HONOR Pad X9 Review; The Next Budget-Friendly Tablet To Beat

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HONOR Pad X9 Review Philippines


HONOR went on a launch spree in the past months, releasing one new bang-for-the-buck device after another. Apart from smartphones, HONOR is expanding its consumer technology offerings to cover the tablet market. Just like its mobile devices, HONOR does a great job of balancing the performance and the price in this segment. Take the HONOR Pad X9 as an example.

HONOR Pad X9 Review; The Next Budget-Friendly Tablet To Beat
HONOR Pad X9 Review; The Next Budget-Friendly Tablet To Beat


The HONOR Pad X9 is undoubtedly a sleek slate. Its titanium space gray-colored back panel gives off a premium vibe, accentuated by the camera positioning. The rear camera of the HONOR Pad X9 is highlighted through double rings, which adds an expensive-looking detail to the design of the tablet, albeit it's offered at an affordable price.

HONOR Pad X9 Space Gray
Space Gray

HONOR also made sure that the HONOR Pad X9 was designed for user comfort. The tablet comes in a unibody all-metal form that's 6.9mm-thin and weighs 499 grams. For those looking to get the HONOR Pad X9 for their kids, the HONOR Pad X9 might be a bit heavy for their tiny hands. For adults, meanwhile, the HONOR Pad X9 has the standard weight for a tablet. It's not too taxing to hold with one hand, especially if you're just watching videos.

HONOR Pad X9 Bottom Speakers
Bottom Speakers

While most tablets have only the standard ports and buttons on the sides, the HONOR Pad X9 has six surround speakers, complete with a subwoofer. These make the HONOR Pad X9 a good multimedia device as, obviously, its 6-speaker design provides better audio quality than tablets that have only a single or double down-firing speakers.

HONOR Pad X9 Left Speakers
Left Speakers

The HONOR Pad X9 sounds great, thanks to the said 6-speaker design. Just remember, though, to keep the volume level below 80% to avoid brittle sound.

HONOR Pad X9 Right Speakers and USB-C Port
Right Speakers and USB-C Port

On the right cheek, the HONOR Pad X9 has a USB-C port in between two speakers, while on the top are the volume rockers, power button, and microphone.

HONOR Pad X9 Microphone, Power Button, Volume Keys
Microphone, Power Button, Volume Keys

The package of the HONOR Pad X9 has only a USB-A to USB-C wire and a 10W power adapter, other than the tablet itself. It might seem the bare minimum, but it's definitely a plus for a budget table to still include a charger in its package, especially nowadays when most brands are imposing a separate purchase for a power adapter.

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Complementing its 6-speaker design, the HONOR Pad X9 flaunts an 11.5-inch IPS screen with a 2,000 by 1,200 pixel resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. While this display caliber is not the sharpest when it comes to colors and details, the screen quality is good enough for casual users.

HONOR Pad X9 Display

The surrounding bezels on the display of the HONOR Pad X9 are far from being unnoticeable. If you're looking for a tablet that carries slim bezels, opt to get the more premium one.

However, the bezels really don't affect the screen performance of the HONOR Pad X9. While slimmer ones provide more space for the display, the HONOR Pad X9 has a screen size that's enough even for school or work use.

When used indoors, the 400 nits maximum brightness of the HONOR Pad X9 does an excellent job of highlighting the vividness of the colors of its display. However, when used outdoors, it's evident that the HONOR Pad X9's screen struggles to be seen.

Same with HONOR's newer releases, the HONOR Pad X9 comes with TUV Rheinland-certified eye protection features. Plus, its minimum brightness levels can go as low as 2 nits, so the screen dims effectively for low-lit use.

With a 120Hz refresh rate, the HONOR Pad X9's screen is smooth enough to highlight seamless scrolling. This level of refresh rate is also decent enough for gaming.


Running on a midrange Snapdragon 685 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, the HONOR Pad X9 handles apps and games just alright, provided that you don't have too many apps on background refresh and you play your games in mid settings.

HONOR Pad X9 Free Smart Bluetooth Keyboard
Free Smart Bluetooth Keyboard

Given its price point, it's expected that the HONOR Pad X9 has some limitations when it comes to its overall performance. At times, it tends to lag when switching from one heavy app to another. But this was an almost isolated case during the weeks that we utilized the HONOR Pad X9.

The HONOR Pad X9 operates on Android 13 with MagicOS 7.1 on top. One of the many good things that the Magic OS 7.1 brings to the HONOR Pad X9 is the dynamic RAM feature, which converts 3GB of the tablet's memory into added memory, giving the HONOR Pad X9 more room to breathe to load applications.

If you're using an HONOR ecosystem and you're looking to add the HONOR Pad X9 into your setup, the three-finger swipe-up function from the Magic OS 7.1 allows you to activate a continuity feature where you can move your tasks on the tablet to an HONOR laptop conveniently.

Multi-window is also present on the HONOR Pad X9, and honestly, this is one of the Magic OS 7.1 functions that we appreciate the most. This allows multiple apps to be open and running at the same time.

As with other Android operating systems, the Magic OS 7.1 also comes with bloatware, which can be uninstalled.

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HONOR Pad X9 5MP Rear Camera
5MP Rear Camera

Tablets aren't exactly designed to be camera-centric, so it's fairly reasonable for HONOR to equip the HONOR Pad X9 with only 5-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras. With these at play, it's obvious what to expect when it comes to the camera performance of the HONOR Pad X9.

HONOR Pad X9 5MP Front Camera
5MP Front Camera

Photos taken using the tablet are either a hit or a miss. Here are some samples:

HONOR Pad X9 Camera Sample - Clubhouse
HONOR Pad X9 Camera Sample - Driveway
HONOR Pad X9 Camera Sample - Building, 1x
Building, 1x
HONOR Pad X9 Camera Sample - Building, 2x
Building, 2x
HONOR Pad X9 Camera Sample - Selfie

Surprisingly, though, the front camera of the HONOR Pad X9 provides a relatively clean quality for video calls. Add to this the tablet's decently performing microphones, making the HONOR Pad X9 a suitable go-to device for on-the-go work calls or online classes if you don't feel like bringing a laptop with you.

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HONOR claims that the HONOR Pad X9 is equipped with an all-day battery life, and we can attest that this is true. Its 7,250mAh battery can withstand a full day of moderate usage with a bit of juice left for the next day.

This is a fairly impressive feat, especially since most tablets tend to have a short power span.

As mentioned, the package of the HONOR Pad X9 comes with a free adapter. But if you'd want to use other HONOR chargers with a larger power, they work just fine in recharging the HONOR Pad X9 faster.


Priced at Php11,990, the HONOR Pad X9 will definitely give your money's worth with its features. Pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard, and you'll have a good-performing portable device that carries the basics you need, including an acceptable screen, generous battery life, polished look, and surround speakers.

HONOR Pad X9 Review Philippines

The HONOR Pad X9 is available offline via HONOR retail stores and authorized resellers and online through Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok shops.

How much is the HONOR Pad X9 price in the Philippines?

When will the HONOR Pad X9 be available in the Philippines?

  • The HONOR Pad X9 is now available in the Philippines.

HONOR Pad X9 Specifications:

  • No SIM connectivity
  • 11.5-inch 2K (2000 x 1200) IPS TFT LCD, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Dimensions: 267.3mm x 167.4mm x 6.9mm
  • Weight: 495 grams
  • Magic UI 7.1 based on Android 13
  • Octa-core (4x2.8GHz Cortex-A73 + 4x1.9GHz Cortex-A53) CPU, Adreno 610 GPU, Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 685 6nm 4G chipset
  • 4GB physical RAM + virtual RAM
  • 128GB internal storage, non-expandable
  • 5MP f/2.2 AF rear camera, 1080p video recording at 30fps
  • 5MP f/2.2 front camera, 1080p video recording at 30fps
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/, dual-band
  • Bluetooth v5.1
  • USB 2.0 Type-C with OTG function
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
  • Multimedia Player
  • 6 Speakers
  • Sensors: accelerometer
  • Battery: 7,250mAh non-removable lithium-ion polymer, supports 10W wired charging
  • Colors: Space Gray
  • HONOR Pad X9 Price Philippines: Php11,990

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