During the absence of the Honor in the Ukrainian market, probably, only Huawei fans did not want to overpay for products under the brand of the parent company, and the mass buyer will have to re-acquaint with Honor. This can be done by the example of the flagship with which the company returns to the market – Honor 9.
In the context of the products of Huawei and Honor, it is not superfluous to recall that the latter is created as a separate brand with a focus on Internet sales and youth audiences. In the model series, companies lack similar smartphones. Honor-s, as a rule, differ more attractive price, but similar models enter the market a bit later. In the case of Honor 9 it happened – the global announcement was in the summer, although the prototype in the face of Huawei P10 was announced in early 2017. The audience has already been presented with Honor V10 View, but it will not appear in Ukraine until early 2018.
The smartphone comes in a small standard for the brand box, at least Honor 8 looked almost the same. Its distinctive feature is the vertical arrangement of the smartphone inside and the narrowest profile.
Also in it you can find a charger, cable, clip, documentation and cover. Unlike the flagship Huawei, the headset does not have a phone and there is no protective film on the screen either.
Despite the fact that similar models Honor and Huawei have identical layout of connectors and controls, they get a unique design. About Honor 9 we can say that the model develops the ideas laid down by Honor 8 and even Honor 6 .
Honor 8, Honor 9 and Huawei P10
"Back" is made of a multilayer material that ensures the play of light. An interesting pattern is created that changes depending on how you hold the device.
And on closer examination you can see that under the smooth plastic lies a small pattern.
The bend of the "back" is slightly different from the Huawei P10 and resembles the flagships of Samsung , which makes Honor 9 more pleasant in the hand.
There are three colors available: black, silver and blue. The latter, perhaps, looks most interesting, but regardless of the coloring on the back side will be collected fingerprints. It is also worth considering the slipperiness of the case, which is common to all such devices.
At the same time, Honor 9 is quite convenient in daily use. All controls are in their places, the size is smaller than average – the device can interest fans of small smartphones.
If you worry about the safety of the case, you can use a complete cover – it minimizes the size and gives a little protection when falling. The case even allows you to admire the overflow of the back cover, but it is too quickly covered with small scratches – literally in the first days of use. Probably, in time it will want to be changed to a better analog.
Back in Honor 9 there is a small feature that distinguishes it from Huawei P10 – in the model they refused from the on-screen control keys. You can use either hidden touch buttons on the sides of the scanner (they are indicated by dots that light up or constantly, or 5 seconds after pressing), or "hang" all controls on the scanner and use gestures, as in many modern models. Traditionally, the scanner works fine for its intended purpose.
Honor 9 is equipped with a 5.15 inch IPS screen with Full HD resolution. It covers a protective glass with a good oleophobic coating – unlike the first lots of P10, the manufacturer did not refuse such a "trifle."
I just want to note that despite the minimal difference in the diagonal, the screen Honor 9 visually seems much larger than in Huawei P10 – just due to the fact that in principle they refused from the on-screen control keys of the system.
In terms of objective measurements everything is at a good level: the brightness varies from 2.5 to 423 cd / m², the contrast is 1 to 1093, automatic brightness adjustment t is adequate, calibration accuracy is normal.
In general, we have an excellent screen with a bright picture, which you can additionally adjust yourself. There are modes of "reading" and "improving readability in the sun", as well as increasing the sensitivity of the sensor for working in gloves. The only difference with P10 is the white color with a pinkish tinge.
Hardware platform, shell
In terms of characteristics, Honor 9 can be considered identical to Huawei P10 – the same platform Kirin 960, made on a 16 nm process technology, 64 GB of internal memory and 4 GB operational, a "hybrid" tray for two NanoSIM or memory card cards and NanoSIM, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi. The key difference between Honor is the presence of an infrared port for controlling household appliances.
In the benchmarks, the smartphone shows results comparable to P10. The difference is only in AndroBench, which measures the performance of the memory used, but in practice I did not notice that this somehow affected the real speed of the work. Running applications, including games, the overall responsiveness of the system – it's all right, Honor 9 works as it should be to a productive device.
With a continuous load, the case can become moderately warm, but it will not be hot. Honor 9 is running Android 7.0 paired with the EMUI 5.1 shell, the update to Android 8.0 is scheduled for 2018.
The interface is completely similar to the Huawei smartphones – the same menu design, icons and standard applications, power settings, themes, gestures and so on Further. Someone scolds EMUI for the design – here you can add that the "stock" theme, indeed, would not be superfluous, but otherwise the shell is pleasant. The manufacturer claims that it has built in special algorithms that allow you to avoid braking after six months or a year of use. In general, these statements are close to the truth.
As we said above, Huawei and Honor are similar, but not identical. In particular – there is a slight difference in how smartphones sound in headphones. The pre-installed player in Huawei has a DTS setting that makes the sound bigger and brighter, but it works a little rough and only in its own player.
Honor also has the Huawei Histen settings – an algorithm that works together with the Kirin platform, and allows you to fine-tune the sound even in third-party players. You can choose the type of headphones you use and one of the 3D audio presets, or use the 10-band equalizer.
I liked the "close" 3D audio setting the most – it adds a little volume and makes the sound subjectively cleaner, while retaining the original sound, does not introduce great distortion. Overall, with Histen, the sound in the Honor 9 headphones turns out to be more interesting than that of the Huawei P10, but I did not notice the difference in maximum volume.
The external speakers sound comparable – they are good speakers. To the conversational dynamics, microphones and vibro claims did not arise – everything is implemented at a good level.
Honor 9 is equipped with a built-in battery for 3200 mAh – exactly the same as in Huawei P10. Accordingly, the operating time remained approximately the same – the effect of a slightly larger screen is almost not felt.
But during the existence of the models on the Kirin 960 the company was able to optimize the smartphone a little, especially in the standby mode. If you judge roughly, then with Honor 9, I could count on the same 4-4.5 hours of screen per day of use in my relatively active mode. At the same time for a week of use, I never encountered a situation when the smartphone was discharged until the evening.
On weekends at home, in a more sparing mode of use, I got a day of work at 5.5 hours of the display – normal, albeit without any records. There is support for fast charging, but it's called simply Quick Charge (18W, 9V / 2A), and not Turbo Charge (22.5W, 5V / 4.5A) as in Huawei P10. From 5 to 95% Honor charges about 1:15, to 100% – for 1:25.
Like the P10, Honor 9 is equipped with a dual main camera with a color (12 Mp, f / 2.2) and monochrome (20 Mp, f / 2.2) sensors. The company says that unlike the Huawei P10 in Honor, optics optics Leica, as well as optical stabilization. At the same time, they saved the possibility of creating black-and-white photos, double hybrid zoom and the general principle of camera operation – when shooting two modules are working simultaneously.
There is still a slight difference in the camera interfaces – the P10 manual settings are available directly on the main screen, and on Honor 9 for this you need to switch to a separate mode. Otherwise, the interfaces are the same.
Comparison: Honor 9, Huawei P10
I do not know whether the used optics are really different (or the company simply removed the Leica logo from the case), but with direct comparison of frames made in automatic mode under the same conditions
Special modes: background blur (1, 2), hybrid zoom (3, 4)
Honor 9 in photos is slightly brighter than color and slightly more noise, and P10 gives a more "honest" Image. That is, formally, P10 shoots better, but the average user pictures with Honor 9 when comparing directly on the screens of smartphones like more than Huawei P10.
If you depart from the comparisons, then for your price, Honor 9 photographs very well. The camera works quite fast, autofocus almost always works out correctly. Night shots also look normal. The front module is quite qualitative.