Hands on with the Honor 9X Pro and the Honor View 30 Pro
Following an exhibitor exodus at this year’s MWC 2020, the event was eventually canceled. Companies with launch events such as Xiaomi and OPPO were forced to reschedule, though not everyone canceled. Huawei and Honor both held events in Barcelona, though they were primarily virtual launch events with demo areas that those in attendance could try out the newly launched devices. In the case of Honor, we got to play with both the mid-range Honor 9X Pro, and the flagship Honor View 30 Pro.
Honor 9X Pro
The Honor 9X Pro has been around for a while, but it has taken Honor some time to release it in all markets. Back in October, the company announced they would be releasing a different version of the Honor 9X Pro in Europe. It did make its way to a few European countries, but today Honor is announcing an even wider global availability.
The Honor 9X Pro features a 6.59-inch display, the Kirin 810 processor, 6GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. The device features three rear cameras: 48MP, 8MP wide-angle, and 2MP depth sensor. The front 16MP camera is housed in a pop-up mechanism, creating very slim bezels on the front of the phone. The back of the device features the iconic near-holographic “X” going from each of the corners.
Despite featuring a pretty “safe” design, the Honor 9X Pro reprises one stand-out feature from its predecessor – the pop-up camera. It’s still pretty slow, but it’s what allows the Honor 9X Pro to provide an all-display experience without much compromise. As we should expect going forward from Huawei and Honor devices, there are no Google services in tow. Instead, Huawei AppGallery and Huawei Mobile Services come pre-installed. The Honor 9X Pro will be available in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Egypt, KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Malaysia in March for €249 ($270).
|Specifications||Honor 9X Pro|
|Dimensions and Weight|
|SoC||HiSilicon Kirin 810:|
|RAM and Storage|
|Expandability||Up to 512GB via microSD|
|Fingerprint Sensor||Yes, side-mounted|
|Front Camera||16MP, f/2.2, pop-up|
|Android Version||Android 9 Pie underneath EMUI 9.1|
Honor View 30 Pro
The Honor View 30 Pro is the international branding of the Honor V30 Pro that launched in China last year. The device features a 6.57-inch FHD+ LCD with dual-hole punch cutouts for the 32MP and 8MP front cameras. Speaking of cameras, on the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 40MP primary, 12MP wide-angle, and 8MP telephoto cameras.
It has the latest Kirin 990 chipset with support for dual-mode 5G, 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a 4,100 mAh battery. It’s not quite as elegant in its solution for a bezel-less display though as the Honor 9X Pro, as the camera cut-out does impede upon a bit of screen real-estate. The back features a pretty large camera bump, packed with the aforementioned three camera sensors. There is also a laser autofocus module too, placed underneath the camera flash.
Just like with the Honor 9X Pro as well, Huawei AppGallery and Huawei Mobile Services come pre-installed. Honor did not specify how much the Honor View 30 Pro will cost, where it will launch, or when it will launch.
|Specification||Honor View 30 Pro|
|Display||6.57″ FHD+ (2400 x 1080) TFT LCD;|
Dual punch-hole cutout, 91.46% screen-to-body ratio;
|SoC||Huawei Kirin 990:|
2x Cortex-A76 (2.86GHz) + 2x Cortex-A76 (2.09GHz) + 4x Cortex-A55 (1.86GHz);
|RAM and Storage||8GB + 128GB;|
8GB + 256GB
|Rear Camera||40MP, f/1.6 (AF+OIS) + 12MP wide-angle f/2.2 (AF) + 8MP telephoto f/2.4 (AF+OIS)|
|Front Camera||32MP f/2.0 (FF) + 8MP telephoto f/2.2 (FF)|
|Android Version||Magic UI 3.0.1 based on Android 10|