Honor Pad 9 review: big-screen budget tablet is good for casual users

The Honor Pad 9 is lacking in power, but it offers good value for hobbyists.

A SPace Grey Honor Pad 9 tablet on a brown table
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  • Bright screen
  • Good sound for a tablet
  • Keenly priced


  • No stylus included
  • Poor performance

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The Honor Pad 9 enters a chaotic, fast-developing market of tablets that want to be an alternative to the dominant iPad models on the market. But while Apple's offering is still one of the best tablets for creatives of all types, it's not exactly cheap, and it also locks you into a closed-shop, expensive ecosystem. 

So to see how one of its budget rivals would do, I got the Honor Pad 9 in for testing over a number of weeks, trying out creative, art and entertainment apps, as well as watching videos and trying out some gaming on it too. 

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Chipset:Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 Mobile Platform, Octa-core
RAM:8GB (+8GB Honor RAM Turbo)
Display:12.1in (2560 x 1600) IPS LCD, 120Hz
Dimensions:180.1 x 278.2 x 6.9mm (without camera bump)
Camera:8MP back and 13MP ultra-wide front
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Honor Pad 9: Benchmark testing
Geekbench 6 CPU:Single-core: 921Multi-core: 2,636
Geekbench 6 GPU: OpenCL: 1,327Row 1 - Cell 2
Erlingur Einarsson
Tech Reviews Editor

Erlingur is the Tech Reviews Editor on Creative Bloq. Having worked on magazines devoted to Photoshop, films, history, and science for over 15 years, as well as working on Digital Camera World and Top Ten Reviews in more recent times, Erlingur has developed a passion for finding tech that helps people do their job, whatever it may be. He loves putting things to the test and seeing if they're all hyped up to be, to make sure people are getting what they're promised. Still can't get his wifi-only printer to connect to his computer.