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HONOR X9b 5G Review: A Budget-Friendly 5G Contender with Toughness and Surprising Features

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In the ever-evolving smartphone market, HONOR has consistently aimed to strike a balance between affordability and cutting-edge technology. The HONOR X9b 5G is the latest addition to their lineup, promising to deliver a seamless 5G experience without breaking the bank. It also comes packed with some eye-catching features, all of which are detailed in the following review.

Design and Build Quality
The HONOR X9b 5G follows the modern trend of sleek and stylish design. The device boasts a slim profile with gently curved edges, making it comfortable to hold. However, compared to its predecessor – the X9a – the HONOR X9b displays a marginal increment in dimensions, with a height of 163.3mm, a width of 75.5mm, a depth of 7.98mm, and a weight of 185g.

On the rear, the phone comes packed with the Matrix Star Ring, which includes the triple camera system. While the phone is available in three colours such as Sunrise Orange, Midnight Black, and Emerald Green, the variant we received for this review was the Sunrise Orange edition, featuring a Vegan Leather finish.

While the phone is comfortable to hold and carry, it lacks any sort of weather sealing. So it is not dustproof or water-resistant, which could be a concern for users who require such features. On the right edge, you get the volume controls and the power button. On the bottom edge, you get the dual SIM tray, a noise-cancelling microphone, the USB-C port and the speaker grille.

Display
The HONOR X9b 5G also boasts a large 6.78-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1220-by-2652 pixels. The screen boasts a 19.9:9 aspect ratio and an extensive palette of 1.07 billion colours. This provides a clear and vibrant display, enhancing the user experience whether you’re browsing the web, watching videos, or playing games. The pixel density of 431ppi is quite high, which helps in delivering sharper and more detailed visuals.

The phone’s responsive display supports multi-touch gestures, recognising up to 10 touch points for enhanced interactivity. With a peak brightness of 1200 nits, the screen ensures exceptional readability even in direct sunlight. The display’s 1.5K resolution produces sharp and detailed visuals, contributing to a seamless and visually pleasing viewing experience.

The HONOR X9b also comes packed with one of the most durable screens I’ve come across in any smartphone. The phone’s frame features robustness and reliability. It can endure being tossed around and subjected to impact, yet it remains unharmed. The HONOR Ultra-Bounce offers durability through its three-level protection system. This safeguard guarantees drop resistance, reinforcing the screen, frame, and internal compartments for maximum protection.

Camera
In terms of camera capabilities, the HONOR X9b 5G is equipped with a 108MP main camera that offers an aperture of f/1.75. You also get a 5MP Ultra Wide and Depth Camera that offers an aperture of f/2.2, and a 2MP Macro Camera that offers an aperture of f/2.4. This allows you to capture high-quality photos and videos. The camera system supports 4K video recording, offers up to 8x digital zoom, and comes with camera modes such as Aperture, Night, Portrait (including beauty mode), Pro, Panorama, HDR, Filter, time-lapse photography, Super macro, High-res, Capture smile, and Slow-motion.

On the front, you get a 16MP camera with an aperture of f/2.45. This camera supports 1080P video recording and comes with camera modes such as Portrait (including beauty mode), Capture Smile, Mirror reflection, Timer, and Gesture control. In addition, this camera also supports 2D Face Recognition.

In well-lit conditions, the primary camera captures vibrant and sharp images with good dynamic range. The ultra-wide-angle lens is a valuable addition for capturing expansive scenes. The depth sensor contributes to accurate background blur in portrait mode, creating visually appealing photos.

Low-light performance is also pretty good, with the camera system capturing some very good shots when using the NJight more. The front-facing camera also delivers decent selfies with natural colours and sufficient detail.

Performance
Under the hood, the HONOR X9b 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 processor, ensuring smooth multitasking and efficient performance. The integration of 5G connectivity is a significant selling point, future-proofing the device and enabling faster data speeds for those in regions with 5G infrastructure.

In everyday use, the device handles common applications with ease, and the transition between apps is seamless. Gaming performance is good, too, handling moderately graphics-intensive games without significant lag or frame drops. The inclusion of 12GB RAM ensures that the device can handle multiple applications running simultaneously. The phone also comes with 256GB of onboard storage for all your apps, data, and media.

Software
The HONOR X9b 5G runs on the latest version of Magic UI – the MagicOS 7.2 – which is based on Android 13 OS. The user interface is clean and user-friendly, with a customisable home screen and a host of pre-installed themes. HONOR has a reputation for delivering timely software updates, ensuring that users receive the latest security patches and features.

The device also comes with a range of pre-installed applications, some of which may be considered bloatware by users who prefer a more minimalist experience. However, many of these can be uninstalled or disabled, providing you with the flexibility to tailor your device to your preferences.

Battery Life
One of the standout features of the HONOR X9b 5G is its battery. With a capacity of 5800mAh, the device easily lasts for more than two days on a single charge, thanks in part to the efficient processor and well-optimised software. This means users can expect longer usage times between charges, which is a significant advantage for those who use their phones heavily for days.

Verdict
The HONOR X9b 5G stands out in the crowded mid-range smartphone market by offering a compelling combination of 5G connectivity, durability, a versatile camera system, and a reliable overall performance. While it may not boast the flagship features found in premium devices, it excels in delivering a well-rounded experience at an affordable price point.

Price: AED 1299

Photography by Ryan Chris

HONOR X9b 5G AED 1299
  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

The HONOR X9b 5G also boasts a large 6.78-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1220-by-2652 pixels. The screen boasts a 19.9:9 aspect ratio and an extensive palette of 1.07 billion colours. This provides a clear and vibrant display, enhancing the user experience whether you’re browsing the web, watching videos, or playing games.

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Reolink Launches a 16MP Camera and Dual-Lens Security Camera Lineup at CES 2024

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Reolink has unveiled a new dual-lens camera lineup at CES 2024. The company showed off a 16 million-pixel security camera, Duo 3 PoE, and more cutting-edge security products and technologies, redefining the future of home and business surveillance. “Devoted to creating the finest security products for consumers and business owners, Reolink is harnessing the latest technology to make homes and offices more secure and comfortable,” says Fabrice Klohoun, Marketing Manager at Reolink. “We invite conference attendees to join us at CES to witness the latest advances in security solutions, including the 16MP images captured by our devices and additional capabilities of Reolink’s product offerings.”

Reolink Duo 3 PoE 16MP Camera
Reolink’s newest addition to its flagship dual-lens lineup, the Duo 3 PoE, innovatively merges two high-resolution lenses into a real-life vision with an enormous 16 million pixels. Users can capture more vivid details than ever before, including wanted or unwanted visitors, license plates,  delivered packages and much more. Boasting an advanced dual-image stitching algorithm, the Reolink Duo 3 PoE camera creates a 180° panoramic view with minimum distortion. Users will experience peace of mind when it comes to property surveillance without missing a single detail.

The most innovative feature of the Duo 3 PoE camera is the built-in Motion Track. By overlaying multiple tracks and positions of people, vehicles, or animals over a certain period into a single picture, users can monitor footage within seconds. This feature removes hurdles like video buffering delays and having to watch multiple footage playback to confirm activity.

Reolink TrackMix Series and Argus Track
Reolink’s hybrid lens TrackMix series provides wide-angle images and target-focused close-ups simultaneously. Together with the auto-tracking function, the TrackMix camera lineup delivers the smoothest surveillance experience for tracking a moving target.

Reolink brings this hybrid dual-lens security technology to a consumer-grade security camera, known as the Reolink Argus Track. This sleek camera incorporates all of the must-have features on the TrackMix cameras: 4K colour images day and night, dual-view display – one for overall and the other for close-up, and 6x hybrid zoom. In addition, it is solar-powered with a 6W solar panel.

Reolink ColorX Series
Reolink is expanding its innovative ColorX true colour night vision technology into more lineups: 4K camera series, Wi-Fi camera series, and PTZ camera series.

Integrating an F1.0 super aperture, an advanced 1/1.8” sensor and HDR function, the new ColorX cameras CX810, CX410W, E1 Outdoor CX capture ultra clear and colourful visuals in extreme darkness, improving nighttime surveillance performance as daylight ones.

Whole-Home Security
High-performing security systems should be full-range and centralized. At CES, Reolink showcased three surveillance solutions for homes and businesses, ranging from wire-free battery solutions and fast Wi-Fi 6 plug-in solutions to solid PoE systems.

All Reolink security camera system solutions embrace a spectrum of advanced features, including 24/7 monitoring, AI-assisted smart detection, instant motion alerts, and more.

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Monster Middle East to Showcase its Innovative Product Portfolio at Channel Summit 2024

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Monster Middle East (MME), a full-service, transcontinental regional platform, has announced that it is participating in Channel Summit 2024, which will be held from January 19 to 21, 2024, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

 

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The company, which has been at the forefront of the consumer electronics industry since 2001, caters to the Middle East, Africa, CIS, and the Indian Subcontinent.

MME offers a wide range of devices under categories such as videography, lifestyle, gaming and toys, multimedia, tech protection, Edutech, wearables, mobility, and so on. Brands represented by the company include GoPro, Cricut, Therabody, My Arcade, Monster Cable & Audio, Gel Blaster, Veritable, Aarke, Larq, Speck, Incase & Incase Design by Microsoft, Minix, Rocketbook, OneAdaptr, and Arcade1Up.

“Over the years, MME has built a reputation as an industry leader, diligently meeting the needs of customers, suppliers, and end-users. The company’s success is underpinned by exclusive partnerships with many of the world’s leading brands in audio, video, mobile, computing, and emerging technology categories,” said Jehangir Khan, Regional Director for Middle East, Africa, CIS and Indian Sub-Continent, at Monster Middle East.

MME boasts a team of over 32 dedicated employees and operates four bonded distribution centres in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and one duty-paid centre in Dubai.

“Our participation at Channel Summit will be centre around reconnecting with current and new partners and highlighting new lines for the upcoming season,” concluded Khan.

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Lenovo to Launch New AI PCs and Far Edge Computing Products at MWC 2024

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At MWC (26th – 29th February, Barcelona, Spain), Lenovo (Booth #3N30) will unveil its latest portfolio of AI devices and infrastructure solutions to date, as well as showcase two new device concepts that challenge the traditional PC and smartphone form factors. At CES, Lenovo launched its first AI PCs, bringing the technology into its ThinkBook, ThinkPad, Yoga, Legion, and ThinkCentre PC portfolio. With the company’s vision of “AI for All” at MWC, Lenovo will unveil several new AI PCs and edge computing solutions, bringing the technology more into the mainstream for 2024/2025. The company expects the trend of hybrid AI to fuel the demand for both AI PCs and AI smartphones and drive another industry refreshment cycle.

Purpose-built to support AI, Lenovo’s AI PCs are designed and engineered to perform tasks such as reasoning, problem-solving, and learning. More importantly, they create a user-machine bond, bringing tailored experiences amplified by AI. With stronger computing power and larger storage, large language models (LLMs) can easily run on the device rather than in the cloud. Over time, these models adapt to the user’s preferences and habits, enhancing their assistance as time goes on, resulting in a more personalized experience while safeguarding privacy.

In addition, Lenovo plans to unveil several next-generation infrastructure solutions for telecom that help businesses harness vast bodies of data at the far edge for transformative AI applications at scale, while reducing the energy consumption of cloud services. As the telecom industry evolves to connect to today’s digital economy, Lenovo’s Edge AI computing solutions are forging new AI capabilities across city streets throughout Barcelona and Madrid, like using video analytics and computer vision to identify smoke and fire, improve emergency response times and support public safety.

At its Tech World event in October 2023, Lenovo unveiled its hybrid AI for All vision and showcased how it is unleashing the power of AI to drive intelligent transformation in every aspect of people’s lives and in every industry and its commitment to investing $1 billion investment in AI innovation. Also, at MWC, Lenovo will show two new concept products for the first time at a public event. Motorola’s adaptive display concept, a world-first product which uses an FHD+ pOLED display that can be bent and shaped into different forms depending on users’ needs, and also another world-first proof of concept and eye-catching innovative laptop form factor that pushes the boundaries of engineering, design, and user experience from the Intelligent Devices Group and Lenovo Research teams.

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