Honor, earlier today, launched two new budget, sub Rs 10K smartphones for the Indian market. The new handsets are the Honor 9S and the Honor 9A. Along with these smartphones, the company also made its entry into the laptops segment with the launch of the new MagicBook 15 notebook. More details on the MagicBook 15 in a separate article. Let’s now take a close look at the pricing, features, and specifications of the Honor 9S and the Honor 9A. We have already revealed most of the specs in this article a few days age. Nevertheless, here we go again!
Honor 9S, Honor 9A price in India, first sale date, launch offers
The Honor 9A comes in a single 3GB+64GB variant in India and has been priced at Rs 9,999. The phone comes in two color variants: Midnight Black and Phantom Blue.
The phone will be sold via Amazon starting August 6, 2020 starting 11 AM onwards. Customers who buy the device in the first sale can avail a discount of Rs 1,000 and have the chance to buy the Honor 9A for Rs 8,999. There is an additional 10 percent discount for HDFC Credit Card and Debit Card users, and No Cost EMI up to 6 months.
As for the Honor 9S, this device comes in simple blue and black color options and in a single variant with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. This phone will be sold via Flipkart beginning August 6, 12 PM onwards. There is also a discount of Rs 400 for the first sale and customers can purchase the phone for just 5,999. There is also a no-cost EMI option in the offing.
Honor has also announced a Call & Win contest consumers who purchase the Honor 9A and the 9S. All they need to do to participate in this contest is to call the Honor India customer support at 18002109999. Winners shall be selected every week and stand a chance to win the Honor Band 3. All participants who call also get Honor’s VIP service benefits and a free subscription to Hungama Music App for three months.
Honor 9A: Specifications, Features
The Honor 9A is the more premium and pricier of the two new handsets launched today. This phone comes powered by the entry-level Mediatek MT6762R SoC that houses quad Cortex A53 cores decided in two clusters. The variant sold in India gets 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as well with a slot to increase the memory using microSD cards. The handset runs Android 10 beneath Magic UI 3.1. Google Play services aren’t supported owing to the ongoing trade war between the US and China. The phone does ship with Honor’s own AppGallery for app downloads.
The display used on the Honor 9A happens to be an LCD panel that measures 6.3-inches across and supports HD+ resolution. The panel is TUV Rheinland certified for eye protection features as well. The handset gets a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for secure, quick unlocking.
The camera setup on the Honor 9A includes a 13MP f/1.8 primary camera, a secondary 5MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. The front-facing camera has a resolution of 8-megapixels and can capture decent selfies.
Powering this hardware is a large 5,000maH that can easily last well over a day with normal use. The phone also supports the reverse charging feature, which means it can be used to charge other phones and accessories.
Honor 9S: Specifications, Features
The Honor 9S is a compact handset with a 5.45-inch HD+ display. It is powered by the same SoC we saw on the Honor 9A- the MediaTek MT6762R. The RAM is on the lower side, though, at just 2GB. The phone also gets 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The smaller size of the handset also results in a smaller battery that has a capacity of 3020 mAh. Like the Honor 9A, this handset also runs Magic UI 3.1 atop Android 10. While the phone lacks a fingerprint scanner, it does support the face unlock feature. The camera setup on the Honor 9S includes a single 8MP F/2.0 rear-facing camera and a 5MP selfie camera at the front. The handset is dual SIM compatible as well.
As mentioned earlier, both these handsets are set to go on sale via Amazon and Flipkart starting August 6, 2020.