Honor 9i is a China-specific model with dual rear cameras and 3D glass body

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor had a launch event today with two devices going official in Beijing, China. The Honor 9i is one of them. However, don’t be fooled by the name though as it is a somewhat different device than the one launched in India last year. So let’s dig into it.

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The Honor 9i does have some similarities with its namesake in India but the design is not one of them. It looks more like a Huawei P20 Lite relative. The device has some crazy new colors like Magic Night Black, Charm Sea Blue, Jade Green and Dream Purple. It is also a glass sandwiched design with 2.5D curved glass on both the front and rear. The rear specifically has many layers of nano-coating that create a sparkle effect. It is a fingerprint magnet though.

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The Honor 9i has a 5.84-inch IPS display with Full HD+ resolution. Under the hood, Honor has fitted in a Kirin 659 SoC which is really a staple of budget Honor devices. The CPU is backed by 4GB of RAM and there are two storage options – 64GB and 128GB.

The Honor 9i is equipped with a potent 16MP front lens with a pixel size of 2.0μm. The company said that this would help better low-light performance. The rear has a 13MP + 2MP setup with PDAF, dual-tone LED Flash and fast autofocus.

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The Honor 9i is loaded with Android 8.1 Oreo skinned on top is an EMUI. There’s a support for dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The latest addition to Honor’s stable has a 3,000mAh battery.

What’s the availability and price of the Honor 9i?

Sales of the handset start on June 7. The Honor 9i 64GB  variant costs 1,399 Yuan (~$218) while the 128GB costs 1,699 Yuan (~$265). Let us know if you’d be interested in this handset or not. 

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