Huawei Honor 9i
Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to take a look at Huawei Honor 9i review. This is the latest smartphone launched by Huawei under the Honor branding and priced at rupees 17,999 or $275. This is the first smartphone from Huawei which comes with 18 by 9 aspect ratio and you have a 5.9-inch of FHD+ bezel-less display. And this also comes with 4 cameras that is two in the front and two in the rear. So, let’s start-
Design & Build: –
The Huawei Honor 9i has a 5.9-inch display which has a full HD resolution. On the rear panel, Huawei Honor 9i has dual Cameras and the fingerprint scanner below the camera bump. There is an LED flash as well, which is a single LED flash. At the front top, you have Dual Front cameras with soft focus. At the right side of the device, you have the Volume rocker and power key. On the left, there is a SIM card tray which is a hybrid SIM slot and it can take two SIM cars or one SIM card and a micro SD card. At the bottom, you have speaker grille, a micro USB port, Primary mic and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Huawei Honor 9i is built out of metal, it’s an all-metal unibody design with the antenna line on top and bottom. The design is very much similar to the Honor 8 Pro.
The Honor 9i has a 5.9-inch display with full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution. Honor calls it actually Full HD Plus because it has an 18 by 9 aspect ratio which means compared to the normal 16 by 9 screens. It is slightly longer and equally wide so the 18 by 9 aspect ratio is a longer screen but not very wide which means that the distribution is slightly higher than the 1920 x 1080p resolution. That you get on phones but that doesn’t make the very good amount of difference.
It has an LCD display and not an AMOLED panel which means that it would be consuming more power and won’t be as bright as the AMOLED screens that we have seen on flagship phones. But despite that, the colour reproduction on the display is quite good. When you check the display quality on a YouTube video that has Full HD resolution cannot play videos in a higher-resolution like Quad HD or 4k. It is possible by using some third-party video players like MX player where you can play 4K videos. The viewing angles are good but not great. It isn’t able to keep the clarity that good.
When it comes to the Camera, the Huawei Honor 9i has a 16-megapixel camera on the back side with a 2-megapixel sensor and a 13-megapixel camera on the front again accompanied by a 2-megapixel sensor.
There are a few features that are related to the dual camera setup like this is the wide aperture enabled mode which shoots up the secondary camera as well. And that you can see by bringing the finger around the second camera. You will see that notification that lens may not be covered for shooting if you take off this mode only one camera sensor is working. When you click on this both the camera sensors are used.
The secondary sensor is used just to take bokeh shots. This is quite an odd feature given the fact that even after pressing on the wide aperture enabled mode. Then there is the portrait mode which you found quite odd because as soon as click on the portrait mode. There are two options that appear on the bottom that is the beauty mode and a bokeh mode.
In the photos that we have taken the phone is able to capture bokeh even in the beauty mode as well. The other feature is the moving picture enabled which is similar to the live mode in the iPhone and as you will see the icon is also made very similar.
There is an LED flash in fact on the Honor 9i at the front which you can use in a low-light situation which obviously comes in handy. There is a portrait mode which when enables again fires both the cameras which you will allow you to blur the background. There’s also a beauty mode where you can adjust the beauty level but again this softens the image compared to one taken at zero beauty level.
Image Quality: –
I took some shots with the phone and I am quite disappointed by the bokeh mode. I think it’s a gimmick clearly because it’s not able to handle background blur very nicely. Front and the main camera quality than from the main sensor is also not very good. I found that noise, creeps in most of the pictures and the camera tends to oversaturate colours
Performance & Memory: –
This Honor phone is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset which clocked at 2.36GHz Octa-Core CPU and 4GB of RAM. There are the Mali-T830 MP2 GPU and 64 gigabytes of storage on board.
Gaming Performance: –
Gaming performance is good, I have played many 3D or High-Quality games with the high graphics settings. There are no skipped frames but overall there’s two major lag but here and there is some frame drops happening. So, I have played the Asphalt 8, it is initially an aspect ratio of the screen has been fit to that resolution. Here you would see the experience is not smooth but there are no major heating issues on the Huawei Honor 9i. Overall, the gaming experience is not really that great, they would see a lot of frames keeps happening and pretty much average experience.
This looks very similar to the Huawei Honor 8 Pro that recently came out with few optimizations and changes in its software, it is the Emotion UI 5.1 which is based on the Android 7.0 Nougat. There are many changes as you will see there is no app drawer all the apps are present on the screen itself. In the settings menu, there are a few features that have been brought to the settings menu instead of keeping it as an app on the front. There is also the app twin which allows you to create a twin for an app allowing you to sign into two different accounts on the same app. So, these are some of the features that were available on the outside.
Some of the other gesture features included tapping your knuckle to take a screenshot which doesn’t happen every time and you need to be persistently checking it. There is swipe down gesture brings the search menu wherein you can open apps in the gallery. You can see photos on the map so all the photos should be put according to the location they are taken at. There are other small features that had been added to the Emotion UI 5.1. But my main concern is whether the Kirin 659 will be able to pull off such a heavy software. But I have seen the phone has slight lags in very simple tasks like multitasking or opening apps or switching from camera to the gallery.
Honor 9i has 3340 milliamp-hours battery, which is small compared to the other smartphone in this price segment.
The Huawei Honor 9i looks great if you look at the specifications. The four cameras on the front and rear perform well. The Honor phone has a premium metal design with the FHD+ edge to edge screen, which really works in the side of Huawei Honor 9i. The performance of the Honor 9i is good but not great same the gaming performance is also good but not great. The battery life is good. So, overall the Huawei Honor 9i is good and mid-range phone.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Huawei Honor 9i||Coming Soon||Rs 30,000|
|Huawei Honor 9i||Coming Soon||$ 465.00|
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|SIM||Dual (Nano, Dual Standby)|
|BODY||Dimensions||156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS FHD+ , 2160 x 1080p|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual Rear (16-MP + 2-MP), Dual LED Flash|
|Front||Dual ( 13-MP + 2-MP), Soft Flash|
|Features||Night Shot, HDR, Panorama, Time-Lapse, Slo-Mo, PDAF, Contrast Detection Auto Focus|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.0 Nougat + EMUI 5.1|
|Chip||Huawei Kirin 659|
|CPU||Octa-Core up to 2.36GHz|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 128GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Huawei Share, Hotspot,|
|USB||Micro USB 2.0|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2 & GPS|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 3340 mAh|
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