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Honor V9 unveiled as cheaper iPhone 7 Plus rival – but we may be forced to wait

The Honor V9 phablet has been unveiled, initially for the Chinese market, days before Mobile World Congress gets underway.

The 5.7-inch handset – which forms part of Huawei’s youth focused Honor “e” sub-brand – arrives in the far east with a 2.5D QHD display that’ll show off Android Nougat in all its glory.

That LTPS LCD display also features on-screen buttons, that’ll enable users to whiz through the new-and-improved EMUI 5.0 skin.

Related: Honor 8 review

There’s also plenty of power available thanks to the octa-core Kirin 960 (just like the one in the Huawei Mate 9) and up to 6GB of RAM, if you’re prepared to pay a little more.

There’s up to 128GB of storage with the ability to expand via a microSD card. It also has a ginormous 4,000mAh battery pack, which is especially impressive when you consider it’s just 6.9mm thin.

The Honor V9 includes Huawei’s 12-megapixel dual-lens rear-facing camera, which Huawei says is capable of 3D modeling. This opens up the possibility of 3D printing items captured by the camera.

The camera is joined by a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, will be charged by USB-C and also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which should please those dongle-haters.

The only snag is we might have to wait a little while for it as Huawei’s Honor phones generally take a while to emerge from their homeland. We only got our hands on the Honor 8 smartphone late last year, months after it arrived in China.

The phone will range from 2599 yuan (around £301) to 3499 yuan (about £406) and will be released in fetching blue, gold, red and matte black hues on February 28. There’s even a primitive-looking Google Cardboard-like headset bundled into the box.

With a bit of luck we might even see Huawei announce this for western markets at MWC next week.

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