Honor 9X and Honor 9X Pro claim "professional-level camera capability"

Honor 9X and Honor 9X Pro claim "professional-level camera capability"
(Image credit: Honor)

Huawei is promising that its two latest camera phones, the Honor 9X and Honor 9X Pro, possess "professional-level camera capability".

The newest additions to the company's powerhouse X series, both phones possess a 48 megapixel f/1.8 rear camera as well as a 2 megapixel time of flight camera for background-blurring bokeh effects. 

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They are the first Honor phones to possess a pop-up camera, with the front-facing selfie camera featuring a 16 megapixel sensor and an f/2.2 aperture. This facilitates an unblemished 6.59” LCD screen with 1,080 x 2,340 resolution.

In addition, the Honor 9X Pro also benefits from an 8 megapixel wide-angle camera that facilitates landscape shooting and easier group photos thanks to its broader perspective. 

The Honor 9X and 9X Pro feature an X-shaped "3D gradient glass back"

The Honor 9X and 9X Pro feature an X-shaped "3D gradient glass back" (Image credit: Honor)

The manufacturer is also keen to boast about the "night vision" capability of the "flagship-level" primary camera on both devices, built around a 1/2-inch Quad Bayer sensor. 

"Bringing night-time photography to the next level, the Honor 9X series features a large 1/2-inch sensor which dramatically improves the camera’s sensitivity to light beyond human eyes, presenting incredible shooting performance in low-light situations."

Both camera phones are powered by the new Kirin 810 processor. According to GSM Arena (opens in new tab), the chipset features an octa-core CPU (2x A76 at 2.3GHz, 6x A55 at 1.9GHz) and a Mali-G52 GPU. Out of the box, the devices run Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1 (complete with GPU Turbo 3.0).

The Honor 9X comes in three configurations: 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, or 6GB of RAM with either 64GB or 128GB of storage. The Honor 9X Pro packs 8GB of RAM with either 128GB or 256GB of storage. Both phones can be expanded via microSD up to 512GB. 

Honor's George Zhao assures us that the 9X camera phones will be coming internationally "soon"

Honor's George Zhao assures us that the 9X camera phones will be coming internationally "soon" (Image credit: Honor)

The company claims that the 4,000mAh battery will provide 10 hours of online video playback or 10 hours of gaming. However, there is no fast charge function as the USB-C port is limited to 10W. 

Both phones feature a gradient-finish that refracts light in the shape of an 'X', "making these handsets a minimalistic art piece with a unique style" according to the manufacturer.

Pricing for the Honor 9X starts at 1,399 yuan (£163 / $203) and comes in black, blue, and red, while the Honor 9X Pro begins at 2,199 yuan (£256 / $320) and comes in black and purple. 

No international pricing or release date was announced, other than Honor president George Zhao asserting that, "We will soon introduce the latest X-series globally. Stay tuned!”

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.