The best feature of this smartphone is the fact that it comes with four, yes, you read that right – FOUR – cameras!
Honor, a brand owned by Chinese smartphone maker, Huawei, is launching its new smartphone, Honor 9i for the Indian market on October 14, 2017, at an affordable price of ₹17,999. This is fairly soon after the Honor 8 Pro was launched in India at ₹29,999.
Initially, however, the smartphone will only be available through e-commerce giant, Flipkart. While Honor is still to announce any offers that come along with this mobile phone, what makes this device stand out from all the other smartphones in the market today, and possibly its most attractive feature, is the number of cameras it has.
Promising Look & Display
Available in three colour choices of Aurora Blue, Prestige Gold and Graphite Black, the Honor 9i has a bezel-less design on an all-metal body, with edge-to-edge display of 5.9 inches. With resolution of 2160×1080 pixels, the display has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and comes in Full View FHD.
Great Choice for the Camera-Happy
The best feature of this smartphone is the fact that it comes with four, yes, you read that right – FOUR – cameras! The dual rear cameras are 16 MP and 2 MP, with one being used to capture details of the image and the other to gauge depth. The rear cameras can therefore be used to take portraits as well as Bokeh images. The dual front cameras are 13 MP and 2 MP, with the second one again being used for sensing depth.
The Honor 9i also comes with a “smart selfie flash” feature, to adjust the flash based on the brightness of the ambient light. Similar to the Huawei 8 Pro, the smartphone’s cameras allow users to adjust the focus after a shot, as well as to choose from the various Bokeh effects for their photos.
What Makes the Phone Tick?
The smartphone is powered by Kirin 659, an octa-core processor, while offering 4GB RAM and internal storage of 64GB, which is expandable to 128GB. Powered by a 3340mAh battery, this device runs on Honor’s proprietary EMUI 5.1 OS, based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Although the company did not mention whether the device would get an Android Oreo update, Honor did unveil a new accessory, a 10,000mAH Quick Charge Power Bank, at its launch event, which will be exclusively available on the company’s online store for India, www.hihonorstore.in.
The smartphone appears to be identical to Huawei’s Maimang 6 smartphone, which was launched in China in September 2017, as well as the Nova 2i, which was launched in early October in Malaysia. The Honor 9i hopes to compete in India with other bezel-less smartphones, such as the Nokia 6, Xiaomi MiA1 and the LG Q6+.
Where this smartphone does fall short is that it comes without Gorilla Glass protection or for that matter oleophobic coating on the display. In addition, it has the old Micro-USB port, both for data transfer and charging, despite the rest of the world having moved on to the USB Type C. On the other hand, with sound boosting features like the “Huawei Histen Audio System,” Bluetooth aptX support and a variety of gesture-based shortcuts, this phone definitely seems to be worth its value. And did we mention it has four cameras?