C. Biederman, 08 Feb 2021Still without GMS, what a pity. I say, life without Google Services is not all that bad after all. But I admit you need to make minor compromises.
I recently switched to a Honor 9X Pro (6/256GB, Global variant) as they were selling very cheap during stock clearance in my country. After the US trade ban, Huawei/ Honor is unable to add GMS and subsequently Google Playstore in their software. Hence 9X Pro is devoid of GMS is solely reliant on Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). I was very skeptical before & during the purchase of 9X Pro how I will be able to use this device as it lacks GMS.
Now I can safely say I can live with it. Inbuilt Huawei AppGallery and authentic Amazon AppStore fulfills 70% of my app needs in this phone. For the rest 30% I get it from ApkPure app store. In this phone I have completely switched to Microsoft Cloud based eco-system. I trust it. Believe me when I say Microsoft eco system is damn good on Android. Just never used it before as I was so accustomed to the Google ecosystem on Android. In my eyes Microsoft is the saving grace on non GMS Android phones.
Other than the software situation, 9X Pro just obliterates my Poco M2 Pro/ Redmi Note 9 Pro in hardware section, performance & product quality. The M2 Pro (6/128 GB) retails for ₹16K in my country while 9X Pro (6/256 GB) comes for ₹14K. You also get 10% card discounts over them, time to time, bringing the price down to ₹12.75K ($170/€156) in case of 9X Pro.
So on 9X Pro I do not get GMS, but the software is rock stable. Everything works as planned. The overall experience of using Huawei's EMUI on Android 9 is superior to Xiaomi's MIUI running on Android 10. Strange but true. EMUI have a level of finesse & immediacy in software which I have not found in any other Chinese brands. In the end I love 9X Pro more than my M2 Pro.
HiSilicon Kirin 810 SoC in 9X Pro is on another level to Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G found in my M2 Pro. Using both phones side my side you will feel the difference in the fluidity of the UI, be it CPU oriented tasks or pure gaming. Gaming is awesome on 9X Pro, just look at the scores.
AnTuTu (v8) Scores by GSMArena:
Honor 9X Pro (Kirin 810): 312668
Realme 7 (Mediatek G95): 292828
Poco X3 (Snapdragon 732G): 283750
Redmi Note 9 Pro/ Poco M2 Pro (Snapdragon 720G): 279625
I underestimated Honor 9X Pro as it came devoid of GMS and thought it will be unusable as I am a Google junkie. However after receiving the phone it took me just 3 days to figure out all the alternatives. It is true GMS is still better than HMS by a huge margin, but Amazon App Store & APKPure saves it and I get 90% of all my apps I need.
Huawei knew they are going to face a hurricane without Google support, so prepared a double edged sword (Honor 9X Pro) with a level of construction quality, display quality, SoC, performance, storage size unheard in its sub $200 price range. It is a pity that many (previously, me included) did not realize its potential, but those (now, me included) who used it knows how great the phone is. This is why 9X Pro is now my primary device.
C. Biederman, 08 Feb 2021Still without GMS, what a pity. buy it if you can afford it. else wait.. simple
NineTailedFox, 29 Jan 2021Why a 2 MP macro in a premium flagship ? to increase camera count and attract people
Rizwan31396, 21 Jan 2021Design is great, I wish this design could be in mate series or P seriesIt's kinda design is like the nova series like nova 8 pro
Siddhant Pandey, 22 Jan 2021When this will launch globally, then we will knowNot yet confirmed!
Anonymous, 24 Jan 2021it includes google play services Only for global but not for China!
Ravikumar, 25 Jan 2021lost hope, sure would buy, if it has Kirin 9000 series cpu.It has mediatek dimensity 1000+ pocesser.
localA50user, 19 Jan 2021i even once told him to keep the adapter connected to the earphones so then he can just quickl... moreI have 2 or 3 pairs of headphone I use, and I use my headphones for multiple devices. There are different types of dongles, the one from my tablet doesn't work on my phone for example. My laptop doesn't detect mic imput if I plug them in into the usb c port (my phone does thank god). It is just creating a problem that doesn't have to exist, to make more money. It is really annoying if you have to switch all the time (also, that is way bluetooth is not really an option always) and if you have to use different ports. That is not being a Karen, that is an asshole move by phone companies
Anonymous, 18 Jan 2021No audio jack, no sd card, very small battery, no buy.And the HUGE "notch" too, that alone is enough to make me lose interest.
Anonymous, 20 Jan 2021Not strong enough... no stereo speakers. Has stereo speakers
Anonymous, 20 Jan 2021How can i get it in africa ethiopia. As per the spesfication the phone seems like good.on aliexpress, probably is the only way for most african countries to get phones.
Mrxms, 20 Jan 2021Do this device get google service? I think so because now honor in a free brand from huaweiIts rumored to yes, its unconfirmed as of this moment.