Review of the smartphone Honor 9: in shining armor
About the tactics Huawei to create the flagship series smartphones Honor I wrote in the preliminary review directly from the event company takes their top-end camera, available approximately six months prior to the announcement of the key sub-brand, wraps it in a new wrapper, slightly (very slightly) changes the characteristics and sells for a third less. Voila – ready hit! It worked from 8 Honor, which grew out Huawei P9, it works and with Honor 9 – the actual result of the restyling, Huawei P10.
While their style Honor 9 inherits the predecessor to fundamentally change the design of the Chinese did not, so we are dealing with another shining and sparkling in the sunlight gadget. Except that on the front panel button appeared with a fingerprint scanner, the dimensions have changed slightly, and the back cover got a fillet on the edges – are now, unwittingly, the designers will run up against comparisons with the Xiaomi Mi6. Well, this is the most direct competitor for the new Honor, a head-on collision with them can not be avoided.
If, however, distract from the design, then perhaps the only difference from Huawei P10, which catches the eye — the missing mention of Leica as a partner in the development of the camera. However, the camera features remained the same: dual module with an RGB sensor at 13 megapixels and monochrome 20. Let’s see how well he shows no (visible) effect Leica. Well, will check other features of the smartphone, of course.
|Honor 9||Huawei P10||Honor 8||Xiaomi Mi6||OnePlus3|
|Display||5.15 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 428 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.1 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 432 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.2 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 424 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.15 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 428 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch, AMOLED,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|Safety glass||No information||No information||No information||Is, manufacturer unknown||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Quad core ARM Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Quad core ARM Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 950 (four cores ARM Cortex-A72, 2.3 GHz; Quad core ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996 (four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.15 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 850 MHz||ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 850 MHz||The Mali-T880 MP4, 900 MHz||Adreno 540, 710 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB (there is a version with 6 GB)||4 GB||4 GB||6 GB||6 GB|
|Flash memory||64 GB (there is a version with 128 GB)||32/64 GB||32/64 GB||64/128 GB||64 GB|
|Memory card support||There||There||There||No||No|
|Connectors||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||One nano-SIM/dual nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600/150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20||LTE Cat. 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, IR sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The main camera||Double module, 20 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and a hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module, 20 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and a hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash||Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and phase detection autofocus, led flash||Double module, 12 MP: 27 mm, ƒ/1,8 + 52 mm, ƒ/2,6 (2x zoom); wide angle optical stabilizer works; phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash|
|Front camera||8 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, fixed focus||8 MP, ƒ/1,9, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus|
|Food||Removable battery 12.16 WH (3200 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 12.16 WH (3200 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 11.4 WH (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery is 12.73 W·h (3350 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11.3 W·h (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||147,3 × 70,9 × of 7.45 mm||145,3 × 69,3 × of 6.98 mm||At 145.5 × 71 × 7.5 mm||145,2 × 70,5 × of 7.45 mm||152,7 × 74,7 × 7.4 mm|
|Weight||155 grams||145 grams||153 grams||168/182 grams (normal version / ceramic)||158 grams|
|Protection case||No||No||No||Splash protection||No|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell EMUI||Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell EMUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, own shell EMUI||Android 7.1.1 Nougat, a private shell MIUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell OxygenOS|
|Current price||26 990 rubles||35 990 rubles||22 000-25 000 rubles||29 990 rubles||26 000 rubles|
Appearance, ergonomics and software
In the previous flagship device of the family, Honor 8, the designers managed to find a style that is his own, unique face for your smartphone – even at the cost of what the case is easily scratched and zaspivala. But now, when phones become almost indistinguishable from each other, especially in middle and low-end segment (the flagship is still highlighted), the advantage of this approach outweigh the disadvantages. It just confirmed the sale of “eight”, and indirectly – that a similar approach was chosen by the Taiwanese HTC for its new U.S. series With the same mirror Shine.
Honor 9 – the most that neither is a direct heir of his ancestor, and it is manifested in everything. And the front surface and the back cover is covered with glass, which effectively reflects light and perfectly collects fingerprints. Sidewalls made of metal. In fact, a really cool smartphone only looks at pictures on display in the first minutes after decompression; then it is desirable to hide in the cover-bumper, which comes in the package, and relax. But even in this form have the Honor 9 preserves the individuality.
Three color solutions: blue, gray and black, and the fourth, of gold, yet sold exclusively in China. Perhaps in the future there will be other versions – albeit in limited edition.
Honor 9 a little more thicker and heavier than Huawei P10, which is unusual for a “Junior” model. Usually older smartphones, on the contrary, looks solid. Partly this was due to the display – here a diagonal of more than 0.05 inch (not a typo!). Partly because of the arbitrariness of design, technical devices are very similar. For example, the capacity used in these smart phones of the same battery: 3200 mA·h.
From Honor 8 and its main competitor, Xiaomi Mi6, “nine” is virtually identical in size. It is convenient to use with one hand, she hides in his pocket is in all respects an excellent device. Except for one thing – if you ignore the above remark about the cover-bumper, Honor 9 will be very slippery smartphone and tries to fly out of his hands and to go to the fateful meeting with the floor or pavement. And fall protection at the device, alas, no. Like last time, can boast only a special tube for travelers or smartphones Moto series Force. Also there is the novelty and protection from dust and moisture – it is a little more sad, but also typical for the segment “up to 30 thousand rubles.”
Identical and the layout of the apparatus. Under the screen there is a Home key with integrated fingerprint scanner on either side of it is the touch navigation key (this allows you to save space on relatively small by modern standards, the display). Physical buttons and volume controls, interfaces all in their usual places.
No surprises, as the singing of Thom Yorke, except perhaps the IR port on the top edge someone may surprise you, but it is in the last year returned to practice and was also in Honor 8. The camera unit, by the way, does not protrude above the building, like its predecessor.
The fingerprint scanner placed in the button on the front panel – on the one hand, yay, as in the iPhone. On the other – it’s actually less convenient than it was before. The position of the fingers when pressing on the button located on the rear panel is much more natural than the one in which we need to touch the front keys. The risk of dropping the smartphone increases. However, this is largely a matter of habit.
A capacitive scanner is very fast, but susceptible to microtrauma to the skin of a finger. It can be used to unlock the device, verify payments (there is also NFC, and the ability to use Android Pay), to control the camera, to respond to challenges on and off the clock. He responds not only to a simple touch, but when the user holds their finger on it, – this movement can open the notification panel.
Proprietary shell for Android – EMUI 5.1
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Operating system – Android 7.0 Nougat, covered with a shell EMUI 5.1. No features shell in “technical” terms here. The feature of Honor – large software integration of the devices in the environment. In particular, the Russian Honor 9 “out of the box” received search “Yandex” (along with Google), the application of Sberbank and navigation 2GIS. For what it’s worth, decide for yourself.
By itself, the shell works very fast and does not cause irritation – Huawei after not too successful start with your EMUI gradually got used and makes a wonderful software environment.