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Vivo X9s vs Huawei Honor 9: choose either a dual primary camera or dual selfie camera for $399


On show here today, we have Vivo X9s which comes with a dual selfie camera and Huawei Honor 9 with a dual primary camera.

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Vivo is without doubt a company that have been producing great selfie smartphones for a while now. And with the upcoming release of the X9s, it will surely get everyone’s interest going on a high.

Here’s to why everyone should get excited about it:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 chipset, Octa-core (4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.2 GHz Cortex A53) processor, Adreno 510 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • Dual 20MP+5MP secondary camera with LED flash
  • 64GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3320 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Funtouch OS 3.1 based Android Nougat 7.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • July 2017 expected release date
  • $2,698 Chinese Yuan or ~$399 USD estimated price tag

X9s will be sporting a slightly larger 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen. A larger screen coupled with the large resolution ensures you have a larger screen real estate to play with. A fingerprint sensor is then available which is the standard nowadays.

Let’s move on to under the hood of the X9s, and we can find it will be equipped with the mid-range Snapdragon 652 chipset, a decent octa-core processor, good mid-range graphics and 4GB RAM. This should provide enough firepower to run most apps and games that are out there in the market.

Yes, the X9s best interest will be on its great selfie camera; but that doesn’t stop it from having a great 16MP primary camera with all the bells and whistles. And here comes the highlight of the show with its dual 20MP+5MP selfie camera which also comes with a LED flash. All your selfies will come out looking amazing, even under low light conditions. Kudos to Vivo for allowing users to experience a smartphone with great selfie experience.

But not everything about it is all beds of roses. With just 64GB of internal storage, and with yourself taking lots of selfies non-stop; it will get full in no time at all. Here’s where you have to prepare yourself to do lots of house-keeping and have to depend more on cloud storage and USB on-the-go.

Battery-wise, a 3320 mAH battery supplying the necessary power to the X9s should be more than capable of holding its own for a full day in between charging.

Lastly, the X9s will be running on Funtouch OS 3.1 that is based on the latest Android Nougat 7.1. Now that’s something they should be proud of.

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Next up we have Huawei Honor 9 for those who are looking for a smartphone that is smaller, and here’s what you will get:

  • 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
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3200 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2017 release date
  • ~$399 USD price tag

The Honor lineup has been a mainstay flagship for a few years now. It is the pocket rocket of choice where a small screen meets big features. Honor 9 sports a 5.15-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen with an exquisite metal body for extreme look and feel, while a fingerprint sensor is then available for all your biometric purposes.

In terms of performance, Honor 9 sure packs a big punch with the high-end Kirin 960 chipset, a very fast octa-core processor, great graphics and 4GB RAM. It is able to serve up only the best when it comes to performance.

With the dual 20MP+12MP selfie camera making up its best features, you will be sure of an amazing smartphone photography experience on it. Packed with great features and functions, it will definitely be up there among the best. Then there’s the 8MP selfie camera completing the package.

As for storage, yes it may have the same 64GB internal storage – but at least Honor 9 does come with an expansion slot. An extra 256GB will come in handy when you are snapping away taking pictures after pictures all you can.

It also runs on the latest Android Nougat 7.0, but is equipped with a slightly smaller 3200 mAH battery. Even then, based on its screen and processing power; it can easily last for a full day.

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Expected to be released by end-July 2017, it will definitely be worth the wait if you are a selfie enthusiast. Equipped with mid-range hardware and an amazing dual selfie camera, go for it if taking selfies is of your great interest. But only if you can make do with its limited 64GB internal storage.

Vivo X9s is expected to be released very soon with an estimated price of $2,698 Chinese Yuan or ~$399 USD. You can choose from Gold, Rose Gold or Black color.

Huawei Honor 9 is everyone’s dream with its 5.15-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen wrapped in a beautiful metal body, high-end hardware and blessed with the excellent dual primary camera.

Huawei Honor 9 is currently available for ~$399 USD. It is available in Amber Gold, Seagull Grey and Charm Sea Blue colors.

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