Large, full-HD displays are the new trend and owing to this fashion many smartphone makers such as Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, and now HOMTOM has come out with their latest best.
The one I am reviewing here today is the HOMTOM S9 Plus that has a bezel-less display with a 5.99-inch display and 1440*720 screen resolution with 18:9 aspect ration. It comes at the modest price that you’d expect, only $159.99 (Rs.10,435) with free shipping at GearBest 11.11 flash sale.
S9 Plus with a large screen is the first point of attraction with a vivid display of colors. It almost feels like a mini TV in your hands and makes your video viewing experience a lot more fun.
A noteworthy aspect of S9 Plus is that it is designed acutely with portability in mind and hence it possesses a slim frame of only 82 centimeters. This smartphone is sensitive to the touch, which is known to amplify the UI manifold.
The most common problem with sleek and stunning smartphones is that they do not stay pretty forever. A single drop to the floor would etch a million cracks on the screen and Apple iPhone X and its predecessors are the best examples of this criteria.
The makers of S9 Plus have ensured great care into the strengthening of the phone’s physical armor by making it out of a nano-composite material that swears to be scratch and drop resistant.
That is quite a delight to hear! In fact, Apple iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S8 should come with a guarantee just like that, don’t you agree?
Performance and features
If you are stuck with the older version of Android and sick & tired of waiting for the Android 7.0 Nougat to roll out on your devices (like I am), you’d be glad to know that HOMTOM S9 comes pre-installed with Android 7.0.
It also stocks a powerful Octa-core MTK6750T CPU that is capable of efficient multitasking- playing a high graphics game on the phone while being on a call with a friend at the same time and a smoother video playback at a higher frame rate.
Although the processing speed could have been a bit higher at 1.8 to 2 GHz for this price range, S9 processor clocks at 1.5 GHz which does not cause lagging issues at the very least.
Memory is a big issue with many popular brands, for instance, Apple iPhone. The S9 offers a sweet solution for this repeated problem and comes with a 4GB of RAM space and a built-in storage space of 64GB that is expandable up to 128GB so that you can use the phone for a multitude of reasons and never have a chance to complain.
You also get Bluetooth 4.0, space allotment for two nano SIMs, 4G LTE, and GPS navigation support.
Once again, low-budget phones often do not ship out with a great camera, although exceptions do apply. HOMTOM S9 Plus has a staggering Dual 16 Megapixels and 5 Megapixels camera at the rear end with strong Auto Focus that makes it 21 Megapixels combined. The back side also includes a flashlight.
It has a F/2.0 aperture and 3456*4608 max photo resolution. On the front side, you get a 13 Megapixels camera that is located on the lower-bottom-left side of the phone but that shouldn’t stop you from taking the utmost advantage of a great camera.
Battery life is yet another deciding factor but S9 does not disappoint in this arena. It stacks a 4050 mAh battery, which isn’t too “skimpy” considering the price tag.
Although if it had a 5100 mAh to go with the hardware of the phone, it would have easily overshadowed Apple iPhone X, but perhaps another time?
HOMTOM S9 Plus is an extremely affordable bezel-less smartphone that comes in three momentous colors- black, blue and silver. It is selling hot at the promotional price of $159.99 (Rs10,435) for another 1 day with only 50 pieces to go at GearBest 11.11 flash sale.
It has a reliable battery life and an above-the-norm camera quality that would surely impress anyone.