electronic brain surgery since 2001

New Phone

honor-9.jpg I bought a new phone. My Sony Z3 compact's battery was starting to give up, the internal storage was too limited, the backplate was loose and I wasn't too happy with its overall performance anymore. Unfortunately there seems to be no phone matching all my requirements:

  • recent model (2016+)
  • decent CPU
  • lots of RAM (>3GB)
  • large battery (>3000mAh)
  • lots of storage (>32GB) and SD card support
  • less than 500€
  • 4.7 inch display

Especially the last requirement is problematic. It seems I'm the last person who likes smaller phones. In the end I decided to to swallow the bitter pill and go with a bigger form factor and bought a Huawei Honor 9. It is very comparable to Google's Pixel 5 but is 44% cheaper than Google's pricy flagship:

Honor 9 Pixel 5
Dimensions 147.3×70.9×7.5mm 143.8×69.5×8.5 mm
Weight 155g 143g
Screen 5.15 inches 5.0 inches
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels (~428 ppi) 1080×1920 pixels (~441 ppi)
Storage 64GB 32GB
Card Slot MicroSD None
Memory 4GB 4GB
OS Android 7.0 (Nougat) Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 960 Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
GPU Mali-G71 MP8 Adreno 530
Primary Camera Dual 20MP + 12MP
2x optical zoom
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
3.5mm jack yes yes
NFC yes yes
InfraRed yes no
Fingerprint yes yes
Battery 3200mAh 2770mAh
Price 429€ 759€

So far I like it a lot. I switched Huawei's quite decent launcher against my personal favorite Nova Launcher and uninstalled most of the preinstalled apps. I haven't used the camera too much, but the very first snapshot came out quite nice:


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