HONOR X9b review + unboxing, first impressions [video]

In an era where smartphones are ubiquitous, the HONOR X9b stands out as a beacon of quality, reminding many of us of the durability and reliability reminiscent of the classic Nokia phones.

The successor to the highly acclaimed HONOR X9a, it brings an array of impressive features packed into a sleek design. The HONOR X9b is more than just a smartphone; it’s a nod to the past’s reliability and a leap into the future of innovation. For those who yearn for the days of sturdy Nokia phones but want modern features, the HONOR X9b could be the perfect choice.

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HONOR X9b display and design

The HONOR X9b boasts a stunning 6.78-inch AMOLED curved display, capable of displaying 1.07 billion colors and offering a peak brightness of 1200 nits. Its 120Hz refresh rate and high resolution of 2652×1200 ensure a fluid and vibrant visual experience.

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This display is not only about beauty; it’s certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue light, making it easier on your eyes. The design of the X9b is equally impressive, with a unique vegan leather back that provides a luxurious feel. This choice of material not only adds to the aesthetic appeal but also contributes to the phone’s durability.

HONOR X9b performance

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 chipset and supported by 12GB of RAM, the X9b is built to handle multitasking with ease. The 256GB of storage, although not expandable, is ample for most users. The MagicOS 7.2, based on Android 13, provides a smooth and intuitive user interface.

WATCH: HONOR X9b gaming test video

For the gamers, check out the dedicated HONOR X9b gaming review on YouTube.

HONOR X9b camera

Photography enthusiasts will appreciate the X9b’s 108MP main camera, complemented by a 5MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro lens. The 16MP front camera ensures your selfies are crisp and clear. While it lacks a pro video mode, the array of other features like AI enhancement and various shooting modes cater to most photography needs.

HONOR X9b durability

One of the most notable features of the X9b is its durability. The phone is equipped with IP53 water and dust protection, and the HONOR Ultra-Bounce Anti-Drop Display technology.

WATCH: HONOR X9b smash test video

We’ve been doing 5-foot drop tests since the HONOR X9a first came out. As its successor, the HONOR X9b is supposed to be even better. We will be putting it to the test in the following days, so stay tuned.

First impressions

Our initial hands-on experience with the HONOR X9b has been overwhelmingly positive. The design, particularly the vegan leather back, sets it apart from its competitors. The display, despite lacking HDR support, impresses with its brightness and color saturation.

The phone’s performance, powered by the by the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, promises a fluid experience. As we continue to explore the HONOR X9b, we are eager to test its famed durability and delve deeper into its gaming and camera capabilities.

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