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)
Storage: 256GB
Display: 12.1in (2560 x 1600) IPS LCD, 120Hz
Weight: 555g
Dimensions: 180.1 x 278.2 x 6.9mm (without camera bump)
Camera: 8MP back and 13MP ultra-wide front
Battery: 8,300mAh
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Honor Pad 9: Benchmark testing
Geekbench 6 CPU: Single-core: 921 Multi-core: 2,636
Geekbench 6 GPU: OpenCL: 1,327 Row 1 – Cell 2