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Honor 9X and 9X Pro debut with pop-up selfie camera and Kirin 810 SoC, prices start at approx 14,000 INR

The Honor 8X launched a year ago but it is still considered as one of the solid mid-range smartphones available. Now Honor has upped the ante with its successors- the Honor 9X and Honor 9X Pro- which are first to rock a pop-up camera and Kirin 810 SoC in the Honor lineup of phones.

Both the smartphones following a stream of leaks and rumors have finally been launched in homeland China today. They are identical to each other for the most part and differ in just a few aspects including rear-camera setup as well as memory configurations.

The Honor 9X and 9X Pro both are powered by a 7nm octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 810 SoC which was announced a couple of weeks ago. The proprietary new chipset is next in the line after Kirin 980 SoC in terms of performance.

Both the phones come with Mali G52 GPU equipped with GPU Turbo 3.0 for better gaming performance. The Honor 9X rocks 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage while the Honor 9X Pro features only 8GB RAM but 128GB/256GB internal storage. The storage in both the phones is expandable up to 512GB via microSD card, however.

The Honor 9X and 9X Pro flaunt a 6.59-inch 2340x1080p LCD notch-less display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The bezels are slim enough to allow an unhindered full-screen viewing experience. Both the devices boot EMUI 9.1 running over Android 9.0 Pie. Both the smartphones are backed by the same 4,000mAh battery with unspecified fast charging support.

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Wait, similarities do not end here. The duo for biometric authentication wields a side-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as Face Unlock. Both weigh 206 grams and measure 163.1×77.2×8.8mm in dimension.

Touching upon the differences, the Honor 9X Pro comes with a cooling system to optimize the SoC performance, but the affordable Honor 9X misses out on it.

While a 16MP pop-up selfie camera comes in both the phones the rear-camera setup sports a difference. The Honor 9X has a dual-rear-camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor, whereas the 9X Pro with an additional 8MP wide-angle sensor mounts a triple-rear-camera setup.

Talking about the pricing, the Honor 9X is priced at CNY1,399 (Approx. INR14,000) for the base 4GB RAM+64GB storage variant while the other two variants with 6GB RAM+64GB storage and 6GB RAM+128GB storage are priced at CNY1,599 (Approx. INR16,000) and CNY1,899 (Approx. INR19,000), respectively.

On the other hand, the Honor 9X Pro starts at CNY2,199 (Approx. INR22,000) for 8GB RAM+128GB model while the 8GB RAM+256GB storage model bears a CNY2,399 (Approx. INR24,000) price tag.

Preorder for the Honor 9X has already started ahead of sale on July 30 while the Honor 9X Pro will be up for preorder on July 30 for the sale starting on August 9. In terms of color options, the Honor 9X will be available in Black, Blue, and Red while the Honor 9X Pro will come in Black and Purple. Phones are expected to move out of China in the coming months.

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