Huawei’s Honor 9 Lite: All you need to know about the smartphone
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Huawei has added a new smartphone to its line-up. It is called the Honor 9 Lite and has a similar minimal-bezel design as the Honor 9i (Rs17,999), Honor 7x (Rs12,999) and Honor V10 (Rs29,999). The smartphone will be available on Flipkart.com from 21 January at Rs10,999 (3GB RAM+32GB storage) and Rs14,999 (4GB+64GB).
■The Honor 9 Lite is a small-screen variant of the Honor 9i and has a similar thin-bezel design. It weighs just 149g, is 151mm tall and 71.9mm wide and has a 5.6-inch display. The Honor 9i offers a 5.9-inch display on a 156.2mm x 75mm form factor and weighs 164g.
■Unlike the Honor 9, which has an all-metal unibody design, the Lite edition has a shiny glass back, while the side panel is enforced with metal frame.
■Despite the thin bezels, Huawei has managed to accommodate the Honor logo on the front panel and two front-facing cameras with an LED flash.
■A micro USB, speaker and 3.5mm jack have been crammed together on the lower side panel. The SIM tray is placed on the left side panel and has space for two nano SIM cards. The microSD card slot is built on one of the SIM trays, which means users can use the two SIM slot or one SIM slot and microSD slot at a time.
■It has a 5.65-inch screen with a resolution of 2,160x1080p and wider-than-usual aspect ratio of 18:9. The Honor 9i has a bigger screen but the resolution remains the same.
■ The smartphone’s highlight is the 13-megapixel plus 2-megapixel dual cameras on the front and back. Both cameras work on similar line as the dual cameras on the Honor 9i. The 13-megapixel camera is for detailed shots and the 2-megapixel snapper is for capturing shots in bokeh mode.
■The Honor 9 Lite is the second Huawei smartphone, after the Honor V10, which runs the new Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box. As of now, the adoption rate of the new Android is still abysmal and only 0.7% smartphones are running it.
■The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back and can be used as a shortcut button to access the notification panel, browse through photos in the gallery app, and as the camera shutter button.
■In terms of power, the Honor 9 Lite packs in a 3,000mAh battery and runs on the same 16 nanometer-based Kirin 659 octa-core processor that powers the Honor 7x and the Honor 9i. Huawei has clubbed it with up to 4GB RAM and is providing up to 64GB of internal storage. It is a capable processor and Huawei’s answer to Qualcomm’s 14-nanometer Snapdragon 625 processor used in the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Rs13,999) and Moto G5s Plus (Rs14,999).
■The Huawei smartphone will be competing against the likes of LG Q6 (Rs13,990), Micromax Canvas Infinity Pro (Rs13,999) and the Moto G5s Plus.
The LG Q6 and Canvas Infinity Pro have a similar thin-bezel design. the former has a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2,160x1,080p and the latter offers a 5.7-inch display with slightly lower resolution of 1,440px720p. The LG Q6 has a glossy plastic back design, while the Micromax smartphone has a full metal back.
■As it turns out, the Honor 9 Lite’s chipset is better placed than Canvas Infinity Pro’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor and LG G6’s Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor. And that in itself could be a definitive advantage.