Honor has launched yet another midrange smartphone in China. But unlike the previous one, the new Honor 9i is actually a bit more special. Here’s why.
The Honor 9i is one of the first devices to sport the company’s GPU Turbo technology. This feature basically amplifies the GPU to make it more powerful when playing games, which also provides better battery efficiency as a bonus.
This is in line with the latest trend going on about gaming smartphones. There’s the Razer Phone and ASUS’ new ridiculously powerful ROG Phone. But with GPU Turbo, Honor aims to bring the good gaming experience to the cheaper devices like the Honor 9i and Honor Play.
Speaking of performance, the Honor 9i comes with a Kirin 659 octa-core processor — the same chipset found on the Honor 7X and the Huawei P20 Lite. It has 4GB of RAM and it will be available in 64GB and 128GB built-in storage models.
The display has a screen size of 5.84-inches with Full HD+ resolution plus a screen notch on top. Powering it up is a 3,000mAh non-removable battery.
Honor 9i Specs
- Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby (Hybrid)
- 5.84-inch FHD+ IPS display, 2280 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~432ppi
- Kirin 659 octa-core processor
- Mali-T830 MP2 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB/128GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
- 16-megapixel front camera
- 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear camera, PDAF, LED Flash
- Fingerprint scanner
- HSPA+, 4G LTE
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
- Bluetooth 4.2
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- FM Radio
- microUSB 2.0
- Dimensions: 149.2 x 71.8 x 7.7mm
- Weight: 152g
- 3,000mAh non-removable battery
The Honor 9i with 64GB of storage will retail for a price of CNY 1,399 (~Php11,500) while the 128GB variant costs CNY 1,699 (~Php14,000). The official pricing and availability in the Philippines are yet to be announced.