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At an event in Berlin on Tuesday, the online brand has revealed the widely expected specs for the Android device, headlines by a Kirin 960 Octa-core chipset running on a Big.Little formation of 4x2.4GHz and 4x1.8GHz. Depending on the market, it carries a price of either £379.99 (4GB RAM + 64GB storage) or €449.99 (6GB RAM + 64GB storage).

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The Honor 9 is out in the United Kingdom from "early July" but right now we don't have a more specific date that that - we'll update this article when we do. It's always great to handle a mobile that's under 5.5-inches (which seems to be the standard size these days), so the Honor 9 certainly is a pleasure to wield one-handed. It has curved 2.5D glass edges on the front of the phone and full 3D glass edges on the rear and the result is a phone that, straight out of the box, looks like something you've spent £600-plus on, not less than £400.

The Honor 9's upgraded dual-lens camera pairs a 12-megapixel RGB color lens and a 20-megapixel monochrome lens.

Even the camera department hasn't witnessed any upgrades.

This presentation today mostly served to introduce to Honor 9 to European audiences. This technology kicks in automatically when the lenses identify low-light situations. At front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor for taking selfies as well. The Honor 9 has the ability to capture Moving Pictures, providing a glimpse into what happened every time before and after a photo was taken.

The dual-camera provides hybrid zooming up to 2x whilst achieving superior image quality. From gesture shortcuts to resource management tools, many of these additions are worthwhile and add to the Honor 9's usability.

What is the Honor 9 price in the UK? For everybody who is into entertainment on the go - be it videos or music, the device features various common audio formats and HUAWEI histen. Grammy Award victor Rainer Maillard has prepared custom playback styles for Huawei Histen – an “ultra-wide 3D sound technology”. With the new Honor Sport Bluetooth Earphones, the young can go for exciting adventures with nonstop music and hands-free calls on the go. There's 64GB of built-in storage, with support for microSD cards up to 256GB. The device is backed by 3,200mAh battery.

I haven't had long with the Honor 9 so far, but at this stage it's looking like a strong contender for best mid-range phone of the year, OnePlus 5 notwithstanding.

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