First, a quick note to Huawei – please, oh please stop the naming madness. We definitely don’t want any more of the Huawei P8 Lite (2017)/P9 Lite (2017)/Honor 8 Lite/nova lite mess. And we are only taking the time to say this, since the Honor V9 appears to be headed to Europe, under a new name – Honor 8 Pro.
The Chinese manufacturer has been sending out invites for an April 5 event. While the Honor flagship is not explicitly mentioned, we have heard rumors of a EU release before, so, it is only logical to assume so. And besides the confusing name change, there is actually a lot to like about the handset.
Honor V9 (also to be known as Honor 8 Pro?) going international on April 5th 2017 – in gold, blue and black. This just went out to journos. pic.twitter.com/ys9wgqx9E6
Roland Quandt (@rquandt) March 9, 2017
We don’t typically see many high-end offers from the online-sales, value-first Honor division, but the V9 is definitely an exception. It comes with a 5.7-inch, QHD LCD panel, which puts it squarely between the bigger, but lower-res Huawei Mate 9 and the smaller Mate 9 Pro.
Inside, it is a true powerhouse, equipped with a Kirin 960 chipset, 6GB of RAM and either 64 or 128GB of expandable storage, depending on which version you buy. Like many of its Huawei siblings, the V9 also sports a dual camera setup – 12 MP + 12 MP f/2.2 cameras on the back (one sensor is monochrome ) with laser autofocus, LED flash, and 4K video capture. The Leica branding is missing, but it is still a decent setup.
There is no word on international pricing yet. In China, the V9 is priced at CNY 2,999 ($435 or 413) with 64GB of storage. We can likely expect some price hike over on the old continent.