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Huawei unveiled Honor 9 with 6GB RAM, Kirin 960 SoC and Android 7.0

Huawei‘s budget-friendly sub-brand Honor has officially unveiled its latest flagship product, the Honor 9. It is a direct successor to the affordable, and yet extremely well-designed Honor 8 handset which launched a year ago.

The Huawei Honor 9 sports a 5.15-inch 1080p display, with DCI-P3 color space (which is also used on the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7). It comes with EMUI 5.1 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat.

At the heart, there is a HiSilicon’s premium Kirin 960 chipset (same as the Mate 9 and P10). It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM with either 64 or 128 GB of space. The storage can be expanded by an additional 256 GB with the help of a microSD card.

Audiophiles will also be happy to know the device is equipped with an AKM Hi-Fi audio chip, which has apparently been hand-tuned by Grammy-winning recording engineer Rainer Maillard.

The Honor 9 comes equipped with a dual-camera setup on the back that features 20 MP (monochrome) and 12 MP (RGB) sensors — features 2x optical zoom, portrait and bokeh modes. There’s also an 8 MP selfie snapper on board with a f/2.0 aperture.

The company is also launching Huawei Pay (its own mobile payment solution) and the Honor 9 supports it. Additional connectivity specs include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi AC along with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone’s metal body has a glass back and will come in Grey, Blue, and Amber Gold and it houses a sturdy 3,200mAh battery. Standby for a smart band.

The Honor 9 is already up for pre-order in China — sales begin from June 16 — where it retails for 2,299 (4GB/64GB), 2,699 (6GB/64GB), and 2,999 yuan (6GB/128GB). This comes out to around $340, $400, and $440, although the prices are expected to be higher once the device makes its way to the US.

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