You know it can’t break easily. The Honor X9a has landed in the Philippines

Really? Let’s prove that by smashing the phone onto a wall with a force of a great typhoon!

Honor’s first release in the Philippines this year is the X9a 5G. A small update to the 4G version with one significant change: a toughened AMOLED that, even when run over by a car, will stand the test of time. While we were not given a unit, we actually want to challenge this claim and test it ourselves.

You know what they say: glass is glass, and glass breaks. When the phone was sent over to select reviewers, they actually tried torturing the screen. In all scenarios, including drops, smashes, and run-overs, the phone survived with barely any hits.

What we also like about the phone is the Huawei Mate 40 design. In a way, this makes it look like a very affordable flagship with a beautiful design.

Let’s talk about specs: the phone has a curved 6.67in. AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by the trusty Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, as opposed to the 4G-only Snapdragon 680 seen with the budget X9. The X9a is paired with 8GB RAM (with 5GB extra virtual RAM) and 256GB internal storage.

There are three cameras. Honor likes to call it a “super 64MP triple camera system” but don’t worry, it’s just the regular 64MP+5MP Ultrawide +2MP macro setup. Alongside these cameras, there is also a 16MP selfie camera located at the top center of the display.

The phone is powered by a 5100mAh battery and 40W fast charging. It also has a USB-C port, Bluetooth 5.1, and Dual-band Wi-Fi. Price starts at Php 16,990. The 40W HONOR Supercharge adaptor comes along with the phone, and its battery has a ‘Gold Battery’ rating.

If you purchase it now, you also get a FREE pair of HONOR Choice Earbuds X3 Lite worth Php 3,999. You can get the phone through Lazada and Shopee.


  • 6.67in. FHD+ (2400x1080px) AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (6nm)
    • 64MP (primary), f/1.8
    • 5MP (Ultrawide), f/2.2
    • 2MP (macro), f/2.4
    • FRONT: 16MP, f/2.5
  • MagicUI 6.1 based on Android 12
  • 5100mAh, 40W fast charging
  • USB-C, Virtual RAM
  • 5G services, Bluetooth 5.1, Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Emerald Green, Titanium Silver, Midnight Black
  • PRICE:
    • 8/256: Php 16,990