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October 1, 2018

Compare HONOR Mobile Phones: HONOR 10 vs HONOR 9

The HONOR 10 announced in May this year is a relatively new flagship. What is its difference from HONOR 9, its previous generation product?

Are you an HONOR 9 owner looking for upgrade your phone to HONOR 10? After HONOR 10 released in May 2018, many HONOR users are looking for the answer to this question: is it worth an upgrade from HONOR 9 to HONOR 10? The decision is indeed difficult to make, but don’t worry, we will compare the features in details so you can have a much better idea what have been upgraded, and the meaning behind these upgrades.

HONOR 10 vs HONOR 9

To summarize the differences, please refer to the following key aspects.

Display: The 16:9 screen of HONOR 9 has been replaced with HONOR 10’s edge-to-edge 19:9 screen. HONOR 10 has a much larger 5.84-inch display and a greater screen 432ppi resolution, covered with 2.5D glass. The full-front screen adds a cut-out at the top (dubbed a ‘notch’) of the screen, in order to hide several indispensable components.

Camera: In terms of the camera of HONOR 10, there are 16-megapixel colour and 24-megapixel monochrome sensors paired together with f/1.8 apertures. We know that on HONOR 9, a 20MP monochrome and a 12MP colour camera are equipped. What’s more, HONOR 10 has a 24MP sensor on the front camera, much higher in pixels than HONOR 9. With this front camera, you can take much prettier selfies. And HONOR is going big on AI this time, with automatic scene-recognition features built into the camera.

HONOR 10 vs HONOR 9 HONOR 10 vs HONOR 9

Specs: HONOR 10 is equipped with the Kirin 970 CPU, more advanced than HONOR 9, running the latest consumer build of Android. With Android 8.1 running in the background and EMUI 8.1 running over the top of that, HONOR 10 is much improved over older versions.

The following is the difference of technical specifications between HONOR 10 and HONOR 9:

Specs HONOR 10 HONOR 9
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
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 19(800), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500) LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2018, May 2017, June
Status Available. Released 2018, May Available. Released 2017, July
BODY Dimensions 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7 mm (5.89 x 2.80 x 0.30 in) 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.5 mm (5.80 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)
Weight 153 g (5.40 oz) 155 g (5.47 oz)
Build Front/back glass, aluminum frame Front/back glass, aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.84 inches, 85.1 cm2 (~79.9% screen-to-body ratio) 5.15 inches, 73.1 cm2 (~70.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~432 ppi density) 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~428 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version) Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- EMUI 8.1 - EMUI 8.0
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo) Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset Hisilicon Kirin 970 HiSilicon Kirin 960
CPU Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G72 MP12 Mali-G71 MP8
MEMORY Card slot No microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 64/128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM (GT version) 64/128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Modules 16 MP, f/1.8, PDAF 12 MP, f/2.2, 27mm, PDAF, 2x lossless zoom
24 MP B/W, f/1.8, PDAF 20 MP B/W, f/2.2, 27mm
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps (gyro-EIS) 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@60fps
SELFIE CAMERA Modules 24 MP, f/2.0 8 MP, f/2.0
Video 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- 32-bit/192kHz audio
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, aptX HD, LE 4.2, A2DP, 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 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (front-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
- Fast battery charging: 50% in 24 min (5V/4.5A) - Fast battery charging: 40% in 30 min
- MP4/H.264 player - MP4/H.264 player
- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/ Flac player - MP3/eAAC+/WAV/ Flac player
- Document viewer - Document viewer
- Photo/video editor - Photo/video editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3400 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3200 mAh battery
Colors Phantom Blue, Phantom Green, Midnight Black, Glacier Grey, Lily White (GT version only) Glacier Grey, Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, Gold, Blue Bird, Robin Egg Blue
Price HONOR 10 Price in your country HONOR 9 Price in your country

Besides these, the price of HONOR 10(4GB+128GB) is about $520. Do you think this upgrade is in line with your expectations?

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