Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has been dishing out some good phones recently. The Honor 8 Pro (Review) which launched earlier this year went head-to-head with the OnePlus 5 (Review) stealing its thunder to some extent. We were impressed with the specs and features it offered for the price. With the market slowly pivoting towards 18:9 displays, Honor has made that move in the form of the Honor 9i. The screen isn’t the only interesting thing about this new phone. It also sports four cameras making it quite unique. While the specifications look good on paper, do they translate into a good real-world experience? We’ve got the answer.
Honor 9i design
If you have been tempted by phones with huge displays and thin bezels, the Honor 9i will pique your interest. It packs a huge 5.9-inch display with slim borders all around. Don’t let the screen size put you off, since the 18:9 aspect ratio means that the phone overall is roughly the same size as most current 5.5-inch phones. The big display means that the metal earpiece, sensors, and front cameras have been pushed right to the upper edge. The fingerprint scanner is at the back and you get a clean front face.
Pick the phone up, and the curved sides and edges feel comfortable in hand. The Honor 9i feels solid too, thanks to its metal unibody. While the black finish on our review unit looks gorgeous, it is a fingerprint magnet. The phone is also a little slippery if you aren’t careful when holding it. The dual camera module on the back protrudes by a couple of millimeters but has a metal rim surrounding it, which should help prevent scratches. Honor has lined up the LED flash, cameras, and fingerprint scanner down the center of the phone. We found that we needed to stretch our fingers a little to reach the fingerprint scanner and that a slightly lower positioning would have been better.