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Honor 9i Launched In India – 4 Cameras And A 6″ Display; Is It The Next Big Thing?

It has the potential to give other phones a run for their money

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Honor 9i Launched In India

Honor have just launched their next premium mid-range smartphone, Honor 9i, in the country. The Honor 9i comes with four cameras on board, and is world’s first smartphone to feature two dual camera setups (front and rear). It also sports a full view 18:9 display.

Both the dual camera setups on the Honor 9i can produce shallow depth of field effect for a pleasing Bokeh. It has been smartly priced at Rs. 17,999/- and will be available exclusively on Flipkart.

Honor 9i – Specifications and Features

The Honor 9i is identical to the Huawei Maimang 6 which was launched in China last month, and Huawei Nova 2i, which was launched in Malaysia this month.

Design And Build

It features a great design and a metal unibody build which feels very premium in. In spite of its large display, one-hand usability of this smartphone is very good, due to minimal side-bezels. The speaker grille is located at the bottom, with the fingerprint scanner placed right under the dual cameras at the back.

Display

The Honor 9i sports a 5.9” full HD+ FullView bezel-less display. It features a 2160×1080 pixels resolution with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It features a 2.5D curved glass over the display for better handling. It has an 83% screen-to-body ratio.

Hardware

The Honor 9i is powered by Huawei Kirin 659 octa-core processor clocked at 2.36GHz clubbed with 4GB of RAM.

Software

The device will run Android 7.0 out of the box with EMUI 5.1 interface on top. Nothing about the Android Oreo 8.0 update was mentioned at the launch event.

Storage

The Honor 9i will come with 64GB of onboard storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB.

Camera

The cameras on Honor 9i have unique configurations. At the back, it features a pair of cameras; a 16 megapixel sensor paired with a 2 megapixel sensor and an LED flash. Up front,the dual camera setup features a 13 megapixel sensor paired with a 2 megapixel sensor, along with a selfie flash.

SIM Support And Connectivity

Honor 9i comes with a hybrid SIM tray with dual Nano SIM support. It supports all 4G LTE bands with 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth v4.1, USB OTG, GPS and EDR. It has all the requisite sensors on board, with a micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Battery

Honor 9i packs in a 3,340 mAh battery, which claims to last more than a day with moderate usage.

Pricing And Variants

The Honor 9i has been priced at Rs. 17,999/- here in India. It will be available in three colour options – Platinum Gold, Navy Blue and Midnight Black.

Availability

The 9i is going to be a Flipkart Exclusive, and will be available starting 14th October. Launch offers bundled with Honor 9i will be revealed on the release day itself.

Preliminary Verdict

The 9i seems to be closer to Honor’s own higher-priced Honor 8 Pro. At Rs. 17,999/- it will go head-to-head against the likes of Mi Max 2, Moto G5S Plus, LG Q6 and Mi A1. On paper, the smartphone has some heavy specs bundled into an affordably priced device.

If it can deliver on performance, it has the potential to give other similarly or higher prices smartphones a run for their money.

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