Honor 9i – An Underdog or A Worthy Competitor

Huawei does an infinity display, with Honor 9i, competition stiffens?


Huawei has aggressively and boldly entered the Indian smartphone market and is leaving no stone unturned to dominate it. With the upcoming Honor 9i, Huawei offers the trendsetting features like FullVision/Infinity display and both, front and rear dual cameras. With Honor 9i, the company plans to dictate the mid-range smartphone market in India and thus, has priced Honor 9i at 18000 INR. Huawei has a long way to go and lot more of competition to deal with especially in the mid-range segment with Motorola clearly leading the space with Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5 Plus. However, Honor 9i is no amateur as it runs on Kirin 659, Huawei’s own processor in contrast to other Android devices running Android 7.0, Nougat. This coupled with 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage and the ability to increase the storage at the cost of a SIM makes Honor 9i a thing to watch for and consider. 

Sneak Peek

Huawei has tasted success with Honor Pro 8, the predecessor to Honor 9i and is planning to give brands like Oppo, Vivo and Samsung a run for the money. The first smartphone to feature bezel-less display and boasting of dual cameras in front as well as rear, it is yet to be seen whether Honor 9i can defeat the stiff competition and make a mark for itself.

What’s cool What’s not so cool
Bezel Less Full Vision Display

Dual Cameras in Rear & Front

Premium Build Quality

Flash With rear Camera

Hybrid Dual Sim Support

Average Camera Quality

Battery Life Could Be improved





2+2 =4 Cameras!!!

Honor 9i is the first phone to feature 4 cameras, quite interesting but are they really any good to taking those profile snapshots? Despite, the four cameras, Honor 9i uses only two cameras to click pictures while the other two cameras literally handle the background blur effect. Not something you would expect from a phone building its marketing on the number of cameras. While other premium smartphones from Huawei offer amazing blur and in-depth pictures, Honor 9i can be disappointing. Shoddy and cut-out like is how one deems the portrait mode in Honor 9i. In other aspects, Honor 9i does fare better. Regular photos and videos on Honor 9i look amazing but are still not up to the mark. Color issues and HDR effect seems over saturated and less detailed and more noised. The cameras can definitely do with some improvements making them better.


Infinity Display

While Honor 9i with four cameras disappoints in picture segment the display feels truly aesthetic and entrancing. The front of Honor 9i does not have any logo and it gives the Honor 9i a monolithic feel. The impressions on the front with a slender frame covered entirely in black does give an infinity view and a premium feel. The bottom of the frame consists of the standard USB charging port and 3.5mm jack meaning no fast-charging. Honor 9i boasts a 2160×1080 resolution with an IPS-LCD screen, the 18:9 aspect ratio looks elegantly stunning, giving Honor 9i a premium feel.


Smooth Processor

It runs on EMUI 5.1 baked on Android 7.0, Nougat. The OS looks clean and minimal giving a better software experience and feels more interactive and simple with added short-cuts and quick access. The Kirin 659 offers a powerful performance and the OS runs very smoothly, given a few stumbles providing a decent operating experience. Honor 9i falls back drastically against other phones in GPU performance owing to Mali-T830 as opposed to Adreno 530 on most phones. Honor 9i ends up at the bottom of the list in Geekbench multi-core list but performs considerably better in Geekbench single core list.

Some Best Features of Honor 9i: 

·Minimum bezels and an infinity FullVision display is the most unique feature of Honor 9i.
·Kirin 659 and Android 7.0 is packs the best software and hardware package in Honor 9i.
·With two cameras at front and two cameras at rear, Honor 9i is more on the uniqueness quotient.

 Tech Specs


 Form Factor TouchScreen
Dimensions (mm) 156.20 x 75.00 x 7.50
Weight (g) 164.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3340
Removable battery No
Colours Prestige Gold, Aurora Blue, Graphite Black


Screen size (inches) 5.90
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2160 pixels


Processor 1.7GHz octa-core
Processor make HiSilicon Kirin 659
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256


Rear camera 16-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 13-megapixel


Operating System Android 7.0
Skin EMUI 5.1


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
SIM 2  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes


Honor 9i seems like a great concept but lacks a lot in terms of battery, performance and camera. More cameras on the smartphones don’t promise better results. While the Full Vision display is a key feature which gives it a more premium smartphone look, the absence of USB Type-C or fast-charging is definitely a limitation to be avoided. Huawei has nailed the synonym of elegance with Honor 9i but needs to improve what’s under the hood. It is pitted against fan-favorite Motorola devices such as Moto G5S Plus and Mi A1 and will need more than 4 cameras and an infinity display to beat them. While it doesn’t seem like a bad option, Honor 9i seems decent for consideration.


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"Gadgets For You" Belongs to Srishti Agarwal, a commerce graduate by degree but a technophile and a writer by heart. Her love for gadgets and writing made her choose a profession which is altogether a new journey. Being a novice in the blogging community, she strives to provide her audience with reviews on the latest gadgets and guidance tips on OS and Applications.

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