Huawei’s sub-brand Honor recently launched its latest mid-range device, the Honor 9 Lite in the Indian market at a competitive price. With a premium look, four cameras and a full HD+ 18:9 display, the Honor 9 Lite is an excellent device from Honor.

As Honor launches their budget smartphone contender to the market, we have been playing around with the device. Here are the 5 things we like about the Honor 9 Lite.

Honor 9 Lite Specifications

Key Specifications Honor 9 Lite
Display 5.65-inch IPS LCD
Screen Resolution FHD+ 1080 x 2160 pixels
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Processor Octa-core
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 659
GPU Mali-T830 MP2
RAM 3GB / 4GB
Internal Storage 32GB / 64GB
Expandable Storage Yes, up to 256 GB
Primary Camera Dual 13 MP+ 2MP, PDAF, LED flash
Secondary Camera Dual 13MP+ 2MP
Video Recording 1080p@30fps
Battery 3,000mAh
4G VoLTE Yes
Sim Card Type Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Price 3GB / 32GB – Rs. 10,999
4GB / 64GB – Rs. 14,999

5 Things we like about the Honor 9 Lite

Build and Design

Honor 9 Lite

The first thing we noticed about this phone is its metal body that comes with glass on both front and back, giving it a very premium look. With a shiny glass back and Aluminium frame, the Honor 9 Lite looks very good and at this price point, this is the only phone featuring a glass back.

Price

Having talked about the build, we definitely like the price of this phone. With 2 colour options, i.e. Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue, the device is priced starting from Rs. 10,999. At this price point, there is nothing to complain about the phone.

Display

Honor 9 Lite

The next best thing about this phone is the display. With a modern 18:9 ratio, the device comes with a 5.65 inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The device comes with a pixel density of ~427 PPI. The panel is crisp to view and responds well to taps and scrolls. The display is clear and bright even in sunlight.

Cameras

Honor 9 Lite

The Honor 9 lite is equipped with four cameras in total. The rear and front cameras bear the same configuration. It sports a 13MP primary RGB camera accompanied by a 2MP secondary monochrome camera, both at the front as well as the back. The rear cameras get PDAF and LED flash for improved focusing and low-light performances.

Android 8.0 Oreo

One place where Honor surprised us is the Android version of the phone. While the Honor 7X is yet to receive an update, the Honor 9 Lite has been launched with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. This is a good thing as you get the latest features like background optimization, notification badges and so forth.

Conclusion

Huawei’s Honor has done a very good job with the Honor 9 Lite, nailing many important aspects of a smartphone in this price range. The Honor 9 Lite is one of the first few phones to feature a Full HD+ 18:9 display in this price segment, and the addition of two 2MP cameras on the front and the back for bokeh/depth effect makes the phone stand out. The Honor 9 Lite wins not only due to the price, but also due to the features it has on offer.

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