Now Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has made its way into this segment with Honor 9i which features a 5.9-inch bezel-less display. Another unique feature of the phone is that it sports four cameras – two on the front and two at the back. Priced at Rs 17,999, the Honor 9i offers some impressive features on paper. Honor 9i has a full metal unibody design with visible antenna lines on top and bottom of the back cover. Despite the large 5.9-inch screen, the phone is easy to hold and isn’t too slippery. It looks stylish thanks to the tall display, which has 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The phone has extremely thin bezels on the sides which adds up to the style quotient.
Honor 9i features a 5.9-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. I had absolutely no problems viewing the screen under bright sunlight. The viewing angles are great and I quite liked the colour balance as well. Icons appear sharp and a bezel-less screen makes watching videos, playing games, an excellent viewing experience.
The dual rear cameras are vertically aligned and right below is a circular fingerprint scanner. A single stereo speaker along with a USB Type 2.0 slot for charging and 3.5mm headset jack are placed at the bottom. The fingerprint sensor was quick to unlock the device each time I tried. It sports 16MP dual lens sensor plus a 2MP camera at the back, which comes with features such as bokeh mode, moving photo, night shot, pro photo, and panorama. I was pretty impressed with the details and colour reproduction in pictures clicked in bright outdoors. In the limited time that I spent with the phone, I managed to click some excellent shots with the primary shooter.The front camera is 13MP+2MP with soft LED flash.
Honor 9i runs Android 7.0 Nougat with company’s EMUI 5.1 skin on top. People can run two apps at once on Honor 9i which is great. The customisation shouldn’t bother as much given there’s minimum bloatware and settings have been kept quite simple and easy to use.
Verdict: What is good with this device is the IPS LCD which is better than most flagships.