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Honor 9A Smartphone Review- Cheap cell phone with much battery, but little power

Persistence is everything? The Honor 9A wants to convince above all by its large battery. With the achievement however the manufacturer saved and users must adjust themselves also to get along without Google services. Is it enough nevertheless for a tidy a riser Smartphone
Florian Schmitt, 👁 Florian Schmitt (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy),
Honor 9A
Honor 9A (9 Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
6.30 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 278 PPI, capacitive Touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 55 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audioport, Card Reader: microSDXC up to 512 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B34/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41) , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9 x 159.1 x 74.1 ( = 0.35 x 6.26 x 2.92 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 5.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.0, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, headset, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.81W/​kg (Head), 1.27W/​kg (Body); FM radio; no Google services, fanless
Weight
185 g ( = 6.53 oz / 0.41 pounds), Power Supply: 65 g ( = 2.29 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
149 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison devices

Bewertung
Rating Version
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
75 %7
11/2020
Honor 9A
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320
185 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.30"1600x720
74 %7
01/2020
Nokia 2.3
Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300
183 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.20"1520x720
77 %7
06/2020
realme C3
Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2
195 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
76 %7
09/2020
LG K51S
Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320
195 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.55"1600x720

Case, equipment and operation - chic Honor-mobile

Even in the entry-level class, people now have certain requirements: a single camera no longer does the job, a large battery must also be on board and Android must run at least reasonably smoothly on the smartphone. The Honor 9A wants to cover all these needs, for it the manufacturer demands scarcely 150 euro.

With a 6.3-inch screen, the smartphone is medium-sized, for very small hands probably still quite a chunk, but at least not a giant cell phone. At 185 grams, it is also somewhat lighter than some competitors in this price class. In Central Europe, Phantom Blue and Midnight Black are available as color variants, and an Ice Green variant is also available internationally. The back reflects and refracts the light, which leads to very nice color effects. The stability of the case is decent for its price range.

You don't always get 64 GB mass storage for 149 Euro, so the Honor 9A is quite well equipped in terms of memory. NFC for mobile payment services is also on board. If you want, you can use two SIM cards in the smartphone and additionally expand the memory with a microSD card. There is also a micro-USB slot, so there is no modern USB-C port. Great is that the WLAN is quite fast and clearly outperforms other devices. We measure with our reference router, the Nighthawk AX12 from Netgear.

A fingerprint sensor is located on the back of the smartphone. It is not the fastest one, but unlocks the smartphone quite reliably. The unlocking via face recognition can also be used. The operation of the system is basically smooth.

The Honor 9A is equipped with Android 10 as the basis and Magic UI as the interface. The security patches on our test device are from July 2020, so they are no longer up-to-date. With such cheap smartphones it is also rare to get regular updates. Nevertheless, it would be nice. It should also be noted that Honor, although recently sold by Huawei, still does not have access to certain US technology and therefore has to do without Google services on this model. The App Gallery is filling up with popular apps surprisingly fast, but Google Maps for example and many other applications are not (yet) available on Honor devices.

Size comparison

165.2 mm / 6.5 inch 76.7 mm / 3.02 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs164.4 mm / 6.47 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 8.95 mm / 0.3524 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs159.1 mm / 6.26 inch 74.1 mm / 2.92 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs157.69 mm / 6.21 inch 75.41 mm / 2.97 inch 8.68 mm / 0.3417 inch 183 g0.4034 lbs
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Honor 9A
802.11 b/g/n
153 (140min - 159max) MBit/s ∼100%
Nokia 2.3
802.11 b/g/n
70.6 (53min - 109max) MBit/s ∼46% -54%
LG K51S
802.11 b/g/n
61.8 (57min - 63max) MBit/s ∼40% -60%
realme C3
802.11 b/g/n
52.6 (17min - 62max) MBit/s ∼34% -66%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Honor 9A
802.11 b/g/n
153 (146min - 158max) MBit/s ∼100%
realme C3
802.11 b/g/n
66.5 (34min - 69max) MBit/s ∼43% -57%
Nokia 2.3
802.11 b/g/n
61.3 (10min - 110max) MBit/s ∼40% -60%
LG K51S
802.11 b/g/n
55 (51min - 69max) MBit/s ∼36% -64%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø153 (140-159)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø153 (146-158)

Cameras - Hellie surfaces as problem

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

Honor uses two usable cameras on the back and a camera sensor that provides additional data for depth of field in portraits

The main camera offers 13 megapixel resolution, photos are often quite inaccurate in detail and outshine quickly in bright areas. In dark environments, on the other hand, the smartphone has problems with sharpness. Sure, you can't expect a top camera for 150 Euros, but the Honor 9A is in our opinion suitable for snapshots at most.

The wide-angle camera also takes partly dull pictures and has clear problems with high contrasts.

On the front side, there is an 8 megapixel lens in a waterdrop notch at the top of the screen. It makes quite passable selfies in normal light.

Image Comparison

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ColorChecker
29.9 ∆E
52.8 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
44.4 ∆E
60.3 ∆E
52.2 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
41.1 ∆E
28.1 ∆E
62.7 ∆E
62.2 ∆E
30.6 ∆E
47.2 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
72.6 ∆E
42.7 ∆E
41.8 ∆E
77.8 ∆E
69 ∆E
51.5 ∆E
37 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor 9A: 45.35 ∆E min: 13.95 - max: 77.84 ∆E
ColorChecker
10.6 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
9 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
5 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
7 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor 9A: 8.47 ∆E min: 3.58 - max: 13.27 ∆E

Display - No PWM flickering at Honor 9A

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

The IPS display resolves with an extended 720p resolution, which is common in this price class and also sufficient for a reasonably sharp display. We like the screen brightness with an exposed sensor, it surpasses all comparable devices at least slightly.

Also the black level is OK and so we get a contrast ratio that is OK. Colors on the display seem to be quite vivid and are sometimes even reproduced quite lifelike.

The IPS screen doesn't flicker even at low brightness levels.

499
cd/m²
533
cd/m²
515
cd/m²
504
cd/m²
537
cd/m²
519
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
517
cd/m²
510
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 537 cd/m² Average: 514.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2.27 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 537 cd/m²
Contrast: 1492:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.56 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 5.4 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
94.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.393
Honor 9A
IPS, 1600x720, 6.30
Nokia 2.3
IPS, 1520x720, 6.20
realme C3
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
LG K51S
IPS, 1600x720, 6.55
Response Times
-23%
-17%
-20%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (21, 21)
49.2 (27.6, 21.6)
-17%
52.8 (23.6, 29.2)
-26%
42 (23, 19)
-0%
Response Time Black / White *
20 (7, 13)
25.6 (12.4, 13.2)
-28%
21.6 (6.8, 14.8)
-8%
28 (15, 13)
-40%
PWM Frequency
7692 (25)
Screen
-8%
-7%
-13%
Brightness middle
537
515
-4%
531
-1%
407
-24%
Brightness
515
488
-5%
492
-4%
393
-24%
Brightness Distribution
93
92
-1%
88
-5%
95
2%
Black Level *
0.36
0.23
36%
0.26
28%
0.53
-47%
Contrast
1492
2239
50%
2042
37%
768
-49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.56
6.1
-34%
6.1
-34%
4.17
9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.14
13.4
-65%
11.6
-43%
8.28
-2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.4
7.7
-43%
7.4
-37%
3.8
30%
Gamma
2.393 92%
2.26 97%
2.14 103%
2.235 98%
CCT
7665 85%
8639 75%
8028 81%
7227 90%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / -11%
-12% / -9%
-17% / -15%

* ... smaller is better

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
20 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 13 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 55 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

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 not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9596 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.


CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - would like to be even longer

With a Helio P22 from MediaTek Honor reaches quite far down the shelf of SoCs. You should not expect a lot of power, many comparable devices in this price range offer more power, especially the real C3 stands out. But it also works even slower, as the Nokia 2.3 proves.

In everyday life you should be prepared for Ruckler with complex apps. But for everyday activities like watching videos via the browser there are no problems. Our microSD card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 is read quickly and the internal memory is on the level of its price class in terms of speed.

The smartphone warms up only slightly and should not cause any problems in everyday life.

The mono loudspeaker seems a bit overstrained: At maximum volume it is extremely high-frequency, if you lower the volume, it appears dull. In between, there is a setting where the sound is fine, but that takes away a lot of flexibility from the user. External audio devices can be connected via a 3.5mm connector or Bluetooth, and clean sound is output.

With 5,000 mAh the built-in battery is quite high-capacity. The runtimes are with 15:45 hours also not bad, the real C3 shows however that still clearly more would have penetrated. But for two days without power outlet it should be enough for normal use. The charger has up to 10 watts of charging power and needs up to 0% battery charge for well over two hours until the battery is full again.

PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4514 Points ∼51%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
4868 Points ∼55% +8%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
8838 Points ∼100% +96%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4982 Points ∼56% +10%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (3805 - 5380, n=20)
4693 Points ∼53% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 15299, n=544)
6033 Points ∼68% +34%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5518 Points ∼44%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
12464 Points ∼100% +126%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5810 Points ∼47% +5%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (4404 - 7465, n=17)
5863 Points ∼47% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19989, n=700)
6633 Points ∼53% +20%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1055 Points ∼37%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
837 Points ∼29% -21%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2858 Points ∼100% +171%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
971 Points ∼34% -8%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (912 - 1187, n=19)
1025 Points ∼36% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=550)
2262 Points ∼79% +114%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
393 Points ∼18%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
253 Points ∼11% -36%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1045 Points ∼47% +166%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
464 Points ∼21% +18%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (376 - 467, n=19)
420 Points ∼19% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 12146, n=550)
2242 Points ∼100% +470%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
457 Points ∼22%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
299 Points ∼14% -35%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1216 Points ∼59% +166%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
525 Points ∼25% +15%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (435 - 536, n=19)
483 Points ∼23% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 9643, n=551)
2078 Points ∼100% +355%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1080 Points ∼38%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
854 Points ∼30% -21%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2875 Points ∼100% +166%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
927 Points ∼32% -14%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (900 - 1195, n=20)
1022 Points ∼36% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=582)
2177 Points ∼76% +102%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
723 Points ∼24%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
459 Points ∼15% -37%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1669 Points ∼55% +131%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
744 Points ∼24% +3%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (452 - 823, n=20)
713 Points ∼23% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 21465, n=582)
3047 Points ∼100% +321%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
780 Points ∼31%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
512 Points ∼20% -34%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1841 Points ∼73% +136%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
778 Points ∼31% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (513 - 873, n=20)
763 Points ∼30% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 11895, n=582)
2523 Points ∼100% +223%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1044 Points ∼39%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
822 Points ∼30% -21%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2699 Points ∼100% +159%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
907 Points ∼34% -13%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (860 - 1131, n=19)
1007 Points ∼37% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5262, n=631)
2138 Points ∼79% +105%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
240 Points ∼13%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
219 Points ∼12% -9%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1039 Points ∼55% +333%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
145 Points ∼8% -40%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (222 - 405, n=19)
321 Points ∼17% +34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 11573, n=631)
1883 Points ∼100% +685%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
290 Points ∼16%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
262 Points ∼15% -10%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1203 Points ∼67% +315%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
178 Points ∼10% -39%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (269 - 470, n=19)
377 Points ∼21% +30%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 9138, n=632)
1784 Points ∼100% +515%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1034 Points ∼38%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
791 Points ∼29% -24%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2695 Points ∼100% +161%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
959 Points ∼36% -7%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (854 - 1139, n=20)
1010 Points ∼37% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5274, n=673)
2008 Points ∼75% +94%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
427 Points ∼17%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
414 Points ∼17% -3%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1694 Points ∼68% +297%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
214 Points ∼9% -50%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (370 - 750, n=20)
555 Points ∼22% +30%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 16670, n=672)
2494 Points ∼100% +484%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
491 Points ∼23%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
463 Points ∼22% -6%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1846 Points ∼87% +276%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
259 Points ∼12% -47%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (428 - 830, n=20)
616 Points ∼29% +25%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 11256, n=675)
2130 Points ∼100% +334%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
10014 Points ∼63%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
15179 Points ∼96% +52%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
12136 Points ∼77% +21%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (9080 - 15891, n=20)
12110 Points ∼77% +21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 59268, n=817)
15777 Points ∼100% +58%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
12180 Points ∼43%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
7482 Points ∼27% -39%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
11417 Points ∼40% -6%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (9536 - 13491, n=20)
11373 Points ∼40% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 221179, n=815)
28199 Points ∼100% +132%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
11621 Points ∼53%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
8432 Points ∼39% -27%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
11569 Points ∼53% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (9835 - 13960, n=20)
11460 Points ∼53% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 117606, n=815)
21747 Points ∼100% +87%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.3 fps ∼37%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
2.8 fps ∼24% -35%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
9.6 fps ∼83% +123%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.4 fps ∼38% +2%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (4.1 - 4.8, n=18)
4.33 fps ∼37% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=342)
11.6 fps ∼100% +170%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.4 fps ∼17%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
0.84 fps ∼10% -40%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2.9 fps ∼35% +107%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.4 fps ∼17% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (1.3 - 1.6, n=18)
1.394 fps ∼17% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=340)
8.2 fps ∼100% +486%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
6.9 fps ∼40%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
4.4 fps ∼25% -36%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
15 fps ∼86% +117%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
6.9 fps ∼40% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (6.4 - 7.6, n=18)
6.89 fps ∼40% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=346)
17.4 fps ∼100% +152%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
3.8 fps ∼19%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
2.3 fps ∼12% -39%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
8 fps ∼40% +111%
LG K51S
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
3.9 fps ∼20% +3%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (3.5 - 4.7, n=18)
3.82 fps ∼19% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=345)
20 fps ∼100% +426%
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4
Compute OpenCL Score (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
2665 Points ∼66%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
 
2665 Points ∼66% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1452 - 13316, n=17)
4022 Points ∼100% +51%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
3531 Points ∼62%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
5734 Points ∼100% +62%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (3300 - 3660, n=10)
3497 Points ∼61% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (883 - 13589, n=425)
5018 Points ∼88% +42%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 9A
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
771 Points ∼42%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1832 Points ∼100% +138%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (749 - 824, n=10)
777 Points ∼42% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (390 - 4965, n=425)
1533 Points ∼84% +99%
Honor 9ANokia 2.3realme C3LG K51SAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
12%
38%
-1%
7%
14%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
63.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
63.51 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
59.3 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-5%
58 (11.2 - 74.7, n=131)
-7%
51.4 (1.7 - 87.1, n=549)
-18%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
82.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
83.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
84.64 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
79.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
77.1 (21.1 - 87.2, n=131)
-7%
69.4 (8.1 - 96.5, n=549)
-16%
Random Write 4KB
19.7
30.33
54%
68.49
248%
18.8
-5%
28.1 (3.4 - 147, n=150)
43%
38.5 (0.14 - 319, n=912)
95%
Random Read 4KB
54.8
69.6
27%
51.77
-6%
58.9
7%
56.5 (11.4 - 149, n=150)
3%
61.6 (1.59 - 325, n=912)
12%
Sequential Write 256KB
160.7
149.18
-7%
122.24
-24%
165.2
3%
176 (40 - 254, n=150)
10%
135 (2.99 - 1321, n=912)
-16%
Sequential Read 256KB
277.4
261.84
-6%
294.07
6%
266.1
-4%
273 (95.6 - 704, n=150)
-2%
355 (12.1 - 2037, n=912)
28%

Temperature

Max. Load
 37.8 °C
100 F
33 °C
91 F
31 °C
88 F
 
 38 °C
100 F
34 °C
93 F
31 °C
88 F
 
 37.7 °C
100 F
33.4 °C
92 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 38 °C = 100 F
Average: 34.1 °C = 93 F
33.6 °C
92 F
34.7 °C
94 F
36.3 °C
97 F
32.9 °C
91 F
34.5 °C
94 F
38.8 °C
102 F
32.4 °C
90 F
35.3 °C
96 F
38.3 °C
101 F
Maximum: 38.8 °C = 102 F
Average: 35.2 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  46.3 °C = 115 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.1 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.8 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.2 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.8392537.537.13129.3324031.934.25037.833.26329.127.28019.520.910019.924.712516.531.516014.840.220013.143.625012.548.931510.85540010.559.750014.862.26301463.280013.464.8100013.571125012.174.6160011.778.420001276250013.173315013.577.2400014.568.6500015.469.2630016.371.8800016.969.61000017.870.61250018.465.61600019.249.6SPL66.569.771.626.685.4N20.725.524.90.859.6median 14median 65.6Delta1.910.837.63827.530.719.226.323.226.533.537.625.624.720.5232021.819.220.321.128.816.731.516.940.215.946.115.851.91558.614.163.514.768.214.270.714.172.314.471.613.968.81469.914.671.314.175.914.479.914.474.615.370.214.965.815.862.71747.926.7850.856.8median 14.9median 65.81.612.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHonor 9ANokia 2.3
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Honor 9A audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 28% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 54% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Nokia 2.3 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 34.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 73% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 19% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 83% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Honor 9A
5000 mAh
Nokia 2.3
4000 mAh
realme C3
5000 mAh
LG K51S
4000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
945
919
-3%
1371
45%
803
-15%
704 (223 - 2636, n=778)
-26%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
15h 45min

Pros

+ fast WLAN
+ bright screen
+ no PWM flickering

Cons

- moderate image quality of the cameras
- no Google Services
- relatively little power

Verdict - OK for Internet fans

On test: Honor 9A. Test device provided by:
On test: Honor 9A. Test device provided by:
notebooksbilliger.de

The Honor 9A certainly offers some interesting features: There is the fast WLAN, which is also noticeable in everyday life. The screen is quite bright and the case looks nice and is reasonably stable. The large battery unfortunately doesn't give the smartphone as much as one could hope for, but it is enough for good runtimes.

The Honor 9A can score me fast WLAN and a bright screen. But there are deficits in the performance and the camera.

The cameras in turn offer rather poor image quality even for this low price range and have massive problems with bright areas. It is also annoying that Honor offers even less performance than one would expect from this price class anyway.

So there remains an ambivalent feeling with regard to the Honor 9A. Who photographs little and surfs much in the Internet, that will be probably content with the Smartphone however. But you should be aware of what it means to do without Google Services and all Google Apps.

Honor 9A - 11/20/2020 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
78%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
38 / 70 → 55%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
84%
Games Performance
6 / 64 → 10%
Application Performance
46 / 86 → 53%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 90 → 56%
Camera
47%
Average
68%
75%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Honor 9A Smartphone Review- Cheap cell phone with much battery, but little power
Florian Schmitt, 2020-11-22 (Update: 2020-11-23)
Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile
When I was 12, the first computer came into the house and immediately I started tinkering around, taking it apart, getting new parts and replacing them - after all, there always had to be enough power for the current games. When I came to Notebookcheck in 2009, I was passionate about testing gaming notebooks. Since 2012, my attention has been focused on smartphones, tablets and future technologies.