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October 23, 2018

Compare HONOR Mobile Phones: HONOR 9 vs HONOR 8

The HONOR 9 looks very similar with the HONOR 8 at first glance. What changes has the HONOR 9 made, besides the number on their name?

Now let us observe the following table and evaluate this upgrade.

Specs HONOR 9 HONOR 8
NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500) LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2017, June 2016, July
Status Available. Released 2017, July Available. Released 2016, July
BODY Dimensions 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.5 mm (5.80 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) 145.5 x 71 x 7.5 mm (5.73 x 2.80 x 0.30 in)
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz) 153 g (5.40 oz)
Build Front/back glass, aluminum frame Front/back glass & aluminum frame
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.15 inches, 73.1 cm2 (~70.0% screen-to-body ratio) 5.2 inches, 74.9 cm2 (~72.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~428 ppi density) 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~423 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Firmware version EMUI 8.0 EMUI 8.0
PLATFORM OS Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo) Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 950
CPU Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex A53)
GPU Mali-G71 MP8 Mali-T880 MP4
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 64/128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Modules 12 MP, f/2.2, 27mm (wide), PDAF, 2x lossless zoom 12 MP, f/2.2, 35mm (standard), 1/2.9", 1.25µm, PDAF & laser AF
20 MP B/W, f/2.2, 27mm (wide) 12 MP B/W, f/2.2, 35mm (standard), 1/2.9", 1.25µm, PDAF & laser AF
Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@60fps 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps
SELFIE CAMERA Modules 8 MP, f/2.0 8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2", 1.4µm
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
DTS sound No Yes
Noise cancellation Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE 4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes Yes
Infrared port Yes Yes
Radio No No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5 HTML5
Java No No
Charging Fast battery charging: 40% in 30 min Fast battery charging: 47% in 30 min (Smart Power 4.0)
Player MP4/H.264 player MP4/H.264 player
MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
Features Document viewer Document viewer
Photo/video editor Photo/video editor
BATTERY Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3200 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
MISC Colors Glacier Grey, Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, Gold, Blue Bird, Robin Egg Blue Pearl White, Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Gold
Price HONOR 9 price in your country HONOR 8 price in your country

Design: The HONOR 9’s and the HONOR 8’s designs look very similar, for both of them have a glass body with aluminum frame, and their dimensions are near-identical. But there are some subtle differences between their designs.

The HONOR 9’s fuselage uses 3D curved glass while the HONOR 8’s body is made of 2.5D glasses. For appearance, compared the 2.5D glass surfaces, the 3D glass is curved. So the HONOR 9 looks more novel. But its physical characteristics has more advantages over the HONOR 8, such as anti-fingerprint, anti-glare and weather resistant. And its body radian will bring a more comfortable grab feel.

HONOR 9‘s design

Display: For the display, surprisingly, the HONOR 9 is a bit smaller than the HONOR 8 and the screen-to-body ratio is also smaller. With both handsets packing a 1080 x 1920 resolution, for a pixel density of 428ppi on the HONOR 9 and 423ppi on the HONOR 8. The HONOR 9 has slightly more ppi density than the other. Naturally, the differences are very little.

HONOR 8 display

Performance: The HONOR 8 comes 4GB of RAM and an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset, which has four cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four at 1.8GHz. And the HONOR 9 comes with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and a newer and faster Kirin 960 chipset, which has four cores running at 2.4GHz and four at 1.8GHz. Apparently, this delivers 18% better CPU performance than the previous model. What’s more, the HONOR 9 supports more storage capacity, which allows you to store more songs, videos, photos and install more applications, and it will bring a smoother experience.

Camera: The dual-lens camera was one of the highlights of the HONOR 8. The phone paired a 12MP color lens with a 12MP monochrome one. And the HONOR 9 builds on that promise, with a 12MP color lens and a 20MP monochrome one, getting more megapixels. Besides, the camera also has more tricks up its sleeve, allowing you to just use the monochrome lens for true black and white shots, which isn’t an option with the HONOR 8. And the HONOR 9 can shoot video in 4K, which is more high-resolution than the HONOR 8 capped at 1080p.

HONOR 9’s camera

Battery: The HONOR 9 also has a 3,200mAh battery while the HONOR 8 has a 3,000mAh battery life, so the HONOR 9 with larger battery will be more long-lasting.

In brief, the HONOR 9 seems to be a solid upgrade. Are you satisfied with it?