Honor 9X now available in the UK


This phone is another one from the Huawei stable that has been announced already in China. Like the Huawei Nova 5T that we covered last week, this nips under the radar – just before the outright ban that Donald Tump imposed on Huawei and it’s subsidiaries. This ban stops Huawei and Honor working fully with Google, so unreleased phones won’t be able to get the Google Apps goodness – no YouTube, no Google Maps, no Gmail and no Google Play.


The future of Honor and Huawei UK has been uncertain, and these final handsets are being fired out by both brands into the UK and will be fully blessed with all the Google apps because of the fact that they were announced before the ban came into force.

With a huge 6.59″ FullView display (look ma, no notch!) running at 2340p x 1080p (391 ppi), it has a 91% screen-to-body ratio. There’s a brilliant 48 megapixel camera on the back (f/1.8, 4-in-1 Light Fusion giving 1.6μm pixels, AIS Super Night mode and video stabilization), plus a second 8 megapixel wide-angled (f/2.4) and a 2 megapixel depth assist camera. It also has a 16 megapixel pop-up selfie shooter.

Dual-band WiFi is here, as is GPS, Bluetooth 4.2 and a 4,000mAh battery, USB-C charging…. but I can’t see any NFC for your tappy-tappy payments in the specs. We’re checking on that. You do get a 3.5mm audio jack though.

The CPU is a Kirin 710F octa-core running at 2.2GHz and you get either 64GB or 128GB of storage with either 4GB or 6GB of memory respectively, plus there’s a microSD card slot for more.

No networks seem to be grabbing this one, so you will be either looking to pay £249.99 SIM-free (which really isn’t bad for what you’re getting) or via places like Carphone Warehouse from £14.99/month with an upfront cost of £9.99 with iD Mobile

Carphone Warehouse and Argos, Amazon, Mobilephonesdirect, AO Mobile, Buymobiles.net and Very seem to be mostly selling the 128GB model with 4GB RAM. It’s available in blue or black.

Head to the Honor website for more details.

Deal time - £10 for 10GB with Virgin Mobile
The new Motorola RAZR. Take my money.