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Huawei Honor 9i Review : 4 Camera Wonder?

Huawei announces the first phone with 4 cameras. How well does this new mid range smartphone perform? Let's find out!

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Huawei Honor 9i

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
The mid range budget smartphone segment is becoming the hot market for the manufacturers nowadays. Huawei is already doing pretty well in the segment  with Honor series phones. But 18:9 display, thinner bezels and dual camera setups are becoming the trend. So this time, Huawei has stepped up their game with Honor 9i. Huawei has tried to stand out in the crowd with the 4 camera setup (dual front and dual back) as the main USP of the device. Does it offer enough to beat Moto G5S Plus and Xiaomi Mi A1?
Honor 9i

Design & Specifications

Huawei has done a great job with the design of the Honor 9i. It looks and feels premium from every angle. The metal unibody with matte coating looks good, however it attracts fingerprints. The 5.9 inch FHD+ IPS display covers the majority of the front and the combination of 18:9 aspect ratio display and thin bezels makes it comfortable to hold in one hand. The design is nothing new, but it is definitely elegant.

The Honor 9i is powered by a 2.36GHz Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 659 Processor with 4GB RAM & 64GB ROM. It has a 3340mAh non removable battery. The fingerprint sensor is at the rear side. There is no USB Type-C port here. And yes, it still has a 3.5 mm jack.

Display

The phone has a humongous 5.9 inch IPS display with a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. The taller screen has an aspect ratio of 18:9. The ultra wide display provides an immersive viewing experience. The colors are vibrant, the viewing angles are good and the outdoor visibility is decent too. In short, the screen is on point.

Software, Performance & Battery Life

The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 on top. EMUI does offer a lot of customization options, but it is bloated and heavy. The interface is buggy and it faces a fair share of lags and stutters. During intensive usage, the phone lags and this experience is really annoying. The under-optimized software can be a deal breaker for a lot of people.

The 3340 mAh battery provides a pretty decent battery backup even after powering the huge display. It easily lasts a full day with normal usage. However, if you are a heavy user, you might need to get a recharge during the day. Talking of recharging the battery, Huawei did not offer any kind of fast charging in the Honor 9i. Hence, charging up the phone takes ages.

Camera

Huawei is trying to highlight the 4 camera setup in the device in every possible way. Sadly, the camera isn’t great. The phone offers a 16MP + 2MP camera setup on the back. The details in the images are good, but the colors are over-saturated. The f/2.2 sensor takes a hit in low light condition and produces grainy images. However, the front 13MP + 2MP cameras are exceptionally well. It might well be the best selfie camera in its segment. The portrait mode works pretty well and produces some good looking DSLRish images.

 

Verdict

The Huawei Honor 9i is definitely a good phone at 17999 INR, but it fails to check all the boxes. With really tough competition around, it might struggle to get a firm grip in the market. The design, display and specifications are absolutely awesome, but laggy UI, mediocre performance and not so great cameras are not desirable from the Huaweii phone. It will definitely face tough competition from Xiaomi Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus.

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