Honor launched the 9i handset in India, the unique thing about this handset is the dual cameras on the front as well as dual cameras on the back. The price is also pretty attractive at Rs. 17,999. Here is the Honor 9i review that will help you decide.

The Honor 9i is powered by Kirin 659 octa core processor and apart from the dual cameras on back & front this handset also comes with a 5.9 inch screen with Full HD+ resolution i.e. with 18:9 aspect ratio.

The performance  is good though high end games lagged, but apart from that the camera quality is pretty impressive, both front as well as rear. This handset supports 4G with VoLTE and the battery life is decent.

Honor 9i review

Honor 9i features, specifications

Inside the box (unboxing the Honor 9i) :  Handset, user manual, SIM Tray ejector PIN, data cable (USB to Micro USB), earphone, plastic case and travel charger 5V/2A
SAR Value : highest value is 1.09
Body : It is using metal body, build and finishing very good, looks premium, comfortable to hold and use
SIM Type : Nano + Nano/  micro SD slot (hybrid)
Weight and Dimensions : 164 grams, 156.20 x 75.00 x 7.50 (mm)
Screen  :  5.9 inches, 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution, viewing angles, touch response and color reproduction are great, 2.5D curved glass, 18:9 aspect ratio
Connectivity :  4G, VoLTE, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth
Sensors : Accelerometer, Proximity, light and magnetic, gyro sensor is missing
LED Notification : Yes
OTG : Yes supported
RAM : 4GB (about 1.82GB free on first boot)
ROM : 64GB (about 52GB free on first boot)
OS : Android Nougat 7.0 + EMUI 5.1

Honor 9i back panel

Honor 9i Performance

CPU :  HiSilicon Kirin 659 @2.3GHz, octa core 64 bit
GPU :  Mali T860
Heating : Medium
Max Battery Temperature : 38 degrees

Performance was smooth, no lags, however when it comes to heavy games / using heavy apps the handset lagged. Not for gaming users though.

Honor 9i quality

Honor 9i  Benchmark

Antutu : 61342 /9174
NenaMark3 :  59.4fps (3-2)
Multi Touch : 10 points
Disk Speed :  210 MB/s read  and 237 MB/s write

Honor 9i  Gaming Review

Played Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 and both games lagged, the Asphalt 8 was playable and pretty smooth in medium quality mode whereas the Modern combat 5 game lagged.

Honor 9i  Camera  Review

Rear Camera : 16MP + 2MP, auto focus, LED flash
Front Camera : 13MP + 2MP, front flash
Video Recording : FHD resolution

Honor is well known for its camera capabilities. The dual cameras on the front as well as on the back does a really good job. Camera quality is excellent. You can get bokeh style effects from both front as well as back.

Honor 9i dual cameras on back and front

This handset can record 1920 x 1080 pixels Full HD videos, video quality is also pretty good, there is no stabilization. Check the samples below. For low lights shots use a tripod and select appropriate shooting modes. If you compare the night low light shots, shot using night mode on honor 9i, they are much better than Mi A1.

Camera Rating : 4.5 out of 5

Honor 9i camera samples

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Other features

Sound was loud and clear, the finger print sensor on the back is pretty fast and accurate. There is app twin option for now only two apps support facebook and whatsapp. Using the app twin option you can have 2 accounts on the respective apps.

Honor 9i side view

Honor 9i  Battery Review

Battery capacity : 3340  mAh (Non-removable)
Charging Time : Charge – 2 hours 50 minutes (6% to 100%) using the charger provided
Battery Life : 4 to 7 hours non-stop (moderate to heavy)
Daily usage battery life : One day of mixed usage and above depending on your usage

Battery Test Results

Battery Temp at idle : 31 degrees
Running Benchmark app :
 14 minutes / 3% / 35 degrees
Asphalt 8  + MC5 game play : 17 minutes / 6% / 38 degrees
FHD video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) :  39 minutes / 11% / 36 degrees

Verdict

The Honor 9i comes with an impressive price tag. It can shoot professional type photos from front as well as rear cameras. Hardware is not that powerful when it comes to gaming but for normal usage this is more than enough. Battery life is decent. A very good buy if you love shooting, and selfies but not really a hardcore gaming user.

Rating : 4.4 out of 5

Honor 9i  price in India is Rs. 17,999.

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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    1. It works on most VR apps that makes use of magnetic and accelerometer sensors but if the VR app wants gyro then there will be issue.

    1. Yea, I am also waiting for Black variant of Honor 9i.. My colleagues/friends were waiting for this Black color phone but now nobody is interesting for Gold. It’s seems that gold colour have lost its charm nowadays… Hope Huawei will understand this and will bring Black and blue color also.

    1. It works on most VR apps that makes use of magnetic and accelerometer sensors but if the VR app wants gyro then there will be issue.

    1. Yea, I am also waiting for Black variant of Honor 9i.. My colleagues/friends were waiting for this Black color phone but now nobody is interesting for Gold. It’s seems that gold colour have lost its charm nowadays… Hope Huawei will understand this and will bring Black and blue color also.

  1. Will it be available in graphite black or blue on flipkart.? If not where to buy it from.?

  2. Will it be available in graphite black or blue on flipkart.? If not where to buy it from.?

        1. the maximum resolution that a phone can play depends on the GPU capability too. video decoding is too taxing if performed completely on the CPU.

  3. jabardast review…..sir…. can any software update solve or add any kind of image stabilization? will any update come to 9i to solve images stabilization?

  4. Gogi bhai plz give me a proper idea as to which mobile to buy.My priority is rear camera.My options r from Honor 9i,honor 8 pro and Nubia z17 mini.

    1. Honor 8 pro is simply the best even better than op5 & mix2 is some aspects like 2k display and better VR support

  5. Thanks for this review gogi bhai pls compare it with the Asus Zenfone 4 selfie duel camera.

  6. Among all the mid range phones i used till now, I found that the Nokia Lumia 730 had the best camera. It is the benchmark for mid range phone cameras even now….wondering how it will compare with the Lumia ?

    1. Lumia 730 and Lumia 640 XL’s camera were compared with Samsung Galaxy S6’s camera in 2014-15. And damn , they had no competition in camera department.
      They both cost around Rs.15,000.
      I’ve experienced their camera performance and it’s awesome !
      🙂

      1. And it was a simple camera without any HDR , OIS or EIS…..but it still produced awesome pics…..

        1. i agreed with u…bcz m also using the same phone from last 2 years….still m happy with lumia 730…………..
          thanks nokia

        1. the maximum resolution that a phone can play depends on the GPU capability too. video decoding is too taxing if performed completely on the CPU.

    1. Honor is too late giving software updates to Thier phones but they sure give Oreo to Honor 9i….may be it take 3-5 months

  7. probably best camera phone under 20k….wish Huawei had put image stabilization. upcoming 7x will carry same rear camera as this one but at lower price.

  8. jabardast review…..sir…. can any software update solve or add any kind of image stabilization? will any update come to 9i to solve images stabilization?

  9. It is my 1st comment here. Gogi bhai please help me.to choose between 9i, A1 and G5s plus. Rear Camera is my priority. Some are saying 9i camera is inconsistent means don’t click good pics every time! Thanks.

    1. Go with 9i if you want good camera, Mi A1 is also not that bad, low light is better on 9i more sharper. Mi A1 is for overall performance, camera, battery life.

  10. Another awesomely awesome review gogi bhai. Crystal clear judgement. If camera of this phone is excellent then our reviewer gogi bhai is also excellent. Thank you

  11. Antutu score is good then why games are lagging i think its software glitch may be fix by ota update

    1. Whtever being said technically is different thing but i find sd chipset faster and snappy in comparison to the same slot of mtk, Exynos or kirrin. No need to include spreadtrum. May be Antutu does not include snappiness parameters in its algorithm.

  12. Gogi bhai plz give me a proper idea as to which mobile to buy.My priority is rear camera.My options r from Honor 9i,honor 8 pro and Nubia z17 mini.

    1. Honor 8 pro is simply the best even better than op5 & mix2 is some aspects like 2k display and better VR support

  13. Thanks for this review gogi bhai pls compare it with the Asus Zenfone 4 selfie duel camera.

  14. @Gogi, I want to by a mobile tomorrow in flipkart sale.My preference is Camera (mainly for selfies). I have chosen below phones.
    1.Honor 9i @ 16499 rs
    2.Oppo f3 plus @ 14200 rs
    3.Samsung Galaxy On Max @10200 rs.
    I will get these prices after HDFC Card discount and exchange offers.
    Please suggest me which one to choose?

    1. Go with 9i there is one more you can consider the Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie dual that is also really good for selfie, comes with dual selfie camera and wide dual selfie mode.

      1. Thanks! Gogi for your reply. Continuous 4g data on , half an hour browsing and 20 minutes calls is my daily usage. Will Honor 9i battery will last for working day (12 hours)?

  15. Among all the mid range phones i used till now, I found that the Nokia Lumia 730 had the best camera. It is the benchmark for mid range phone cameras even now….wondering how it will compare with the Lumia ?

    1. Lumia 730 and Lumia 640 XL’s camera were compared with Samsung Galaxy S6’s camera in 2014-15. And damn , they had no competition in camera department.
      They both cost around Rs.15,000.
      I’ve experienced their camera performance and it’s awesome !
      🙂

      1. And it was a simple camera without any HDR , OIS or EIS…..but it still produced awesome pics…..

        1. i agreed with u…bcz m also using the same phone from last 2 years….still m happy with lumia 730…………..
          thanks nokia

    1. Honor is too late giving software updates to Thier phones but they sure give Oreo to Honor 9i….may be it take 3-5 months

  16. probably best camera phone under 20k….wish Huawei had put image stabilization. upcoming 7x will carry same rear camera as this one but at lower price.

  17. It is my 1st comment here. Gogi bhai please help me.to choose between 9i, A1 and G5s plus. Rear Camera is my priority. Some are saying 9i camera is inconsistent means don’t click good pics every time! Thanks.

    1. Go with 9i if you want good camera, Mi A1 is also not that bad, low light is better on 9i more sharper. Mi A1 is for overall performance, camera, battery life.

  18. Another awesomely awesome review gogi bhai. Crystal clear judgement. If camera of this phone is excellent then our reviewer gogi bhai is also excellent. Thank you

  19. Antutu score is good then why games are lagging i think its software glitch may be fix by ota update

    1. Whtever being said technically is different thing but i find sd chipset faster and snappy in comparison to the same slot of mtk, Exynos or kirrin. No need to include spreadtrum. May be Antutu does not include snappiness parameters in its algorithm.

  20. @Gogi, I want to by a mobile tomorrow in flipkart sale.My preference is Camera (mainly for selfies). I have chosen below phones.
    1.Honor 9i @ 16499 rs
    2.Oppo f3 plus @ 14200 rs
    3.Samsung Galaxy On Max @10200 rs.
    I will get these prices after HDFC Card discount and exchange offers.
    Please suggest me which one to choose?

    1. Go with 9i there is one more you can consider the Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie dual that is also really good for selfie, comes with dual selfie camera and wide dual selfie mode.

      1. Thanks! Gogi for your reply. Continuous 4g data on , half an hour browsing and 20 minutes calls is my daily usage. Will Honor 9i battery will last for working day (12 hours)?

  21. i am confused between honor 9i and mi max 2. can you suggest which one to buy?