If there is one smartphone brand that has always captivated the minds and psyche of the Indian consumer, it is HONOR. The company has always been known for its innovative smartphones that feature trendy designs and class-leading features. There is little doubt about the fact that HONOR continues to be one of the most sought-after smartphone brands in the country when it comes to offering elegant design packed with innovations. Any new product launch from the company is keenly watched by industry experts and consumers alike. This is precisely why we’re excited to hear about the HONOR launching, not just one, but two pocket-friendly smartphones in India! Of course, you know that we are talking about the new HONOR 9A and HONOR 9S. Let’s take a close look at both these handsets and find out why both these phones make for an excellent choice for someone on the lookout for an affordable smartphone priced below Rs 10,000.
Before we talk about the individual features of these devices, it is important to address the fact that both HONOR 9A and HONOR 9S offer an unmatched combination of features and value. In simpler words, no matter which device you end up purchasing, you are guaranteed a fantastic user experience that belies the devices’ price. It is also interesting to see HONOR making its presence felt in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment, which has seen a growing demand for quality smartphones. Nevertheless, read on to find out more about both these smartphones.
We’ll start with the HONOR 9A, which boasts of several superlative features that make it a smartphone of choice for smartphone enthusiasts on a budget.
HONOR 9A: Power your PLAY with the massive battery and reverse charging feature
HONOR 9A has all the traits needed to become a trendsetter in the budget segment. The phone, thanks to its massive 5,000mAh battery, not only promises day-long battery life even with heavy use but also boasts of the beneficial reverse charging feature. The latter effectively transforms the HONOR 9A into a power bank that can be used to either charge other phones or accessories like smart bands or wireless headsets. Also notable is the fact that this is the largest battery ever on an HONOR device. The massive capacity of the battery is evident from the fact that you can talk continuously on the phone for more than 60 hours and still be left with a decent amount of charge. What’s more? You can also enjoy video playback for a staggering 35 hours, 4G calls up to 33 hours, and music playback for up to 37 hours!
Gorgeous 16.0cm display for an immersive viewing experience
The first thing you notice about HONOR 9A when you see it for the first time is the gorgeous dewdrop, full-view display. At 16.0cm (6.3 inches), it is the perfect size for watching videos and consuming all types of content. The dewdrop notch at the top ensures your viewing experience is unobtrusive and clutter-free. The big display also happens to be TUV Rheinland Certified to ensure eye comfort – meaning you can watch hours of content without worrying about straining your eyes.
Unlimited fun with triple rear cameras
The HONOR 9A features a triple camera setup at the rear. The primary camera uses a 13MP sensor, which takes excellent photos in all conditions. Then there is the 5MP super wide-angle camera, which offers a field of view of 120-degrees and promises dramatic shots every time you use the phone. The third camera on the HONOR 9A is the dedicated 2MP depth assist lens that aids in capturing fantastic portrait shots. At the front, here is a dedicated 8MP selfie camera that ensures you always end up looking good. The front-facing camera also has a dedicated portrait mode, ensuring you always end up looking good.
Zero anxiety with ample storage and triple card slot
The HONOR 9A comes with ample 64GB of onboard storage. Thanks to the triple slot, you can not only expand the storage up to 512GB using microSD cards but also use two SIM card and the microSD card together, at the same time, thereby giving you unlimited flexibility.
Let us now move to the HONOR 9S, the second handset that HONOR has brought for the Indian consumer.
HONOR 9S: The no-compromise smartphone
The newest entry-level smartphone from HONOR, the new HONOR 9S, makes for an exciting proposition. Priced well below the Rs 7,000 mark, this smartphone is the perfect solution for people on the lookout for a feature-packed entry-level smartphone that ticks all the right boxes. In fact, the tagline ‘Smart Huyi Khushiyaan’ is apt since it describes all the traits of this cool budget smartphone. Let’s take a look at the top features of the affordable HONOR 9S.
An immersive display
In a world filled with giant smartphones with large displays, the HONOR 9S comes across as a breath of fresh air. The phone features a 13.8 cm (5.45-inches) Full View Display that supports a resolution of 1440 x 720-pixels. The vivid display not only promises a great viewing experience at all times but also comes with support for light out and dark mode, all powered by Android 10.
Excellent cameras for no-compromise photography, superfast facial unlock
The camera setup on the HONOR 9S includes an 8MP camera at the rear with f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP selfie shooter at the front. The rear camera comes with a variety of modes – including a very useful panorama mode – and promises excellent pictures under all lighting conditions. The front-facing camera uses a 5MP sensor, which is quite capable of capturing outstanding self-portraits. The front camera also features support for a capable beauty mode, which ensures you always look good no matter the lighting conditions. The front-facing camera also gives the HONOR 9S the much useful facial unlock feature which lets you unlock the phone with ease while also ensuring utmost security.
Enough space for all your data
With 32GB of internal storage, the HONOR 9S has enough space to store your apps and data. The phone also gets a triple slot that gives you the option to expand the storage to a mammoth 512GB. Additionally, the two SIM slots give users superb flexibility and let them use the phone on dual SIM mode without having to compromise on internal storage.
Other notable features of the HONOR 9S include the large 3,020mAh battery that promises prolonged usage on a single charge. In fact, the HONOR 9S can provide up to 21 hours of continuous calling time and up to 17 hours of video playback. Another incredible feature addition on the HONOR 9S is support for facial recognition and face unlock, a feature that is unheard of in smartphones sold in this price range.
Let us now check out some features that are common to both these handsets:
AppGallery: All your apps in one place!
Both the new smartphones for India come with the HONOR’s amazing AppGallery. Globally, the third-largest app distribution platform, AppGallery has seen impressive growth in India and has managed to garner a user base of over 10 million. In fact, in the last six months alone, the number of AppGallery users in India has increased by 31 percent. In the same period, India saw over 1 million new user registrations and 100 million-plus downloads from AppGallery. The platform already has onboarded 95 percent of the top 160 apps and 85% of the top 500 apps in India and is on the path to getting the top 5,000 apps of the country soon.
AppGallery is not only available in more than 170 countries but has also seen an impressive 25 percent increase in the number of monthly active users. There has also been a massive rise in the number of developer registrations for the platform, with the number of developers currently standing at more than 1.4 million. Additionally, with its four-layer security system that checks for malicious behaviour, security vulnerability scanning, privacy leak checks, and manual real-name reviews, apps on the AppGallery are safe and trustworthy.
Magic UI 3.1 with Android 10 and Petal Search
Both the HONOR 9A and the HONOR 9S run HONOR’s flagship MagicUI 3.1, which is based on Android 10. Widely acclaimed for its ease of use, HONOR’s Magic U1 3.1 is even better in its latest avatar and packed to the hilt with useful features. Both the handsets also come with the useful Petal Search feature that enhances the search experience for users. Petal search is the official search app for HONOR and Huawei smartphones using which you can quickly search for apps and news updates right from the search bar. Petal Search also happens to be a one-stop-shop for app recommendations and can also provide daily weather forecasts and top news updates to you.
Pricing – the icing on the cake!
The HONOR 9A has been priced at a super attractive price of Rs 9,999 and comes in two colour variants: Midnight Black and Phantom Blue. The HONOR 9A goes on sale starting August 6th starting 11am onwards and will be available via Amazon.in.
Customers who buy the device in the first sale can avail a discount of Rs 1,000 and have the chance to buy the HONOR 9A for just Rs 8,999. There is an additional 10 percent discount for HDFC Credit Card and Debit Card users, and a No Cost EMI up to 6 months.
The HONOR 9S also comes in two colour options; Blue and Black and has been priced at Rs 6,499. If you’re keen on buying this excellent value for money smartphone, head to Flipkart on August 6th, 12pm onwards and you can avail an additional discount of Rs 500 for the first sale. With this discount, you can purchase the phone for an amazing price of Rs 5,999.
HONOR 9S additionally offers an instant discount on payment for CITI Bank debit/ credit card and ICICI Bank credit cardholders.
Making things even more exciting is the Call & Win contest for consumers who purchase the HONOR 9A and HONOR 9S. To participate in this contest, all they need to do is to call the HONOR India customer support at 1800-210-9999. There will be multiple winners every week who stand a chance to win the HONOR Band 3. All participants who call also get HONOR’s VIP service benefits and a free subscription to Hungama Music App for three months.
Summing things up…
There is no denying that India and Indians love their budget smartphones. Gone are the days when buying a budget smartphone usually meant making some sort of compromise on either the usability or the features front. Both the HONOR 9A and the HONOR 9S smartphones are a testament to this very fact and are truly attractive handsets priced under the Rs 10,000 mark.
Along with these two exciting budget phones, HONOR has also launched HONOR MagicBook 15 laptop for the Indian market, thereby making its foray into the laptop segment. Tailor-made for the young professional who seeks nothing but the best, HONOR MagicBook15 is a testament to HONOR’s engineering and technological prowess. Powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Mobile Processor, it packs in Radeon Vega 8 Graphics to ensure class-leading performance. The HONOR MagicBook 15 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 10 Home. If that wasn’t all, every buyer gets a free one-month trial of the Microsoft 365 Personal Subscription with the laptop.