Huawei’s Honor brand isn’t popular in Kenya, but still, a number of its devices have been finding their way into the country lately through several retailers including Jumia Kenya.
Devices that include the Honor 8X, Honor 8A, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7A, Honor 7C, and Honor 7S are available through local merchants on Jumia, meaning you won’t have to wait for weeks for the device to arrive. This is usually the case with buying from Jumia Global.
So good is the Honor 8X that it made it to the competition that awaits the Tecno Phantom 9 despite having arrived nearly a year ago. And now there’s an even better Honor 9X coming next week, at least for those in China. As the name suggests, the Honor 9X is the successor to the 8X and as of this writing, specs of the phone have surfaced online through official certification by Chinese regulatory agency TENAA and AnTuTu benchmarks.
As per TENAA, the device will have model numbers HLK-TL00, HLK-AL00, and HLK-AL10, the latter of which we can expect to see locally and in other markets outside China.
The Honor 9X specs will be as follows:
- 6.59-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) LCD display screen
- Kirin 810 processor (7nm)
- 4GB, 6GB or 8GB RAM
- 64GB,128GB or 256GB storage
- Tri-lens 48MP + 8MP + 2MP main camera
- 32MP pop-up selfie camera
- 4000mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1
Apparently, it’s possible that Honor is lining up a Pro variant of the 9X that could have a few differences with the standard 9X, but similarities will be in plenty as well. An official image of the device picked up from Honor’s Weibo account does confirm the triple lens camera on the back and a missing rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
It’s possible the scanner could be hidden under the display while the selfie camera will have a pop-up mechanism, much like the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019.
AnTuTu benchmarks recorded a score of 219,809 for the new Kirin 810 7nm chipset. It’s a huge jump from the Kirin 710 in the Honor 8X and even outscores the Snapdragon 675 and Snapdragon 710 processors.
Besides improved performance, the Kirin 810 should also come with GPU Turbo 3.0, Ark Compiler, Super Night mode for both the main and selfie cameras, and so on.
Honor has already teased the July 23 launch date for the Honor 9X, but this will be limited to the Chinese market. As for when the phone will arrive in Kenya, we can’t tell, although towards the end of Q3 seems plausible.