up to 200% brighter than previous generation cameras. This technology kicks in automatically when the lenses identify low-light situations.
· Expressive portraits can be captured with the main and front camera – with or without bokeh effect.
· The Moving Pictures mode captures immersive moments, giving a glimpse of what happened 1 second before and 1 second after the picture was taken (with audio).
· The dual-camera provides hybrid zooming up to
2x whilst achieving superior image quality.
· Panorama photos are even more impressive through the Honor 9 3D panorama function powered by FYUSE, capturing objects, selfies and scenery in 3D panorama.
Entertainment on the go
Honor designed the Honor 9 with go-getters in mind. For everybody who is into entertainment on the go – be it videos or music, the device features various common audio formats and HUAWEI histen. The ultra-wide 3D sound technology has been fine-tuned by Grammy Award winner Rainer Maillard and has been engineered with custom playback styles for all music genres so listeners can get lost in their music. What’s more, to extend the audio pleasure, Honor teamed up with earphone pioneer Monster and developed the Honor Purity equalizer – a true must-have for music lovers and sound fans. Not only that, but Honor has also partnered with music streaming app MTV Trax to get the hottest music delivered any day, anywhere, in the highest quality.
Design and camera aside, the Honor 9, using Android 7.0, offers a supreme package and takes smartphone efficiency and usability to the next level: A powerful Kirin 960 octa-core (4 x 2.4 GHz / 4 x 1.8 GHz) SoC chipset supports the user in every possible task and is supported by the revolutionary user interface EMUI 5.1. The dual-SIM flagship comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM and can be expanded up to 256 GB with a microSD card. Thanks to the power-efficient chipset design and a huge 3,200mAh battery, run-time can stretch to 2.5 days without recharging or up to 78 hours of offline music listening. The Honor 9 also supports 9V2A fast charging technology, which allows consumers to charge from 0% up to 40% within just 30 minutes.
Honor 9 – key technical data:
· 5.15 inch, 1.920×1.080 FHD display, 428 ppi, 2.5D glass front
· Kirin 960 octa-core (4x 2.4 GHz + 4x 1.8 GHz)
· 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM + microSD card up to 256 GB
· Android 7 (Nougat)
· EMUI 5.1
· 12 MP RGB + 20 MP monochrome dual-lens camera
· 3,200 mAh battery with Fast Charging Technology
· Bluetooth 4.2
· USB Type-C supporting USB OTG
· Dual Nano SIM or Nano SIM + microSD
· 155 grams