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Honor Pad 9 review - Large tablet with exceptional display and fantastic sound at a low price

Small price, large display. In addition to the large screen and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, the 12.1-inch Honor Pad 9 offers great sound with its eight speakers. With pen support and an optional keyboard cover, the mid-range tablet also scores highly in productivity.
Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet

The successor to the Honor Pad 8 is only marketed in Europe in a version with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB internal memory. For an RRP of 350 euros, the mid-range tablet has a very large and high-resolution display - in figures, the IPS panel measures 12.1 inches diagonally and offers 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. The manufacturer also promises TÜV Rheinland-certified eye protection thanks to a flicker-free and low blue light display.

An 8,300 mAh battery is installed, which powers the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and delivers an endurance of around 11 hours. You can find out whether the Honor tablet impresses in our tests in the following review.

Honor Pad 9 (Pad Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 8 x 1.8 - 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A78 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
12.10 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 249 PPI, capacitive Touchscreen, native pen support, IPS LCD, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 224 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, OTG, Miracast
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.96 x 278.27 x 180.11 ( = 0.27 x 10.96 x 7.09 in)
Battery
8300 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (f/2.0, AF, 4K@30fps), camera2 API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix (f/2.2, Fixfocus)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo (8 speakers), Keyboard: Onscreen, USB cable, info material, MagicOS 7.2, 24 Months Warranty, Widevine L1, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, fanless
Weight
555 g ( = 19.58 oz / 1.22 pounds), Power Supply: 89 g ( = 3.14 oz / 0.2 pounds)
Price
350 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84.8 %
03/2024
Honor Pad 9
SD 6 Gen 1, Adreno 710
555 g6.96 mm12.10"2560x1600
80.7 %
01/2024
Teclast T60
T616, Mali-G57 MP1
570 g7.7 mm11.97"2000x1200
86.5 %
09/2023
Huawei MatePad 11.5
SD 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644
499 g6.85 mm11.50"2200x1440
85.2 %
09/2023
Lenovo Tab P12
Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4
615 g6.9 mm12.70"2944x1840
81.7 %
11/2022
Honor Pad 8
SD 680, Adreno 610
520 g6.9 mm12.00"2000x1200

Case - Honor Pad 9 with metal

The Honor Pad 9 is only available in one color in Europe.
The Honor Pad 9 is only available in one color in Europe.

The Honor Pad 9 is less than 7 millimeters thin and relatively light for a 12.1-inch tablet at just 555 grams. Although the Pad 9 is a mid-range device, the metal casing means there are hardly any compromises in terms of feel. The build quality is impressive, but there is no IP certification.

The edges around the IPS panel are kept quite narrow, resulting in a pleasing screen-to-body ratio of just under 85%. Honor does not specify which protective glass has been installed.

Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet

Size comparison

293.37 mm / 11.5 in 190.76 mm / 7.51 in 6.9 mm / 0.2717 in 615 g1.356 lbs279 mm / 11 in 174 mm / 6.85 in 7.7 mm / 0.3031 in 570 g1.257 lbs278.54 mm / 11 in 174.06 mm / 6.85 in 6.9 mm / 0.2717 in 520 g1.146 lbs278.27 mm / 11 in 180.11 mm / 7.09 in 6.96 mm / 0.274 in 555 g1.224 lbs260.88 mm / 10.3 in 176.82 mm / 6.96 in 6.85 mm / 0.2697 in 499 g1.1 lbs297 mm / 11.7 in 210 mm / 8.27 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Features - Honor tablet without memory expansion

The 256 GB UFS 3.1 memory has an available capacity of 224 GB due to the operating system and some pre-installed apps. Storage media can be connected via the built-in USB 2.0 port using USB-OTG, but expansion using microSD cards is not possible. Data transfer via the USB port is very slow - we only measured 30 MB/s in the test. However, the exFAT file system and NTFS, which is preferred by Microsoft systems, are supported.

Software - Honor Pad 9 with Android 13

The operating system on our test device is the outdated Android 13 with the security patches from February 2024 and Magic UI (V7.2). An upgrade to Android 14 and future versions is not possible in view of the update policy of the predecessor. The Pad 8, for example, continues to run Android 12 and will probably never receive a new operating system version. How long Honor intends to provide its mid-range tablet with security patches has also not been officially communicated, only that these will probably be rolled out quarterly.

Updates 25th March: Our request to Honor has been answered. The Pad 9 is set to receive a major update (to Android 14) and three years of security patches.

Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
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Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
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Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet

Communication - Honor tablet without GPS

The Honor Pad 9 only has Wi-Fi 5 available for connecting to a Wi-Fi network. The Lenovo Tab P12 or Huawei MatePad 11.5 with Wi-Fi 6 support both show that it is possible to deliver faster speeds in the mid-range. In conjunction with our reference router Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, Honor only enables transfer rates of around 350 MBit/s on average in the 5 GHz range, and therefore we see no progress compared to the Pad 8.

If you want to access the Internet on the move with your tablet, there is unfortunately no optional 5G version of the Honor Pad 9 and you will have to resort to a mobile hotspot as an alternative. The mid-range tablet from Honor also does not allow positioning using a GNSS module.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Huawei MatePad 11.5
846 (507min - 927max) MBit/s +142%
Lenovo Tab P12
814 (759min - 840max) MBit/s +133%
Honor Pad 9
349 (171min - 354max) MBit/s
Honor Pad 8
345 (326min - 357max) MBit/s -1%
Teclast T60
309 (244min - 321max) MBit/s -11%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Lenovo Tab P12
928 (909min - 950max) MBit/s +154%
Huawei MatePad 11.5
792 (376min - 968max) MBit/s +116%
Honor Pad 9
366 (184min - 389max) MBit/s
Teclast T60
360 (341min - 370max) MBit/s -2%
Honor Pad 8
357 (323min - 366max) MBit/s -2%
020406080100120140160180200220240260280300320340360380Tooltip
Honor Pad 9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 710; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø343 (171-354)
Honor Pad 8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 610; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø344 (326-357)
Honor Pad 9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 710; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø360 (184-389)
Honor Pad 8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 610; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø357 (323-366)

Cameras - Honor Pad 9 with single cameras

Selfie with the Honor Pad 9
Selfie with the Honor Pad 9

The 8 MPix camera with a fixed focus built into the frame above the display relies on an f/2.2 aperture and delivers decent results in sufficient light. The single camera on the back performs slightly better, with a somewhat higher resolution of 13 MP. This also enables videos in UHD quality at 30 fps.

The main camera is well suited for taking pictures of documents, but buyers should not expect more from the Honor Pad 9. The somewhat reddish photos not only have a lack of sharpness, but also appear slightly noisy in daylight. In low light conditions, the 13 MP lens is quickly pushed to its limits despite the f/2.0 aperture. However, our analysis of the color reproduction under optimal illumination does not reveal any major points of criticism, and the built-in autofocus also works solidly in everyday use.

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Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraLow LightZoom 5x
ColorChecker
7.2 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
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3.8 ∆E
1.5 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor Pad 9: 4.75 ∆E min: 1.43 - max: 8.76 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
54.8 ∆E
39.9 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
45.4 ∆E
65.5 ∆E
54.2 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
43.4 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
66.7 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
77.5 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
94.4 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
52.6 ∆E
37.5 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
14 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor Pad 9: 47.54 ∆E min: 13.99 - max: 94.37 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Honor Pad 9 without power supply unit

Smart Bluetooth Keyboard of the Honor Pad 9
Smart Bluetooth Keyboard of the Honor Pad 9

Even before unpacking, the thin packaging of the Honor tablet suggests that the Pad 9 does not come with a power adapter in Germany - although this is included in other countries. Apart from a USB cable (USB-A to USB-C), there is only information material in the delivery box. However, Honor offers optional accessories for its mid-range tablet, such as a Smart Bluetooth Keyboard (RRP: 60 euros) or an Honor Pencil. The latter should be available from the end of March.

In Germany, the manufacturer offers a Warranty of 24 months on its tablets.

Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet

Input devices & operation - Honor-tablet with pen support

The panel of the Honor Pad 9 offers a high refresh rate of 120 Hz, which ensures a smooth display when scrolling or navigating through menus. However, the Honor tablet does exhibit the occasional stutter in everyday use. However, the touchscreen can be operated precisely. Thanks to the supported pen input, the Honor Pad 9 can also be used for taking notes.

According to the manufacturer, the glass surface has a special coating that reduces reflections from incident light. This should also benefit use with the stylus and create a particularly natural writing and drawing experience. A slight reduction in reflections is noticeable in direct comparison with the tablet competition but not comparable with the new Corning Gorilla Armor glass.

The user is authenticated via facial recognition using the front camera. This works very reliably in everyday use with sufficient light, and a total of five profiles can be saved. Unlocking using biometric finger identification is not possible.

Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet

Display - Honor Pad 9 relies on IPS

The LC display uses a classic RGB sub-pixel matrix consisting of a red, a blue and a green light-emitting diode.
The LC display uses a classic RGB sub-pixel matrix consisting of a red, a blue and a green light-emitting diode.

The 12.1-inch 120 Hz IPS panel has a 16:10 aspect ratio and a high resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. The maximum screen brightness of 613 cd/m² (APL18: 606 cd/m²) in our measurements is high for the price range, but the illumination provided is inhomogeneous. Thanks to the "Circadian Night" function, the screen of the Honor Pad 9 automatically reduces the amount of blue light after sunset to make reading in the dark easier on the eyes.

The Honor Pad 9 does not use PWM to control brightness, although we were able to detect high-frequency flickering in our measurement.

567
cd/m²
606
cd/m²
592
cd/m²
552
cd/m²
613
cd/m²
537
cd/m²
544
cd/m²
588
cd/m²
532
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 613 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 570.1 cd/m² Minimum: 2.22 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 613 cd/m²
Contrast: 1533:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.7 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 3.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
99.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.3
Honor Pad 9
IPS LCD, 2560x1600, 12.10
Teclast T60
IPS, 2000x1200, 11.97
Huawei MatePad 11.5
IPS, 2200x1440, 11.50
Lenovo Tab P12
LTPS, 2944x1840, 12.70
Honor Pad 8
IPS, 2000x1200, 12.00
Screen
-6%
-22%
-5%
-38%
Brightness middle
613
352
-43%
472
-23%
435
-29%
379
-38%
Brightness
570
324
-43%
432
-24%
407
-29%
382
-33%
Brightness Distribution
87
88
1%
86
-1%
89
2%
84
-3%
Black Level *
0.4
0.44
-10%
0.58
-45%
0.3
25%
Contrast
1533
1073
-30%
750
-51%
1263
-18%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.7
2.6
4%
3.4
-26%
1.5
44%
4.76
-76%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.1
5.75
-13%
6.6
-29%
3.2
37%
9.25
-81%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.7
1.5
59%
4.8
-30%
2.4
35%
6.7
-81%
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.319 95%
2.41 91%
2.2 100%
2.234 98%
CCT
6763 96%
6747 96%
7035 92%
6546 99%
8468 77%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 29480 Hz ≤ 57 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 29480 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 57 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 29480 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17744 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % display brightness
25 %
50 % display brightness
50 %
75 % display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

In our display measurement with the Calman software and a spectrophotometer, the IPS display calibration is satisfactory, although the grayscale is outside the ideal range (<3) and has a slight green cast. The contrast ratio is around 1,500:1 thanks to the solid black value of 0.4 cd/m². The APL measurement (0.37 cd/m²) confirms that the 12.1-inch tablet has a slightly better contrast.

Color accuracy (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Color accuracy (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Color saturation (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Color saturation (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
17.08 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.683 ms rise
↘ 11.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 34 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
37.06 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.09 ms rise
↘ 19.97 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 48 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

The viewing angle stability of the IPS panel is fine, and there are no noticeable changes to the colors. The Honor tablet is well-equipped for outdoor use. Content remains legible in direct sunlight thanks to the bright panel, but reflections on the glass surface should always be avoided despite the special display treatment.

Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet
Test Honor Pad 9 Tablet

Performance - Honor tablet with Qualcomm SoC

Geekbench values in standard mode are barely lower than in high-performance mode
Geekbench values in standard mode are barely lower than in high-performance mode

With the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, the Honor Pad 9 offers a modern 4 nm chipset, but the Qualcomm SoC is still not really powerful. The results in our benchmark measurements are on par with the mid-range competition, especially in the Geekbench multi-core test, where a MediaTek Dimensity 7050 in the Lenovo Tab P12 performs weaker.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Huawei MatePad 11.5
781 Points +8%
Lenovo Tab P12
738 Points +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (725 - 735, n=2)
730 Points +1%
Honor Pad 9
725 Points
Average of class Tablet (140 - 1892, n=74, last 2 years)
682 Points -6%
Honor Pad 8
377 Points -48%
Teclast T60
361 Points -50%
Multi-Core
Huawei MatePad 11.5
2854 Points +3%
Honor Pad 9
2763 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (2736 - 2763, n=2)
2750 Points 0%
Average of class Tablet (312 - 8624, n=74, last 2 years)
2435 Points -12%
Lenovo Tab P12
1973 Points -29%
Honor Pad 8
1522 Points -45%
Teclast T60
1502 Points -46%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Huawei MatePad 11.5
1059 Points +12%
Lenovo Tab P12
958 Points +1%
Average of class Tablet (185 - 3715, n=53, last 2 years)
952 Points +1%
Honor Pad 9
944 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (940 - 944, n=2)
942 Points 0%
Teclast T60
440 Points -53%
Multi-Core
Huawei MatePad 11.5
2970 Points +7%
Average of class Tablet (493 - 14690, n=53, last 2 years)
2865 Points +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (2773 - 2776, n=2)
2775 Points 0%
Honor Pad 9
2773 Points
Lenovo Tab P12
2422 Points -13%
Teclast T60
1596 Points -42%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (11693 - 12573, n=2)
12133 Points +4%
Lenovo Tab P12
12131 Points +4%
Honor Pad 9
11693 Points
Huawei MatePad 11.5
10389 Points -11%
Average of class Tablet (3195 - 17267, n=70, last 2 years)
8917 Points -24%
Teclast T60
7992 Points -32%
Honor Pad 8
6655 Points -43%
CrossMark - Overall
Average of class Tablet (172 - 1944, n=59, last 2 years)
721 Points +5%
Honor Pad 9
689 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 ()
689 Points 0%
Lenovo Tab P12
682 Points -1%
Honor Pad 8
407 Points -41%
Teclast T60
386 Points -44%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Huawei MatePad 11.5
4784 Points +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (4233 - 4382, n=2)
4308 Points +2%
Honor Pad 9
4233 Points
Lenovo Tab P12
4158 Points -2%
Average of class Tablet (444 - 8886, n=56, last 2 years)
3675 Points -13%
Honor Pad 8
2621 Points -38%
Teclast T60
2182 Points -48%
System
Honor Pad 9
10083 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (9801 - 10083, n=2)
9942 Points -1%
Huawei MatePad 11.5
9716 Points -4%
Average of class Tablet (1103 - 14097, n=56, last 2 years)
6630 Points -34%
Lenovo Tab P12
6610 Points -34%
Honor Pad 8
5817 Points -42%
Teclast T60
5151 Points -49%
Memory
Lenovo Tab P12
5807 Points +20%
Huawei MatePad 11.5
4970 Points +3%
Honor Pad 9
4837 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (4263 - 4837, n=2)
4550 Points -6%
Average of class Tablet (916 - 10049, n=56, last 2 years)
4349 Points -10%
Honor Pad 8
3361 Points -31%
Teclast T60
3255 Points -33%
Graphics
Huawei MatePad 11.5
7739 Points +34%
Average of class Tablet (580 - 31738, n=56, last 2 years)
6722 Points +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (5783 - 5837, n=2)
5810 Points 0%
Honor Pad 9
5783 Points
Lenovo Tab P12
4975 Points -14%
Honor Pad 8
2098 Points -64%
Teclast T60
1146 Points -80%
Web
Lenovo Tab P12
1566 Points +31%
Huawei MatePad 11.5
1402 Points +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (1192 - 1432, n=2)
1312 Points +10%
Average of class Tablet (10 - 1907, n=56, last 2 years)
1215 Points +2%
Honor Pad 9
1192 Points
Teclast T60
1179 Points -1%
Honor Pad 8
1151 Points -3%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average of class Tablet (84 - 156427, n=43, last 2 years)
4889 Points +659%
Huawei MatePad 11.5
668 Points +4%
Honor Pad 9
644 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (589 - 644, n=2)
617 Points -4%
Lenovo Tab P12
456 Points -29%
Teclast T60
321 Points -50%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Huawei MatePad 11.5
9027 Points +25%
Average of class Tablet (1662 - 44323, n=54, last 2 years)
8728 Points +21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (7236 - 7651, n=2)
7444 Points +3%
Honor Pad 9
7236 Points
Lenovo Tab P12
5315 Points -27%
Honor Pad 8
4627 Points -36%
Teclast T60
2902 Points -60%
Antutu v10 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (164396 - 2716980, n=26, last 2 years)
677282 Points +38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (490448 - 504020, n=2)
497234 Points +1%
Honor Pad 9
490448 Points
Teclast T60
257601 Points -47%

Legend

 
Honor Pad 9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 710, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Teclast T60 UNISOC T616, ARM Mali-G57 MP1, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
 
Huawei MatePad 11.5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 644, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Lenovo Tab P12 MediaTek Dimensity 7050, ARM Mali-G68 MP4, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Honor Pad 8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 610, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash

In the graphics tests, the Honor Pad 9 with its Qualcomm Adreno 710 achieves very competitive results. The values in the benchmarks are on par with the Lenovo Tab P12 with the Mali-G68 MP4.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
825 Points +35%
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
611 Points 0%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
611 Points
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
127 Points -79%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
122 Points -80%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
829 Points +34%
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
623 Points +1%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
618 Points
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
129 Points -79%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
123 Points -80%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3164 Points +32%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2402 Points
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2237 Points -7%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
476 Points -80%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
445 Points -81%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3157 Points +33%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2367 Points
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2156 Points -9%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
479 Points -80%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
447 Points -81%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
60 fps +2%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
50 fps -15%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
35 fps -41%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
24 fps -59%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
150 fps +43%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
105 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
100 fps -5%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
41 fps -61%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
25 fps -76%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
58 fps +66%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
35 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
28 fps -20%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps -46%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
16 fps -54%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
91 fps +47%
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
64 fps +3%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62 fps
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps -65%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
16 fps -74%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
44 fps +83%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
24 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps -33%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
13 fps -46%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
9.5 fps -60%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
65 fps +41%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
46 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
43 fps -7%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps -67%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
9.8 fps -79%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
25 fps +127%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
9.9 fps -10%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.2 fps -35%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
5.7 fps -48%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
38 fps +65%
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
26 fps +13%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
23 fps
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.3 fps -64%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
6.1 fps -73%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
18 fps +91%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9.4 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.1 fps -24%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4.9 fps -48%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
3.7 fps -61%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps +52%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11.2 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
11 fps -2%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3.2 fps -71%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
2.3 fps -79%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps +100%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
15 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
11 fps -27%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.4 fps -44%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
5.8 fps -61%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
47 fps +52%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
29 fps -6%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
9.6 fps -69%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
6.2 fps -80%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Huawei MatePad 11.5
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.6 fps +58%
Honor Pad 9
Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4.8 fps
Lenovo Tab P12
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4.7 fps -2%
Honor Pad 8
Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1.4 fps -71%
Teclast T60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
0.98 fps -80%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (19.9 - 334, n=66, last 2 years)
96.4 Points +9%
Honor Pad 9 (Chrome 122)
88.235 Points
Huawei MatePad 11.5 (Edge 115)
86.231 Points -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (77.6 - 88.2, n=2)
82.9 Points -6%
Lenovo Tab P12 (Chrome 115.0.5790.166)
75.924 Points -14%
Teclast T60 (Chrome 120)
56.281 Points -36%
Honor Pad 8 (Chrome 106.0.5249.126)
46.797 Points -47%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Honor Pad 9 (Chrome 122)
95 Points
Average of class Tablet (21 - 315, n=64, last 2 years)
92.5 Points -3%
Huawei MatePad 11.5 (Edge 115)
91 Points -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (76 - 95, n=2)
85.5 Points -10%
Lenovo Tab P12 (Chrome 115.0.5790.166)
78 Points -18%
Teclast T60 (Chrome 120)
60 Points -37%
Honor Pad 8 (Chrome 106.0.5249.126)
48 Points -49%
WebXPRT 3 - Overall
Average of class Tablet (34 - 430, n=48, last 2 years)
134.4 Points +2%
Honor Pad 9
132 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (115 - 132, n=2)
123.5 Points -6%
Lenovo Tab P12 (Chrome 115.0.5790.166)
99 Points -25%
Honor Pad 8 (Chrome 106.0.5249.126)
70 Points -47%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Tablet (48 - 572, n=60, last 2 years)
101 runs/min +17%
Honor Pad 9 (Chrome 122)
86.6 runs/min
Lenovo Tab P12 (Chrome 115.0.5790.166)
78 runs/min -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (62.5 - 86.6, n=2)
74.6 runs/min -14%
Huawei MatePad 11.5 (Edge 115)
61.5 runs/min -29%
Teclast T60 (Chrome 120)
44.4 runs/min -49%
Honor Pad 8 (Chrome 106.0.5249.126)
40.54 runs/min -53%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Honor Pad 9 (Chrome 122)
32436 Points
Lenovo Tab P12 (Chrome 115.0.5790.166)
31245 Points -4%
Huawei MatePad 11.5 (Edge 115)
30021 Points -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (24583 - 32436, n=2)
28510 Points -12%
Average of class Tablet (2672 - 105178, n=81, last 2 years)
25897 Points -20%
Teclast T60 (Chrome 120)
15304 Points -53%
Honor Pad 8 (Chrome 106.0.5249.126)
13831 Points -57%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average of class Tablet (319 - 34733, n=67, last 2 years)
3160 ms * -139%
Honor Pad 8 (Chrome 106.0.5249.126)
2873.8 ms * -118%
Teclast T60 (Chrome 120)
2592 ms * -96%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (1321 - 1786, n=2)
1554 ms * -18%
Lenovo Tab P12 (Chrome 115.0.5790.166)
1460.1 ms * -11%
Huawei MatePad 11.5 (Edge 115)
1365.8 ms * -3%
Honor Pad 9 (Chrome 122)
1321.1 ms *

* ... smaller is better

The low price of the Honor Pad 9 is not noticeable when it comes to memory. The mid-range tablet uses the UFS 3.1 flash memory, which delivers high scores in the AndroBench benchmark compared to the competition.

Honor Pad 9Teclast T60Huawei MatePad 11.5Lenovo Tab P12Honor Pad 8Average 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-78%
0%
-26%
-39%
3%
-45%
Sequential Read 256KB
1921.34
240.4
-87%
1037.71
-46%
956.07
-50%
833.56
-57%
Sequential Write 256KB
1222.83
230
-81%
903.32
-26%
776.24
-37%
708.51
-42%
Random Read 4KB
256.06
76.4
-70%
297.25
16%
241.23
-6%
189.57
-26%
Random Write 4KB
266.17
67.5
-75%
418.84
57%
234.58
-12%
186.95
-30%

Games - Honor tablet only manages 60 fps

According to our benchmark package, the Adreno 710 has to prove itself in gaming. We used the GameBench app to determine the exact frame rates for selected Android games.

PUBG mobile cannot be played in the current highest graphics setting (UHD); in HD mode, we measured a frame rate of 30 fps. Even at low details, the shooter is not much smoother at 40 fps.

Things look a little different with less demanding games. Dead Trigger 2 at least manages 60 fps. Genshin Impact also achieves 47 fps at the lowest graphics settings. If we increase the details, the fantasy action role-playing game achieves a frame rate of just 31 fps.

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
PUBG mobile
PUBG mobile
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Honor Pad 9; Dead Trigger 2: Ø59.3 (38-60)
Honor Pad 9; Genshin Impact; lowest 120 fps: Ø47.2 (30-51)
Honor Pad 9; Genshin Impact; highest 120 fps: Ø30.8 (25-37)
Honor Pad 9; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø39.1 (34-41)
Honor Pad 9; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø29.5 (28-31)

Emissions - Honor Pad 9 stays cool

Temperature

The casing of the Honor Pad 9 hardly heats up in everyday use, and even under load, the temperature increase is only very moderate. We use 3DMark to check the internal heat dissipation behavior.

The wild-life stress tests finish with a consistency of over 99 percent. A performance reduction is, therefore, rather unlikely even during longer gaming sessions.

Max. Load
 30.2 °C
86 F
35.3 °C
96 F
36.9 °C
98 F
 
 28.5 °C
83 F
32.3 °C
90 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
 29.7 °C
85 F
29 °C
84 F
29.3 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 36.9 °C = 98 F
Average: 31.6 °C = 89 F
34.7 °C
94 F
34.1 °C
93 F
29.7 °C
85 F
33 °C
91 F
32.8 °C
91 F
31 °C
88 F
28.6 °C
83 F
29.5 °C
85 F
29.1 °C
84 F
Maximum: 34.7 °C = 94 F
Average: 31.4 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  31.9 °C = 89 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.6 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30 °C / 86 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.9 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F, ranging from 20.7 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.7 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.3 °C / 90 F, compared to the device average of 30 °C / 86 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Honor Pad 9 Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø14.1 (14.1-14.1)
Teclast T60 Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø2.87 (2.85-2.87)
Huawei MatePad 11.5 Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø18.8 (18.8-18.9)
Lenovo Tab P12 Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø12.9 (12.9-12.9)
Honor Pad 8 Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø2.68 (2.67-2.68)
Honor Pad 9 Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø3.65 (3.65-3.66)
Teclast T60 Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø0.787 (0.742-0.833)
Huawei MatePad 11.5 Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø4.94 (4.94-4.96)
Lenovo Tab P12 Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø3.71 (3.7-3.72)
Honor Pad 8 Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø0.737 (0.728-0.748)
Honor Pad 9 Adreno 710, SD 6 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø14.3 (14.2-14.3)
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Huawei MatePad 11.5
99.5 (4.94min - 4.96max) % 0%
Honor Pad 9
99.5 (3.65min - 3.66max) %
Lenovo Tab P12
99.4 (3.7min - 3.72max) % 0%
Honor Pad 8
97.3 (0.728min - 0.748max) % -2%
Teclast T60
89.1 (0.742min - 0.833max) % -10%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Honor Pad 8
99.7 (2.67min - 2.68max) % 0%
Lenovo Tab P12
99.7 (12.9min - 12.9max) % 0%
Huawei MatePad 11.5
99.7 (18.8min - 18.9max) % 0%
Honor Pad 9
99.7 (14.1min - 14.1max) %
Teclast T60
99.4 (2.85min - 2.87max) % 0%
Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability
Honor Pad 9
99.3 (14.2min - 14.3max) %

Legend

 
Honor Pad 9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 710, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Teclast T60 UNISOC T616, ARM Mali-G57 MP1, 256 GB eMMC 5.1 Flash
 
Huawei MatePad 11.5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 644, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Lenovo Tab P12 MediaTek Dimensity 7050, ARM Mali-G68 MP4, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Honor Pad 8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 610, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact

Speaker

A highlight of the Honor tablet is the audio system with its eight speakers. Our measurements show a linear frequency curve for the mids and highs, although super tweeters break in somewhat. Bass is also present in the sound, which is very commendable for this price range.

A wired headphones can be connected via the USB-C port, while the Honor Pad 9 supports Bluetooth version 5.1 wirelessly. The supported audio codecs aren't listed in the specs.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.243.12530.736.83125.629.44026.733.55036.737.86324.6368017.634.310018.742.612518.254.716015.963.620017.362.425015.266.531514.171.240013.469.650013.874.163014.377.580013.779.7100012.481125012.782.1160012.178.3200012.977.6250012.574.7315012.270.6400012.872.3500013.172.6630013.576.5800013.175.91000013.774.3125001464.51600013.358.7SPL25.289.1N0.782.9median 13.5median 74.1Delta1.25.639.244.340.339.931.530.630.333.333.735.823.728.922.427.922.743.815.550.81954.915.354.114.358.913.964.715.267.615.769.915.371.518.374.417.176.1187614.870.814.371.114.269.514.969.215.371.81672.416.971.816.269.517.16616.261.316.656.728.184162.1median 15.7median 69.51.15.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHonor Pad 9Honor Pad 8
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Honor Pad 9 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 9% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 7% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Honor Pad 8 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 14% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 9% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Energy management - Honor tablet with high consumption

Power consumption

The mid-range tablet has an 8,300 mAh battery, which can be charged with up to 35 watts via the USB Type-C port. We were able to fully recharge the Pad 9 with a power bank (PD 3.0, max. 100 watts) in around 3.5 hours.

At over 8 watts, the consumption is particularly inefficient and noticeably high at idle.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.32 / 0.26 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.5 / 8.39 / 8.46 Watt
Load midlight 11.65 / 11.67 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Honor Pad 9
8300 mAh
Teclast T60
8000 mAh
Huawei MatePad 11.5
7700 mAh
Lenovo Tab P12
10200 mAh
Honor Pad 8
7250 mAh
Power Consumption
53%
24%
-4%
57%
Idle Minimum *
1.5
1.2
20%
1.23
18%
1.91
-27%
1.1
27%
Idle Average *
8.39
1.4
83%
4.44
47%
7.94
5%
1.5
82%
Idle Maximum *
8.46
1.7
80%
4.49
47%
8.12
4%
2.1
75%
Load Average *
11.65
4.2
64%
11.2
4%
10.68
8%
4.4
62%
Load Maximum *
11.67
9.5
19%
11.32
3%
12.69
-9%
7.2
38%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Honor Pad 9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1: Ø6.14 (3.02-10.1)
Teclast T60 UNISOC T616: Ø6.8 (4.25-10.2)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Honor Pad 9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø4.94 (4.74-5.39)
Teclast T60 UNISOC T616; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø5.59 (5.39-6.38)
Honor Pad 9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø3.03 (3-3.25)
Teclast T60 UNISOC T616; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.256 (1.129-1.568)

Battery life

In our WLAN test with an adjusted display brightness of 150 cd/m², the Honor Pad 9 delivers the manufacturer's estimated endurance of 11 hours but does not last as long as the mid-range competition.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 122)
11h 01min
Honor Pad 9
8300 mAh
Teclast T60
8000 mAh
Huawei MatePad 11.5
7700 mAh
Lenovo Tab P12
10200 mAh
Honor Pad 8
7250 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
661
1096
66%
866
31%
675
2%
733
11%

Pros

+ large, bright 1,600p display
+ 120 Hz
+ Pen support
+ fast memory
+ powerful speaker system

Cons

- no GPS/5G option
- unclear update supply
- no fingerprint sensor
- lame USB 2.0 port
- WiFi 5 only

Verdict

In review: Honor Pad 9. Test device provided by Honor
In review: Honor Pad 9. Test device provided by Honor

If you are looking for a new mid-range tablet with a large display and appreciate a very appealing speaker system, the Honor Pad 9 could be the perfect companion for you. In addition to the high-quality feel, the Honor tablet impresses with its fast memory, low waste heat, and pen support. However, in view of the manufacturer's unclear update policy, those interested in the Pad 9 will have to come to terms with the lack of extensive software support. Lenovo shows that it can do better in this price range with its Tab P12.

The Honor Pad 9 is a powerful entertainer without looking to the future.

But even apart from the software, the Honor Pad 9 has to put up with criticism due to its reduced features (no GPS, no fingerprint sensor, ...). If you are willing to accept a slightly smaller screen, the Xiaomi Pad 6 is a better and more powerful alternative in the under 350 euro price segment thanks to WiFi 6 and USB 3.2. The processor installed in the Honor Pad 9 - Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 - is certainly not bad, but the system does not feel really powerful due to the high 1,600p resolution.

Updates 25th March: The Software section has been updated.

Price and availability

The Honor Pad 9 is available for a recommended retail price of 349.90 euros. At the time of testing, Honor is offering a 10% discount in the online store and the Smart Bluetooth Keyboard for free. Alternatively, the Honor tablet can be purchased from Amazon (DE).

Honor Pad 9 - 03/19/2024 v7 (old)
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
69 / 80 → 87%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
39 / 70 → 56%
Weight
82 / 40-88 → 88%
Battery
89%
Display
87%
Games Performance
35 / 78 → 45%
Application Performance
80 / 92 → 87%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
88 / 91 → 97%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
76%
85%
Tablet - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Marcus Herbrich, 2024-03-23 (Update: 2024-03-25)