Flagship phone, midrange price: the Honor 9 is officially hitting European markets

Honor is a handset manufacturer, which spun off from none other than Huawei a couple of years ago. Its eponymous flagship series bears a strong resemblance to the Huawei P line and is powered by the Kirin chip as well, but has the sweet benefit of being available in more markets internationally (read: Honor flagships actually come to the US) and being cheaper as well! Honor has just announced that its latest top-tier handset will be hitting European markets really soon. Unfortunately, despite hearing talks about a “global” launch prior to the event, there was no launch date for the US to be seen.

So, the Honor 9 rocks a Kirin 960 octa-core SoC, clocked at 2.4 GHz. The phone comes with 64 GB storage — microSD-expandable — and has 4 GB or 6 GB RAM variations, both of which seem pretty generous to us. There's a dual camera setup on the back — a 12 MP main sensor and 20 MP monochrome sensor. Yup, that's an arrangement similar to the one on the Huawei P10, but without the fancy Leica branding on top. Rest assured that the Honor's camera can do the same bokeh / portrait (simulated aperture) and hybrid zoom tricks that the P10 can.

In an attempt to show us just how amazing the Honor 9 is, the company compared its camera to the iPhone 7 Plus and its system performance to the Galaxy S8, claiming that it outdoes both competitors. The comparisons were shown via pre-recorded videos or projected pictures, so we guess... OK?

Now, about that international release — the Honor 9 becomes available in Europe today! The 4 GB variant will be more widely available, costing £379 in the UK and €449.99 for residents of the old continent. The 6 GB premium edition will be in limited quantities and found in France and Italy. No idea what the logic behind that is. As far as colors to go for, you can pick between the silver-esque Glacier Grey, the royal-looking Sapphire Blue, and the trendy-with-a-splash-of-shine Midnight Black.

So, getting one?

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  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2400 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh



1. libra89

Posts: 2270; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It sounds solid.

2. NoAllegiance unregistered

Price is the same as honor 8 64GB when released, not bad.

5. NoAllegiance unregistered

Edit: Some European countries are getting it for 429 Euro and a free Honor Band 3. How nice of them. Wonder if they kept gorilla glass 3?

3. fyah_king unregistered

How bout being it to the great u.s.a!!!

4. fyah_king unregistered


6. maherk

Posts: 6767; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This over the OP5

7. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Its relative If you want oneplus 5 for 120$ More you get snapdragon 835 over kirin , much faster adreno , gorilla glass 5 vs gg3 , ufs 2.1 vs ufs2/emmc , lpddr4x vs lpddr4 , smooth ui on the market ( faster than iphone 7 )

9. maherk

Posts: 6767; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And for that $120 I'm saving, I'll still be getting one of the best CPUs in the market, a brilliant 1080 screen, and a snappy performance as well. I bought the Honor 8 last year and used for a week or so, and I loved everything about it, extremely fluid experience, great design and build quality, excellent battery life, and if it wasn't for the camera's focus speed I wouldn't have traded it for anything else. Having 2 children, the dual pixel blazing fast focus was the reason I moved back to the S7 and now I own an S8.

10. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

What s8 varient you got ? (Soc)

11. maherk

Posts: 6767; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

International, the exynos version :)

8. massi

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

We pre-ordered this for my dad as his company phone a week ago and got it yesterday! Though it costs 499€ in Finland.. The phone seems good, really snappy, good camera etc. But I really don't like Emui! So cluttered compared to my HTC 10!

12. redmd

Posts: 1925; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

This compared to Xiaomi Mi 6.

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