Honor 9 EMUI 9.1 update arrives, GPU Turbo 3.0 & EROFS included

Huawei sub brand Honor’s 9 series includes Honor 9, 9N/9i, 9 Lite and 9X/9X Pro. Among these, while both Honor 9X and 9X Pro come baked with Android Pie layered with the latest EMUI 9.1 out of the box, Honor 9N and 9 Lite were upgraded to EMUI 9.1 during the past couple of months.

Honor 9 Lite EMUI 9.1

However, Honor 9 (aka Huawei Honor 9 Premium) users were left gawking. The standard Honor 9, as you may know, is the Chinese OEM’s 2017 high-ranger that is fueled by HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC. The phone originally came with Nougat & received its second major OS update in form of Pie/EMUI 9.0.

And now, this elder kin of Honor 9N and 9 Lite is receiving the latest EMUI 9.1 update. Finally!

Honor 9

The currently circulating EMUI 9.1 update (sized ~3.5GB) on Honor 9 bears build number The patch brings the usual EMUI 9.1 goodies including GPU Turbo 3.0, EROFS, Huawei Vlog, Huawei Share OneHop along with an enhanced UI. The July security patch is also included.

All this information comes credits to a Twitter user (@k4ii_). Here’s what the complete update changelog reads, followed by an image of the software update screen:

This update will update your system to EMUI 9.1, with support for EROFS technology and GPU Turbo 3.0.
Adds the EROFS system function, which improves the app speed and fluidity.
[Incoming video call]
Customizes incoming video call for your contacts.
[GPU Turbo 3.0]
Huawei’s Turbo 3.0 GPU acceleration technology supports dozens of more games, allowing you to enjoy an improved gaming experience.
[Huawei Vlog]
Automatically generate highlight reels, applies effect templates and creates MVs.
[Huawei Share OneHop]
Supports instantaneous sharing of clipboard and screen recordings between your phone and Huawei MateBook.
[Simplified settings]
Simplifies settings and options for easier operations.
Integrates Android security patches released in July 2019 for improved system security.

EMUI 9.1 on Honor 9

It goes without saying, firmware updates are often pushed out in batches, and EMUI 9.1 is no different. So the EMUI 9.1 update on Honor 9 may take time to make it to all units. Hang in tight, as you may get to see the update notification anytime now. Happy installing!

NOTE: Huawei recently shared the HiCare registration dates for EMUI 9.1 on other Huawei/Honor phones. You can find the complete coverage here. And for more Huawei/Honor-related updates, news, and bugs/issues, interested readers may route here.

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