Honor has added yet one more finances smartphone to its lineup. The Honor 9N improves upon final 12 months’s Honor 9 Lite (Review) in small but important methods. The show now sports activities a notch and the selfie digicam has been bumped as much as 16 megapixels. It contains a glass again, twin rear cameras, a 19:9 show, and runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the field.
The Honor 9N is priced beginning at Rs. 11,999 and competes head-on with the likes of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review), Oppo Realme 1 (Review), and Moto G6 (Review). Does Honor’s new smartphone have what it takes to compete within the cut-throat finances section? Let’s discover out.
Honor 9N design
The most hanging side of the Honor 9N is its design. The again panel is product of glass and has a shiny end that appears hanging. The horizontal twin digicam setup barely protrudes from the chassis and the again panel seems to be very clear due to the shortage of antenna strains and regulatory data.
The 5.84-inch show has a notch on the prime, which is sort of small. The notch is undoubtedly a polarising design aspect, and Honor has added an possibility within the settings menu to masks the identical. This principally darkens the display screen space on both aspect of the notch.
The Honor 9N will probably be accessible in 4 color variants – Lavender Purple; Black; Robin Egg Blue, which is a greenish-blue shade that appears unbelievable; and the one our evaluate unit got here in, Sapphire Blue. Only the Blue and Black variations will probably be accessible initially, with the opposite two coming at a later date.
The smartphone is compact and petite and really straightforward to make use of with one hand. The rounded corners and curved sides additionally improve in-hand really feel. That mentioned, it’s extremely slippery and the shiny glass again is a fingerprint magnet. Build high quality although is top-notch. The cellphone feels strong within the hand and it survived a number of drops throughout our evaluate interval.
The rear mounted fingerprint sensor is fast and correct and can be utilized for quite a lot of capabilities akin to taking an image, answering calls, and sliding down the notification panel. These gestures can be utilized with any finger and are usually not locked to the finger you’ve got registered for authentication.
The left of the Honor 9N is clean save for the SIM tray which makes you select between a second Nano-SIM and a microSD card. The proper aspect has the quantity rocker and energy button that are a tad too small for our liking however properly inside attain.
On the underside of the cellphone is a Micro-USB port, flanked by a three.5mm headphone jack, and a single loud speaker that’s shrill and tinny. The lack of a USB Type-C port for charging and information transfers is sort of disappointing. The trade has began transitioning in the direction of USB Type-C and it’s excessive time Honor begins adopting the identical for its finances choices as properly.
Honor 9N specs and show
The Honor 9N is powered by Honor’s tried and trusted Kirin 659 processor which can also be discovered within the likes of the Honor 7X (Review), Honor 9 Lite (Review), and Honor 9i (Review). The smartphone straddles a number of value classes with three variants on supply. The base variant retails for Rs. 11,999 and has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and the one we examined right here is priced at Rs. 13,999 and has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There is one other variant of the smartphone on supply which is priced at Rs. 17,999 and options 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. While the four + 64GB variant is about to go on sale on 31st July, the discharge date of the opposite two has not been specified by Honor but.
The Honor 9N has a non-removable three,000mAh battery and runs EMUI 8.0 on prime of Android eight.zero Oreo. Connectivity choices embody Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth four.2, GPS, GLONASS, 4G VoLTE, a Micro-USB port (USB 2.zero pace), and a three.5mm headphone jack. NFC isn’t supported. It helps twin SIMs however just one could be linked to a 4G community at a time.
The Honor 9N has a 5.84-inch full-HD+ IPS show with an 19:9 side ratio. The display screen dominates a lot of the entrance fascia however isn’t precisely borderless. The chin is fairly important. The show is likely one of the highlights of the smartphone. Viewing angles are spot on and the panel is shiny, vivid, and punchy. The 19:9 side ratio additionally lends itself properly to gaming and multimedia consumption and EMUI lets you stretch third-party purposes that don’t assist the side ratio natively.
Honor 9N efficiency, software program, and battery life
The Kirin 659 processor is getting a bit previous within the tooth and can’t examine to Qualcomm’s newer mid-range choices when it comes to each energy and effectivity. The Honor 9N handles primary day-to-day duties like shopping the Web and utilizing social media purposes with ease however struggles when pushed. With a number of purposes open within the background or greater than a dozen tabs open in Chrome, we may really feel the consequences of the comparatively underpowered processor. We additionally skilled keyboard lags and occasional slowdowns all through our evaluate interval. With finances smartphones turning into an increasing number of highly effective, such slowdowns are fairly disappointing.
In our expertise, easy video games like Subway Surfers ran high quality however we skilled uneven frames with titles like Asphalt eight now and again.
Benchmark scores have been similar to different Kirin 659 powered smartphones. We obtained 5061 in PC Mark Work 2.zero, 19fps in GFXbench T-Rex, 5.3fps in GFX Bench Manhattan three.1, and 937 and 3731 in Geekbench’s single- and multi- core exams respectively. We tried working AnTuTu a number of occasions however didn’t get a consequence.
The smartphone did get heat when pushed, however not uncomfortably so. Calls have been clear and crisp, and 4G connectivity was strong. The Honor 9N additionally helps face recognition, through the 16-megapixel entrance digicam. It works fairly properly for essentially the most half and is close to instantaneous in good gentle, however it struggles considerably in direct daylight and when lighting isn’t the most effective.
The Honor 9N runs Android eight.zero Oreo out of the field, with Huawei’s EMUI eight.zero customized pores and skin on prime. As of now, there isn’t any data concerning the Android P replace for this cellphone. In its previous few iterations, EMUI has turn out to be way more responsive. In reality, Huawei claims that EMUI eight.zero is 60 per cent sooner and 50 per cent smoother than EMUI 5.1. That mentioned, it is nonetheless not as snappy as inventory Android and even some customized builds such Oxygen OS.
EMUI can also be loaded with a bunch of nifty options akin to Wi-Fi+, which routinely switches between Wi-Fi and cellular information relying on which connection is stronger. The cellphone routinely converted to cellular information at locations the place the Wi-Fi sign was reasonably poor, which was fairly handy. The built-in messaging app has a helpful characteristic that did a superb job of recognising and filtering out spam messages. You additionally get a number of gestures akin to a three-finger swipe to take a screenshot. We discovered most of those gestures to be reasonably flaky however your mileage could differ.
Facebook Messenger, TrueCaller and Netflix are pre-installed together with six Gameloft sport demos. Thankfully, all of them could be uninstalled. There are a bunch of first-party Honor purposes as properly, which compete with Google’s personal and do not appear so as to add a lot worth. Overall, the quantity of bloat on the Honor 9N is sort of disappointing.
Just just like the Honor 9 Lite, battery life is mediocre. In our HD video loop battery check, the Honor 9N lasted simply eight hours and 40 minutes, which is properly under the typical for this market section. With average use, we discovered ourselves reaching for the charger by 9-10pm day by day. Our utilization concerned round an hour or two of Google Maps, frequent use of social media purposes together with WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram all through the day, video games akin to Asphalt eight, and taking a a few selfies and images. The lack of quick charging means the cellphone takes round two and a half hours to cost totally.
Honor 9N cameras
On the imaging entrance, the Honor 9N contains a twin rear digicam setup with a 13-megapixel main sensor, and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor alongside an LED flash. On the entrance, there’s a 16-megapixel sensor.
The digicam app is sort of logically laid out and comes with a totally featured Pro mode, which lets you alter the shutter pace, ISO, publicity, aperture, and white steadiness. AR stickers are a enjoyable and nifty method to kill time and could be can be utilized with each the entrance and rear digicam. There are 16 results and 14 backgrounds on supply and extra could be downloaded from Honor’s AppGallery.
In beneficial gentle, the rear digicam takes above common images. The degree of element is sweet and hues are fairly correct. Wide aperture mode helps you to modify the aperture worth (f/zero.95 – f/13) earlier than – and even after – capturing a picture. However, photos taken in extensive aperture mode typically ended up trying like a Photoshop job gone fallacious. The resultant photographs have been sub-par, with common edge detection.
In low gentle, the digicam performs reasonably poorly. Photos lack element and appear over sharpened. A good bit of noise creeps in as properly and focusing can also be gradual in unfavourable gentle. The entrance digicam follows a lot of the identical script – it struggles in low gentle however captures first rate images in beneficial gentle. There’s a magnificence mode as properly which provides 10 ranges of beautification and works moderately properly. The entrance digicam may shoot bokeh photographs through software program algorithms (as there isn’t any secondary sensor) however these are fairly common and the blur impact doesn’t even work half the time.
Both the entrance and rear digicam setups assist full-HD (1080p) video recording. Videos are lackluster at finest and lack element, particularly at night time. The lack of digital picture stabilisation means the footage could be shaky at occasions.
The Honor 9N is a compact smartphone that sports activities a vibrant show, a contemporary and fashionable design, and Android eight.zero Oreo out of the field. The color choices are additionally fairly funky, particularly Robin Egg Blue, which is about to go on sale quickly. That mentioned, battery life is mediocre, efficiency is under common, EMUI appears cluttered, and the cameras falter in low gentle.
If you desire a modern cellphone with an awesome show, the bottom variant of the Honor 9N makes for a superb purchase. The different variants are a bit too costly although and are a lot more durable to advocate. If you’re procuring on this value section, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review) is difficult to beat as an all-rounder and the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review) provides stellar worth for cash. Oppo’s Realme 1 (Review) can also be another choice price contemplating which has a extra highly effective processor however lacks a fingerprint sensor.
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Adapted From: Gadgets360