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Huawei Honor V9 vs Blackberry Keyone: two distinctively different smartphones for under $550

Huawei Honor V9 vs Blackberry Keyone photo

One is a straight-up flagship smartphone while the other sports a physical keyboard, let’s see what Huawei Honor V9 and Blackberry Keyone has to offer for those who have a budget of $550 USD.

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Honor V9 is from a long list of lineup which promises to deliver an exciting flagship experience to everyone. In 2017, it is still going strong and brings with it lots of goodies that you can expect from a high-end device.

Let’s cut to the chase then and check out the Honor V9 as per below:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels or ~515 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G71 MP8 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP + 2MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • 128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3900 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0 OS
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • March 2017 release date
  • $509 USD price tag

Looks can be deceiving, and Honor V9 sports a very intimidating look. With a 5.7-inch Quad HD IPS-Neo screen, you can be sure of an exciting visual experience out of it. Everything will look pleasing to the eyes as even simple tasks such as web browsing is excellent. To complement it further, it is also sporting a 2.5D curved glass which makes for a firmer grip and enhances its looks as well.

Performance-wise, the Honor V9 is definitely in the top-tier with the latest Kirin 960 chipset paired with a blazingly fast octa-core processor, great graphics and a whopping 6GB RAM.

With the dual camera becoming more mainstream, it is not surprising to find the Honor V9 equipped with a dual 12MP+2MP primary camera to keep up with the times. With PDAF and dual-LED flash feature, your shots will look great. The 8MP selfie camera is somewhat average though for a flagship smartphone.

By taking lots of photos, you know that you have to pay attention to the storage it provides. Pretty sure with 128GB of internal storage, you don’t have to worry about it anymore. It will be a challenging task to fill up the space, and when the time comes – just pop in a microSD card and it can take all the way up to 256GB maximum.

Battery-wise, the Honor V9 is powered by a 3900 mAh battery which is nice. It should have no trouble to supply enough juice to the device for at least a day in between charging.

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Moving on to the Keyone, and we can see that it has a different selling proposition altogether. How many of you still wants a physical keyboard on a smartphone? Apparently, Blackberry thinks that there’s still a market; albeit a lucrative one at that.

Now let’s take a closer look at the Keyone as per below:

  • 4.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1620 pixels or ~434 ppi pixel density
  • Capacitive touch 4-row BlackBerry keyboard
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 3GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with 1.12 µm pixel size
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3505 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (50% in 30 minutes)
  • 4G LTE
  • Expected April 2017 release date
  • Expected $549 USD price tag

With the physical keyboard taking up most of the space of the Keyone, you will be left with just a 4.5-inch Full HD screen to work with. If you love large screen devices, then you are not the target audience for Blackberry. Then there’s the Gorilla Glass 4 as a means of protection against any mishaps.

Moving on to the performance side of things, Keyone will be sporting a mid-range Snapdragon 625 chipset, a fast octa-core processor, good graphics and a decent 3GB RAM. Good enough for your daily dose of social media and most apps, but not made for lots of gaming though.

Camera-wise, the 12MP-8MP camera combination is good enough for your daily does of taking photos while on the go. Not that great and not too shabby at all.

In terms of storage, there’s only 32GB of internal storage that is available. You will definitely find that it won’t be enough for long – thankfully there’s an option to take it up to a maximum of 256GB via its microSD expansion slot.

As for the battery side of things, the 3505 mAh battery looks to be good enough to supply enough juice for at least a day without any issues.

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Huawei Honor V9 have what it takes to be a flagship of choice in 2017. Great 5.7-inch Quad HD screen with 2.5D curved glass, great hardware, great dual primary camera, great storage, great battery capacity and the latest Nougat 7.0 OS combines well for a flagship smartphone. A cheaper price tag further helps in this aspect as well.

Huawei Honor V9 is currently available $509 USD and is available in Silver, Gold and Rose Gold color.

Blackberry Keyone is targeting at a group of people who still wants a physical keyboard on their smartphone. If you don’t want this feature, then it suddenly becomes a very expensive smartphone compared to what it has to offer.

Blackberry Keyone is expected to be released in April 2017 for an estimated price of $549 USD. It will only be available in Black color.

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