Alongside the high-end Honor Play, Honor also released a mid-range phone: the 9i 2018.
Honor 9i was released last year which was a rebranded version of the Huawei Mate 10 Lite. The 2018 variant is slightly updated with gamer-centric features such as the GPU Turbo.
Design and Display
9i has a notched, 19:9 aspect ratio, Full HD+ (1080 x 2280) resolution display, at a screen size of 5.84 inches. It has a glass back with a metal frame on the sides and looks generic from the back.
As mentioned earlier, Honor 9i also has the GPU Turbo technology, which increases graphical performance and improves efficiency all the while being battery friendly. There’s a marked increase in framerates for games and responsiveness for the OS.
Internals and Storage
Powering the Honor 9i is an old and overused Kirin 659 SoC with 4 GB RAM and 64/128 GB of internal storage. Thankfully storage is expandable via a hybrid microSD/SIM card slot, so you won’t have a problem with the 64 GB variant either.
It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI.
On the back, the 9i has a 13+2 MP setup with a LED flash and PDAF. On the front, there’s a single 16 MP shooter.
With Huawei going big on AI, expect face unlock and other features from the front camera as well.
Battery and Price
Honor 9i is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery and should have fast charging out of the box.
The phone is only available in China for now, in Charm Blue, Dream Purple, Jasper and Magic Night Black color options.
It will cost CNY 1400 (~Rs. 25,000) for the 64 GB variant and CNY 1700 (~Rs. 30,700) for the 128 GB model
Honor 9i 2018 Specifications
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659
- OS: Android 8.0 Oreo, with EMUI 8.0
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Dual SIM
- Display: 5.84-inch, 19:9 aspect ratio, FHD+ (1080 x 2280px) resolution with notch
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal: 64/128 GB
- Card slot: yes, up to 256 GB
- Primary: Dual: 13 + 2 MP, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
- Secondary: 16 MP, 1080p
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS
- Fingerprint scanner (rear)
- Battery: 3,000 mAh, fast charging
- Price: ~Rs. 25,000 (4/64 GB), ~Rs. 30,000 (4/128 GB)