Huawei has officially confirmed the launch date for the Honor 9. Last week’s leak suggested that the launch would happen on June 20, but a media invitation teased an earlier date, June 12. Now, it’s official. The media invitation was correct, and the Honor 9’s launch date has been confirmed for June 12.
An official poster featuring popular Chinese actor and singer Hu Ge reveals the launch date, and given his pose, it appears that the camera will be a main feature of this device. The launch event will happen in Shanghai, and a European market launch will follow in Berlin, on June 27.
According to rumors, upon its release in China this June, the price tag is expected to be 2,999 Yuan (around $435). Once we have official confirmation of the price, we will be sure to let you know.
Honor 9: the first renders are out
After the recent launch of a Pro version of the Honor 8 for phablet fans, Honor is currently working on its new flagship. A first image of a rendering of the smartphone has been spread around on the net, but it is difficult for the moment to tell if it is the real deal. It could very well be a new version of Honor 8, or simply a false leak.
Honor 9: fingerprint scanner on the front
The main (and only) difference between the Honor 8 we’re familiar with and the above image of the presumed Honor 9 is the placement of the fingerprint reader in the front and instead of the back. This change doesn’t come as a surprise as Huawei, the parent company of Honor, has opted for this fingerprint sensor placement for its latest flagship, the Huawei P10.
Honor 9: more renders show that the headphone jack is gone
Another set of renders has just come out showing the front, back, top and bottom of the device. This one should also be taken with a grain of salt since it resembles the Honor 8 so closely. Like the previously leaked render, the fingerprint scanner is on the front, but there’s another thing that sets the Honor 9 apart – the headphone jack is missing. This is sure to be a disappointment for some if it turns out to be true.
So far, the renders of the Honor 9 have strongly resembled a mix between the Honor 8 and the Huawei P10. Personally, I’m hoping it will be available in a wide range of colors like Huawei’s new P10 device.
When the Honor 9 was certified by TENAA, China’s FCC equivalent, the listing revealed that there would be a gold version and a white version. Its predecessor, the Honor 8, also came in black and blue variants, so it would be reasonable to expect those to be available for the Honor 9 as well.
In the latest leak, the Honor 9 has surfaced in bright yellow, with a dual camera setup that is consistent with previous leaks we’ve seen to date. The color is eye-catching, if a bit too much so, in the leaked render image. That said, there’s no way of knowing how it might look in real life. There is a also a rumor that there will be a silver and a light blue variant.
In recent days, some more details have emerged on the technical specifications of the Honor 9. So far, the rumor mill is telling us that the next Honor device will possibly come with a dual 20 MP (back) / 12 MP (front) camera with a monochrome sensor and lossless zoom. The Kirin 960 octa-core processor is expected to be packed into the Honor 9, which wouldn’t be a great surprise considering that this is produced by the Huawei-owned HiSilicon brand, as well as 6 GB of RAM. The Honor 9 appears to have been given an IP68 certification, so the new device will be dust and water resistant. Unlike it’s predecessor, it doesn’t look like the Honor 9 will have a 3.5 mm jack or include Huawei’s SuperCharge technology, so it will only support 9V2A charging.
What new things do you expect from the Honor 9? Let us know in the comments.