Honor 9i Pros and Cons | Is Oreo Update available for Honor 9i?
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8

Huawei Honor 9i Performance

8
Octa-Core, 2.36 GHz, Cortex A53.
4 GB RAM

Huawei Honor 9i Display

9
5.9 inches (14.99), 409 PPI IPS LCD

Huawei Honor 9i Camera

9
Auto-focus, Dual-color LED Flash
Dual : 13 MP + 2 MP MP Front Camera, Auto-focus

Huawei Honor 9i Battery

8
3340 mAh.
Non-Removable
  • Supports Indian bands
  • Dual SIM Nano (Hybrid) + Nano (Hybrid)
  • 64 GB + 128 GB (Expandable)
  • VoLTE
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • FM Radio
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Details about Huawei - Honor 9i

Honor 9i Pros and Cons:

Honor 9i Pros:

  • Design and Build Quality
  • 18:9 Display
  • Software and UI
  • Audio Quality
  • Camera

Honor 9i Cons:

  • Gaming and Performance
  • Battery Life and Charging Time
  • No Image Stabilisation and Optical Zoom in Camera

 

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Review from an Expert

Honor 9i Pros and Cons | Honor 9i Full Review

Reviewed by Vipin Yadav - Published on

Score

4/5

The design of the honor 9i feels quite premium and upmarket similar to the design of the iPhone 6s plus. It has a metal unibody design and it feels quite sturdy.

Honor 9i Pros: 

Design and Build Quality: Feels Premium

The 2.5D glass that blends with the screen adds to the premium-ness. There’s no official word regarding the kind of screen protection used, but the phone comes pre-applied with a screen guard. The antenna lines on the back look neat.

 

Honor 9i

The hardware buttons are pretty tactile and the acknowledgment received is pretty assuring. There are no hardware navigation buttons available, so the software ones are your only choice. The camera hump on the back is quite prominent and it is going to cause the phone to wobble a lot if you place it on a flat surface.

Honor 9i design

The dimension of Honor 9i is 156.20 x 75.00 x 7.50 and it weighs around 164 grams.  The Screen to body ratio is 76.48%. This phone uses a micro USB 2.0 in the year of 2017, which is quite disappointing.

Honor 9i design usb 2.0

 

Display Quality is decent with 18:9 Aspect Ratio

Honor 9i has a 5.9″ full HD plus screen with the pixel density of 409 ppi. Here, the full HD plus simply means that it has a resolution slightly more than 1080p, to be specific 2160 x 1080p, which makes it 18:9. Well, the common misconception is that 18:9 display phones are bezel-less, that is simply not true. Bezels and screen size are independent of each other. Well, talking about this phone, it has smaller bezels on the sides and considerable bezels on the top and bottom which houses necessary sensors and front camera. The 5.9” IPS display produces great quality output and is adequately bright. The auto brightness sensor also works fine.

honor 9i display

Software and UI: Honor 9i Comes with 7.0 Nougat but will it get Oreo Update?

There’s a lot to talk about the software experience of this phone. This phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with a heavy skin of Huawei’s own EMUI 5.1 which allows lots of customization options. Huawei has rolled out EMUI 8.0 Update for Honor View 10 and it will be soon available for Honor 9i, Honor 8 Pro and other Honor devices too. It comes with a lot of bloatware pre-installed like the Instagram, Facebook, UC browser apps which can be uninstalled, but it also comes with certain honor service and community apps and also some utility apps that cannot be uninstalled in any way. As this phone has a maximum capacity of 64 GB which can be expandable using a micro SD of up to 128 GB, so storage shouldn’t be an issue for a normal user. If you’ve used a phone with a custom ROM and fell in love with the amount of customization available, honor 9i will offer you a similar experience.

Honor 9i Nougat

Adjusting color temperature to warm, cold or default is one such example. Geeks are going to love the display network speed feature. Assistive features like the One-handed mode, flip to mute are also present. You might call the knuckle gestures to take a screenshot, open an app or split the screen a gimmick, but I tend to use them a lot. The two main features that I love the most are the fingerprint gestures and the app twin. Fingerprint gestures let you take photos, answer calls or browse photos by touching the fingerprint scanner.

Honor 9i knuckle gestures

 

Honor 9i fingerprint

There is also a simple mode which clears out all the clutters and presents us with a nice minimalistic and clean home screen with large icons which you could enable and give it your elders. If you’re someone who uses two accounts on the same app like say, Facebook, App twin is a feature that lets you create the same app with another login id. This would be beneficial to users having a personal account and a business account. But as of now, this feature seems to be supported only by Facebook and other messenger apps. The best part of this UI is that it did not lag during our usage. But there were some inconsistencies with the transitions. But overall, I enjoyed the EMUI skin more than any other Android skins.

Honor 9i simple mode

Honor 9i app twin

List of Honor 9i Gestures you probably want to give a try:

  1. Knuckle Gestures to take a Screenshot
  2. Double tap using Knuckle to enable Screen Recording
  3. Draw S using Knuckle to start Scrolling Screenshot
  4. Draw a letter to open a specific app
  5. Draw a line using Knuckle for Split Screen mode
  6. Browse Photos using a Fingerprint scanner
  7. Flip to Mute

Will Honor 9i get Android Oreo Update?

Huawei recently rolled out Honor 9i Oreo Beta Testing Program on 24th March 2018. So, Honor 9i is soon going to get the Oreo update in a month or two. Honor has stated in their forum that they are soon going to another recruitment list of Beta tester. Keep checking Honor forum if you wish to be a beta tester.

Speaker: Audio Quality of Honor 9i is decent

This phone has a mono speaker which is adequately loud. The output through the speaker seems quite flat. But the output through the headphone jack is good I wish it was bit louder but it is great. And I also like the headphone jack placement, at the bottom.

Call quality: Loud and Clear

The call quality is great. The speaker is quite loud and clear. There was no issue in the mic reception, and because of the VoLTE, there was no lag in voice delivery.

Camera: Honor 9i comes with Quad Camera!  

Honor 9i comes with 4 cameras, yeah you read that right, two dual cameras one in the front and one in the rear. The rear camera is in a 16+2 MP configuration and the front camera comes with a 13+2 MP setup.

Honor 9i Rear Camera

Honor 9i rear camera

Both the secondary camera is for portrait mode or in other words “to blur the background”. The photos taken in outdoor come out to be pretty sharp and detailed. The depth effect does a very good job even in low lighting condition because of the 2 MP depth sensor. Due to this sensor, more and more light is allowed which makes the photos somewhat brighter.

Honor 9i Front Camera

Honor 9i front camera

The Front facing camera comes with f/2.0 wide aperture. Honor 9i also provides Front Flash. The 9i can shoot videos at a maximum resolution of 1080p but does not have any stabilization. The 9i has a front-facing dual camera which is a unique feature of this phone. Undoubtedly, it is a great camera and takes better selfie shots than the other phones. The front-facing cameras also take amazing portrait photos. While taking videos from the front-facing camera, make sure that beauty mode is not activated which is activated by default, or else it will shoot it at 720p.

Honor 9i Camera Modes

honor 9i camera modes

The camera UI is packed with lots of features, on swiping right, you get various shooting modes, you can easily turn it on and off, the one thing that caught my attention was the more button down here which leads me to believe that Huawei will be adding more camera modes in the future. On swiping right, you can tweak camera app settings, you can also capture in Raw format when using the pro mode. There is also an ultra-snapshot feature which lets you capture photos instantly when the phone is in a locked state, just press the volume down button twice and it quickly takes a picture within 1 seconds. So far, the camera quality is impressive, there is a slight reddish tone in the pictures, I think the red colours pop up a bit more.

Here are some camera samples of we clicked while doing Honor 9i Detailed Camera Review.

Rear Camera Sample:

Honor 9i rear camera sample

Front Camera Sample:

Honor 9i selfie

Portrait Mode: 

Honor 9i Portrait mode

Sensors

This phone has all kinds of necessary sensors but skips on gyroscope sensor which means you cannot use the phone for virtual reality. This phone also skips on NFC. GPU in Honor 9i is ARM Mali-T830 MP2 with two Cores. The phone also comes with LED Notification light.

Honor 9i Cons:

Performance and Gaming: Honor 9i is not for Gamers.

The Honor 9i runs on Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 659 which has 8 cores of ARM cortex and I have to say this processor is comparable to Snapdragon 625 used in a lot of midrange phones like Moto G5S Plus and Mi A1. But in our testing, it did not outperform the 625. We played games like Mario and subway surfers which undoubtedly ran without any glitch. While playing jetpack joyride, the phone lagged. Then we played graphic intensive games like asphalt 8 at the highest setting, which was unplayable. When we set the graphics to medium, we could play the game but with few frame drops. Snapdragon 625 could play these games at the highest setting too. So, if you’re looking to purchase this phone mainly for gaming, then it’s a big NO. We played these games for about 20 minutes and the phone heated to an extent, but it did not overheat. The 4 GB of RAM also manages the apps pretty well. There are about 2.6 GB free memory when all the apps are cleared.

Honor 9i cpu

We did the Benchmarks testing of Honor 9i and it scores a weak 74,710 on AnTuTu. It couldn’t even beat the Redmi Note 3 that was launched almost 2 years ago.

Honor 9i AnTuTu Benchmark:

Honor 9i AnTuTU

 

Battery Life and Charging time: Honor 9i does not support Quick Charging!

Honor 9i has a battery capacity of 3340 mAh and the battery lasts for about a day. This may come to you as a disappointment but this phone comes with a normal charger that doesn’t charge the device faster. We found out in our Battery test of Honor 9i, that It takes about 1.5- 2 hours to fully charge the device.  The SAR Value of Honor 9i is 1.09W/Kg.

Honor 9i Battery Benchmark:

Battery Life:

honor 9i battery benchmarks

Charging Time:

honor 9i charging time

No Image Stabilisation and Optical Zoom in Camera

Honor 9i comes with Dual Rear Camera and it is really disappointing that it does not have Optical Zoom. Most of the phones with Dual Camera has this feature. Also, Honor 9i shoots videos at high resolution but it does not have any kind of Stabilisation.

One last con of Honor 9i uses a micro USB 2.0 in the year of 2017, which is quite disappointing.

So, is it worth buying Honor 9i?

So, to conclude, this is a phone for people who don’t use heavy graphics apps. If you’re in the market for a great selfie camera that takes front facing portraits or if you’re looking for a phone with a great 18:9 display, this is the one for you.

Honor 9i FAQs:

When will Honor 9i get Oreo Update?

Huawei recently rolled out Honor 9i Oreo Beta Testing Program on 24th March 2018. So, Honor 9i is soon going to get the Oreo update in a month or two. Honor has stated in their forum that they are soon going to another recruitment list of Beta tester. Keep checking Honor forum if you wish to be a beta tester

Will honor 9i get face unlock?

Honor has stated in their forum that they have started rolling out Face Unlock and AR Feature Update.

Does the honor 9i has front flash?

Yes, Honor 9i has Front Flash.

Does Honor 9i has Fingerprint Sensor?

Yes, Honor 9i has Fingerprint sensor placed in front.

Does Honor 9i Camera has beauty mode?

Yes, Honor 9i has beauty mode in Front Camera.

 

 

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Huawei - Honor 9i Specification

General

General specifications for Huawei - Honor 9i
SpecificationDetail
Launch DateOct 14, 2017 (official)
BrandHuawei
ModelHonor 9i
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s) Dual SIM
SIM Size SIM 1 : Nano (Hybrid)
SIM 2 : Nano (Hybrid)
Network 4G: Available (supports Indian bands)

Display

Display specifications for Huawei - Honor 9i
SpecificationDetail
Screen Size 5.9 inches (14.986 cm)
Screen Resolution (1080 x 2160 pixels)
Pixel Density409 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screen Capacitive Touchscreen
Screen to Body Ratio76.48 %

Performance

Performance of Huawei - Honor 9i
SpecificationDetail
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 659
Processor Octa-Core, 2.36 GHz, Cortex A53
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsMali-T830 MP2
RAM4 GB

Device Design

Device Design Huawei - Honor 9i
SpecificationDetail
Height156.2 mm
Width75.2 mm
Thickness7.5 mm
Weight164 g
Build Material Front : Aluminium
Back : Aluminium
ColorsBlue, Black, Gold

Storage

Storage specifications for Huawei - Honor 9i
SpecificationDetail
Internal Memory64 GB
User Available StorageUp to 128 GB
USB OTG Support

Camera

MAIN CAMERA specs for Huawei - Honor 9i
SpecificationDetail
ResolutionDual : 12 MP + 2 MP MP Primary Camera
Sensor image sensor
Autofocus
Aperture2.0 F
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flash Dual-color LED Flash
Shooting ModesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuos Shooting
Video Recoding1920x1080 @ 30 fps
FRONT CAMERA specs for Huawei - Honor 9i
SpecificationDetail
ResolutionDual : 13 MP + 2 MP MP Front Camera
Autofocus
Aperture2.0 F
Flash
Video Recoding1920x1080 @ 30 fps

Battery

Battery specifications for Huawei - Honor 9i
SpecificationDetail
Capacity3340 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
Wireless Charging
Quick Charging

Network & Connectivity

Network & Connectivity specifications for Huawei - Honor 9i
SIM Size SIM 1 : Nano (Hybrid), SIM 2 : Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands)
VoLTE Supported
SIM 1
4G Bands:
SIM 2
Same as SIM 1
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1
Location Yes, with A-GPS, with Glonass
NFC
Cable Type microUSB 2.0

Multimedia

Multimedia specifications for Huawei - Honor 9i
SpecificationsDetail
FM Radio
Loudspeaker
Audio Jack3.5 mm

Special Features

Special Features
SpecificationDetail
Fingerprint Sensor
Other Sensors Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Light sensor, Compass
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