Honor, Huawei’s sub-brand announced the 2017 flagship phone, Honor 9 earlier this month. However, the launch was restricted to China and Honor is now expected to announce the phone in the European and other markets today. The phone launch is set for 2.30pm CEST (6pm IST) in Berlin, and Honor will be streaming the event live on it’s social media channels like Facebook and Twitter and also on YouTube. The phone is not expected to come with any changes in the international market and will retain the specifications of the China model. Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: ReportAlso Read - Honor Band 6 takes on Redmi Watch in India, gets listed on Flipkart
In terms of looks and design, while there are certain elements from the previous flagship, Honor 8, that Honor 9 retains, there are also a whole lot of design changes in the phone. The Honor 9 comes with an all-glass back encased in a metal frame. The glass back gives the phone a highly glossy finish. The fingerprint sensor shifts from the rear to the front in the form of a physical home button. The phone also comes with a dual rear camera on the back. The front houses the display and the selfie camera along with the sensors. The phone does not come in a bezel-less design, though the bezels are considerably slimmer in the Honor 9. Also Read - Samsung takes lead from Apple in Q1 2021 smartphone shipments: Canalys
Much before the launch, the phone has already been listed on multiple European e-commerce portals. The Russian portal Hi-Tech Mail listed the basic version of the Honor 9 and revealed the pricing just a few hours before launch. Additionally, the phone has also been listed on Amazon Germany and Amazon UK. Honor, that was initially accepting pre-registrations of the Honor 9 has now closed the registrations. The phone is expected to be available for sale almost immediately post launch. The European pricing is similar to the China pricing. ALSO READ: Honor 8 Pro hands-on and first impressions
Honor 9 specifications
Taking a look at the specifications, Honor 9 comes with a 5.15-inch FHD display with 2.5D curved glass protection. The phone is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor and comes with Mali GPU. In China, the phone comes in two variants – 64GB internal storage with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage with 6GB RAM. However, so far, only the first basic variant has been listed on e-commerce portals and it is unclear if Honor will announce both the variants in Europe and other markets.
Honor 9 runs EMUI 5.1 based on Android Nougat 7.0. Of the dual rear cameras, the primary camera sports 16-megapixel resolution with RGB lens and the secondary camera is a 20-megapixel monochrome shooter. Honor 9 also comes with the Bokeh effect in portrait mode, moving images, and more. The front houses an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Honor 9 comes with 3,200mAh battery and is available in four colors. In Russia, Honor 9 64GB/4GB RAM version is available for 27,990 Roubles (approximately Rs .30,600). In China, Honor 9 is priced at RMB 2,999 (approximately Rs. 28,500). The actual price will be revealed post launch.