Honor’s follow-up to the well-received Honor 8 smartphone is almost here. The Huawei subsidiary unveiled the Honor 9 in China today, and the phone will go on sale in that country on Friday June 16th for about $320 and up.
It will most likely launch internationally for a slightly higher price in the not-too-distant future.
The Honor 9 features a 5.15 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a Kirin 960 processor, and up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It has a dual-camera system that uses 20MP and 12MP image sensors to provide 2X optical zoom or bokeh-style effects.
Other features include a 3,200 mAh battery, a metal chassis and glass back, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 802.11ac WiFi, 4G LTE, and NFC.
Honor will offer models with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, as well as 6GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB models.
Huawei and Honor are pretty much the only companies shipping phones powered by Kirin processors, which makes sense since they’re developed in-house. But benchmarks suggest that the latest top-tier Kirin processors are competitive with recent high-end chips from competitors including Qualcomm and Samsung.
Overall the Honor 9 is the kind of smartphone that makes you wonder why anyone would spend $700 or more on a mobile phone. But the Honor 9 isn’t quite a no-compromise device. It has a lower-screen resolution than some flagship devices. And while it ships with Android 7.1, the software features Huawei’s EMUI user interface.
Glass backs also aren’t to everyone’s tastes.