Honor is again with yet one more funds smartphone, this time with the Honor 9A. The successor to the Honor 8A comes with some nice plus factors like lengthy battery life and a good digital camera for macro photographs, however you may must go with out Google Cellular Companies.
I spent a while with this telephone to see the way it holds up in on a regular basis life. Carry on studying to seek out out whether or not the Honor 9A is the funds telephone for you.
Design & Construct
At a weight of 185g and 9mm thick, it is on the larger facet of smartphones, however that’s fairly consistent with Honor as a model. It received’t slot in smaller pockets and you may’t use it one-handed with ease, however the bigger display makes it a superb machine for streaming.
The Honor 9A is available in considered one of three colors – black, inexperienced and blue (which I examined). Within the UK, solely the black variant is out there for buy on the time of writing – however you will get the opposite colors in worldwide markets.
Like different Honor telephones the 9A incorporates a shimmery again, which is a daring and hanging design. The one situation with the plastic materials is that it picks up fingerprints very simply, so if that is one thing that may trouble you I recommend investing in a clear case.
The perimeters of the telephone look metallic, however are in truth additionally plastic, while the entrance display is glass. It doesn’t really feel premium once you maintain it in your hand, however from appearances alone you would not essentially assume that this was an inexpensive smartphone.
On the again of the telephone you will have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and an oblong triple digital camera setup. The digital camera is just a little on the chunky facet and never fairly as refined as it’s on costlier Honor telephones, nevertheless it nonetheless appears comparatively neat.
The Honor 9A comes geared up with audio system powered by the Huawei Histen 6.Zero audio system, which produces a good sound high quality that is loud and clear, if barely on the echoey facet.
Ports-wise, you get a headphone jack on the underside alongside a microUSB slot for charging. Having microUSB fairly than USB-C feels just a little old school, however that is an instance of a compromise that you just generally must make on a funds telephone. You additionally get a dual-SIM slot as effectively.
Specs & Options
The Honor 9A comes geared up with 3GB RAM and 64GB of storage. If that isn’t sufficient storage for you, you additionally get a microSD slot which might take as much as 512GB playing cards.
The telephone runs on a MediaTek Helio P22 processor. That is an entry-level chipset that may will let you tackle day by day duties like looking the net and watching movies with out an excessive amount of hassle.
Nonetheless, for those who’re in search of a telephone for cell gaming, it’s most likely price contemplating one thing with a extra highly effective processor. Relating to connectivity, you get Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and GPS as commonplace.
You too can unlock the telephone utilizing facial recognition software program. Regardless of being a funds machine, it appeared to work comparatively efficiently on the Honor 9A, even in low mild and once I was sporting glasses.
You get a 6.3in show on the Honor 9A, which mixed with a water drop notch offers a 88.4% screen-to-body ratio.
The display is IPS LCD, with a primary decision of 720×1600 pixels. That is HD+ because of the tall 20:9 side ratio.
While the picture high quality appears comparatively clear on first look, you possibly can inform the distinction in high quality when putting it in addition to a telephone with a Full HD AMOLED display. However at this funds worth level, compromises must be made someplace.
On the rear, the 9A comes geared up with a triple digital camera with a 13Mp lens, a 5Mp large angle lens and a 2Mp depth help lens. You don’t get any night time mode on the digital camera sadly, however you do get a HDR choice to brighten up colors, in addition to a panorama mode.
When taking macro photographs on the principle digital camera, this telephone captures particulars and textures fairly sharply. However regardless of shining when it got here to close-ups, it fell down when taking greater surroundings photographs. Doing this (particularly in wide-angle mode) loses element inside bigger panorama photographs, resembling on clusters of timber. Huge-angle mode additionally made the colors much more washed out.
The 8Mp front-facing digital camera manages to supply first rate selfie photographs in good lighting circumstances, and the video seize on the front-facing digital camera is adequate for video calls. You too can shoot video in both 720p or 1080p at 30fps on the principle digital camera.
Unusually, the front-facing mode on the digital camera has an computerized ‘magnificence’ mode, which is a slider that takes away any pores and skin marks resembling freckles and so on. Personally I really feel like filters resembling these must be moved to being an non-compulsory background characteristic, or simply taken off altogether.
Relating to plentiful battery life, the Honor 9A delivers. With a hefty 5000mAh cell, I used to be in a position to make use of the telephone persistently for round two days endeavor quite a lot of duties – watching YouTube, looking Twitter and taking video calls.
The telephone was additionally wonderful in preserving battery when it dropped under 15% with the power-saving modes.
It managed to cost 23% in 30 minutes from flat. While this doesn’t sound like so much, 23% goes a great distance with that monster cell, so a fast cost earlier than you head out the door ought to be sure to don’t run out juice throughout the day.
As well as, it takes round two hours to cost from 0% to 100%.
The Honor 9A runs on Magic UI 3.1, Honor’s pores and skin of Android 10. Because the telephone is in Huawei’s ecosystem, you get plenty of pre-installed apps that muddle up the interface.
You’ll want a Huawei account to unlock the telephone within the first place – however for those who’ve beforehand owned an Honor or Huawei telephone you may have your knowledge from that machine saved into this cloud system.
The true stickler of this telephone is the dearth of Google Cellular Companies. Honor is a sub-brand of the Chinese language tech firm Huawei, which signifies that’s additionally been hit by the US commerce ban on Chinese language firms. By default, which means Google can’t present their providers on these telephones any extra.
This implies no Google Drive, Google Maps, YouTube or Gmail straight out of the field, as they aren’t out there on the Huawei App Gallery both. The identical goes for among the main apps out there on the Play Retailer – together with Fb, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp – you will not get these prepared and ready on the handset.
You will get some Play Retailer apps by means of workaround strategies. To begin with, Honor has its personal app referred to as Petal Search, the place you possibly can seek for Android apps and discover methods to obtain them. For instance, the search engine gave me a obtain hyperlink for Google Maps, and requested me to obtain APKPure first to permit it to run.
The Amazon App Retailer lets you do roughly the identical factor, as can utilizing the Cellphone Clone characteristic for those who’re copying knowledge over from a earlier handset with Play Retailer apps. Listed below are some extra particulars on getting Google apps with out sideloading.
Nonetheless, remember that some apps (even non-Google ones) that you just will not ever be capable of obtain on the telephone, and our workarounds might not be assured to work sooner or later. The one means to make use of Google-owned apps resembling Google Drive is to login through your browser – by means of Gmail will be built-in into the Huawei e-mail system.
I did try to sideload Google through the identical methodology as we used with the Huawei Mate 30 Professional, however wasn’t capable of obtain the software program. If we discover a means round this, we’ll replace this text.
Worth & Alternate options
The Honor 9A at the moment retails for round £129.99 (round US$166). Within the UK, you possibly can at the moment purchase it straight from Honor or on Amazon UK. Prospects throughout Europe and Asia may purchase the telephone straight from the Honor world web site.
As Honor is a subsidiary of Huawei, telephones from this model don’t sometimes promote within the USA. So for those who’re in America and actually need to get your arms on the Honor 9A, then you definitely’ll have to get it imported.
A few of the options on a telephone of this worth level are wonderful. The large battery and daring rear design would make you assume on paper that this handset is price greater than it’s. In fact, with each funds telephone there are compromises, and on the Honor 9A its the wide-angle digital camera photographs and the dearth of Google integration.
For a Google-supported telephone that prices £20 extra through Amazon, I’d suggest looking on the Oppo A5 2020. While the digital camera on this telephone is barely much less highly effective, the OS is way more user-friendly and refined. Or for even cheaper, it is price trying on the Moto E6s which has the same digital camera setup however a smaller battery.
You may check out our full roundup of one of the best funds telephones to match different rivals of the same worth.
One of the best factor concerning the Honor 9A is undoubtedly the battery life – getting a 5000mAh battery for such a low worth is an actual plus. The hanging exterior design can be fairly aesthetically pleasing.
Nonetheless, the funds worth signifies that the digital camera is hit or miss, and the dearth of Google actually makes the OS more durable to make use of for those who’re built-in inside this method closely. Huawei’s personal app retailer remains to be comparatively new and has an extended option to go earlier than it will probably meet up with its western rivals.
For those who’re in search of a primary telephone on your day-to-day duties and aren’t too bothered by no Google integration, then it’s nonetheless price contemplating the Honor 9A.
Honor 9A: Specs
159.1x 74.1×9 mm
Twin SIM or Single SIM
6.53 LCD FullView show
720 x1600 pixels
64GB UFS 2.1 storage
As much as 512GB expandable storage
Mediatek MT6762R Helio P22
Android 10, Magic UI 3.1
81.3% display to physique ratio
Rear-facing triple digital camera setup – 13Mp important digital camera f/1.8, 2Mp depth assistant f/2.Four and 5Mp tremendous large f/2.2
Entrance-facing digital camera setup – 8Mp digital camera f/2.0
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Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
3.5mm headphone jack