Honor 9X Pro comes to India without Google inside

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12 May 2020 / 17:11IST

After Huawei surprisingly launched a new smartphone with Google apps inside, a few hours later, its sub-brand Honor launched a mid-range smartphone without the Google bits. Honor’s new smartphone, the 9X Pro, was launched in China last year and has finally made it to India sans Google... because Trump. Honor’s new baby is the first smartphone from the Chinese brand to move ahead of this bad breakup (between Huawei and Google) and is also the first phone in India to solely rely on Huawei’s AppGallery, its official app distribution platform. What this means is that you as a Honor 9X Pro buyer will get a mid-range Android smartphone without any Google apps (Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, etc.) pre-installed. The company claims that you will still be able to download installation files for Facebook and WhatsApp, and you will have access to other popular apps via its AppGallery. App issues aside, this smartphone looks the part and packs in a 6.59-inch FHD+ LCD display and is powered by a Kirin 810 chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 256GB of storage. The camera setup is quite similar to the Huawei Y9s and gets you a 48MP (primary) + 8MP (Ultra-wide) + 2MP depth camera with a 16MP pop-up camera for selfie duties. This one’s powered by a 4000mAh battery and will go on sale on May 21 at ₹17,999.