Honor,the sub brand of Huawei,is launching the Honor 9X Pro in India on the 19th of May,2020.It is priced at Rs.17,999 and if you take the special early access sale on Flipkart within the 19th May,you can get the phone at Rs.14,999 i.e at Rs.3000 discount along with some other offers.
The Honor 9X Pro is the first phone in India with the Huawei App Gallery.As you may already know that due to a ban on Huawei it cannot do business with any American company at this moment.That is the reason the Honor 9X Pro has no Google Play Store and many Google apps like the Gmail.
The Huawei App Gallery has incorporated many Indian apps like Flipkart,the Aarogya Setu app and others like the Instagram.With continuous developments many more apps will be available in short time.But of now you will not have access to apps like Facebook, Youtube or Gmail.Obviously you can open Facebook and Youtube on any browser i.e you can get the web version.
You can download the apps like you do for the non Google apps but there always remains a question mark.Well besides this issue the phone looks beautiful from design to specs.Here are the details.
DESIGN AND BODY
Looks are striking may be an understatement for the Dual 3D curved back with the stunning Dynamic X design.Both front and back are glass and the frame is made of aluminium.
The length,breadth and thickness of the phone are 163.5mm,77.3mm and 8.8mm respectively.It weighs 202g.It is protected by Gorilla Glass.as the front camera is a pop-up one the phone has no notch or punch hole in front.
The display is what Honor calls the Honor Full View Display as there is no notch or punch hole on the display and bezels are also minimum.It is a 6.59″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours.The resolution is 1080 x 2340,screen to body ratio is 92%(adv.),aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and ~391ppi.
The display is also TUV Rheinland certified for protection against excessive harmful Blue light.
OS,PROCESSOR AND STORAGE
Honor 9X Pro runs on the EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9(PIE).The OS is upgradable to Android 10 but you have to be satisfied with the older version for now.
The phone packs an octa core processor(2 x 2.27GHZ,6 x 1.8GHZ) with the HiSilicon Kirin 810 chipset.The Kirin 810 is a powerful chiset and runs on 7nm technology and it is also backed by the GPU Turbo3.0 which ensures more power packed gaming experience.
The device packs a LPDDR4X 6GB RAM and 256GB on board storage.Micro SD card is supported but in shared SIM slot.
The phone packs a triple camera module with a primary sensor of 48MP f/1.8,a 8MP f/2.4 ultra wide sensor and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor.
The camera settings like in all Honor phones comes with many modes and features.Super Night Mode powered by AI along with the 1/2″ large primary sensor size ensures excellent night time photos with vivid colours and lighting.
Videos of 1080p can be captured at 30fps and comes with Pro Grade Video Stabilisation also assisted by AI.
The Honor 9X Pro features a pop up selfie camera of 16MP f/2.2.The camera will retrack automatically if the phone is falling.
The finger print sensor is side mounted on top of the power button.
The phone supports 3.5mm jack.
It comes with 9.1 surround sound for enhanced audio output.
The company claims that the phone has AI Signal Enhancer for catching 4G signals exceptionally fast.It will also help in places where signal strength is low.
Another feature worth noticing is the Liquid Cooling System that can dissipate heat quickly and efficiently and allows to sustain high gaming performance.
BATTERY AND COLOURS
The Honor 9X Pro is powered by a 4000mAH battery that supports standard 10W charging.
Midnight Black and Phantom Purple are the colour variants available.
The first thing that strikes you about this phone will be the absence of Google apps and Play Store.Some may point out that you do not get them on IPhones as well.But an Android device without a PlayStore is hard to imagine.I do not intend to take away anything from the Huawei App Gallery but the fact is it is new and will take time for users to get used to.
Speaking about Honor 9X Pro the design is stunning and very premium looking.The Kirin810 chipset is a very capable one and I can vouch for Honor phone cameras.
Still I personally feel that the price of Rs.17999 is a little higher than it should be.It is below the 20000 mark but in my opinion it could have been just below the 15000 mark.The 48MP primary camera is present in phones of much lower range like the Realme Narzo 10.You will even find more on pixel count in lower priced phones.The battery of 4000mAH is good but then it does not support fast charging yet another feature available in lower priced phones.
Yes,if you take the special early access sale on Flipkart you get a 3000Rs. discount but that is not for all.
What do you think of this phone?How much will absence of Google apps affect you?Please let me know in comments.