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Honor 9X: Pop up your X factor

The Honor 9X has a unique X-shaped design and an ultra-smooth pop-up camera.VISHNU ANAND checks it out

March 30 2020: Honor has been a frontrunner in camera technology, ,mostly flowing from its Bangalore R&D centre. While many brands have made mockery of the number of megapixels in a camera lens, with the count reaching 3 digit numbers, Honor has consistently maintained that it is not a megapixel game, but that of camera technology and the clarity it provides via a mix of hardware and software optimizations. The imaging division of the R&D center provides vital inputs to global Honor devices, and with the 9X, it includes a pop-up front camera.

48 MP sensor

The Honor 9X comes with a 48 MP low-light sensor with a wide aperture and 4-in-1 light fusion technology that recreates true colours even in low-light. Along with a super night mode for photos and videos, this sensor is supplemented by a 2 MP depth assist camera, with bokeh algorithms, and 3D portrait lighting to give you a studio lighting effect. Additionally, the wide landscape camera captures true colour wide angle shots and optimizes them using a real-time algorithm. Powered by the Kirin 710F processor, and a 4000 mAh battery, the 6.6 inches device  comes with a 16 MP front pop-up camera, with one of the smoothest and fastest pop-up motor we've seen so far. With selfie enhancements and optimizations, this camera is ideal for daylight and low-light.

Honor hasn't been a brand that has focussed maniacally on design, like a few other brands have. This time around, they have surprised us with an innovative X-shaped design philosophy for the curved 3D back cover, which accentuates the full view end-to-end display. When light falls on it, it creates a 3D illusion that changes shape as you tilt the phone, making it stand out from the crowd of run-of-the-mill devices.

If you appreciate cool design and consistent camera performance, the Honor 9X is a good buy at Rs. 13,999 (4 GB + 128 GB) and Rs. 16,999 (6 GB + 128 GB).