HONOR is currently teasing the Indian launch of its much appreciated 9X smartphone, which means we can expect it to hit the market very shortly. But even as we await its arrival, it would be a good idea to take a look back at the HONOR X series and how it became a tour de force in just half a decade. The story actually started with the HONOR 4X, the first X series smartphone to enter India, in 2015, and shook up the market with its complete value-for-money nature and great design. The subsequent years saw several new X series devices breaking sales records in the country. Let us take a look at how this journey has been, giving us some of the company’s most innovative handsets over the years.

HONOR X series arrives in the global arena

April 2014 was when the company decided to step out of China and enter the global arena. As mentioned previously, the X series debuted in India with the HONOR 4X, back in 2015. More than anything, it was appreciated for its value-for-money nature. At a starting price of Rs 10,499, the smartphone offered a large 720p display, Snapdragon 410 processor, and a 3000mAh battery, which were trendsetting features back then. This allowed it to perform well against the bigwigs of the time, such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and the Moto E (2nd Gen).

By June 2015, the X series had a well-established presence in 74 countries. The HONOR 5X quickly became the company’s first major global hit. Within a few months of its October 2015 launch, the HONOR 5X had managed to sell upwards of 8 million units worldwide. The HONOR 5X, clad in aviation-grade aluminium, came equipped with advanced technologies such as an ultra-fast fingerprint scanner and a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080p) display. Such was its popularity that by June of 2016, the phone had already managed to move 8 million units globally.

The HONOR 6X arrived a year later, and was the first phone from the X series in India to run on the in-house Kirin 655 processor. This metal-clad handset also offered a dual-camera setup, in keeping with the trends of the time. Such was the excitement surrounding its launch that it had received 1 million registrations after just 24 hours of being listed for its flash sale.

HONOR 7X — an unstoppable force

One of the most successful smartphones in the HONOR X lineup was the 7X, which had sold more than 10 million units in less than a year of its launch. The HONOR 7X was among the company’s last smartphones to go for a metal body. It sported a dual-camera setup on the back for the photography enthusiasts, but also impressed with its performance and battery life. The smartphone’s first flash sale in India saw the smartphone go out of stock within seconds, a testament to the X series’ popularity in the country. It was around this time that HONOR had announced that it had crossed the 40 million sales milestone for the X series worldwide, which shows how the series has grown from strength to strength.

HONOR 8X — continuing the tradition of excellence

Next in line was the HONOR 8X with its glass-sandwich design and its chic look, quickly grabbing everyone’s fancy. This stunning smartphone also offered a full-screen front surface and a dual-camera setup. The smartphone also had innovations such as GPU Turbo for gaming optimisations, over 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, TUV Rheinland-certified display to protect the eyes from blue light, and AR Stickers, among innumerable others. So it was no wonder that nine months following its launch, the HONOR 8X sales had touched 15 million units globally. It was also the best-selling smartphone online in China for four straight months.

What’s next for the X series?

With the HONOR 9X eagerly anticipated in the Indian market, but we now finally know that the company will unveil the series in January in India. It will likely launch in India on January 14th and be sold via Flipkart. The phone has already been launched in China, so we know that it runs on the Kirin 710F chipset and features a triple rear camera setup as well as a big 4,000mAh battery. What’s more, its full-screen front surface leaves no space for bezels, and since there’s no notch, the front camera has been granted a pop-up mechanism.

The HONOR X series has been incredibly successful not just in China and India, but also in other major markets around the world. Hence, it’s no surprise that the anticipation around the launch of the HONOR 9X is extremely high. All eyes are now on the price tag of the HONOR 9X smartphone.