Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has introduced its first phones to feature pop-up front cameras. When combined with their side-mounted fingerprint sensors, this implies the Honor 9X and 9X Max have nearly entirely bezel-less displays, with no display notches or hole-punches insight. The Honor 9X will launch in China on July 30th with prices beginning at 1,399 yuan (around $203), while the 9X Max will come afterward, August 9th starting at 2,199 yuan (around $320) Android Authority reports.
Internally, both phones are utilizing Huawei’s new Kirin 810 chipset, which made its debut on the Nova 5 Pro last month and is the corporate’s second 7nm chipset. The 9X starts with 64GB of internal storage, and 4GB of RAM while the 9X Pro starts with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The rear camera setups of the two units additionally differ: the 9X Pro has a triple-camera array with an additional ultra-wide sensor compared to the dual cameras on the 9X. You’ll find a 16-megapixel sensor atop each phone’s pop-up selfie camera.
Both phones feature the identical 6.59-inch 1080p LCD display, 4,000mAh battery, and headphone jacks alongside their USB-C ports. These specs suggest that on paper at least, the Honor 9X may very well be a capable mid-range device just like its predecessor, the Honor 8X.
There’s no word yet on when, or if, these two phones will launch outside of China. The Honor 8X came to Europe just over a month after it debuted in Huawei’s home country. However, given the continuing situation between the US and Honor’s parent firm Huawei, it’s unclear whether or not the Honor 9X will launch outside of China within the same time frame. The Trump administration lately stated that it might provide licenses to commerce with Huawei “where there is no threat to US national security,” but it’s still unclear whether or not this may cover licensing software like the Android operating system.