Review: HONOR X9a 5G – The Smartphone With the Strongest Screen


HONOR is back with a new and exciting addition to its X Series of smartphones – the brand-new X9a! The HONOR X9a boasts an impressive display, a durable battery, and a seamless user experience, all housed in a compact, affordable design.

The HONOR X9a features a 6.67-inch OLED Curved Display with a screen-to-body ratio of 93%. Its rounded corners and high resolution of 2400-by-1080 pixels, support for up to 1.07 billion colors, and display brightness of 800 nits offer an immersive viewing experience. Whether you’re in a brightly lit room or a dimly lit environment, the HONOR X9a’s display delivers clear and crisp images.

The HONOR X9a has also been designed with your eye’s health in mind. It comes packed with the hardware low blue light technology, which has been certified by TÜV Rheinland. The technology reduces harmful blue light exposure. It also supports 1920Hz PWM Dimming technology, which reduces screen flickering – so you can watch your favourite content on the screen without any eye fatigue.

One of the standout features of the HONOR X9a is that its display is 0.65mm thick. Now, this is thicker than the industry average of 0.55mm, thereby helping improve its durability. The display has also undergone two tempering processes, making it able to withstand accidental drops from a height of up to 1m on marble surfaces. This makes the HONOR X9a, a smartphone with the strongest screen on the market today.

The HONOR X9a’s Daylight Screen Algorithm increases the display brightness and reduces glare in bright lighting conditions, allowing users to easily read content and view images in their true colors, even in direct sunlight. Its Night-time Screen Algorithm reduces the display brightness to as low as 2 nits in low-light environments, reducing strain on the eyes when viewing in dim conditions.

In addition, you also get a special E-Book Mode, which is perfect for users who enjoy reading on their smartphones. When activated, E-Book Mode enhances the display contrast to mimic the look of a paper reader, easing eye strain even in low-light environments. This makes it a great choice for users who want a comfortable reading experience on their phones.

The phone also comes with a Dark Mode feature, which changes the background colour from white to black and the text colour from black to white. By using a black background, the HONOR X9a’s Dark Mode reduces the blue light emission from the screen, easing eye strain. It also takes advantage of the properties of the AMOLED display to turn off individual pixels for the black background, creating deep blacks and improving battery life.

The HONOR X9a’s high screen refresh rate of up to 120Hz and touch sampling rate of up to 300Hz provide smooth, responsive visuals and reduce motion blur. Whether gaming, typing, or editing files, the HONOR X9a’s display delivers a seamless user experience.

The HONOR X9a has been designed to be compact and lightweight, measuring just 7.9mm in thickness and weighing just 175 grams. The overall design and build quality are top-notch.

On the rear, you get the symmetrical Matrix Star Ring camera design, which has been inspired by the iconic circular camera layout of HONOR’s flagship Magic Series. Its triple cameras module and the flashlight are evenly positioned along the Star Ring.

The HONOR X9a is available in three different colour options such as Titanium Silver, Emerald Green, and Midnight Black. The one showcased in this review is the Titanium Silver variant. The phone uses an in-screen fingerprint reader for added security.

On the right edge of the device, you get the volume rockers and the power button. On the bottom edge, you get the dual SIM tray, a noise-cancelling microphone, a USB Type-C port, and the speaker grille. On the top edge, you get the IR blaster and a second noise-cancelling microphone.

Even though the HONOR X9a is incredibly slim and lightweight, it comes packed with a massive 5100mAh battery. With a single full charge, the HONOR X9a offers up to 2 days of daily use, providing uninterrupted work, play, and entertainment on the go.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G Mobile Platform, a 6nm advanced processor with integrated Qualcomm Adreno 619 GPU and Qualcomm Kryo 660 CPU. You also get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

In addition, the HONOR X9a is equipped with HONOR RAM Turbo to convert a small portion of the internal storage into RAM. This allows users to run apps faster without having to relaunch them, thus delivering a smoother user experience. The HONOR X9a runs the latest Android 12 operating system with the company’s very own Magic UI 6.1 running on top of it.

On the rear, the HONOR X9a comes packed with a triple camera system. Now, this includes the 64MP Ultra-clear Main Camera offering a f/1.8 aperture, a 5MP Wide Angle Camera offering a f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP Macro Camera offering a f/2.4 aperture.

On the front, just above the gorgeous display, you get a 16MP Front Camera with a f/2.45 aperture. The front camera is also capable of vividly rendering the subject’s facial features with facial recognition capabilities while keeping the details of the background sharp.

The camera offers a wide variety of photography and videography modes. One of the highlights of the camera modes is the Multi-Video Mode recording. In this mode, you can simultaneously capture multiple perspectives using the front camera and the rear camera at the same time. This is perfect for users who would like to record and share their memorable moments in life with their loved ones.

The HONOR X9a features HONOR Share, which allows for fast wireless file transfer between HONOR devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. With HONOR Share, users can easily transfer documents, images, and videos without interrupting other tasks or applications running on their devices, increasing productivity.

The phone’s Multi-screen Collaboration capabilities allow you to easily multi-task between your HONOR smartphone and an HONOR laptop or tablet. When connected, you can answer audio and video calls on all devices and easily transfer files between them for easier editing.

The HONOR X9a performed very well in all our tests. Whether it was gaming, watching content, or multi-tasking between multiple open app windows, the phone performed with aplomb!

The camera of the HONOR X9a also performed really well as seen in the sample shots below. Whether it was outdoors or indoors, the camera system performed consistently.

And the fact that the HONOR X9a comes with a 0.65mm thick display that has also undergone two tempering processes, durability is a given. You don’t have to worry about accidental scratches or drops as it will withstand most abuses smartphones go through on a daily basis. That makes the HONOR X9a, the smartphone with the strongest screen today.

The pre-order for the HONOR X9a starts on January 14, 2023. The phone will be available at Axiom, Carrefour, Emax, HiHONOR, Jumbo, KM Trading, Lulu, Nesto, and Sharaf DG. In addition, online channels such as and will also be offering the HONOR X9a.

HONOR has also partnered with NorthLadder, the leading device trade-in player in the MEA region. Starting from January 7, 2023, you can trade in your old smartphone for new phones from HONOR for less. This includes the upcoming HONOR X9a and the iconic HONOR 70 5G. Open sales of the HONOR X9a will start on January 21, 2023, and the smartphone is expected to be priced between AED 1000 and AED 1500.

Price: Ranging between AED 1000 and AED 1500

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