Honor 9X Pro Review

by MD News Desk May 20, 2020

The Good

Beautiful glass body
Immersive, notch-free, IPS LCD screen with excellent contrast
Great battery life

The Bad

Older Android version stripped of Google Services
Netflix and similar streaming platforms are no-go
No 4K videos, so-so 1080p quality

The Bottom Line

Very good photo quality all-round

8.7out of 10


  • Display6.59 inches
  • Rear Camera48 MP/8 MP/2 MP
  • Front Camera16 MP
  • ProcessorKirin 810
  • Resolution1080 x 2340
  • RAM6GB/8GB
  • Operating SystemAndroid 9.0
  • Storage128GB/256GB
  • Battery4000 mAh
  • WaterproofYes
  • Dual SimYes
  • Quick ChargingYes


Both Honor and Huawei are enthusiastic about making showy structures, that is without a doubt. Their back boards are appealing and promptly draw consideration. The Honor 9X Pro is the same – its back offers a noisy expression.

It is one of those telephones you’d perceive on the spot. There is a score free huge screen at the front and a captivating back board with four unique shades that liquefy into a mind blowing X – like 9X, get it?

Leavin the point about the enamoring back plan aside, it’s an ideal opportunity to illuminate the screen. It’s a remarkable view, as well, as there are no patterns here regardless of whether we are living in a cell phone world commanded by such. The 6.59″ IPS LCD screen is of 1080p+ goals and highlights popular adjusted corners, and none of it is squandered to a selfie camera pattern.

The 16MP selfie camera covers up on a mechanized spring up module at the highest point of the Honor 9X Pro, while the earpiece was insightfully positioned in the middle of the edge and the screen board.

The spring up camera goes here and there gradually and that is a zone we trusted was improved since the customary Honor 9X. At any rate it has brilliant fall location, and if a free fall is identified, the camera withdraws promptly (yet gradually).

The front is ensured by a type of sturdy glass, yet Honor, much the same as Huawei has been doing of late, doesn’t make reference to the glass cause. It is an extremely slim and modest defender that was pre-applied in the industrial facility, yet it is a gigantic smear magnet, and we suggest purchasing a decent quality secondary selling one.

There is no unique mark scanner under that screen, nor is there one on the back just like the case with the standard Honor 9X. Rather, the Pro model puts the biometric peruser as an afterthought, on the outside of the force key. It’s a fairly helpful arrangement, and we encountered no hiccups with the scanner at all – it’s consistently on, quick, and solid.

The Phantom Purple model makes them amaze bended back. Four distinct tones conflict in the center, and the outcome is one ostentatious X among considerably flashier hues. The triple camera is the main blemish on the back, yet given the most present four-and five-camera inclines, the one on the Honor 9X Pro looks really pleasant taking everything into account.

On the off chance that you’ve missed our specs sheet, the arrangement packs a 48MP essential, a 8MP ultrawide shooter, and a 2MP profundity sensor.

There is an aluminum outline between the front and back glasses. It is splashed in purple for the Phantom Purple, yet in the event that these snappy hues are a lot for you, the Honor 9X Pro is additionally sold in the eye-accommodating Midnight Black.

It’s a delight to take a gander at the Honor 9X Pro, but at the same time it’s ideal to deal with it. The telephone clearly feels like a lead close by – with all the cutting edge extravagant accessories, materials, and shapes. Also, it’s as elusive as some other glass telephone, however that is the world we live in.


The Honor 9X Pro utilizes an enormous 6.59″ LTPS IPS LCD screen with adjusted corners, and it’s liberated from any punch openings. The selfie camera is on a mechanized spring up module, which considers an increasingly vivid survey understanding.

The Honor 9X Pro screen has an all-inclusive 1080p goals – 2,340 x 1080 pixels – making for a 19.5:9 angle proportion and 391ppi thickness. There is no data on the kind of glass used to secure the screen, however.

In our testing, the Honor 9X posted generally excellent numbers for splendor and complexity proportion – 517 nits and 1319:1. The negligible splendor we apportioned turned phenomenal at 2 units.

Presently we should talk about shading exactness. The Honor 9X Pro can be exact in speaking to the sRGB shading space. In the Normal + Default show setting, it accomplishes a great normal DeltaE of 1.6 with a most extreme deviation of 3.1. On the off chance that you need, you can change it significantly further with the manual alternatives.

That is not the default mode, however, on the grounds that individuals will in general incline toward livelier hues. The Vivid + Default setting (the real out-of-the-case state) conveys those however at the cost of a gigantic blue tinge. In this way, the Vivid mode is a long way from exact to the sRGB shading space – we estimated a normal DeltaE of 7.1 with a greatest deviation of 11.8.

Furthermore, presently it’s the ideal opportunity for the awful news. Despite the fact that the Honor 9X Pro has such an extraordinary screen, it can’t be utilized for spilling. The telephone needs Widevine CDM bolster meaning Netflix and the preferences won’t run by any stretch of the imagination. We attempted – the Netflix application just says – Device Not Supported. It’s a pity you can’t utilize such a pleasant showcase for one of its key purposes – viewing.


The Honor 9X Pro is the first cell phone we meet using the HiSilicon Kirin 810 SoC – Huawei’s most recent mid-extend chip.

The new Kirin 810 chipset is fabricated on TSMC’s 7nm procedure and is a prominent redesign over the Kirin 710. It has an alternate octa-center processor with more up to date centers – there are 2x Cortex-A76 timed at 2.27GHz and 6x Cortex A55 ticking at 1.8GHz.

The GPU however is likely the most fascinating part – it’s a six-center Mali-G52 up from the 710’s four-center Mali-G51.

The Honor 9X Pro consistently transports with 8GB of RAM, regardless of whether it’s a 128GB or 256GB model.

The Kirin 810 is the most impressive mid-run chip we’ve seen up until this point, with excellent warm execution and merits acclaim for its amazing and continued exhibition.


The Honor 9X Pro is controlled by a 4,000 mAh battery. It bolsters 10W charging, and the 5V/2A connector tops off about 30% of the telephone’s drained battery in thirty minutes.

The Honor 9X Pro posted an amazing perseverance rating of 104 hours in our battery life test. It did incredible on all tests – you can talk for over a day, watch recordings or peruse the web for a large portion of a day, and the cheap backup utilization helps a great deal, as well.


The Honor 9X Pro has a similar triple camera on its back as the Huawei P30 Lite and Honor 9X. The essential is a 48MP PDAF f/1.8 snapper, joined by a 8MP fixed-center with f/2.4 ultra-wide focal point, and a 2MP, fixed-center, f/2.4 profundity sensor. There is likewise a solitary LED streak around.

The primary camera utilizes a Sony IMX582 48MP sensor that has a Quad-Bayer cluster for pixel binning and the subsequent picture is 12MP in goals. You can shoot in 48MP however, and under the correct conditions (great light), you will get a local 48MP photograph – this is accomplished through demosaicing (reproducing by insertion) the missing shading data.

However, demosaicing is something a ton of telephones can do and presumably that is the reason Honor is attempting to one-up those with the 48MP AI Ultra Clarity choice, which improves the photograph quality through supersampling. It takes six seconds to snap a solitary photograph and you should keep the telephone consistent, however it will be justified, despite all the trouble. The 48MP AIUC tests have considerably more detail than the ordinary 48MP pictures and in the event that you downscale these to 12MP – those are better in detail than the customary 12MP shots, particularly in high multifaceted design territories, for example, foliage. Tests coming up in a piece!

Respect’s AI mode is accessible, and it very well may be turned rapidly on or off by means of a switch on the viewfinder. It will perceive an assortment of scenes and change picture parameters as needs be, however the genuine impact, when in doubt, is siphoned up, differentiated and helped hues.

There is additionally Honor’s Night mode – it will create generally excellent evening time pictures (with certain constraints). It makes pseudo long exposures by stacking various edges assembling light en route. We’re talking four-second-long hand-held exposures, which would some way or another outcome in a hazy wreckage.

Other than that, the camera application would be natural to any individual who’s gotten an ongoing Huawei cell phone, which implies choices are somewhat dispersed.

Master mode is accessible through the mode selector, and there you can change the parameters yourself – ISO (50 to 102,400), shade speed (1/4000s to 30s), presentation pay (- 4 to +4EV in 1/3 stop augmentations), and white parity (presets and light temperature).

Since the time falsely defocused foundations turned into extremely popular, Huawei telephones have been offering both a Portrait mode and an Aperture mode. In Aperture, you can pick the reproduced opening in the range from f/0.95 to f/16. Post shot, you can change the opening and the center point inside the Gallery.

In Portrait mode you can empower and incapacitate the foundation obscure, you can change the reenacted lighting, and you can likewise include some beautification on a scale from 0 to 10.

The default 12MP photographs from the fundamental camera are sharp and itemized. We watched precise (if somewhat stifled) hues and the dynamic range was consistently incredible and we never utilized HDR. Territories of high multifaceted nature, for example, foliage and building blinds are not as pleasantly introduced and what seems, by all accounts, to be excessively forceful clamor decrease process spreads some fine detail. There are observable oil-painting-like zones to a great extent.

Shooting in 48MP AI Ultra Clarity takes around six seconds and every photograph eats up about 20MB, yet on the off chance that you need predominant quality – this is the way. This 48MP AI mode works just with rich light and you should change to it physically from settings.

The 48MP AI photographs are with remarkable quality and phenomenal detail. On the off chance that you downscale these to 12MP – they are far better in detail than the standard 12MP snaps. In reality, on the off chance that per-pixel quality is vital, at that point you should attempt this 48MP AI UC mode.

The 8MP ultrawide photographs are alright, yet nothing unique. The settled detail is humble, best case scenario, the corners are really delicate due to programmed focal point amendment and the dynamic range is fairly low. In any case, those are respectable enough for the informal communities.

The Honor 9X Pro, much the same as the 9X, has a 16MP f/2.2 camera on its spring up module. The center is fixed, of course.

On the off chance that you get the separation right, and if there’s a lot of light – you can get some great shots regardless of whether ailing in detail. Hues are precise here, and the difference is decent.

Picture mode is accessible. You can kill the haze on and; there’s likewise beautification (a 0-10 setting). The subject division is generally hit and miss however, and we can’t suggest utilizing this mode.

The Honor 9X Pro can record in 1080p goals with its principle and ultra-wide-point snappers however 60fps mode is accessible just with the essential camera. There is electronic adjustment and it is consistently on.

Both the primary and ultra-wide camera convey great unique range, decent complexity, no noticeable commotion, and punchy hues. The image is very delicate however and the settled detail is normal, best case scenario.


The Honor 9X Pro boots EMUI 9.1, which depends on Android 9 Pie. It was deprived of all Google benefits and has no entrance to the Play Store. Rather, Huawei offers its new exclusive Mobile Services total with Huawei’s AppGallery.

The Honor 9X Pro has a side-mounted unique mark scanner, and it’s among the best as far as speed and exactness. Face Unlock is shockingly not accessible.

Like all EMUI-driven gadgets, you can set up a magazine lockscreen style that changes the image each time you wake up the screen. Sliding from the base will bring out speedy easy routes to some generally utilized utilities. Of course, we saw it as valuable and somewhat irritating simultaneously in light of the fact that there were times when we simply needed to open the telephone, however we drew out the menu.

On the homescreen, you will discover the entirety of the introduced and framework applications, yet there’s a switch in the settings menu that lets you pick between the standard format or a homescreen with an application cabinet. It’s an individual inclination, and it’s acceptable to have the option to pick.

As we’ve seen on other ongoing Huawei/Honor gadgets, on the 9X Pro, you can decide on signal based route if the great navbar is unreasonably 2017 for you. It goes this way – swipe up for Home, swipe up and stop halfway for Task switcher, or swipe from the left or right edge of the screen for Back.

From the telephone director application, which is currently called Optimiser, you can get to alternate routes to capacity cleanup, battery settings, blocked numbers, Virus check controlled by Avast, and portable information utilization.

Huawei’s Music application offers an approach to tune in to put away MP3s, while Huawei’s Health application offers step tallying. The exhibition is a totally custom activity, as well, yet it has the typical sequential and collections sees in addition to an AI-controlled features choice. There’s a record chief application and a note-taking application.

FM radio help is accessible on the Honor 9X and you get a proper application pre installed also.

Huawei doesn’t give Google administrations pre-introduced on the Honor 9X Pro, as we referenced multiple times as of now, nor have they energized or aided the side stacking of the Google Play Store by the clients. You can really sideload a portion of the Gapps like Maps, Gboard, and Chrome, however Gmail and Play Store won’t work without Play Services, which you can’t get the chance to work without any problem.

Another application store you can attempt is F-Droid. It’s an application store for Open Source Android applications so there is a constrained choice of applications. We found a pleasant YouTube elective called NewPipe, which will prove to be useful as there is no YouTube application on the telephone.

There is possibly another other option. It’s an additional tedious methodology that requires some extra tinkering, and it’s known as the microG Project – the XDA-affirmed open-source structure for getting applications intended for Google Play Services to run on telephones without genuine Google Play Services. However, this goes past the extent of this audit.

Should I Buy It?

Regardless of how incredible and delightful the 9X Pro is, the client experience is truly crippled by the restricted application inventory and that is something standard clients won’t handily acknowledge. At the point when you remove the Play Store and the spilling abilities, the Honor 9X Pro rapidly shapes as a no-bargain on the business sectors which are accustomed to having them.

On the other hand, its cost of €250 is enticing and may recover it a piece. Kirin 810 ended up being perhaps the best entertainer in its group, the huge screen is liberated from any punch openings or indents, and the camera has generally excellent all-round quality. Goodness, and it has extraordinary battery life, obviously.

Huawei’s AppGallery is growing, certain, yet the beat is a long way from fast and it will require some investment before it even starts to feel like an appropriate application store. Be that as it may, in the event that you approve of sideloading stores and applications, the Honor 9X Pro will work for you fine and dandy.

We liked the Honor 9X Pro a great deal once we expelled ourselves from the “It’s a Google’s reality” outlook. There is life after Google regardless of whether Huawei is yet to truly demonstrate that. Also, Amazon and the preferences do help. We just trust in the video spilling issues to be settled and this telephone may really be very usable.

Of course, in the event that you consider Google’s applications and the Play Store an unquestionable requirement, at that point the Honor 9X Pro won’t cut it, regardless of what we or Honor needs to state.


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