July 18, 2024
Honor X9b

The brand’s most recent product in the Indian smartphone market is the Honor X9b. Its name may take some getting used to, but its design and other salient characteristics captivate you right away. The device is billed as the most dependable and robust smartphone across all market groups. The smartphone is the first of its kind to be awarded a Five-Star Overall Drop Resistance rating, thanks to its “ultra-bounce 360-degree anti-drop resistance and cutting-edge cushioning technology”. The Honor X9b is equipped with a state-of-the-art 1.5k AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz, a 108MP primary camera, and a 5,800mAh battery.

rating: 7.5 / 10

Verdict

If you’re looking for something reasonably priced under Rs 30,000 that is elegant, robust and has a large battery, the Honor X9b might be a good option. Additionally, the smartphone offers a decent viewing experience. On the other hand, you could wish for more in terms of performance, cameras, and charging speeds.

Design and display

The Honor X9b design appears to have been influenced by Realme’s strategy. Nonetheless, the OEM has made progress by maintaining the phone’s robustness and style. The Swiss SGS has validated the phone’s overall drop resistance with a five-star rating. The cushioning technology—a shock-absorbing substance that protects the display’s structural integrity from drops of up to 1.5 meters—seems to have made this possible. All six sides and four corners of the display are said to be 360 degrees protected, even when placed on hard surfaces like marble and without tempered glass. Although I didn’t test that claim during my evaluation period, we will shortly be assessing the structural integrity of the smartphone. Thus, for updates, follow 91mobiles on social media.

The Honor X9b has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display up front that has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, 1.5k resolution, 1920Hz PWM dimming, and a maximum brightness of 1200 nits. The selfie camera has a punch hole in the center, but it doesn’t affect how you see things. Although the device has observably thin bezels, I have seen smartphones in the same price range with even thinner bezels. Nevertheless, the vivid colors, high contrast ratio, and good dynamic range provide an immersive viewing experience. Additionally, the smartphone’s viewing angles continue to be fair, and its outdoor visibility is tolerable. The UI and compatible apps function flawlessly with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

Unfortunately, the Honor X9b just has one bottom-firing speaker, which isn’t as good as phones with stereo speakers in terms of immersive experience. Still, it does its job well enough. For better sound quality, the X9b comes with wired headphones that are connected to the USB Type-C charging connection using the Type-C dongle that is included in the package. The sound quality of the earphones is ok.

Cameras

The Honor X9b has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display up front that has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, 1.5k resolution, 1920Hz PWM dimming, and a maximum brightness of 1200 nits. The selfie camera has a punch hole in the center, but it doesn’t affect how you see things. Although the device has observably thin bezels, I have seen smartphones in the same price range with even thinner bezels. Nevertheless, the vivid colors, high contrast ratio, and good dynamic range provide an immersive viewing experience. Additionally, the smartphone’s viewing angles continue to be fair, and its outdoor visibility is tolerable. The UI and compatible apps function flawlessly with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

In daylight, the 16MP front camera produces attractive selfies, even though the skin tones may not be quite true. The smartphone’s low-light performance is a tad disappointing. Certain segments have smartphones that perform significantly better at night.

Performance and software

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 SoC, which made its debut with the Realme 12 Pro in India earlier this year, powers the Honor X9b. It is a mid-range octa-core chipset including an integrated 5G modem, an Adreno A710 GPU, and a clock speed of up to 2.2GHz. 8GB of RAM and 256GB of non-expandable storage are attached to the SoC. Nevertheless, the RAM may be practically increased to 8GB by using some of the phone’s storage.

MagicOS 7.2, which is based on Android 13, is the default software for the Honor X9b. Although the software is a little outdated, the manufacturer says there will be a new upgrade soon. Three years of security updates and two years of significant software upgrades are anticipated for the device. As it stands, in addition to the standard collection of Google apps, the OS has significant customizations and includes several proprietary programs, such as Honor’s Email app, Game Center, and Honor App Market. After the initial device setup, you can remove a few third-party apps if you find them to be useless.

Nevertheless, it appears that the software is user-friendly and intuitive. Among other things, the home screen has an AI recommendations widget that recommends apps for quick activities depending on your activity.

Battery and charging

One of the main points of differentiation of the Honor X9b is its 5,800mAh battery, which, depending on usage, can last up to three days between charges. By the end of the second day, though, I was searching for a charger due to my usage. After a day and a half of use, you might need to charge the gadget at least once if you are a somewhat heavy user. Remarkably, I was able to spend almost nine hours in front of a screen. However, the smartphone’s charging speeds and the PC Mark battery score may not seem all that amazing.

The device’s battery life on the PCMark test was limited to 13 hours and 34 minutes. This is less than other of smartphones in the same market that have 5,000mAh batteries. The phone supports 35W rapid charging when it comes to charging. Unfortunately, the package does not include a charger. A 30W charger will be shipped separately by the firm, but only temporarily.

Having said that, the smartphone’s charging rates are fairly slow. The Honor X9b requires two and a half hours, give or take, to fully charge from 0% to 100% even with the approved 30W charger. Here, a little bit quicker charging times would have been nice.

Final verdict

The Honor X9b boasts a strong 5,800mAh battery, a stylish design, and durability that make it an alluring smartphone. The phone’s 120Hz AMOLED display and 108MP primary camera, which gleams in the daytime, are more impressive features. However, you might want to look at other options if you value excellent performance, quicker charging times, and a flexible camera layout.

The POCO X6 Pro (review), Motorola Edge 40 (review), and Realme 12 Pro+ (review) are a few options to think about. While the Motorola Edge 40 offers clean software and some handy features like an IP68 rating and wireless charging capabilities, the latter excels as a camera-focused gadget. The POCO X6 Pro may lack the modern curved screen display.

In India, the retail price of the device is Rs 25,999.

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