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Huawei Honor 9: When Flagship Meets Mid-range

Ladies and gentleman the Honor 9 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, you guys. We literally have a flagship device running around the market masquerading as a mid-range smartphone. The Honor series is probably they most underrated line in the smartphone industry currently. How many designated mid-range devices run around sporting their companies high-end chipset? I’ll wait. Let’s get the specs out of the way.


  • Kirin 960 cpu
  • Dual Sim
  • 1” IPS LCD 1080p display
  • Nougat 7.0
  • Dual 20mp + 12mp rear camera, 8mp front camera
  • 64gb storage w/ 4/6gb of RAM or 128gb storage w/ 6gb of Ram
  • Expandable memory to 256gb of storage
  • USB type c
  • Infrared port
  • NFC
  • 3200mAh battery

If you put this device side by side on paper with Huawei’s current flagship the P10, you would be very hard-pressed to notice many differences. Sure you may not get the Leica branded cameras, optical image stabilisation, but the Honor 9 is also much cheaper. However, the Honor 9 cameras do work like the P10. The camera has a hybrid zoom that allows you to zoom in on objects and not lose detail. Night shots will be better due to the monochrome sensor allowing in more light. Huawei promises the cameras will also be able to shoot in portrait mode in a future update.

The Honor 9 has also 3d glass on the back and a Hi-FI audio chip that has been tuned by Grammy award winner, Rainer Mailard. Huawei proclaims it is like listening to a live performance.

The Honor 9 comes in 4 colours. Sea Blue, Amber Gold, Black and Seagull Gray.

All in all, the Honor 9 is a beast. It all starts with the Kirin 960 powering this device which is the same as in the P10 series and Mate 9. Add in the 4 or 6gb configuration and you got yourself something special. Here’s the best part. The 64gb, 4gb ram version is $338usd/$2300ttd, the 6gb variant $397usd/$2700ttd, and the 128gb, 6gb RAM will cost $441usd/$3000ttd.

Let us know what you think in the comments, is this a device you would pick up or would you pass?



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Keron Mcleish

Keron McLeish is the owner of Droid Island and has over 10+ years of international experience working for some of the biggest brands in mobile such as Apple, Telus, and Rogers. He is located in Trinidad and Tobago and is a trusted mobile expert in the region. In his off time, he can be found shooting airballs on the basketball court or eating a bake and shark on the beach.

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