Huawei sub-brand Honor has announced a new high-end phablet that could well be a viable Mate 9 alternative for some consumers. The new Honor V9 sports a large 5.7-inch LTPS LCD display with 1440 x 2560 Quad HD resolution, an upgrade over the Mate 9’s 1080p resolution.

The Honor V9 is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, the same chip that powers the Mate 9 series of phablets from Huawei and is also expected to power the company’s upcoming P10 and P10 Plus flagship smartphones. In case you aren’t aware, the Kirin 960 is a 64-bit octa-core chipset clocked at 2.4 GHz, integrating the ARM Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. The powerful flagship SoC has been paired with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, which should make the V9 a powerful multitasking beast. In terms of storage, the Honor V9 will be available with either 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage. Since the smartphone includes a Hybrid Dual SIM slot, you can choose to expand the memory further by up to 256GB, provided you use just a single SIM card slot.

At the back, the Honor V9 comes with dual 12MP sensors, paired with an f/2.2 aperture lens. Like other dual-camera smartphones from Huawei, one of the sensors captures photos in monochrome, while the other captures color photos. The cameras integrate laser autofocus technology and are capable of shooting videos at up to 4K resolution. For taking selfies, you get an 8MP unit on the front, paired with an f/2.0 aperture lens.

On the connectivity front, the Honor V9 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, USB Type-C, NFC, Infrared port, GPS with GLONASS, and 4G LTE support. The fingerprint scanner on the V9 is mounted at the back, similar to other Honor smartphones launched in the recent past. Inside its metal unibody build, the Honor V9 packs a 4000mAh non-removable battery, which should be able to deliver more than satisfactory battery stamina. In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 157 x 77.5 x 6.97mm and weighs in at a 184 grams. On the software front, the smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei’s EMUI 5.0 custom UI layer on top.

The Honor V9 with 64GB of onboard storage has been priced at CNY 2,999 in China, which converts to about $435. It is now up for “reservation” at the Huawei online store in China. Sales begin on February 28 for the 64GB model, which is going to be available in Blue and Gold colors. Outside China, the smartphone will be launched as the Honor 8 Pro.

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