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Huawei Honor 9 review: Hardware and performance

The Honor 9 features an in-house Kirin 960 SoC. It's the Identical SoC used in the Huawei Mate 9 along with also the Huawei P10. It is an octa-core CPU configuration using four Cortex-A73 cores, clocked at 2.4 GHz and four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. The processor also has a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. The main model includes 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM, but my evaluation model was that the 6 GB of RAM variant. There is also a version with 128GB of internal storage.

The majority of the versions have dual-SIM support, however the next SIM holder on the tray is also employed for its microSD card. If you do use the apparatus in dual-SIM manner then note that the next SIM is restricted to 2G and 3G only.


Concerning the benchmarks, the Honor 9 scored 1868 about Geekbench's single-core test and 6392 for its multi-core test. As you would expect, these scores are on par with an Mate 9 and the P10. To get AnTuTu, the P9 scored 142406, while at Epic Citadel, the gadget manages 59.0 frames per minute in Ultra High Quality style. In terms of overall raw performance the Honor 9 is quickly and rankings well contrary to other flagship apparatus.

The fingerprint reader on the Huawei Honor 9 is extremely good., but to be truthful I have come to expect nothing less in the Huawei made apparatus. The major change from the Honor 8 is that now the fingerprint reader is directly about the front, on a capacitive key quite similar in style to that of those Huawei P10. It's possible to wake the device using the fingerprint reader by simply placing your finger onto the house button. It'll wake and unlock the unit in 1 quick move.

The Honor 9 features a single speaker at the bottom edge, next to the USB Type-C port. The speaker is quite loud and the noise is reasonable since it is not a front facing speaker. According to Honor this because of the audio fine-tuning by Grammy Award winning audio engineer Rainer Mailler, however that's tough to prove or disprove! While the speaker can become really loud, the best audio reproduction is achieved by simply maxing out the volume, but rather by copying it back a notch or two.

The Honor 9 includes a 3,200 mAh non-removable battery that ought to see you through the whole moment. For combined actives like browsing the internet viewing movie and playing 3D games you'll get about 5 hours of display on time. For unmarried, less taxing tasks like just web browsing or just watching video that amount can be pushed around 8 hours. But if you play with a whole lot of 3D games afterward the screen-on period will drop to under 4 hours.

If you do find yourself running low on battery life and unable to recharge then you can find just two battery powered power saving modes available. The first restricts desktop program activity, simplifies email auto-sync and decreases the visual results to save power. The "Ultra power saving mode" is much more drastic and essentially turns your device into a feature phone at which you are able to make and receive calls, plus send text messages.

When it comes to battery charging, the Honor 9 supports 2A fast charging. To go from 4% to 100 per cent takes just 1 hour, 54 minutes together with the final 32 minutes accounting for the previous 10 percent (from 90 percent to 100%). To get to 50 percent (from 4%) takes around 45 minutes.