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Honor 9 Premium vs Honor 9: What’s different about the Premium model?

What’s the difference between the standard Honor 9 and the new Honor 9 Premium model? Not a lot, actually.

One of our favourite mid-range mobiles of the year so far is the Honor 9, the latest flagship phone from Huawei’s funky, youthful brand. This killer handset is essentially a glossy version of the Huawei P10, complete with dual-lens camera tech and impressive performance, plus the added bonus of a sub-£400 asking price here in the UK.

Now Honor has just launched a new model, the Honor 9 Premium. This looks just like the original handset but sports some slightly improved specs in comparison.

Honor 9 vs Honor 9 Premium: Specs

Phone Honor 9 OnePlus 5
Screen size 5.15-inch 5.15-inch
Screen resolution 1920×1080 1920×1080
Fingerprint sensor? Yes Yes
OS Android 7.0 + EMUI 5.1 Android 7.0 + EMUI 5.1
Processor Kirin 960 Kirin 960
Memory 4GB 6GB
Storage 64GB 128GB
microSD Yes (256GB) Yes (256GB)
Rear camera 12+20MP Dual-lens 12+20MP Dual-lens
Front camera 8MP 8MP
Battery 3200mAh 3200mAh
UK Price £380 TBC (499 Euros)

Honor 9 vs Honor 9 Premium: What’s the difference?

Both of these phones are 5.15-inch handsets, with the same exact dimensions and weight. You can also pick them up in the same colour finishes, including that lovely navy blue effort.

When it comes to the internals, the Premium version of the Honor 9 sports the same processor tech. That Kirin 960 chipset is in place in both models, offering super smooth performance. However, the Honor 9 Premium offers more memory compared with the original handset. You get 6GB of RAM in the new model, while the first Honor 9 has 4GB.

The difference is likely to be minimal, as apps already load quickly and run well with the standard phone. That said, the Honor 9 Premium will hold up well over time, most likely showing less signs of ageing.

The only other difference between these two mobiles is the storage on board. While the first Honor 9 has 64GB of space, the second has 128GB. However, both handsets also have support for microSD memory cards, so you can easily expand when needed.

As for the camera tech and everything else, these two Honor handsets are identical. Check out our Honor 9 camera review for samples and what to expect.

We haven’t heard an official UK price for the Premium model from Honor yet. However, the 499 Euros asking price is likely to translate into around £420, while the original Honor 9 costs 450 Euros or £380. That’s similar to the price jump between the base OnePlus 5 and the Midnight Black model, which again boasts more RAM and storage space.


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