There’s been a lot of hype around the new Honor X9b 5G smartphone with its “ultra-tough” screen.

Honor X9b

It is the latest addition to Honor’s reliable X Series line-up, which combines exceptional display quality, expansive photography capabilities, and enhanced battery and hardware performance.

The Honor X9b sets a new benchmark for mid-range smartphones in the industry. It weighs a mere 185g and has a depth of 7.98mm. It’s slim and fits perfectly in then hand, with a textured back for better grip.

The X9b has undergone rigorous testing in controlled environments to handle a maximum load of 70kgs, survival in temperatures between -20°C and 55°C, touch screen durability of over 800 000 tests and the power button and fingerprint sensor of over 200 000 tests each.

So, what makes the Honor X9b so special?

Honor X9b 5G Top 5 Features

1. Honor Ultra-Bounce Anti-Drop Display

Showcasing an industry-leading drop resistance and durability, the Honor X9b’s display incorporates a brand-new three-level protection that provides multiple reinforcements for the screen, frame, and internal compartments.

Certified by Swiss’ SGS Five Star Overall Drop Resistance, the Honor X9b’s display utilises advanced cushioning technology using newly developed materials, which increases the shock absorption capacity by up to 1.2 times, ensuring utmost durability even when subject to drops from a height of 1.5 meters and all angles. (Data provided by Honor Labs).

The 1.5K Vivid Display offers 1200nits of peak brightness on its 6.78-inch AMOLED display. It has a 2652×1200 screen resolution with 429 pixels per inch, and a 120Hz screen refresh rate. Its screen-to-body ratio is 92.8%.

2. 108MP Lossless Capture Camera

The X9b features a triple camera system consisting of a 108MP Lossless Camera Capture; a 5MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro lens. The main 108MP lens has a large 1/1.49-inch sensor and a large f/1.75 aperture, allowing it to capture more light and produce images with vivid clarity.

The camera offers 3x zoom and an outstanding motion capture engine to produce clear snapshots with vibrant detail. It shoots in 4K on the rear, and has 8x digital zoom. It is complemented by a 16MP selfie-cam that shoots in 1080p HD.

3. 5800mAh battery

Featuring one the largest smartphone batteries on a smartphone, the Honor X9b packs in 5800mAh battery in its slim body.

This long-lasting battery promises usage for three days on a single charge for a worry-free experience. It includes 19 hours of online video playback or 12 hours of online gaming.

The battery is also durable and promises to maintain 80% of its capacity after undergoing 1000 charge cycles, making it one of the most robust device batteries on the market.

4. Powerful Performance

The X9b is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 gaming chipset that uses a 4nm processing technology to improve performance.

It has a 35% increase in GPU performance and a 40% increase in CPU efficiency that always enables seamless productivity and entertainment. It promises 20GB of Super Large Memory (RAM Turbo) of 12GB + 8GB together with 256GB storage.

5. Full Android and Play Store Access

The Honor X9b runs on full Google Android and access to the Google Play Store. It runs the latest MagicOS 7.2 based on Android 13.

This provides access to a range of upgraded and customised features, like the Honor Docs Suite, enabling more intelligent and convenient experience of remote working. Users don’t have to compromise on their much-loved Google Mobile Services (GMS) and its suite of apps.

Availability and launch deals

The Honor X9b 5G comes in two shades: midnight black and the eye-catching sunrise orange.

It will retail for R12 999, available from today, 1 February 2024, at your nearest Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom stores.

*This article was sponsored by Honor South Africa