Since the launch of the Huawei Mate 30, all the phones we have seen from Honor and Huawei have been rehashed variants of older phones with tweaked specifications. They are not bad phones, they offer plenty of performance at affordable prices, but at the same time, it has been disappointing that their latest Kirin 810 SoC hasn’t arrived on our shores with its much-improved performance.
This, of course, all boils down to the issues they have faced with the US. By reusing the main internals of the phones and tweaking a few specs it has allowed them to launch phones with Google Mobile Services (GMS). This is set to change though.
Yesterday it was reported that the Honor V30 and V30 Pro will launch as part of the 24th of February announcement event, which was originally supposed to take place at MWC.
All the phones announced will lack Google Mobile Services, and it currently looks unlikely they will ever return to Huawei/Honor phones. Instead, they will launch with the replacement Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) which replaces all the essential apps we have come to love from Google. How well Huawei Mobile Services stacks up against GMS remains to be seen, but with the immense resources Huawei has, I would imagine they can develop it over time to be just as good.
With the recent announcement that the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is coming to the UK, Huawei was keen to point out you can still get many apps via other means. There are plenty of 3rd party app stores including the Huawei AppGallery, Amazon, F-Droid and APKMirror. If you have an existing Huawei phone, you can use phone clone to copy many apps over.
The Honor 9X Pro is a massive upgrade from the Honor 9X I have previously reviewed swopping out the Hisilicon Kirin 710F (12 nm) with the HiSilicon Kirin 810 (7 nm) which bumps up the CPU to 2×2.27 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×1.88 GHz Cortex-A55 from A73/A53 cores.
The GPU also moves up a generation going from the Mali-G51 to the Mali-G52.
As far as benchmarks go, the Kirin 710 scored around 140k while the Kirin 810 scores around 235k so a massive 67% improvement.
In Geekbench you are looking at 1601/5457 for the Kirin 710 and 2746/7700 so a 71% improvement for the single-core and 41% for multi-core.
As far as the rest of the spec goes it is identical to the existing Honor 9X which launched in the UK.
There is no word on pricing, so it will be interesting to see how Honor price this phone against the current 9X.