A pop-up front camera instead of a notch seems to be a favourite of many smartphones launched recently. Honor’s 9X is the latest to flaunt a pop-up camera. Coming in at a very affordable price tag of AED 999, the 9X is aimed at those looking for a dependable mid-range smartphone that packs in good photography capabilities.
The 9X features a 48MP triple camera setup on the back and a 6.59-inches Honor FullView Display on the front. The display offers a resolution of 1080-by-2340 pixels at a pixel density of 391 pixels per inch (ppi). The Honor 9X’s back panel is made of over 100,000 geometric diamond-cut tiles that reflect and refracts light to create the unique Dynamic X Design.
Under the hood, the Honor 9X is powered by an octa-core Kirin 710F processor. It also comes packed with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage capacity. The internal storage space is further expandable to up to 512GB using a microSD memory card. The Honor 9X runs Android Pie as its choice of the operating system with EMUI 9.1 on top of it.
The device is powered by a 4000mAh battery. You get two color options to choose from – Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black. The one we have reviewed here was the Midnight Black version. The phone features a Dual 3D Curved Panel with an 8.8mm thick frame. Honor has left the 3.5mm headphone jack intact, while also throwing in a USB Type-C connector for your charging and data syncing needs.
As mentioned earlier, the 9X features a triple camera setup. You get a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a ½-inch sensor. The second camera is an 8MP super wide-angle camera, while the third camera is a 2MP depth-assist camera. On the front, you get a 16-megapixel pop-up camera for selfies, with an f/2.2 aperture.
The camera is powered by Honor’s AI algorithms. Its AIS Super Night Mode, in particular, has been designed to produce excellent quality photos even in dimly-lit environments. Honor also includes a 120° Super Wide Angle Camera that will help you capture more details in one shot.
During our tests, we found that the phone does a very good job for the price point it is available at. Day to day multitasking won’t be an issue thanks to the 6GB of RAM that Honor has equipped this phone with. With the 9X, you also get GPU Turbo 3.0, which is great news for mobile gamers.
The camera on the phone also performs quite well. Under really good lighting conditions, we ended up with images that were crisp with plenty of detail. The portrait mode on the phone is also very good – it got the edge detection pretty spot on every time. Inside the camera app, you get a bunch of shooting modes, such as HDR, light painting, moving pictures, aperture mode and a night mode.
Selfies using the front pop-up camera also turned out pretty good. The battery life on the phone is also quite good. On a single charge, we got a little more than a day’s worth of battery life. For a price of AED 999, the Honor 9X is a very good phone since it packs in a good camera, a good battery life, and overall good performance.