- Successful finishes.
- Screen rather faithful.
- High-performance fingerprint reader.
- Fluid interface.
- Good autonomy.
- Slab with little contrast.
- Fingerprint sensitive back.
- Quality of the pictures disappointing.
- Heats up enormously.
BOTTOM LINE :
The Honor 9 would have been able to hang a 4th star on his final note. It was without counting on this tendency to heat a lot that penalizes it very clearly. This Honor 9 does not offer a satisfactory photo experience and is today one of the nerves of the war of smartphones. Defects that seem more hold of optimization. Maybe the 9th would have had to mature again a few months at Honor before going out. It will find on its way a very good OnePlus 5 and a Galaxy S7 become more affordable. The fight is going to be tough for the Honor 9.
Honor took the lead to get his spearhead out. The Honor 9 thus arrived in early summer 2017, just after a rather successful Honor 8 Pro. While previous models in the series were all showing signs of improvement, this Honor 9 seems to be slowing down.
ERGONOMICS AND DESIGN
The fingerprint reader is on the front panel, in the band that highlights the screen. A positioning which is, in our eyes, more relevant than before, since this reader is accessible when the smartphone is placed on a table. Overall, its operation shows no weakness and the unlocking is almost instantaneous. On either side of the fingerprint reader, Honor has chosen to place the navigation keys sensing.
It is regrettable that Honor did not take more risk in the design of his last. The occupancy of the front panel by the screen is only about 70%. A Galaxy S7 reaches almost 73%, when a GS8 climbs to almost 85%. It will be necessary to arm themselves with both hands to fully exploit the tactile surface of Honor 9.
On the grip side, the biggest problem comes from the heating of the device. Indeed, we have observed an external temperature of 40 ° C on the back and the front face reaches almost 45 ° C when the Honor 9 is pressed. Temperatures that are particularly disturbing to the user.
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The touch delay of the screen is below the average of our comparative (87 ms), at 77 ms. A satisfactory figure, but more than double the top students in the category. The remanence is in the average for an IPS panel, at 17 ms.
INTERFACE AND NAVIGATION
Honor 9 does not arrive empty memory. Of the 64 GB promised by the datasheet, only 51 GB are actually available. And this is without counting on the myriad of applications pre-installed by the Chinese manufacturer. In addition to the usual Google apps (Gmail, Drive, YouTube or Play Store), there are games and apps like Booking or TripAdvisor. Fortunately, anything that is not essential can be uninstalled completely.
The “9” also extends the list of the gestural shortcuts that one usually finds. The possibility of capturing the screen or separating it in two thanks to phalanxes, the activation of the one-handed use mode or the use of a floating menu are part of the game.
The Kirin 960 and the 4 GB of RAM that accompany it work well. The Honor 9 turns without problem, even when subjected to greedy situations. As mentioned above, the only real problem remains the heating of the apparatus.
The performance of the graphics chip Mali-G71 MP8 is no longer to prove. The Honor 9 takes full advantage and runs all the games of the Play Store without lag. However, after several tens of minutes of 3D game, the smartphone becomes hot, very hot and the pleasure of videoludic is no longer the same. The rise in temperature of Honor 9 has the additional consequence of causing the fluidity to fall and visual snags appear.
When working alone, the monochrome sensor behaves better. Its 20 megapixels offer detailed and contrasting shots of the day, but they degrade visually as the light decreases. The image processing applied by Honor remains a step below that of Huawei.
In video, the Honor 9 allows to register up to a definition UHD. However, as almost every time, you have to settle for a Full HD definition to get the best result. With the highest definition, jerks and focus tracking are not up to scratch.
The front photo sensor of 8 Mpx is correct, if you get rid of all the software artifices that concocted Honor. The mode of beauty only has the effect of smoothing to excess and the portrait mode is even worse than the back. It virtually never comes up with a relevant background blur and often forgets areas that should be blurred.
In practice, Honor 9 will have difficulty holding more than a day if subjected to a very sustained use. A standard or moderate use can see it run up to a day and a half, or even the evening of the second day.
Fortunately, it takes just over an hour and twenty minutes to completely recharge the Honor 9.
It is a habit at Honor, the 9 can embark two nano-SIM cards. However, it should be noted that only one of the two can benefit from the mobile data, the other must be satisfied with calls and SMS. A function that remains the same in everyone.
In communication, the caller get along without difficulty. Sometimes you have to push the volume of the Speaker 9 a bit when the environment is noisy, but nothing catastrophic. The grip on the grid does not show any noticeable weakness, as does the fix GPS, which requires only a handful of seconds.