Last year’s Huawei Honor 8 is still one of the best midrange phones on the market, but as expected, the Chinese OEM replaced the phone with a new Huawei Honor 9 in July this year.
If you have used the Honor 8, you’ll agree that the phone is a solid buy compared to the rest of the sub-$400 smartphones. The phone ships with a powerful Kirin 955 processor mated with 4GB RAM and a dual-lens camera on the back. For those who love compact phones, the Honor 8 offers the right size with its 5.2-inch LCD panel with a Full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Even though the phone came with Marshmallow out of the box, it’s upgradable to Nougat and possibly Oreo.
Now, being an upgraded version of the 2016 model, the Huawei Honor 9 improves on several aspects of the Honor 8 while at the same time retaining others. For instance, the screen size, resolution and protection remain unchanged, but you get Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. As you’d expect, the Honor 9 ships with a newer Kirin 960 processor that is paired with either 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM.
The base model has 64GB of internal storage while the 6GB RAM variant gets 128GB of expandable storage. Unlike the Honor 8 which has dual 12MP sensors on the back, the Huawei Honor 9 has a dual 20MP+12MP shooter that also includes PDAF, 2x zoom and dual-tone LED flash while the front gets an 8MP unit. Keeping the Honor 9 alive is a 3200mAh battery that supports fast charging via a USB-C port.
Usually, the Huawei Honor 9 exchanges hands for more than $450 for the base model, but thanks to the ongoing pre-Black Friday offers on Geekbuying, you can grab the Honor 9 for just $330. This deal gives you the black color variant of the phone and even though there are more color and memory options, they come at a steeper price.