[Update: October 17 Launch] Honor 9X Pro to launch in Europe with a different fingerprint placement
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor launched their latest mid-range headliners – the Honor 9X Pro and the regular Honor 9X – in July. The Honor 9X duo hasn’t been launched outside of China because of the US President Trump’s executive order that prohibits Huawei devices from running Google Play Services. In spite of the hurdles, Honor will launch the 9X and the 9X Pro outside of China but with a noticeable change with regards to the placement of the fingerprint scanner.
The Honor 9X Pro’s leaks ahead of the launch suggested that the company might go for an in-display fingerprint scanner since the images did not depict a rear-mounted scanner. Honor, however, went for a power button that would double as a fingerprint scanner. The global variant, on the contrary, will allegedly have a physical fingerprint scanner placed on the back of the smartphone.
Images courtesy of Sudhanshu Ambhore
Based on the press renders leaked by SlashLeaks contributor Sudhanshu Ambhore, we can observe a physical fingerprint scanner on the back of the smartphone on the same horizontal line as the camera flash. Since the Honor 9X and the 9X Pro have completely identical designs, we can expect the former to feature the same change in its design.
Interestingly, the renders have “AI Camera” written next to the camera module instead of “48MP AI Camera” as with the Chinese variant so we might get to see some changes in terms of the camera setup.
As for the question of Honor 9X Pro launching in regions other than China, the company had confirmed to Tech Advisor that the phone will be available in the UK and Europe. It is likely that the phone may not ship with Google Play Store installed but Ambhore claims that the unit will come with Play Service pre-installed. This claim should be taken with a grain of salt since Huawei’s premium device – the Mate 30 Pro – skips out on Play Services.
BTW this version has Google Play services pre-installed
— Sudhanshu Ambhore (@Sudhanshu1414) September 26, 2019
Regardless of whether the phone comes with Google Play Services pre-installed or not, following a few simple steps will get them installed. All you need is a single APK which manages the installation of the GMS suite on any Android phone.
Update: October 17 Launch
Honor has officially announced that the Honor 9X will be launching outside of China for the first time on October 17th. The first announced market is Russia. Customers can sign up on the webpage to receive information about the launch and an “exclusive offer.”
Thanks to Twitter user @ZyadAtef12 for the tip!