Huawei’s e-sub brand Honor has been lately pretty active in the country launching a slew of new handsets all through the festive season with tempting features and affordable prices. Their new phone is the Honor 9 Lite, which is all set to release in India next week, 17 January to be precise.
The price of the Honor 9 Lite will be announced at the official launch event on 17 January.
1. Build and Design
The Honor 9 Lite surely is a good looking mid range smartphone, just like its predecessor — the Honor 8 Lite. The 9 Lite adorns an equally beautiful, if not slightly better, aesthetics. The rear glass panel is an attention grabber and clearly stands out in a sea of metal bodied rivals. The phone has an aluminium frame with rounded edges, which gives it a sufficiently good grip. At 149 g it is quite light to hold. Overall, the Honor 9 Lite is a good-looking phone.
The 9 Lite doesn’t stop there — it borrows the 18:9 LCD display from its brothers, albeit in a slightly smaller 5.6-inch real estate. In fact, the whole smartphone measures almost similar to a conventional 5-inch phone, which is a good news for those who don’t like gigantic phablets. The display seems to be adequately bright and vibrant. However, we have yet to see the display in various lighting conditions.
3.Chipset, RAM, Storage, Connectivity
The Honor 9 Lite also houses the HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset which has an octa-core processor along with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB onboard storage. It has a four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.36 GHz and another four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz for the low-power tasks.
On the connectivity front, a hybrid dual-SIM slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS and no infrared or radio is available.
4. OS and Software
The Honor 9 Lite comes with Android Oreo 8.0. The Android OS gets a skinning treatment and comes with Huawei’s Emotion UI version 8.0 (EMUI 8.0), thus making the Honor 9 Lite one of the few offerings in the midrange category to ship with the latest software.
The Honor 9 Lite continues the quad-camera tradition started by the Honor 9i. You get a 13 MP + 2 MP setup for the front camera as well as the rear camera. The 13 MP camera is the one which does the heavy lifting, whereas the 2 MP sensor is meant for capturing depth information, thereby helping you get that much-vaunted bokeh effect with ease. The aperture mode lets you adjust the depth before as well as after capturing the photograph. Both the front and rear camera pairs are capable of shooting FullHD videos at 30 fps.
The 3000mAh Li-ion unit is managing to keep the phone alive for a day under casual usage scenarios involving heavy texting, browsing the Internet and fair amount of photography. But it comes with a microUSB 2.0 charging and data transfer port. This decision seems a bit odd in 2018 when USB Type-C should be mainstream.
Huawei has started 2018 with an interesting looking device, which seems to pack in all the features one expects from a mid-range Android. The four cameras, wonderful look and feel, an 18:9 aspect ratio display and Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box, are compelling features that are desirable for any Android smartphone buyer in 2018. A lot of this will boil down to the price point, however.