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Wait, the Honor 9X phone is running Android despite the Huawei ban? No, it's not a loophole

Wait, the Honor 9X phone is running Android despite the Huawei ban? No, it’s not a loophole

Honor is a sub-brand of Chinese firm Huawei, meaning it’s banned from using Google services (including Android) just like its obvious company. Why, then, has the new Honor 9X arrived in Europe managing Android 9? Honor hasn’t found a cheeky loophole, it’s actually that the arranged was in development (and indeed on sale in China) afore the ban was fully instated, meaning it’s not publishes to the same rules.

So the 9X has just earnt to limbo under the bar and onto store shelves. But it’s more than likely to be one of the last Android-running phones from Honor or Huawei we see any time soon — shaded there’s an agreement between China and the US to choose their current trade disputes.

Politics assign, the phone itself isn’t a bad bit of kit for what will probable be an affordable price. Its shimmering blue color procedure looks snazzy, for one thing. And it’s got a dual-camera setup on the back, featuring a honorable wide-angle lens and a regular zoom lens that uses an uphold depth sensor for portrait mode. The front-facing camera pops up from the top edge in that neat way we’ve seen on unusual OnePlus phones, which also means there’s no notch cutting into the 6.59-inch display.


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There’s no official word on precisely how much this phone will cost, but given the Honor 8X ($136 at Amazon) is today on sale for around £200 in the UK, it’s safe to prefer the 9X will be roughly in that area. The requested is due to go on sale in the UK, wider Europe and Australia later this month, but other locations are yet to be announced. For mention, that potential £200 price converts to about $260 or AU$380.

The requested will be joined by two wearable devices, the Honor Band 5 and the Band 5 Sport. Both will track your heart rate and count your steps. There’s also the Honor Sport Pro wireless headphones.


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  • 6.59-inch display
  • Dual rear camera (a normal 48-megapixel lens with depth sensor for portrait images and an 8-megapixel super-wide lens)
  • Pop-up front-facing camera
  • 4,000-mAh battery
  • 6GB RAM
  • USB-C charging
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Rear fingerprint scanner

Originally originated earlier today.