Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor today unveiled its brand new handsets, the Honor 9X Pro and View 30 Pro. Being a sub-brand of Huawei, the company is not immune to the hapless situation of shipping devices without Google Mobile Services. Despite that, Honor is putting a lot of emphasis on making its new offerings as appealing as possible to the masses.
The Honor 9X Pro and View 30 Pro are both Global variants, meaning both phones’ apps for the Chinese market have been replaced by Huawei’s own HMS (Huawei Mobile Services). Huawei has already made it clear that they are trying to replicate what Google Mobile Services has been doing for nearly a decade — build their own ecosystem at the backend, for users as well as the cloud. While people wholly depending on Google’s ecosystem may not find it appealing, it will take some time for other users for getting used to it.
As for the hardware, both the Honor 9X Pro and View 30 Pro are similar to its Chinese counterpart. Starting off with the 9X Pro, it has a 6.59-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with no notch, thanks to the pop-up module that hides a 16MP, f/2.2 selfie camera. Inside, it has the Kirin 810 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of onboard storage.
The backside gets a 48MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture accompanied by 8MP f/2.4 ultrawide and a 2MP depth sensor.
Powering the phone is a 4,000mAh battery, while a 3.5mm headphone jack and the side-mounted fingerprint scanner are there for your convenience.
The Honor 9X Pro will go on sale in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia from March 2020. However, there’s no word of availability of the device in Nepal.
On the other hand, a much powerful handset, the Honor V30 Pro goes by the name of the View 30 Pro globally. It has an identical 6.57-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution but offers a pill-shaped notch. The notch hides a 32MP, f/2.0 selfie camera as well as an 8MP, f/2.2 ultrawide unit.
The View 30 Pro comes with the Kirin 990 flagship chipset with 5G support and a more capable rear camera configuration: a 40MP f/1.6 primary sensor + 8MP f/2.4 3x telephoto lens + 12MP ultrawide shooter with f/2.2 lens.
It gets its power from a bigger 4,100mAh battery with 40W wired charging, 27W wireless charging as well as reverse wireless charging support.
The RAM and storage sit at 8GB and 256GB respectively with no option for microSD expansion. Unfortunately, it also misses out the 3.5mm headphone jack but has NFC and IR blaster.
The Honor View 30 Pro will be available at first in Russia, with pricing yet to be confirmed.