Huawei’s notable subsidiary, Honor has launched three smartphones that are set into both budget and mid-range segments. These are named as Honor 9A, Honor 9C, and Honor 9S. Honor is one of the few brands hailing from China, that picked up pace very rapidly in countries like India. Its budgetary handsets are well suited for entry-level and general users, as they’re reasonably priced too.
All the three smartphones differ slightly in display and chipsets but are almost the same in most of the configurations. Honor, by placing these in highly competitive price segments, should have the luck to rake in customers.
Honor 9C, 9A, and 9S are aimed at budget-conscious buyers as these phones offer mediocre specifications, large battery, quality cameras, and pocket-friendly pricing. But for beginners, it’s okay to pick. With that said, we’ll see what each smartphone got in them.
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Honor 9C, the highest of the three variants, has a 6.39-inches IPS LCS screen with a punch-hole at the top left of the display. It has got 269ppi pixel density and HD resolution. It runs on Android 10 based Magic UI 3.1 bloatware.
Further, the system is processed by HiSilicon Kirin 710A SoC, which is a quad-core processor clocking at 2.0GHz (4 cores) and 1.7GHz (4 cores) speeds. It’s possibly accompanied by Mali-G51 MP4 as GPU.
Moving on, it has a single storage variant of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM, but it also has a microSD slot for expanding the onboard storage up to 512GB. And in the imaging, it has a triple rear setup of 48-megapixel (f/1.8) as the primary sensor, followed by an 8-megapixel (f/2.4) secondary sensor as ultrawide angular and a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) depth sensor. Upfront, there’s a single 8-megapixel stuffed into the punch-hole.
It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and has connectivities like audio jack, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a microUSB 2.0. Finally, it has got a 4000 mAh battery and is available in Midnight Black and Blue colors. It is priced at RUB 12,990 (~$172), and may go for sale starting May 4th in Russia.
Unlike Honor 9C, Honor 9A varies in most of the cases like in display, it has a 6.3-inches HD display with 278ppi pixel density and has a water-drop styled notch. It is powered by MediaTek’s MT6762R SoC. It’s also called as MediaTek Helio P22, which is an octa-core CPU with 2.0Ghz and 1.5GHz clocking speeds.
It has 3GB RAM and 64GB ROM with a slot for expanding external storage upto 512GB. It runs on Android 10 based Magic UI 3.1 bloatware. It also has a triple rear cameras as 13-megapixel (f/1.8) as primary sensor, followed by a 5-megapixel (f/2.2) lens and a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) lens. There’s a single 8-megapixel (f/2.0) shooter for selfies.
Finally, it has a 5000 mAh battery, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and all the required connectivities. It’s priced at RUB 10,990 (~$145) and available in Green, Black, and Blue color variants. As Honor 9C, it will be available for sale in Russia starting from May 4th.
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At last, the budget handset of this series, Honor 9S will have a 5.45-inches LCD display with same CPU as Honor 9A. It runs on MediaTek’s Helio P22 SoC with PowerVR GE8320 GPU. The software is Magic UI 3.1 based on Android 10.
It has a single 8-megapixel (f/2.0) lens at the rear and a 5-megapixel (f/2.2) camera upfront. This was studded onto the thick bezel display it has. It’s powered by a 3020 mAh battery and has 2GB RAM with 32GB onboard storage and a slot for expanding storage. It’s priced at RUB 6,990 (~$93) and has Blue, Black, and Red variants.
While these smartphones may launch in Russia next week, there’s no date of global availability yet. An important thing to note here is, all these three models will be shipped without Google Play Services as the impact of US-China trade deals blasted Huawei to cut off from Google services last year, its impact is now falling on Honor phones for being its subsidiary.
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