The new Honor 9A is quite a compelling smartphone for €149


Honor is back with a new entry-level smartphone, the new Honor 9A. While the phone may only cost €149.90 when it goes on sale in early July, the device’s specs make it quite appealing when compared to the competition.

The Honor 9A isn’t going to impress anyone when compared to phones in the €250 to €300 segment, but its 6.3-inch 720p display, 5,000 mAh battery, tripel rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera are more than enough to set it apart from other entry-level devices. Powering the Honor 9A is a Mediatek MT6762R with 3GB of RAM paired with 64GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports up to 512GB of additional storage. The rear triple camera consists of a 13 MP, f/1.8, main camera, 5 MP, f/2.2, ultrawide and 2 MP, f/2.4 depth sensor. The phone doesn’t;t support 4K video capture (likely due to restrictions from the MediaTek chipset,), but it is able to record at 1080p, 30/fps from its rear and front-facing cameras. 

Out of the box, the Honor 9A will be running MagicUI 3.0.1 on top of Android 10. Like other recent Honor devices, the phone will use the Huawei App Gallery rather than the Google Play Store for app distribution due to the ongoing trade issues between the US and Huawei. While the App Gallery doesn’t;t have nearly as many apps as the Play Store, Huawei has dramatically improved the number of apps and games that it offers. The Honor 9A also some with exclusive in-app credits for Mobile Royale ( €50 in-game credit), Lords Mobile (€50 in-game credit) and Rise of Kingdoms (€20 welcome gift pack) which practically pay for the price of the phone. 

Pre-orders for the Honor 9A will start on July 1st with sales kicking off in nearly a dozen different countries across Europe, Asia and the Middle East later in the month.

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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