Huawei’s New Honor 9 Lite is a Mate 10 Lite in Disguise

Huawei has unveiled a new mid-range smartphone in its budget focused honor series. The Honor 9 Lite comes with support for several new smartphone trends, without breaking the bank.

This phone may be, for all intents and purposes, a reskinned Mate 10 Lite.

Design and Display

The display on the front is a 5.65-inch IPS FHD+ unit, with 18:9 or 2:1 aspect ratio for showing additional content. Honor 9 Lite’s design is also premium looking with a glass finish, being available in Black, White, Gray and Blue.

It looks very similar to the Mate 10 Lite which was released a few months ago.

Internals and Storage

Under the hood, you’ll find an octa-core home-baked Kirin 659 chip, which is doable for the price. Alongside is either 3 or 4 GB RAM. The amount of storage is set at either 32 or 64 GB, which is expandable via a hybrid dual-SIM slot.

Another plus of the Honor 9 Lite is that it runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with EMUI 8.0.

Connectivity options haven’t been renewed from 2015 standards, however, you do get a headphone jack. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on the back.

Camera(s)

The Honor 9 Lite is the second Huawei phone to feature 4 cameras, the first one being the Mate 10 Lite. Both the front and back cameras come with 13 + 2 MP lens setups, limited to 1080p video only.

You can expect features such as the bokeh effect to be available as well, thanks to the dual cameras.

Battery and Price

The battery capacity is set at 3000 mAh, with support for Huawei’s SuperCharge tech.

Pricing for the Honor 9 Lite is set at $180 for the starting model with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, going all the way to $270 for the model with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.

Huawei Honor 9 Lite Specifications

  • CPU: 1.7 GHz quad-core + 2.36 GHz quad-core
  • Chipset: Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo with Emotion UI 8.0
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Hybrid Dual-SIM slot
  • Display:
    • 5.65-inch 18:9 IPS with FHD+ 1080 x 2160 resolution
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 3/4 GB
    • Internal: 32/64 GB
    • Card slot: yes, by up to 256 GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13 MP + 2 MP, LED flash, PDAF, 1080p
    • Secondary: 13 MP + 2 MP, 1080p
  • Connectivity: microUSB-OTG, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, VoLTE, GPS, headphone jack
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery: 3000 mAh, support for Super Charge
  • Price: $180 (3 GB, 32 GB), $230 (4 GB, 32 GB), $270 (4 GB, 64 GB)