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Honor 9X Review - Complete Guide A -to- Z

The display in the smartphone is the first of the things thanks to which the owner, in principle, forms the impression of the model and working with it. Therefore, the attention that the company pays to the screen is an excellent indicator of user care. We will show the demonstration of such concern using the example of Honor 9X.

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It was - it became

Recently, we talked about the evolution of Honor smartphones with examples of the most interesting, iconic models, and now it will be appropriate to recall that article. One of the first Honor smartphones - Honor 6 Plus had a display diagonal of 5.5 inches and a body width of 75.7 mm. Such a screen was then considered really large!

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Honour 9X has almost the same width - 77.3 mm, but the screen diagonal is much larger, as much as 6.59 inches! This is comparable to seven-inch tablets, only in terms of dimensions the Honor 9X is a typical smartphone, and then we will tell you why we managed to achieve this.

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The screen in Honor 9X occupies 91% of the entire front panel area, and this fact has several advantages. Firstly, small frames allow you to reduce the size of the case, which makes the smartphone more compact, lightweight and convenient. In fact, you get a tablet diagonal with smartphone dimensions. Secondly, such displays look very impressive, as if the picture is at your fingertips. At the same time, more information is simply placed on such a screen.

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Everything is visible even in the bright sun

If many smartphones manage to provide a good picture in the room, then maintaining good image visibility in bright sunshine is a much more difficult task. Manufacturers solve this problem in different ways, but the most common option is to increase the brightness of the screen. And although this method seems logical, it has obvious drawbacks - increased energy consumption and heating. In Honor 9X, good sun exposure is ensured by special software image adaptation, when individual details are better highlighted for better distinguishability.

Aspect ratio

The Honor 9X screen has an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9, while, unlike most other smartphones, this device uses every pixel of usable space, because it does not have any cutouts in the screen. Engineers were able to achieve this through the use of a moving front camera, which is normally hidden in the case.

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Why is this aspect ratio necessary? First of all, for reading in any of its manifestations. Books, web surfing, social networks: the more elongated the display on a smartphone, the less often you will have to scroll the screen with content and be less distracted by it, respectively.

An extended display is also useful in modern active games, where we close the edges of the screen with our thumbs.

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Eye protection

We spend a lot of time on the smartphone: reading on the road, correspondence with colleagues and relatives, watching movies and TV shows, playing in between. Of course, all this is a strain on your eyes, and Honor understands this very well, therefore, in the brand’s smartphones - and among them Honor 9X - there is a special setting called “UV filtering”. If you turn it on, the image will become a warmer shade, and this will reduce eye strain. In this case, you can adjust the intensity of the warm shade, as well as enable the schedule for this model.

In addition, the screen in Honor 9X complies with safety standards from TÜV Rheinland, an organization that oversees the safety of various products.

HDR support

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range - the extended dynamic range, that is, the range between the lightest and darkest parts of the image. It is accompanied by higher accuracy of the transmission of intermediate shades. The wider this range, the more detailed the image you get on the smartphone screen.

In Honor 9X, HDR support is implemented using the proprietary Hiace algorithm, which independently adjusts the contrast of the image, so you can see more details in the lightest and darkest parts of the image. In addition, this technology works even when watching ordinary videos or photos, and the difference is visible to the naked eye.

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A few years ago, such technologies, in principle, were not available on smartphones, and more recently, only flagships could boast of them. But Honor 9X is an affordable model with a large, bright and safe display.

Table of contents

  • Key Features of Honor 9X Premium (Model STK-LX1)
  • Appearance and usability
  • Screen
  • Cameras
  • Telephone part and communications
  • Software and multimedia
  • Performance
  • Heat
  • Play video
  • Battery life
  • Total

Honour introduced at the end of October its next mid-budget smartphone - Honor 9X. In positioning, this is the oldest model among the available product lines of the brand, but unlike the version released earlier in China on the more powerful Kirin 810 processor, it received the already familiar Kirin 710F hardware platform (like the Honor 10i ).

The company launches two smartphones with the name Honor 9X on the market at once, in this review, we will consider a more advanced modification of the  9X Premium (STK-LX1). However, it will be more accurate to say that this is a more expensive modification. But is it more advanced? The key differences of the 9X Premium are an additional wide-angle camera and 6 GB of memory instead of 4 GB in the 9X, but the older model unexpectedly did not receive the NFC module. All details are in our review.

Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)

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Key Features of Honor 9X Premium (Model STK-LX1)

  • SoC Kirin 710F, 8 cores: 4 × Cortex-A73 @ 2.2 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53 @ 1.7 GHz
  • GPU Mali-G51
  • Operating System Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1
  • IPS 6.59 ″ touchscreen display, 2340 × 1080 (19.5: 9), 391 PPI
  • Random-access memory (RAM) 6 GB, Internal memory 128 GB
  • MicroSD support (up to 512 GB)
  • Support Nano-SIM (2 pcs.)
  • GSM / WCDMA Networks
  • LTE Cat.12 B1 / B3 / B7 / B8 / B20 Networks
  • GPS / A-GPS, Glonass, BDS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
  • NFC no
  • USB Type-C, USB OTG
  • Headphone Audio Out (3.5mm)
  • The main camera is 48 megapixels (f / 1.8) + 8 megapixels (f / 2.4) + 2 megapixels (f / 2.4); video 1080 @ 60 fps
  • Front camera 16 MP, f / 2.2
  • Proximity and lighting sensors, magnetic fields, gyroscope, accelerometer
  • Fingerprint scanner (back)
  • 4000 mAh battery, 10 W charge
  • Dimensions 164 × 77 × 8.8 mm
  • Weight 197 g

Appearance and usability

The Honor 9X case (hereinafter, for brevity, we will call the smartphone just like that, since the 9X and 9X Premium have the same case and almost everything else, so everything said applies equally to both modifications) is made in a calm design made of glossy plastic without any presence metal on the sides and glass on the back. The back surface is pretty nicely decorated in the form of a geometric pattern, which under the rays of light forms the Latin letter “X”.

Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)

Both the back wall and the side frame are slippery, while the case is also quite wide, and the varnished surfaces are quickly covered with fingerprints. In general, we have a nice, but not the most practical device with a very large screen.

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The module with cameras that extends beyond the rear panel does not greatly prevent the device from lying on a hard surface. The smartphone sways a little when touched at the very extreme part of the screen, but overall it is stable on the table.

Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)

The fingerprint scanner is located at the back, its platform is recessed, so it is easy to touch. There are no complaints about the work of the scanner itself; it works quickly and accurately.

Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)

The front camera is located in a separate retractable module, the creators dispensed with the usual cutout in the screen. This is not the first such decision, but the idea to not lose part of the screen is good in itself.

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The module with the camera extends without lightning speed - and also slowly pushes back. If you drop the smartphone, the camera immediately begins to "pull" back and theoretically should have time to hide before the device reaches the floor.

The branded case is not flexible, it is made of hard transparent plastic. For the retractable module, a wide cutout is provided in it.

Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)

The smartphone supports microSD memory cards. True, the card slot in the smartphone is hybrid, it does not support the simultaneous installation of a second Nano-SIM card and microSD memory card, one will have to be sacrificed.

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The card slot itself is located in the upper end, next to the microphone hole and a retractable front camera.

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The hardware buttons on the side face are smooth, they do not differ tactilely. The keys are large, have a long stroke and a clear response, there are no complaints about them.

Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)

At the bottom, there is a modern USB Type-C connector, a speaker, a microphone and even a 3.5 mm audio output - an ideal set.

 Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)

Honour 9X is offered in Russia in two colour options: blue and black. Only the blue version received an iridescent geometric pattern on the "back", while the black version was solid. The smartphone does not have dust and moisture protection.

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The Honor 9X is equipped with a FullView IPS display with dimensions of 70 × 152 mm, a diagonal of 6.59 inches, a resolution of 2340 × 1080 (with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9), and a pixel density of 391 PPI. The frame around the screen has a width of 3 mm on each side, 5 mm below and 4 mm above.

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The front surface of the screen is made in the form of a glass plate with a mirror-smooth surface that is resistant to scratches. Judging by the reflection of objects, the anti-glare properties of the screen are better than those of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) screen (hereinafter simply Nexus 7). For clarity, we present a photo on which the white surface is reflected in the turned off screens (on the left - Nexus 7, on the right - Honor 9X, then they can be distinguished by size):

Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)

The screen of the Honor 9X is noticeably darker (brightness in photographs 107 versus 118 for Nexus 7). The doubling of the reflected objects in the Honor 9X screen is very weak, which indicates that there is no air gap between the layers of the screen (specifically between the outer glass and the surface of the LCD matrix) (OGS - One Glass Solution type screen). Due to the smaller number of boundaries (such as glass/air) with very different refractive indices, such screens look better under conditions of intense external illumination, but repairing them in the case of cracked external glass is much more expensive since the entire screen has to be changed. On the outer surface of the screen there is a special oleophobic (grease-repellent) coating, which is better in efficiency than Nexus 7, so fingerprints are removed much more easily, but appear at a lower speed.

With manual brightness control and when displaying a white field in full screen, the maximum brightness value was about 520 cd / m², the minimum - 2 cd / m². The maximum brightness is very high, therefore, given the excellent anti-glare properties, the readability of the screen even on a sunny day outdoors should be at an acceptable level. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable value. In the presence of automatic brightness control according to the light sensor (it is lower on the edge of the front panel to the right of the centre). In automatic mode, when the ambient light conditions change, the screen brightness both increases and decreases. The operation of this function depends on the position of the brightness adjustment slider: the user may try to set the desired brightness level under the current conditions. If you do not intervene, leaving everything by default, then in total darkness the auto-brightness function reduces the brightness to 6 cd / m² (dark), in an office lit by artificial light (approximately 550 lux) sets to 160 cd / m² (suitable), in a very bright environment (corresponds to illumination on a clear day outdoors, but without direct sunlight - 20,000 lux or a little more) increases to 520 cd / m² (to the maximum, this is necessary). The brightness level of the backlight depends on the position of the slider in the dark and in average conditions, and in a very bright environment, the maximum is always set. The default result did not completely satisfy us, so we moved the slider slightly to the right in complete darkness and for the three conditions mentioned above, we got 20, 170 and 520 cd / m² (an ideal combination for those who need to get brighter in the dark). It turns out that the auto-brightness function works adequately and allows the user to customize their work to individual requirements. At any brightness level, there is no significant modulation of the backlight, so there is no screen flicker. therefore, we moved the slider a little to the right in complete darkness and for the three conditions mentioned above, we got 20, 170 and 520 cd / m² (an ideal combination for those who need to lighten in the dark). It turns out that the auto-brightness function works adequately and allows the user to customize their work to individual requirements. At any brightness level, there is no significant modulation of the backlight, so there is no screen flicker. therefore, we moved the slider a little to the right in complete darkness and for the three conditions mentioned above, we got 20, 170 and 520 cd / m² (the perfect combination for those who need to lighten in the dark). It turns out that the auto-brightness function works adequately and allows the user to customize their work to individual requirements. At any brightness level, there is no significant modulation of the backlight, so there is no screen flicker.

This smartphone uses an IPS type matrix. Microphotographs show a typical IPS subpixel structure:

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For comparison, you can see the gallery of microphotographs of screens used in mobile technology.

The screen has good viewing angles without significant colour shift even with large deviations of the gaze from the perpendicular to the screen and without inverting colours. For comparison, we present photographs in which the same images are displayed on the Honor 9X and Nexus 7 screens, while the screen brightness was initially set to about 200 cd / m², and the colour balance on the camera was forcibly switched to 6500 K.

Perpendicular to the screens, a white field:

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We note a good uniformity of brightness and colour tone of the white field.

And the test picture:

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The colours on the Honor 9X screen are clearly oversaturated, and the colour balance of the screens varies.

Now at an angle of about 45 degrees to the plane and to the side of the screen:

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It can be seen that the colours did not change much on both screens, but on the Honor 9X, the contrast decreased to a greater extent due to the greater blackening.

And the white field:

 Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)

The brightness at an angle of the screens decreased (about 5 times, based on the difference in shutter speed), but the Honor 9X has a slightly lighter screen. When deviated diagonally, the black field is highlighted strongly and remains conditionally neutral sulfur. The photos below demonstrate this (the brightness of the white areas in the direction perpendicular to the plane of the screens is the same!):

 Honor 9X Premium (STK-LX1)

And from a different angle:

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With a perpendicular look, the black field uniformity is excellent:

Contrast (approximately in the centre of the screen) is high - about 1150: 1. The response time for the black-white-black transition is 17 ms (8.5 ms on + 8.5 ms off). The transition between grey tones of 25% and 75% (by the numerical value of the colour) and vice versa in total takes 28 ms. Constructed at 32 points with an equal interval in the numerical value of the shade of grey, the gamma curve did not reveal a blockage in either highlights or shadows. The exponent of the approximating power function is 2.03, which is below the standard value of 2.2. In this case, the real gamma curve noticeably deviates from the power law:

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This unit has a dynamic adjustment of the brightness of the backlight with an unobvious dependence on time and on the nature of the displayed image. As a result, the obtained dependence of the brightness on the hue (gamma curve) may not correspond to the gamma curve of a static image, since the measurements were carried out with successive output of shades of grey to almost the entire screen. For this reason, a series of tests — determining contrast and response time, comparing black flare at angles — we performed (however, as always) when displaying special patterns with unchanged average brightness, and not plain fields in the entire screen. In general, such a non-switched brightness correction does nothing but harm, since a constant change in screen brightness can at least cause some discomfort.

The colour gamut is noticeably wider than sRGB:

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We look at the spectra:

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The spectra of the components are fairly well separated, which leads to a wide colour gamut. For a consumer device, the wide colour gamut is not an advantage, but a significant drawback, because in the end, the colours of images - drawings, photographs and films - oriented to the sRGB space (and such the vast majority) have unnatural saturation. This is especially noticeable on recognizable shades, such as skin tones. The result is shown in the photos above.

However, not everything is so bad: when you select the Normal profile, the compression is compressed to the sRGB borders.

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Colours in images become less saturated (and colour balance changes slightly):

By default (the Bright profile is selected ), the balance of shades on the scale is a compromise, since the colour temperature is significantly higher than the standard 6500 K, but the deviation from the spectrum of the black body (ΔE) is below 10, which is considered an acceptable indicator for a consumer device. In this case, the colour temperature and ΔE vary little from shade to shade - this has a positive effect on the visual assessment of the colour balance. (The darkest areas of the greyscale can be ignored, since there the colour balance does not matter much, and the error in measuring colour characteristics at low brightness is large.)

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In this device, it is possible to adjust the colour balance by adjusting the hue on the colour wheel or choosing one of three predefined profiles.

In the graphs above, the Vivid curves correspond to the results without any correction of the colour balance ( Vivid profile ), and the Normal curves + correl. - data obtained after selecting the Normal profile and corrections, as in the picture above. In the second case, the colour temperature approached the standard value, and ΔE decreased. True, the brightness is reduced by 15%. Note that this function is implemented in the version rather for a tick since there is no numerical reflection of the correction and there is no special field for measuring colour balance. Note that you can not move the point on the circle, but simply select the Normal profile and leave the option Default - the colour balance will already become quite good.

There is a fashionable setting that allows you to reduce the intensity of the blue component.

Marketers have tried to intimidate the user to show the degree of concern of the manufacturer. Of course, there is no UV radiation (see spectrum above), and there is no eye fatigue caused by blue light. In principle, bright light can disrupt the daily (circadian) rhythm (see the article on the iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch display ), but everything is decided by adjusting the brightness to a comfortable level, and there is absolutely no distortion of the colour balance, reducing the contribution of blue meaning.

To summarize: the screen has a very high maximum brightness (up to 520 cd / m²) and has excellent anti-glare properties, so the device can be used without any problems outdoors, even on a summer sunny day. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable level (up to 2 cd / m²). It is acceptable to use the mode with automatic brightness adjustment, which works adequately. Also, the advantages of the screen include effective oleophobic coating, the absence of an air gap in the layers of the screen and flicker, high contrast (about 1150: 1), excellent black field uniformity, sRGB colour gamut and good colour balance (when choosing the right profile). The disadvantages are the low stability of black to a deviation of gaze from the perpendicular to the plane of the screen.


The main camera of the Honor 9X Premium is formally triple. The main module with a 48 MP sensor resolution and an f / 1.8 lens is supplemented by a wide-angle module (120 °) with an 8 MP sensor and an f / 2.4 aperture lens, as well as a module for measuring the depth of field of a scene (2 MP, f / 2,4).

The camera in automatic modes is controlled by AI, which sets the optimal shooting parameters, according to automation. When shooting, phase-assisted (PDAF) autofocus is used. There is no native ability to save pictures in RAW.
The main module, according to the tradition established in the new season, offers to shoot in the “four pixels in one” format, that is, in a resolution of 12 megapixels, and not in full 48 megapixels. And as usual, it is completely justified, there is no benefit from 48-megapixel images.

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Modification 9X Premium is additionally equipped with a wide-angle module. For such a camera is fundamental the ability to photograph large objects from a short distance, or when you need to fit everything into the frame, even sacrificing quality. This camera does not have autofocus, and the quality is worse than the main one. Here, large areas of blur are noticeable at the edges of the image, and in the central part of the frame, the detail is too low.

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In poor lighting and handheld shooting, the wide-angle module fails.

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6x digital zoom is available, but you should not expect details and clarity from it.

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Despite the high resolution, the main camera here is not a flagship. Detailing, noise, colour reproduction, dynamic range corresponding to the class of the device.

Good with some stretch can be called macro photography. In low light, you can use the night mode, which, by glueing several frames into one, will provide beautiful colours, but not every first or even every second picture will be sharp.

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Video can be shot at a maximum resolution of 1080p at 60 fps. There is no 4K video, optical stabilization, too. Video shooting quality is average - both in detail and in sharpness. At night, the camera shoots video weakly. Sound is recorded quite cleanly, without distortion in the form of an echo.

Movie # 1 (97 MB, 1920 × 1080 @ 60 fps, H.264, AAC)
Movie # 2 (70 MB, 1920 × 1080 @ 60 fps, H.264, AAC)
Movie # 3 (77 MB, 1920 × 1080 @ 60 fps, H.264, AAC)

The Honor 9X selfie camera uses a 16-megapixel sensor and an f / 2.2 aperture. Even in the afternoon, in a bright street light, the pictures are “friable”, but the high resolution saves: if you reduce these pictures to at least 4 megapixels, the picture becomes quite nice. In the room, the sharpness and detail fall, even more, here you already have to reduce the pictures to screen resolution.

Telephone part and communications

The Kirin 710 platform has a modem with LTE Cat.12 support with a theoretical download speed of up to 600 Mbps. Honour 9X does not support as many frequencies as the flagships (B1 / 3/7/8/20), but all the most common bands in Russia are present.

In practice, within the city limits of the Moscow region, the device demonstrates confident operation in wireless networks, does not lose connection, quickly restores communication after an emergency brake. The Wi-Fi module supports both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands and 802.11ac mode. There is Bluetooth version 4.2, and there is also no NFC module (it is in Honor 9X, but not in 9X Premium)

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The navigation module works with GPS (dual-frequency, with A-GPS), with domestic Glonass and with Chinese Beidou. There is a magnetic compass necessary for navigation programs in the smartphone.

The phone application supports Smart Dial, that is, while dialling the phone number, the first letters in the contacts are searched immediately. The methods for sorting and displaying contacts are standard for the Android interface. Vibrating alert is very noticeable, there are no complaints about it. Cards work in Dual SIM Dual Standby mode.

Software and multimedia

Honour 9X uses the Android 9th version of the software platform with the EMUI 9 proprietary shell. The interface allows you to flexibly configure most functions to fit your needs, you can set the option to control your smartphone with one hand, gestures, voice, use special modes like the game mode, clone your accounts in social networks and much more. It is curious that the smartphone does not have an unlock function in the face.

The main speaker in the device is one. The smartphone sounds loud through it, but somehow a little flat, which, however, is normal for a device of this price range. The headphones sound good too, but nothing more. For listening to the headphones, the Huawei Histen audio effects system is provided, there are presets for different types. There is also an FM radio and a recorder useful for recording seminars with quite good sensitivity.


The Honor 9X is built on a single-chip Kirin 710F system, although it was previously expected that the latest Kirin 810 will be used. The ageing Kirin 710 is made using the 12 nm process technology, while the Kirin 810 is made using the 8-nanometer process. The Kirin 710F SoC configuration includes two CPU clusters: four Cortex-A73 cores with a frequency of 2.2 GHz and four Cortex-A53 with a frequency of 1.7 GHz. For graphics performance meets the GPU Mali-G51.

The amount of RAM is 6 GB for Honor 9X Premium and 4 GB for Honor 9X, the storage capacity is 128 GB (of which about 105 GB is free). The installation of a microSD memory card is supported, as well as the connection of external devices to the USB Type-C port in USB OTG mode.

Kirin 710F is far from the most productive SoC. However, the speed and smoothness of the system and applications do not cause any particular complaints, although the platform does not “star” in benchmarks. With games, of course, the situation is expected: Modern Combat 3, Mortal Kombat X goes well, and Injustice 2 and especially PUBG slow down. You can play, but not at high graphics settings.

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Testing in complex tests AnTuTu and GeekBench:

All the results we obtained when testing the smartphone in the latest versions of popular benchmarks, we have brought to the table for convenience. A few other devices from various segments are usually added to the table, also tested on the latest versions of benchmarks (this is done only to visually evaluate the dry numbers obtained). Unfortunately, in the framework of one comparison, it is impossible to present the results from different versions of benchmarks, therefore, many worthy and relevant models remain behind the scenes - due to the fact that at one time they passed the "obstacle course" on previous versions of test programs.

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Graphics subsystem testing in 3DMark and GFXBenchmark game tests:

When testing in 3DMark for the most productive smartphones, it is now possible to run the application in Unlimited mode, where the rendering resolution is fixed at 720p and VSync is disabled (due to which the speed can rise above 60 fps).

Honor 9X
(HiSilicon Kirin 710F)
Samsung Galaxy A70
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 675)
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 712)
Redmi Note 7
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 660)
Samsung Galaxy A50
(Samsung Exynos 9610)
3DMark Ice Storm Sling Shot ES 3.1
(more is better)
3DMark Sling Shot Ex Vulkan
(more is better)
GFX Benchmark Manhattan ES 3.1
GFX Benchmark (Onscreen, fps)
GFX Benchmark Manhattan ES 3.1
GFX Benchmark (1080p Offscreen, fps)
GFX Benchmark T-Rex
GFX Benchmark (Onscreen, fps)
GFX Benchmark T-Rex
GFX Benchmark (1080p Offscreen, fps)

Testing in cross-platform browser tests:

As for the benchmarks for evaluating the speed of the javascript engine, you should always make a discount on the fact that the results in them significantly depend on the browser in which they are launched, so that the comparison can be truly correct only on the same OS and browsers, and this is possible when testing not always. In the case of the Android OS, we always try to use Google Chrome.

Honour 9X
(HiSilicon Kirin 710F)
Samsung Galaxy A70
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 675)
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 712)
Redmi Note 7
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 660)
Samsung Galaxy A50
(Samsung Exynos 9610)
Mozilla Kraken
(ms, less is better)
Google Octane 2
(more is better)
JetStream 2
(more is better)
AndroBench memory speed test results:
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Below is a photograph of the back surface obtained after 15 minutes of a gorilla fight in Injustice 2 (this test is also used to determine autonomy in 3D games):

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Play video

This unit, apparently, does not support DisplayPort Alt Mode for USB Type-C - outputting image and sound to an external device when connected to a USB port - which was found out using the Aten UH3234 docking station.

To test the output of the image of video files on the screen of the device itself, we used a set of test files with an arrow and a rectangle moving one division per frame (see “ Testing technique for video playback and display devices. Version 1 (for mobile devices) ”). Screenshots with a shutter speed of 1 s helped to determine the nature of the output of frames of video files with various parameters: resolution (1280 by 720 (720p), 1920 by 1080 (1080p) and 3840 by 2160 (4K) pixels) and frame rate (24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 fps). In tests, we used the MX Player video player in the "Hardware" mode. The test results are summarized in the table:

4K / 60p (H.265)not playable
4K / 50p (H.265)OKa lot of
4K / 30p (H.265)fineno
4K / 25p (H.265)fineno
4K / 24p (H.265)fineno
4K / 30pfineno
4K / 25pfineno
4K / 24pfineno
1080 / 60pfineno
1080 / 50pfineno
1080 / 30pOKno
1080 / 25pOKno
1080 / 24pfineno
720 / 60pfineno
720 / 50pOKno
720 / 30pfineno
720 / 25pfineno
720 / 24pfineno
Note: If the Uniformity and Skips columns are set to green, then this means that most likely when watching movies of artefacts caused by uneven rotation and skipping frames, you either don’t see them at all, or their number and visibility will not affect comfort viewing. Red marks indicate possible problems associated with the playback of the corresponding files.

According to the criterion for outputting frames, the playback quality of video files on the screen of the smartphone itself is good, since in most cases frames (or groups of frames) can (but are not required to) be displayed with the more or less uniform rotation of intervals and without frame drops. When playing video files with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels (1080p) on the smartphone screen, the image of the video file itself is displayed exactly at the height of the screen (in landscape orientation), one to one in pixels, that is, in the original resolution. The brightness range displayed on the screen corresponds to the standard range 16–235: all shades of gradation are displayed in shadows and in highlights, which is required for the correct reproduction of typical video files. Note that this smartphone does not support hardware decoding of H.265 files with a colour depth of 10 bits per colour.

Battery life

The Honor 9X has a built-in battery with a decent 4000 mAh capacity. The device demonstrates quite solid, even high indicators of autonomy in the video viewing mode, but it quickly consumes energy in games. In real life, the smartphone reaches the evening charge, nothing more, but, of course, it all depends on the usage scenario.

Testing was traditionally carried out at the usual level of energy consumption without using the energy-saving functions, although there are those in the device.

Battery capacityReading modeVideo mode3D game mode
Honour 9X4000 mAh19 h.2 p.m.5 h. 20 m.
Samsung Galaxy A504000 mAh5 p.m.13 h.8 h.
Meizu X83210 mAh20 h. 00 m.13 h.6 hours 30 meters
Redmi note 74000 mAh21 h.15 hours 005 hours 00
Nokia 7.13060 mAh19 h. 30 m.8 h.4 h. 00 m.
Continuous reading in the FBReader program (with a standard, light theme) with a minimum comfortable brightness level (brightness was set to 100 cd / m²) lasted until the battery was completely discharged for about 19 hours, and when continuously watching high-quality video (720p) with the same the brightness level through the home Wi-Fi network, the device operates up to 14 hours. In the 3D-games mode, the smartphone can work no more than 5.5 hours.
The smartphone is fully charged in 3 hours with a current of 2 A at a voltage of 5 V (10 W). Wireless charging is not supported.


Honour 9X Premium is already offered in official Russian retail for 19 thousand rubles. For this money, the user receives a solid mid-range mobile without any frills, but also without obvious failures. An interesting visual solution is a frameless screen without cutouts and a pop-up front camera. However, today this is not the first such decision and not unique. The screen is excellent, the platform and autonomy are good, the cameras are weak. Against the background of 64-megapixel “quad cameras” for 20 thousand, the hero of the review is not in the most favourable position with competitors, although if the price drops a little, the device may become interesting for fans of the “golden mean”. We will devote a separate review to the Honor 9X model without a wide-angle camera, which cost 17 thousand rubles at the time of preparing the material.

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