Overview – HONOR 9X Professional: Nice chipset marred by software program

The all-new HONOR 9X Professional. We did have a hands-on with the device not long ago, and it’s the primary HONOR obtainable in Malaysia to be utilizing the Huawei Cell Companies, or HMS for brief. This implies there aren’t any Google apps pre-installed, which severely impacts the person expertise.

So how does the brand new HONOR 9X Professional stands out within the dense market of smartphones? Let’s discover out.


The field itself is fairly customary. We’ve got the cellphone itself on the entrance and the one coloration we Malaysians will get is as proven on the field.


Contained in the field, we get:

  • The HONOR 9X Professional
  • Clear TPU case
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • 10W charger
  • Wired earphones

Fairly uncommon to see mid-range smartphones to incorporate earphones these days.



The design is a reasonably bizarre one. First off, I like the colour. HONOR has a historical past of smartphones with stunning backs, and even the brand new mid-ranged HONOR 9X Professional is not any excluded. It has this gradient that adjustments from purple on the left to pink on the best. So as to add an additional layer of impact, there’s an X sample that converges on the middle of the cellphone, too.


That’s how HONOR actually tells us that that is an X collection of smartphone.

The general measurement of the cellphone is… a tad bit chonkier. The cellphone has a 6.59-inch display screen – which isn’t that large when in comparison with different smartphones out there. Nonetheless, the facet ratio is 19.5:9 as a substitute of the extra commonly-found 20:9. So, it’s wider as a substitute of taller.


Connectivity & Ports

Let’s shortly run it by means of. For us Malaysians, we received the quick finish of the stick right here. Not by a lot however nonetheless, it’s noticeable.


Firstly, there is no such thing as a help for 5GHz WiFi. Secondly, there is no such thing as a NFC. These two issues go hand-in-hand as the brand new HONOR MagicBook that we had our arms on helps one thing referred to as Magic Link. It’s technically the identical because the Huawei’s OneTap, which requires NFC. That 5GHz WiFi will allow a lot quicker switch velocity in comparison with the omnipresent 2.4GHz WiFi.


Even the HONOR 9X Professional has moved to side-mounted fingerprint scanners. I assume they wish to maintain the attractive aesthetics behind the cellphone.


And hey – USB-C!


As what we’ve talked about, the HONOR 9X Professional comes with a 6.59-inch LTPS IPS LCD display screen with 2340×1080 pixels in decision. It’s a bit wider because it’s utilizing a 19.5:9 facet ratio as a substitute.


There isn’t any notch or punch holes on the show as HONOR opted for a popup selfie digicam, which makes the display screen clear and immersive to make use of.

It’s a pleasant show with good colours and brightness – and I find it irresistible. There’s one thing about not having any notch that elevates the viewing expertise even additional.



Let’s now speak in regards to the cameras – it’s probably the most vital features of a smartphone in spite of everything. The brand new HONOR 9X comes with:

  • Triple rear-facing cameras
    • Important: 48MP f/1.8, PDAF
    • Extremely-wide: 8MP f/2.4
    • Depth sensor
  • 16MP f/2.2 pop-up selfie digicam

To take a look at the digicam high quality of this cellphone, do watch our video on the prime of this overview.


Important digicam

General digicam high quality is okay. Its readability and general element are okay although the white stability is everywhere. From my take a look at, the indoor pictures are principally chilly whereby out of doors pictures are principally heat.

The evening pictures are considerably lackluster. It has extreme blurring – which makes the image look smudged.

Extremely-wide angle digicam

The ultra-wide angle digicam is… fairly blurry. There aren’t any particulars however but it’s oversharpened. Every thing seems to be like blobs of colours.

Software program – Android 9.zero Pie with EMUI 9.1.1 with out Google Cell Companies

It’s fairly bizarre that HONOR nonetheless releases a cellphone with an outdated model of Android. All new smartphones that we’ve been utilizing now include Android 10. The HONOR 9X Professional doesn’t even have Darkish Mode – which is sort of shocking.

We’ve got talked in regards to the limitations and frustrations which might be discovered on EMUI 9.1.1 in our earlier HONOR smartphone evaluations (here and here).


HONOR must get the brand new replace for Android 10 – or a minimum of EMUI 10 – for the 9X Professional as quickly as doable. The present software program standing is simply too outdated for a brand new smartphone for immediately’s use.

Furthermore, the HONOR 9X Professional doesn’t have Google Cell Companies and it’s utilizing Huawei Cell Companies as a substitute. I discover that to be an enormous problem that I not trying ahead to coping with. It’s simply too annoying to cope with.

Fundamental apps like Telegram and Fb Messenger are usually not obtainable for download by way of Huawei’s App Gallery. Even the McDonald’s app will not be obtainable. Different important apps like Seize are unavailable. There isn’t any free navigational GPS app too.

Some would possibly argue that sideloading APK from APK Pure can remedy the difficulty – however bear in mind, apps like Seize, Google Maps, Mario Kart, and lots of others – won’t work. They depend on Google’s suite of companies. There’s extra than simply the APK of that app itself.


It’s a nuisance and I can’t get something carried out whereas utilizing the HONOR 9X Professional. I ended up utilizing different smartphones extra due to the dearth of apps.

By the way in which, for each time we open the Huawei App Gallery, we’re slapped with an advert. It’s annoying! Why can we cope with advertisements?!

Efficiency & Gaming

Let’s run by means of the specs first:

  • 6.59-inch LTPS IPS LCD display screen with 2340×1080 pixels in decision
  • HiSilicon Kirin 810 chipset
  • 6GB RAM
  • 256GB of inner storage (expandable by way of microSD)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.zero Pie with EMUI 9.1.1 with out Google Cell Companies

That Kirin 810 chipset is slightly highly effective! It may well compete in opposition to the MediaTek G90T chipset – which is a lot higher than the Snapdragon 720G when it comes to efficiency. That’s not shocking for the reason that Snapdragon 720G is sort of a trashy chipset as compared.

HONOR 9X Pro 3DMark benchmark HONOR 9X Pro VRMark average frame rate benchmark HONOR 9X Pro Geekbench 4 benchmark HONOR 9X Pro Antutu 7 benchmark


Assuming that you simply know tips on how to sideload video games, the Kirin 810 chipset is considerably okay with regards to video games. The benchmarks did present that the Kirin 810 chipset is healthier than its Snapdragon rival, there isn’t any noticeable distinction when it comes to utilization and gaming expertise.

PUBG Cell can solely run at both HD graphics at “high” body charges or “smooth” graphics at “ultra” body charges.

We downloaded COD Cell from APK Pure nevertheless it gained’t work. So, we gave up as a result of it was an excessive amount of problem.

Battery & Charger

Now, I’m unsure if it’s the dearth of Google companies or the Kirin 810 chipset itself is power-efficient – however that is the very best the HONOR 9X Professional has the very best battery life for a 4,000mAh battery smartphone.

HONOR 9X Pro battery life benchmark


The HONOR 9X Professional does include a charger that outputs 10W max. It’s going to take a very long time to cost the HONOR 9X Professional, and we’re proper.


It took about 110 minutes to cost from 15% to 100% – which is a very long time. However a minimum of its battery can final for a fair longer time.

HONOR 9X Pro fast charging benchmark

Wrapping up the HONOR 9X Professional

It is a implausible smartphone. I completely love the core specs. The Kirin 810 chipset is highly effective but environment friendly on the identical time, defeating its Snapdragon and MediaTek chipsets on the identical time.

Nonetheless, its software program is an enormous downside for me. It comes with the outdated Android 9 with EMUI 9.1.1 whereas lots of HONOR’s older telephones are already working EMUI 10 – perhaps even on Android 10.


One other large subject I’ve with the HONOR 9X Professional is the dearth of Google apps and companies. I do know, this isn’t HONOR’s fault – nevertheless it actually hindered my person expertise. The method of putting in a number of the a lot of the commonly-used apps is now essentially the most annoying course of that I’ve to undergo.

Putting in third get together app shops like APK Pure isn’t going to repair the difficulty completely too, as many different apps are usually not discovered on APK Pure. For instance, Maybank and COD Cell.

For the worth of RM999, the HONOR 9X Professional is a highly-recommended smartphone. However, solely however the HONOR 9X Professional if you realize what you’re entering into.

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