Honor 9X Pro Android phone launched in India minus Google apps and services; here’s what it means for buyers

Honor will ship the Honor 9X Professional with Huawei’s personal AppGallery.

After a short hiatus of types, Huawei spin-off Honor launched a brand new cellphone referred to as the Honor 9X Professional in India on Tuesday. Whereas it’s not precisely new from a pure {hardware} viewpoint, the Honor 9X Professional marks the start of an all-new part for Honor in India on the software program entrance. The Honor 9X Professional is the primary Honor cellphone in India to launch with none Google apps and companies on-board, despite the fact that it’s an Android cellphone at coronary heart.

That is due to Huawei’s present predicament with the US authorities. Huawei has been positioned underneath an “entity list” by the Trump administration which implies US-based expertise corporations can’t do enterprise with it with out correct authorisation. This implies, amongst different issues, that Huawei isn’t authorised to make use of the complete business model of Android which incorporates Google apps and companies together with the Google Play Retailer. It might solely use the open supply model which is how telephones just like the Honor 9X Professional can run Android.

Enter AppGallery

To counter the absence of a Google Play Retailer and Google apps like Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, and Google Drive (and extra), Honor will ship the Honor 9X Professional with Huawei’s personal AppGallery, a Google Play Retailer various, with related apps and companies aka Huawei Cellular Providers. AppGallery is Huawei’s official app distribution platform that has been round since 2011 in China. It was launched globally in 2018, and as of 2020 and going ahead, it seems like it is going to be the default alternative on all new Huawei and Honor gadgets — except after all, the corporate will get some reprieve from the US authorities. Huawei has additionally tied up with Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo to construct a “global” app retailer although it isn’t clear if and when that may arrive on the scene.

Huawei says it’s already working with round 1.three million builders globally to assist port their apps “specifically”  for its AppGallery. The corporate has been providing billions of US {Dollars} in incentives to encourage builders to construct apps for its platform. In a choose media briefing on Tuesday, Honor India mentioned the corporate has put aside 20,000 US {Dollars} for Indian builders to create apps with native relevance. AppGallery can be claimed to be GDPR-compliant, which makes it a extremely safe and personal platform, based on Huawei.

Be that as it could, despite the fact that Huawei has been engaged on bringing 150 of the highest world apps to AppGallery, and despite the fact that it’s making an attempt to localise the expertise for the Indian market, well-liked apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Zoom, and others, are nonetheless not accessible. There’s a provision to convey apps you utilize from an older cellphone to a brand new Huawei/Honor cellphone just like the Honor 9X Professional utilizing the corporate’s Cellphone Clone app, however that doesn’t assure future updates. The identical is true about telephones just like the Honor 9X Professional getting future “Android” updates on the entire, as a result of Google has been pushing an increasing number of of its software program replace equipment via the Google Play Retailer which makes issues tough for Huawei and Honor to replace their gadgets. The Honor 9X Professional, despite the fact that it’s launching in India in 2020, runs Android 9 Pie (based mostly EMUI), with no readability when the cellphone will likely be up to date to Android 10. So, that’s one thing to actually take into consideration, must you be seeking to spend money on a cellphone just like the Honor 9X Professional.

Honor 9X Professional specs and options

The Honor 9X Professional is a beefed up model of the Honor 9X. The cellphone has a 6.59-inch 1080p+ or FHD+ IPS LCD show and a Kirin 810 processor (with liquid cooling) underneath the hood paired with 6GB RAM and 256GB storage (expandable) storage. The cellphone additional packs a 4,000mAh battery.

On to the optics, the Honor 9X Professional has three cameras on the again. There’s a 48MP foremost digicam with f/1.eight aperture, an 8MP extremely wide-angle digicam, and one other 2MP digicam for depth sensing aka portrait pictures. On the entrance, the Honor 9X Professional has a 16MP pop-up selfie digicam.

Honor 9X Professional India worth and availability

Honor has launched the Honor 9X Professional in India at a worth of Rs 17,999. That is for the variant with 6GB RAM and 256GB storage. The cellphone will are available Phantom Black and Midnight Black color choices.

The Honor 9X Professional will likely be accessible for registration beginning at present till Could 19, with the cellphone occurring sale through early entry from Could 21 (12 midday) to Could  22 (12 midday) through Flipkart.

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