Honor 8 helped reconsider what you would expect from mid-range smartphones, combining a fairly affordable price with an excellent design, a decent dual camera, and strong performance.
Now the market goes Honor 9, which at first glance looks very similar. But can he offer more, or does the company return to the old positions?
To answer this question, we compared Honor 9 c Honor 8 in all categories that matter, including design and display, battery and cameras, and much more so that you can decide whether the Honor 9 is a worthy upgrade, and also costs whether it is your means.
Honor 9 VS Honor 8: Design
It seems that the company Honor chose the approach: “If it works, do not fix it” in this case, because Honor 9 uses almost identical design Honor 8.
And you know what? This is normal because the Honor 8 design was one of the best parts of the phone.
Both smartphones have a metal frame and a glass back panel … until now everything is normal. But their design also uses 15 different layers under glass (from different materials), which allows the phone to scatter light from different angles, creating a radiant effect.
These two phones are almost the same size, Honor 9 – 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.45 mm with a weight of 155 grams, while Honor 8 is 145.5 x 71 x 7.5 mm and weighs 153 grams.
The main visual difference is that Honor 9 installs a fingerprint scanner in front, under the screen, while Honor 8 uses a fingerprint scanner on the back panel.
The scanner also changed its shape, it became oblong on Honor 9, more like the one you could see on the Samsung Galaxy S7, while on the Honor 8 the scanner is round.
Another real difference is the color schemes to which they belong since Honor 8 is available in Pearl White, Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, and Gold, and Honor 9 for Glacier Gray, Sapphire Blue (Blue) and Midnight Black (Black). And if you want to showcase your new phone to others, the color of Glacier Gray is one that you should choose.
Honor 9 VS Honor 8: Screen
The Honor 8 screen is not as massive as most flagships (5.2 inches), much more surprising is that the new Honor 9 is even smaller, only 5.15 inches.
The sizes aside, there are very few differences between the two phones: both use a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, having a pixel density of 428 (Honor 9) and 423 pixels per inch (Honor 8).
In a pinch, the Honor 9 display is better in practice, as our review showed. Nevertheless, the Honor 8 display is quite impressive in practice and is not bad.
The main complaint is that the automatic brightness did not always work right away, we just have to hope that this problem will be solved.
Honor 9 VS Honor 8: OS and Performance
Performance can be the main reason for choosing a new Honor against the old one. Not that Honor 8 lacks performance for its money, it came to market with 4 GB of RAM and 8-core chipset HiSilicon Kirin 950, which uses four cores with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz and four cores at a frequency of 1.8 GHz.
Honor 9 has the best offer in both aspects, it comes in 4 or 6 GB of RAM (although not all regions will get 6 GB), as well as a newer and faster chipset Kirin 960, which uses 4 cores with a frequency of 2.4 GHz and 4 core with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz. Apparently, the latest Honor offers an increase in processor performance by 18% compared to the previous model.
Honor 8 offered a decent performance in 2016, and we expect Honor 9 to easily compete with this year’s flagships.
However, do not expect any major changes in the operating system partition. Honor 8 is updated to Android Nougat and runs on Huawei’s 5.0 interface, while Honor 9 runs on Android Nougat from the box and comes with Emotion UI 5.1.
Emotion UI 5.1 mainly focuses on improving performance by intelligently setting up resource allocation and memory management, so in combination with the characteristics of Honor 9, it can be noticeably smoother.
And it is worth noting that Honor 9 will most likely be supported by Android updates longer than Honor 8.
Honor 9 VS Honor 8: Camera and battery
The dual camera became one of the main features of Honor 8. The phone connected a 12-megapixel color lens with a monochromatic 12-megapixel sensor, allowing to combine the data from two pictures to improve the quality of the photo.
Honor 9 continues the development of this technology, offering a 12-megapixel color lens and 20-megapixel monochrome.
Not only that one lens now has more megapixels, the camera also received new tricks in the sleeve, which allows you to use a monochrome lens to photograph real black and white photographs, something that is strangely inaccessible to Honor 8.
Honor 9 can also shoot video in 4K, and Honor 8 – 1080p. Both phones have an 8-megapixel front camera.
Honor 9 also has a small battery increase (3200 mAh), while Honor 8 is limited to 3000 mAh. In general, using Honor 8 can serve more than a day, so we hope that Honor 9 will work longer.
Honor 9 VS Honor 8: Price
Honor 9 starts at $ 480, which is well above the $ 370 starting price of Honor 8.
Since then, Honor 8 has become a little cheaper, so if you are not interested in modest updates to Honor 9, the previous flagship deserves attention.
Honor 9 VS Honor 8: Conclusion
If you do not have problems with the location of the fingerprint scanner, the main differences between Honor 8 and Honor 9 are the characteristics of the camera and the processor, in both cases, Honor 9 is better, as expected.
But on paper, this is a pretty small improvement overall, and all the key functions are from brilliant design to a 2-lens camera, a 1080p screen and an average price available for two smartphones. The average price this time is slightly higher but still cheaper than most high-end phones.