Huawei launched the Huawei Mate 9 series a few days back and now they have launched a new watered down variant of the Huawei Mate 9. The new mid-range smartphone is called the Huawei Mate 9 Lite. True to its name the smartphone comes with a lighter set of specifications in contrast to the Huawei Mate 9.
Huawei launched 3 smartphones in the Mate Series – Huawei Mate 9, Mate 9 Porsche edition and recently a curved display Huawei Mate 9 Pro. The Samsung Note 7 snafu has left a big void in the market which Huawei is trying to fill with the new Mate 9 series.
Huawei Mate 9 Lite
However, the Mate 9 lite is more of mid-range smartphone which is yet to get listed on the company website, and is likely to go on sale in China early next month. Huawei actually listed it briefly on the official website and then took it down. There is still going to be an official launch for the Mate 9 Lite.
Huawei Mate 9 Lite comes with Kirin 655 Octa-Core 64 Bit SOC clocked at 2.1 GHz. The processor is made by Huawei and is based on the 14nm process, which makes it more energy efficient when compared to the last iteration.
The Huawei Mate 9 Lite comes with 5.5 Inch display with Full HD resolution, 1080P, which results in 401 PPI. There is 2.5 D curve glass on top of the screen which seamlessly merges the metallic frame. The Mate 9 Lite reminds of the Huawei Honor 6 with a similar flat white front surface. And similar Huawei logo and front camera placement.
The Mate 9 Lite comes with 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM and there is also a higher variant which offers 4 GB Ram and 64 GB of internal storage. The Dual Sim smartphone comes with 4G LTE as well as VOLTE connectivity.
The Mate 9 Lite also has a Dual Camera setup but is more modest compared to the Mate 9 (20 MP + 12 MP) Dual rear camera. The Lite variant comes with a 12 MP rear camera along with a 2 MP camera. The smaller 2 MP camera is used to calculate the depth of field and create a bokeh effect.
Huawei has a huge portfolio now of Dual camera smartphones starting with the Huawei P9, Honor 8 and the Mate 9 series. Huawei is also planning to launch the Huawei P10 in couple of months, with more advanced Dual Camera setup. The camera on the Mate 9 comes with Leica branding the camera on the Lite variant lacks it.
The other major downgrade is the OS – while the Mate 9 comes with Android Nougat 7.0 and EMUI 5.0. The Lite variant is pitched with Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the EMUI 4.1.
Regardless of storage capacity, the Mate 9 lite comes 3340 mAH battery capacity which is sufficient to last all day with moderate to heavy usage. The smartphone comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device below the Dual Rear camera.
The device will be launched in Gold, grey and white color options. It will go on sale in the land of the dragon, availability beyond that is still unknown. We will keep you posted if Huawei plans to launch it elsewhere or bring it to the land of the tiger.
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