Honor 9 review: Light catcher

Light catcher

GSMArena Team, 07 July 2017.


The EMUI dialer shares a common interface with the contacts app. There are no groundbreaking features here, and nothing missing.

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Smart dialing • Contacts • A single contact

The dual-SIM settings menu lets you rename cards, disable them from software, and select which one does calls or data by default. The interface leads us to believe that while 4G may be limited to just one card, both get 3G connectivity in addition to 2G, which the specs don't indicate.

The interface is not ideal in that dual SIM settings are in one menu, while the mobile networks are in a different one. You may need to do a little bit of back-and-forth to set things up precisely to your liking - say, to limit the primary card to 3G. 'Primary' as in the default card that gets 4G connectivity - you choose that in dual SIM settings. Then in the mobile networks section you get to pick the preferred network type, but only for this primary card - the other one makes do with the rest of the available radios.


Just like the P10, P9, and Honor 8, the Honor 9 has a bottom-mounted speaker at its disposal. It turned out to be the quite powerful and produced a Very Good score in our loudspeaker test. It has a clean and rich sound output, and we give Huawei credit where it's due.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Apple iPhone 6s 63.9 66.7 66.8 Below Average
Oppo R11 66.4 71.5 65.0 Average
Sony Xperia XA1 61.7 69.7 71.8 Average
OnePlus 3T 61.0 69.3 78.3 Good
LG G6 66.8 68.8 74.5 Good
Huawei P9 72.1 66.6 75.6 Good
Honor 8 67.1 66.2 82.6 Good
Apple iPhone 7 67.6 73.2 75.7 Good
Xiaomi Mi 6 66.1 69.0 84.1 Very Good
OnePlus 5 69.2 72.9 77.5 Very Good
Honor 9 68.5 71.7 80.3 Very Good
Huawei P10 67.7 70.0 83.6 Very Good
Honor 8 Pro 64.0 71.4 87.8 Very Good
Huawei Mate 9 83.1 74.5 85.0 Excellent

Pre-installed apps

Huawei offers a pretty rich default app package. The Health app is pretty great. It tracks steps and calculates calories burnt, but can also supposedly count the number of floors you've climbed.

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Smart Controller and Compass are another pair of generic, yet hardware-specific apps. It's a good thing Huawei was nice enough to throw in its own IR controller app. The application itself also looks good and offers a surprisingly rich database of device remote control codes.

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Smart Controller • Adding appliances • Compass

You also have a ton of basic tools preloaded, including a proper file manager, calendar app, notes, weather, sound recorder, and flashlight.

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File manager • Clock • Calculator • Recorder • Flashlight

Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 08 Jul 2023
  • uZH

Battery timing is too short

  • K.
  • 27 Feb 2023
  • gDL

I found it on ifixit, but they only ship to certain EU countries.

Can anyone recommend where to buy a battery for this phone at a reasonable price? I've had this phone since 2017 and I'm still using it just having problems with the battery life.