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Huawei Honor 9 vs Archos Diamond Alpha: two smallish smartphones but big on features, for just $399


If you are looking for a smartphone that is below 5.5 inches, then Huawei Honor 9 and Archos Diamond Alpha will be able to satisfy you. With both smartphones big on features and having the same price tag, let’s check them both out.

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There’s a huge demand in the market right now, and to be able to produce a high-end smartphone for this market is gold at the moment.

Here’s to Honor 9 and its wonderful specs as per below:

  • 5.15-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density)
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G71 MP8 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 20MP+12MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.0 OS
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3200 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2017 release date
  • ~$399 USD price tag

By just glancing through it, you know that it has high-end written all over it. With a 5.15-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen, this is simply one of the best screen that is around town. An exquisite metal body and fingerprint sensor makes the package complete.

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The biggest advantage that Honor 9 has is on its hardware side of things, most noticeable is on its Kirin 960 chipset, fast octa-core, good graphics and 4GB RAM. This ensures you have a speedy smartphone at your service.

That’s not all though, as Honor 9 is also a highly capable camera smartphone. With a dual 20MP+12MP primary camera setup, you can be sure of taking great-looking pictures with it. The number of features that is found on the smartphone is also high. Then there’s the 8MP selfie camera completing the package.

The latest Android Nougat 7.0 OS is then available for you to utilize the latest features and functions as well enhancements that it brings to the table.

Battery-wise, a good 3200 mAh battery will be supplying the necessary juice that should be able to power up the smartphone for at least a full day.

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Now let’s turn our attention to a smartphone called Diamond Alpha. You may not have heard of the name Archos before, so why don’t we get acquainted with it. It is a French multinational electronics company that was established in 1988 by Henri Crohas. Archos manufactures tablets, smartphones, portable media players and portable data storage devices. It is quite normal to not have heard of them, especially for those who are outside of Europe.

But all that is about to change with the expected release of Diamond Alpha in July 2017. Here’s why we are getting excited about it:

  • 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~424 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 chipset, Octa-core (4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.4 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Adreno 510 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2950 mAh battery
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • July 2017 release date
  • $349 Euro or ~$399 USD price tag

For those residing in Europe, your choices are kind of limited but thanks to the likes of Diamond Alpha, you will be able to enjoy the good things of life. It is having a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS screen that is also nice to hold thanks to the metal body.

In terms of performance, you can expect Diamond Alpha to be in the mid-range segment with the reliable Snapdragon 652 chipset, a decently fast octa-core processor, good graphics and a large enough 4GB memory. There’s nothing that it won’t be able to run fast enough.

Moving on to the camera side of things, Diamond Alpha should be able to provide a great camera experience. First is its dual 13MP primary camera that lets you take great pictures and can experiment with bokeh effect. Then there’s also a 16MP selfie camera that will be able to satisfy all your selfie cravings.

In terms of battery, you might find that the 2950 mAh battery will going to limit you somehow. If you are a heavy user, just bring along a powerbank to be safe.

If there’s one major thing issue that will be pulling back on the Diamond Alpha – it would be on its dated Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS. With Android Nougat 7.0 becoming more mainstream, it is rather surprising to find a smartphone that still comes with the dated operating system. Just hope that it will be getting the update very soon.

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Huawei Honor 9 will definitely be on the radar for those looking for a small sized smartphone but is big on features. With a 5.15-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen, wrapped in a metal body, powered by great hardware, blessed with an amazing 20MP-12MP dual primary camera, good 3200 mAh battery and the latest Android Nougat 7.0 OS; means that you have an instant winner.

Huawei Honor 9 had just been released in June 2017 for ~$399 USD. It is available in Amber Gold, Seagull Grey and Charm Sea Blue.

Archos Diamond Alpha might be a relatively unknown name outside of Europe, but you might be hearing more of them in the near future. With this smartphone, you can expect a good mid-range smartphone with a great dual 13MP primary camera and great selfie camera. The only deal-breaker will be on its dated Marshmallow OS.

Archos Diamond Alpha will be released very soon for approximately $349 Euro or ~$399 USD. It is said to be available only in Black color.

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