Huawei-owned Honor could launch its Honor 9i (2018) smartphone in India next month, although it is likely to change the phone’s name to Honor 9X if it does go ahead with the launch. A report by 91Mobiles suggests that the mid-range phone is set for launch some time in July. The phone is similar to the Honor 9i launched last year, but features one big change: a notched screen.
The change in name is likely to avoid confusion with the existing Honor 9i smartphone, which was launched in India back in October 2017 and is still available to purchase. That phone features a dual-camera setup at both the front and back, and was launched at Rs 17,999, although it is currently sold at Rs 16,999 on Flipkart. Considering that the Honor 9i has been successful for the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, the name change will allow the company to continue to sell the 9i while also having the new phone on sale.
Honor 9i (2018) Specifications
The phone expected to launch next month was announced in China earlier this month as the Honor 9i (2018), and was launched alongside the Honor Play gaming smartphone. It comes with a 5.84-inch display supporting a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels and 19:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by the Kirin 659 chipset, which also supports GPU Turbo tech to boost performance while playing games. It comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage and support for expandable storage up to 256GB via SD card slot.
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The Honor 9i (2018) also features a dual-camera setup at the rear combining 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel image sensors. It also has a 16-megapixel front camera with AI enhancements and support for face unlock. The Honor 9i (2018) runs Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 out of the box and has a 3,000mAh battery. According to the 91Mobiles report, the phone could be priced at around Rs 15,000 at launch, and is likely to be sold exclusively online on Flipkart. Huawei also launched its Honor 10 smartphone in India last month. The device is positioned as an affordable flagship device, and is priced at Rs 32,999.