Honor 9A will be a rebadged Huawei Y7 2019, Google Play listing reveals

The best feature of Android as a platform is that it is open-source. Sure, this characteristic gives OEMs the freedom to customize the software to their own preferences, but then again, having different customizations means no consistency in the entire ecosystem.

To curb the growing instances of inconsistency between various Android devices, the search giant took advantage of the fact that all Android devices need the popular suite of Google apps and services to work effectively by forcing device makers to follow a specific set of rules.

Manufacturers across the globe can choose to pre-install Google’s most popular apps on Android devices. The Android team at Google certifies these devices to ensure they are secure and ready to run apps from Google and the Play Store.

Strict adherence to these rules is the only guarantee that device makers will be certified and allowed to pre-load Google apps and services into their Android devices. The crackdown began in early 2018 and it’s still on, meaning not just every device can get support for Google apps and services.


Google maintains a list of devices that are certified to come pre-loaded with Google Apps and Services. This list is updated regularly to include the latest models in town.

One of the most recent updates came in late June, where a a mysterious Avengers Android device from Warner Bros was spotted on the website.


Even before we get to know more about this mysterious device, another device that is rather familiar has been added to the list. The device in question here is the Huawei Honor 9A, a variant of the already released Honor 9X.

The Honor 9A now features on the list of Google Play certified devices

No, the Honor 9A hasn’t been released yet. Heck, the device hasn’t even seen the light, but we can confirm that it actually exists. It has now been added to the list of Google Play certified phones, which leaves nothing to the imagination.

The Honor 9A = Huawei Y7 2019

As noted, the Honor 9A has yet to be announced. So far, only the Honor 9X and Honor 9X Pro have seen the light of the day and if previous releases in this series are anything to go by, we expect at least two more variants – the Honor 9A and Honor 9C.

We don’t have details on the Honor 9C, but we can tell you about the Honor 9A now that it has been added to the list of Google Play certified devices. As per the listing, the device has model number DUB-LX1, the same model number we see on the Huawei Y7 2019.

Huawei Y7 2019 aka Honor 9A

Granted, the Honor 9A will be a rebadged Huawei Y7 2019, probably with a tweak or two here and there to make it a little different. But until then, we all can agree that the two will share the same design and specs.

With that in mind, below is a highlight of the specs we expect to see on the Honor 9A when it arrives God knows when. The listing is based on the Y7 2019 specs.

– 6.26-inch HD+ Dewdrop display (19:9, 1520 x 720)
– Octa-core Qualcomm 450 SoC
– 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage
– Rear Camera: 13 MP + 2 MP
– Front Camera: 8 MP
– 4000mAh battery
– Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1

Again, we don’t have a release date for the Honor 9A, but the fact that Google has added it to the list of devices eligible to ship with pre-installed Google Apps and services implies that it won’t be long before retailers have it on their shelves.

NOTE: For more Huawei/Honor-related stuff, route here.

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