Huawei has been releasing quite a few interesting smartphones lately which have received mostly a positive response from users and critics alike. Continuing the trend, Huawei’s subsidiary brand, Honor, took the wraps off a new beast of a smartphone, the Honor V9 today. The V series from Honor fits somewhere between the mid range and the premium P series of Huawei smartphones.
And so the phone is most certainly an exciting release. Sure, it’s not the best phone in the world, but it certainly could be close to the best for the price. The V9 sports a 2.5D curved glass upfront on the 5.7″ 1440p LTPS LCD display with on screen buttons. Powered by the same Octa Core Kirin 960 processor that runs the Huawei Mate 9, the V9 runs EMUI 5.0 atop Android 7.0 Nougat. The said iteration of EMUI is said to be much improved over the previous, as is the case with each iteration of OEM skins these days.
All that processing power is backed by a hefty 4 or 6 GB of RAM depending on which variant you pick up and comes with either 64 or 128GB of on-board storage, with support for expandable memory. However, it is of the hybrid kind, so you either use two SIM cards or one SIM card and a microSD. All of this run by a 4000mAh battery that on paper should be well over enough. The dual 12MP camera sensors with an f/2.2 aperture on the back should be enough to take pictures with the fancy bokeh effect. There’s a 8 MP f/2.0 camera on the front.
The rear side of the device also houses the fingerprint scanner and a multi color LED flash. If you think it looks like an iPhone, you’re not mistaken, and its not the first time an android smartphone from China looks like an iPhone. The good thing is, there is no visible camera hump like the iPhone.
The device does look rather stunning in my opinion even though its hard to deny the iPhone inspired design. The bottom looks like it came exactly from an iPhone, barring the presence of a headphone jack (yes its there). You can see a single speaker, and a USB 2.0 Type C port, and a microphone.
The device will be available in Aurora Blue, Platinum Gold and Flame Red color options in China starting February 28th. Unlike similarly spec’d devices though, you won’t be selling your kidney for this one. The version with 4GB of RAM/64GB of storage will cost just 2,599 Yuan (~$377), the model with 6GB of RAM/64GB of storage will cost 2,999 Yuan (~$436), while the 6GB of RAM/128GB of storage version will go for 3,499 Yuan (~$508).
If you’re in China, you can already make reservations for it through Huawei’s online store.
There’s no word on availability in other markets right now except that it might be called the Honor 8 pro outside China. The device could make an appearance at the Mobile World Congress. Meanwhile, you can tell us what you think about the Honor V9 in the comments below.