A leak of what could be the upcoming Honor 9 or a minor Honor 8 update has popped up. It seems that the 3.5mm audio jack might soon be going extinct in midrange phones.
UPDATE 15/5/2017: The latest word is that Huawei will likely be launching the phone in June, with the date being either 20 or 21 June. Pricing is also estimated to be somewhere around US$362 (RM1570) with a Kirin 960 chipset, 4GB/6GB of RAM and 32/64GB of internal storage.
As for the camera, it could be another dual-pairing with 22MP + 12MP (monochrome) shooter matchup and a possible battery capacity of 3000mAh. So if you've been considering getting the Honor 8, maybe it'd be best to wait and see if the Honor 9 is more your speed
Waterproofing going mainstream
Despite the flak that Apple got for ditching the 3.5mm jack, it seems that other smartphone makers are seeing a wisdom in it. For instance, Xiaomi's just updated its Mi 6 to have water resistance and to help facilitate that, as well as for aesthetic purposes, the 3.5mm was dropped.
While these leaked photos are unconfirmed, ditching the audio port wouldn't be a surprising move. While Samsung added waterproofing without needing to ditch the audio jack, it would be a cheaper, more expedient way to add water-resistance for phones that don't cost as much.
Besides dropping the jack, it seems the Honor 8's Smart Key feature will also be dropped from the Honor 9. The placement of other buttons, however, seem to be the same.
If you'd rather just go for the Honor 8 instead, check out our review of the Honor flagship here.