Hi guys.Honor came up with the new Honor 9N in India.The Honor 9N is the successor of Honor 9 Lite.The display now comes with notch and the selfie camera has been bumped up to 16 megapixels. Honor 9N comes in three memory variants 3GB/32GB, 4GB/64 GB and 4GB/128GB. The company yet to release another two stunning colours that is Robin Egg Blue and Lavinder Purple.
The Honor 9N base variant is priced around Rs. 11,999 and it competes with Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Oppo RealMe 1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro(Comparision coming soon).The 128GB ROM variant priced too insane in my opinion.I had used the Honor 9N almost 10 days and I will give you my verdict about the device.I will tell what I liked in this device and what I do not like in the device.The review is dived between the pros and cons.Read more if this device suits for you or not.
Let’s look at the Quick Specifications of Honor 9N.
Screen Size : 5.84 inch FHD+ with 19:9 aspect ratio
Screen Resolution : 2280*1080 pixels and 441 ppi
5.84-inch full-HD+ IPS display with an 19:9 aspect ratio
Display Type : 2.5D curved display
Weight : 152 gms ( Best for one hand usage also)
Processor : 2.36 GHz octa-core processor
Chipset : Hisilicon Kirin 659
GPU : Mali T830-MP2
RAM : 3GB/4GB
ROM : 3GB RAM packed with 32GB ROM and 4Gb ram comes out with 64GB/128GB ROM
Memory expandable : Supports microSD card up to 256 GB
Sim Slot : Hybrid Sim slot ( Dual Nano SIM’s or One SIM and micro SD card)
Rear Camera : Dual rear camera 13MP+2MP with flash
Selfie Camera : 16MP front camera with fixed focal length
Battery : 3000mAh lithium polymer battery
User Interface : EMUI 8.0
Operating System : Android Oreo 8.0
Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity light sensor, Ambient light sensor, Compass ,Fingerprint sensor, Gravity, Gyroscope
Connectivity : Wi-fi 2.4G, 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 2.0, 3.5 mm jack, OTG,
Color Options : Midnight Black, Blue, Lavender Purple and Robin Egg Blue
1.Design & Build
The design of the device is very premium.Many people will mistaken between Honor 9N and Honor 10 (30k).Even it resembles the same notch design like Honor 10.Many people will prefer notch because of the extended 19:9 screen aspect ratio and in premium looks.The notch will also give better look in premium smartphones which you are getting in this mid-range device.If you are not the notch lover then you can also disable it in the settings.By the way in gaming you will get only normal screen 18:9 aspect ratio.While playing the games the notch disables itself.
The device is having 5.84 inch screen which looks good because the back is also glass.The looks is more premium then what it is for the price range.In the back you are getting the glass coated with 12nm layer with 2.5D curves.Due to glass it is slippery so you have to use a case with it.But many of the users denies to use the case because it covers the beautiful design of the phone.Due to the glass back the device will get warmer quickly comparing it to the metallic back smartphones which most devices are getting.The heat dissipation is low in this device because of the glass back.
The Honor 9N having a 5.84-inch full-HD+ IPS display which is good.Because of the 19:9 aspect ratio you can easily hold the phone in single hand.Using it in the single hand is pretty easy.Some people don’t like using the very big phones because its irritates while typing the message.If you are that sort of person then you will like the usability of the device.
The Honor 9N has the all the necessary sensors that we need.The company didn’t skipped any sensors luckily.The device have Auto brightness sensor and even it has gyroscope sensors.The YouTube 360 degree videos and VR headset are also supported in this handset.It also have physical LED notification light in this device.The physical LED notification is tiny and you can catch it within the notch.
I did tested the Honor 9N with 4G VoLTE SIM’s .In term of cellular call quality and cellular reception is good.The calls were clear and the earpiece is good and loud.There is no issues regarding that.
5.Headphone 3.5mm jack
I tested it with the many headphones and earphones.The sound output from 3.5mm jack is good.Unlike the many other smartphones comes with flat audio output , I has the depth sound output.If you listen to the lot of music you will enjoy it.
The Honor 9N has single speaker at the right of the bottom.The speaker quality is actually good.It is very loud but if you keep using it in maximum then the sound will be tiny.But in terms of loudness no issues.The speaker call quality is also good.
The device have the both Finger print scanner and Face unlock feature.The face unlocking is fast in the device,It works well.Almost in every Honor phones the fingerprint scanner is blazingly fast.There is no issues in security features in this device.
Many users were actually worried by looking at the 3000mAh battery in the device.It is just having the 3000mAh battery we estimate how would be the battery life in this device.But surprisingly due to the HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC is very powerful processor.So you will get good battery life in this device.The phone hardly drains thebattery in the ideal situation.
For the normal usage you will get one and half days of battery life.The battery life is good for the regular day to day usage.It is not the massive battery.But it can lasts for full day usage for an user.You will get four and half to five hours of screen on time in this device.The battery life is an above average.This is the magic of Kirin 659 SoC on this one.It is power efficient..But if you are an heavy user and if you are gamer the battery will not comes in your area. For the compact size and stunning look the battery life is very well.For most of the users it will be ok.
I was surprised to the see the Camera shots of Honor 9N.The Camera performance is very different from the other Honor smartphones for Example the Honor 7X or even the Honor 9i.It has the similar camera setup.The rear camera is 13MP and the secondary camera is 2 mega-pixels.The front facing camera is 16 meag-pixels shooter.I thought that the camera performance will be average but the reality is different.
Here are some of the sample shots from the Honor 9N.
Even at night the camera shots are good.Overal camera performance surprised me.Definately the Honor had implemented in this area.The performance is tremondus both in front and rear facing camera.The improvement is huge in this device compared to other Honor budget smartphone.The portrait mode is good both in front and back camera’s.The camera light ups the face both in video and images.Compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro the face exposure is great in this one.In terms of camera Honor 9N is awesome in the budget range smartphones.The camera performance is good.
In terms of video in rear camera is good but you move around to shoot the footage is just not good.It doesnot have any stabilization.Even there is no implement of Electronic Image Stabilisation.If you shoot the a lot of videos by roaming around then you can observe the very shaky footages.
The chipset used in 9N is Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC.It is octa-core processor ( 2 × 1.7Ghz and 2 × 2.34 Ghz) and in general performance it is fine.You can see this processor Honor 7x as well as other earlier Honor phones.But I feel now they should add a new generation of processor.It is not like the processor is bad.Due to the Kirin 659 even though it is having 3000mAh, the battery life is very good.But thery should have gone more powerful processor.Sometimes you can notice UI lags in multi tasking because of the many new features.If you are an heavy gamer then you can notice some lags in heavy games.But the normal and medium graphics setting games are well.If you are an heavy user and hardcore gamer then don’t opt for it. I think the same think was happening with the Snapdragon 625 SoC.
Coming to the another part, this is an entry level mid-range smartphone which is priced quite a bit in budget segment.I think they should have given a dedicated Micro SD card slot for this one.Right now it has the hybrid slot, which you can insert two nano SIM’s or a SIM and a Micro SD card.
3.True Dual VoLTE and Wi-Fi 5 Ghz band
It is having HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC.In future you may need true dual VoLTE and Wi-fi 5 Ghz band network.But it is not present in this smartphone.
This is the device for people who want very stylish smartphone in tight budget it will give the premium look then what it cost.The base variant (Rs.11,999) of this phone have the same look.The camera performance is actually very good in this device.It even gives very tough compitation to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.The face exposure is really good in this device.The one hand feel of the device is good and you can operate it easily. This one having the notch in mid-range smartphones that is less than 15k.The notch also adds some extra looks for this device.It you don’t like 5.84inch display but it is having 19:9 screen aspect ratio it feels comfortable in your single hand.
If you are a very heavy user and play lot of games then Honor 9N is not recommended.You can notice lags sometimes and battery life will be average.Dont go for 4GB RAM + 128GB Storage model because I think it is out of the game.Better to go with 3GB/4GB RAM variant and it is somehow value for money. This is my review for the Honor 9N.
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