Honor 9 launches in Europe to widespread praise

The Honor 9 has launched in Europe to widespread praise [Image: LDProd via iStock]

Honor, the Huawei sub-brand, has launched its latest smartphone, the Honor 9, in Europe and has so far received a number of positive reviews, particularly for its price tag.

The Honor 9 features a 5.15-inch Full HD display, at 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is powered by a custom-built eight-core Kirin 960 processor, which was developed by Huawei’s own chip-making spin-off company.

It also provides RAM of 4GB and 64GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB. According to TrustedReviews.com, “you’re getting a lot of high-end hardware given the lowly price”.

The Honor 9 is being priced at just £380 online, which is going to be of interest to business users.

It has a curved glass back, which sets it apart from most other devices made of metal. The back also features a dual camera, with a monochrome sensor of up to 20 MP and a 12 MP RGB sensor.

The Honor 9 runs on Android Nougat 7.0, with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 overlaid. It comes with a 3,200 mAh battery, but Android Authority has pointed out that it has not been provided with Huawei’s Supercharger technology.

Eva Wimmers, president of Honor Western Europe, said: “With the new Honor 9, we take manufacturing excellence to the next level. Our world today is filled with pictures and moments we want to capture – Honor 9 does not only stand out through its elegant 3D curved glass back design, it also incorporates the newest camera features, easy to use for any proficiency level, and market-leading smartphone technologies.”

The one thing that reviewers think might be a negative for users is the fingerprint reader shifting from the back to the front. However, Alphr.com has pointed out that this is useful for unlocking the phone while it is on your desk.