Honor 9X Smartphone More Information Released, Will Have A Pop-Up Camera & 48MP Sensor

The Honor 9X will have a quirky pop-up camera and a 48MP sensor but we won't be able to see the budget-friendly smartphone until IFA in September.

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To coincide with the previously announced Honor 20 Pro smartphone finally debuting in the UK for a £549.99 handset price, we were invited along to a morning with the brand, at which they teased further details about the Honor 9X handset which was announced in China on 23 July 2019, saying that those of us in the west should receive more details at the IFA show in Berlin this September.


Attending our morning session were several top brass from Honor, the 'little brother' brand of the always-in-the-headlines Huawei. These included Honor UK General Manager Bond Zhang, Senior UK PR Manager 'JP', UK Product Manager Ali Qureshi, plus Harrison Jiang, Honor MD for Overseas Marketing. The latter kicked off the presentation by promising that the manufacturer was going to be bringing us yet more exciting new products in the second half of 2019.

"Our goal is to be the number 2 brand in China and top 4 in the global market," he told us before General Manager Bond Zhang added that Honor was already the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the UK.

Its claim is that shipments went up by a whopping 183% in the first quarter of 2019, already making Honor a top-five smartphone brand in the UK. "We hope to be top 4 by the end of this year," Bond added, noting that Honor did well out of online retail giant Amazon's recent Prime Day, with its Honor 8X Android handset a best seller.

 

Honor 20 Pro Quad Camera Close Up
Honor 20 Pro

 

Product Manager Ali Qureshi then briefly recapped the key features of the newly launched Honor 20 Pro handset - review coming soon - which for photographers is its pro-grade quad-camera system. As you’ll already be aware, this comprises a 48-megapixel f/1.8 main camera, along with 16-megapixel, 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel options. He also described the 'bokeh' (de-focused background) effect that the handset is capable of delivering as 'realistic'.

"We’re getting closer and closer to achieving what was only previously capable with a DSLR set up," says Honor Product Manager Ali Qureshi.

For a limited period this August, those ordering the Honor 20 Pro handset will receive an Honor Watch Magic smartwatch as part of the deal, which otherwise costs £179.99 as a standalone device.

 

Honor 9X
 

New Honor 9X handset to be a 'sub £300 device'

Honor Global's PR Manager John Chan, attending from Singapore, ran us briefly through the headline features of the company's newly announced Honor 9X handset, chief among them being the fact that this is the first Honor device with a pop-up camera. It also features a 48MP camera, yet will be a 'sub £300 device', we were told. With not much more than that being given away at the presentation, we were promised more information will be forthcoming at German tech show IFA this September but we expect the Honor 9X to feature in our 'Top Budget Camera Phones For Photography' list when we get the device in for review. 

Note: The Honor 9X and 9X Pro has been announced in China where more information was shared. 

 

"Honor appeals appeal to a younger audience hungry for innovation," says Honor PR manager 'JP'. 

PR Manager 'JP' then concluded the session by highlighting the fact that Honor is 'always trying to do the best for our young audience', underlining the fact that Honor is the budget, more affordable 'face' of big brother brand, Huawei, so should, therefore, appeal to a younger audience hungry for innovation from their smartphones.

 

Honor 9X

 

Not Photography, But...

For those concerned about personal fitness, we did actually get a look at the Honor Band 5 wearable device, likewise recently announced in China. Described as 'a personal trainer on your wrist', and available in a variety of strap colours, we were told this features a 0.95-inch AMOLED full-colour display, a touch screen and a choice of selectable watch faces. It also features a 24-hour heart rate monitor, which is claimed by Honor to be 'very close to a professional heart rate monitor'. There is additionally an upgraded sleep monitor, which again detects heart rate. Honor's John Chen added such new innovations highlighted the fact that: “We don’t just want to coast along at Honor, we want to be at the forefront of technology.” A case in point: on 10 August, Honor will hold its first-ever developer conference.

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