Honor revealed that the Honor 9X will land on July 23, 2019, at a launch event in China. Looking back on its ancestor, the Honor 8X and 8X Max ended up being the best-selling devices ever for the Huawei sub-brand. Now, the 9X is on the way, although we won’t see it in a few weeks, we already know quite a bit about it, as Honor reps have been forthcoming about certain pieces of information.
As you may have noticed already, the brand changed its premium variant from Max to Pro. That is just one of the many upgrades the flagship has taken and here they are:
The elements of the Honor 9X and Honor 9X Pro is expected to be direct follow-ups to the Honor 8X and 8X Max. The colorful gradients offered with the Honor 8X will likely come to the 9X series as well as the rear fingerprint sensor, considering that the 9X is a mid-range. However, the 9X Pro is more likely to get an in-display sensor.
As per the notch, the trend of 2019 is for it to fade away and instead use punch-hole displays for the front-facing camera. It’s possible we will see that on one or both of the 9X devices. Rumors also suggest the Honor 9X will come with an LCD display measuring between 6.5-inches and 6.7-inches, and the Pro variant will be the same size.
Features and Specifications
The Honor 9X and 9X Pro are expected to arrive with the brand-new Kirin 810 and 980 chipsets, respectively. Along with a 6GB of RAM with an option for 8GB, and 128GB of internal storage and possibly go up to 256GB for the more expensive models. The 9X Pro might have a 4,000mAh battery and the vanilla 9X to have a 3,750mAh battery.
As for the cameras, one of the most important features of a smartphone today, the 9X Pro is speculated with a quad-camera setup on the rear, with the 48MP Sony IMX582 as a primary lens, an 8MP superwide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. The standard Honor 9X is rumored to have a triple-lens rear camera, with a 24MP primary sensor.
It is more likely that both devices will come with Android 9 Pie out of the box.
Price and Availability
Since Huawei is back in doing business with U.S. companies (although still can’t distribute in the U.S. soil), it is more than likely that the sub-brand Honor will not limit its specs but might debut in native China. However, there is also a good chance that the company will decide to launch the flagship in the United Kingdom, Europe, India, and other countries.
As for pricing, here’s what to expect:
- 6GB RAM + 128GB — 1,899 yuan (~$276)
- 8GB RAM + 128GB — 2,199 yuan (~$320)
- 8GB RAM + 256GB — 2,499 yuan (~$364)
Pricing for the Honor 9X is still a mystery, although it would obviously be less expensive than the rumored pricing for the Pro variant above. For now, all the information above are based on rumors and unconfirmed leaks the company has been feeding different trusted sources. Honor, on the other hand, has neither confirmed nor disproved this information.