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Honor 9X Pro launching globally on February 24th, will arrive without Google Mobile Services

On: February 19, 2020

Honor had announced the Honor 9X Pro in China in last July. Now, the Huawei sub-brand has confirmed the global launch of the smartphone on February 24th in Barcelona, Spain. The launch event will be live-streamed on the company’s social media channels at 11 pm IST. Due to the US trade ban on Huawei, the Honor 9X Pro is confirmed to arrive as the company’s first smartphone with Huawei Mobile Services instead of Google Mobile Services. Honor is also expected to launch the MagicBook laptop at the event. The Honor 9X Pro will be based on the company’s Huawei Mobile Services or HMS (in short). It is an alternative to Google’s Mobile Services or GMS that Huawei has been developing since the US trade ban. HMS offers apps and services like Huawei Mobile Cloud, Huawei AppGallery, Huawei Video, Huawei Browser and more that are similar to Google’s own suite of apps and services. The company’s upcoming smartphone is expected to retain most of the specifications as its China variant. 

The Honor 9x Pro will feature Huawei Mobile services 

Honor 9X Pro specifications & pricing:

The Honor 9X Pro offers a 6.59-inch FHD+ display. It features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a pop-up camera module that houses a 16MP selfie snapper. On the back, there is a vertically stacked triple camera setup consisting of 48MP+2MP+8MP sensors. The device flaunts an X-shaped pattern on its rear glass panel. 

Under the hood, the Honor 9X Pro is powered by Kirin 810 AI chipset. In China, the device is available in two RAM and storage configurations of 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. There is an option to expand the internal storage up to 512GB via microSD card. The smartphone draws its power from a 4,000mAh battery unit. The Honor 9X Pro runs on EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9 Pie in China. 

The base variant of Honor 9X Pro is priced at RMB 2,199 (~Rs 22,000) while the higher-end model costs RMB 2,399 (~Rs 24,000). 

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