A two weeks ago, Unbox covered a leak report regarding the Honor V9, an upcoming dual camera device from Huawei’s budget-enthusiast series. Now, the company has officially unwrapped the 5.7-inch phablet and based on the specs, it’s more than capable of taking on the company’s heavy-hitters like the dual Leica snapper P9 Plus and even the Mate 9, which it shares the same SoC with. Is Huawei positioning the Honor V9 as part of its flagship offerings? Looks like it.
Huawei Honor V9
- 2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core processor
- 4GB/6GB RAM
- 5.7-inch QHD display, 2560 x 1440 resolution
- 64GB/128GB internal storage
- 12-megapixel twin rear cameras, f/2.2 aperture
- 8-megapixel front camera
- Fingerprint sensor
- 4000mAh battery
- Android 7.0 Nougat (EMUI 5.0)
The Honor V9 starts shipping on February 28 and will be available in shades of Black, Blue, Gold and Red. The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version will go for $377 (~Php 20K), while the 6GB RAM and 64GB RAM config will cost around $436 (~Php 22.5K). The top model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will be pegged at $508 (~Php 26K).
The P9 Plus currently retails for around Php 29,990 locally, while the powerhouse Mate 9 is priced at Php 31,990. Both flagships are equipped with Leica optics for their cameras though, and the price tags are proof of that. Basically, if you’re looking to get a sub-flagship priced smartphone with Huawei’s flagship hardware – without the expensive Leica snappers – then the Honor V9 is definitely for you. Given Huawei’s presence here in the Philippines, it’s probably safe to say that we’ll be getting this handset a few months after its Chinese launch.