Some may remember Huawei’s Honor 9i for its specs, but we won’t forget it due to its multiple names. The phone was first spotted with a code-name RNE-ALOO, which was speculated to be the Mate 10 Lite by experts. However, putting an end to those speculations, Huawei announced it as Maimang 6 in China. Now, before you could get familiar with that, the company christened it as Nova 2i for the Malaysian market. But, it seems Huawei likes to confuse consumers just for the kicks. So, in India, they unveiled this handset as the Honor 9i.
The phone will be available to Flipkart starting from October 14. What’s interesting is that Huawei has priced this handset aggressively for Rs 17,999. Mind you, the same phone Maimang 6 costs CNY 2399 (Rs 24,000) in its home country.
The Honor 9i features a metal unibody with rounded edges. The front is dominated by a 5.9-inch IPS Full HD+ 2.5D curved display. Owing to very thin bezels, the phone measures just about a standard 5.5-inch smartphone. At 7.5 mm, it is one of the slimmest phones around. The Honor 9i is powered by Huawei’s home-grown octa-core Hi-Silicon Kirin 659 SoC. It is a mid-tier chipset that takes on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625/630 and MediaTek’s Helio P20. The phone comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. There’s also a microSD card slot for storage expansion. The phone packs in a 3340 mAh battery.
Like most new phones these days, the Honor 9i comes with 4G VoLTE support. Nobody wants to leave out on Jio network compatibility. The phone runs Android Nougat out of the box. The interface is however laced with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1.