Generic, is a term that one can use to describe many of the smartphone designs that are currently available in the Indian smartphone market. Slabs of metal that are visually almost identical to one another. This is especially true when you look at phones around the Rs 10,000 mark. With the Honor 9N, the company plans to change all that by offering a phone that is not only immediately noticeable, but also offers good value for money.
Glass and Metal design
The design is definitely the first thing you’ll notice with the Honor 9N. The device sports 12-layers of mirrored glass on the back. You also get a 2.5D glass on the front with a metal frame sandwiched in between. The Honor 9N is available in a total of four colours in India, Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Lavender Purple and Robin Egg Blue.
Big screen, compact build
Another thing you’ll notice about the Honor 9N is the display. The phone sports a 5.84-inch FHD+display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. This ratio lets users enjoy all the benefits of a large screen device, but without the ergonomic hassles that come with it.
A ‘notch’ above
Speaking of the display, the phones also sports a notch on the display, which is slowly becoming the trend among smartphone makes. Thanks to the notched design, the Honor says that the smartphone is able to offer a screen-to-body ratio of 79%. Users also have the option to hide the notch if they want.
At the front you get a single 16MP camera, which is housed within the notch. The phone comes with 4-in-1 Light Fusion technology, which the company says helps improve images taken in low-light conditions.
Two to tango
The Honor 9N sports a dual-rear camera setup with 13MP+2MP configuration. Since there are two cameras, it can offer hardware level bokeh images. The phone also offers Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) for faster focusing.
The Honor 9N is powered by the company’s Kirin 659 octa-core SoC. The phone is available in three variants that starts at 3GB RAM/32GB storage and goes all the way up to 4GB RAM/128GB storage.
The middle variant offers 4GB RAM/64GB storage, and should interest those looking for a balance between performance and price. This particular variant will be available on Flipkart from July 31 onwards.
Powered by EMUI 8.0
The Honor 9N comes with EMUI 8.0, which is based on Android Oreo. So, not only do you get to enjoy all the features of Android Oreo, but also a bunch of extra features. The company says that by using EMUI, it is able to offer users a sharper and smoother experience.
A phone that recognises you
The Honor 9N also offers users the option of unlocking their smartphone using Face Unlock. So all they have to do is hold the phone up to their face and it automatically unlocks. User’s also get the option of using a traditional fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone.
The Honor 9N also comes with a bunch of features that are aimed improving user experience. This includes features like Ride Mode, which manages calls for you and lets you ride your bike safely. Quick Paytm Access allows users quick access to the payment section of the app. Other neat features include Party Mode and Game Suite. Party Mode allows you to pair up to 10 phones together and share music. Game Suite manages all incoming calls and notifications, so that you aren’t disturbed when gaming.