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Honor 9 global availability announced alongside Honor Band 3

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After announcing the Honor 9 for China earlier this month, Huawei is back today to talk about global availability for its newest Honor smartphone.

The Honor 9 will begin rolling out in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy and other European countries starting today, June 27th. Pricing for the Honor 9 will start at £379.99/€449,90, and color options include Glacier Grey, Sapphire Blue, and Midnight Black.

Huawei has given the Honor 9 some notable upgrades over last year’s Honor 8. That includes beefing up the dual rear camera setup to include a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and 12-megapixel RGB sensor, up from the Honor 8’s dual 12-megapixel sensor setup. The Honor 9’s 20-megapixel monochrome sensor helps to improve contrast and detail as well as low-light photography, and it can be used on its own to capture monochrome images, too.

The Honor 9 is packing an octa-core Kirin 960 processor, up from the Honor 8’s Kirin 950 chipset. Also worth noting is that the Kirin 960 is found in Huawei’s flagship P10, too.

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Huawei is also touting the Honor 9’s audio capabilities. The company teamed up with Grammy award-winning producer Rainer Maillard to optimize the Honor 9’s sound quality, while Monster created a special Honor Purity sound equalizer for the Honor 9. Finally, Huawei says that it’s included Huawei Histen, a wide 3D sound field technology that includes three sound modes for different user scenarios.

Rounding out the Honor 9’s spec list is a 5.15-inch 1920×1080 display, an 8-megapixel front camera, 4GB/6GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot, dual SIM slots, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3,200mAh battery. On the software side, the Honor 9 is running Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 user interface on top of Android Nougat.

Also of note is the Honor 9’s body, which includes a 3D glass back that Huawei touts as having 15 layers, as well as a sandblasted metal frame.

The Honor 8 was one of our favorite smartphones of 2016, with Dima calling it a “fantastic bang-for-your-buck” smartphone. We’ll have to wait to check out the Honor 9 before we get too excited about it, but given how good the Honor 8 was, we’re definitely looking forward to getting the Honor 9 into our hands.

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Also announced today is Huawei’s Honor Band 3. This fitness tracker has a battery that’ll last up to 30 days on a single charge, a 0.91-inch black and white PMOLED display, and support for Android and iOS. It’s also water resistant up to 50 meters.

Huawei will offer the Honor Band 3 in Dynamic Orange, Classic Navy Blue, and Carbon Black color options.

Source: Honor (PRNewswire)

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