A Quad-Camera Phone With Stunning Bezel-less Design. The Honor 9 Lite Debuts in India.
Huawei is spitting fire at the competition with back to back new phone launches. First the Honor 9i, then the Honor 7x and the recent Huawei View 10. As if these were not enough they have launched the new Huawei Honor 9 Lite on Flipkart.
You can also read about the new Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) here, that comes with 4 rear cameras.
Huawei Honor 9 Lite is launched in India today and is available in two colors the sapphire blue and midnight black. The first sale is on 21st Jan 2018 (Saturday night), at 12:00 am on Flipkart. The consecutive sale is on the same day at 12:00 pm and later sales are on 22 and 23 January.
Furthermore, it is available in two variants, the 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage version costs Rs. 10,999 while the higher variant with 64 GB storage and 4 GB Ram is available for Rs. 14,999. Let’s read more about the Honor 9 Lite below…
Quad-Camera phones are not new the first phones with 4 cameras were Lenovo Phab 2 Pro or the Asus Zenfone AR, but these came with 3 cameras at the back and one at the front.
But why do we need so many cameras? Apparently, for the portrait mode. The new Honor 9 Lite or the Honor 9i can easily click selfies with bokeh effect or the rear camera portrait shots with a more profound background blur.
However, phones like the Google Pixel 2 or the Honor View 10 can use AI (artificial intelligence) to create a bokeh effect without even the need for Dual cameras. Notably, the View 10 comes with a single front camera but can click selfies with background blur using AI.
But such features are a distinct reality for mid-range phones like Honor 9 lite.
Albeit, it comes with a Dual front selfie camera with 13MP+2MP lens and has PDAF (fast focus), gender beauty mode and portrait 2.0 features. Also, the rear cameras are same (13MP+2MP).
Design and Display
Another highlight feature is the presence of 5.65 Inch FHD+ (2160*1440 pixels), 18:9 aspect ratio, bezel-less display. The screen size is unusual but it is smaller in comparison to the 5.93-inch display on the Honor 7X.
Unlike, Honor 7x or 9i it comes with a gorgeous glass back cover. The head turner Honor 9 lite has a 2.5D glass coating on the front and back sides. It even boasts of a Nano-optical film.
Quad-Camera, Bezel-less Mobile Honor 9 Lite.
The exquisite design and craftsmanship make this affordable phone looks premium. Besides, it is sleek, measures 7.6 mm in thickness and weighs 149 grams.
Let’s discuss this part in more detail. The Honor 9 lite uses the same Kirin 659 processor as the Huawei Honor 9i or Honor 7X. Notably, the Kirin 659 is an in-house processor from Huawei and comes with 8-Core architecture. The 4 power cores are clocked at 2.36 GHz while the energy efficient cores run at 1.7 GHz. Moreover, the TSMC 16 Nm process is used to make the processor and it is paired with the ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU.
Furthermore Here are the Benchmark Scores for Kirin 659
- Antutu – 62,504.
- Geek benchmark Single-Core Test – 906
- Geek benchmark Multi-Core Test – 3569
Contrastingly, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon 625) scores 68,430 on Antutu, 838 on single-core and 2922 on multi-core Geekbench test. The performance for the Kirin 659 is same as the Snapdragon 625 or the Snapdragon 630.
Additionally, the Honor 9 lite comes with either 3 GB/4 GB Ram and with 32 GB/ 64 GB internal storage. The storage is expandable upto 256 GB using the hybrid Dual-Sim slot.
Connectivity, OS, Price other Features
Notably, it comes with Dual Sim support and has features like 4G LTE/VOLTE, WIFI, and Bluetooth. Moreover, the 4th generation fingerprint scanner present at the back can swiftly unlock it in 0.25 seconds.
Tragically, the USB Type-C port is absent, but it comes with the micro-USB port with OTG support. Having said that, it delights users with the new EMUI 8.0 running on top of the Android Oreo 8.0.
Lastly, it comes with a satisfactory 3000 mAH capacity battery that can easily work all day.
In China, the Honor 9 Lite costs CNY 1199 or Rs. 11,700 for 32 GB version, while the higher version is available for CNY 1799 (Rs. 17,500). The price for the Indian market is yet not available. However, we expect it to be Rs. 11,000 (32 GB) and Rs. 14,999 (64 GB) for the Honor 9 Lite. (Update – We were absolutely correct about the price. 🙂 ).
Besides, at this price, it cannibalizes the Honor 7X that is available for Rs. 12,999 (32 GB) and Rs. 15,999 (64 GB). Moreover, all the three phones (7x, 9i and 9 lite) are exclusive to Flipkart. A sales diversification strategy could be better for Huawei.
Anyways, Huawei now has lots of choices for mid-range phone buyers in 10k to 20k price segment. But nothing praiseworthy in sub 10k price range.
Let’s have a quick look at the specs comparison for the three Huawei phones.
Honor 9 Lite
The Honor 7X
|Display||5.65-inch FHD+ Display||5.93-inch FHD+ Display||5.9-inch FHD+ Display|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core||HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core||HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core|
|RAM||3/4 GB RAM||3/4 GB RAM||4 GB RAM|
|Storage||32/ 64GB GB Internal storage||32/ 64GB GB Internal storage||64 GB GB Internal storage|
|OS||Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0||Android 7.1 Nougat with EMUI 5.1||Android 7.1 Nougat with EMUI 5.1|
|Rear Camera||13MP + 2MP||16MP+2MP||16MP+2MP|
|Front Camera||13MP + 2MP||8 MP||13MP + 2MP|
|Battery Capacity||3000 mAH||3340 mAH||3340 mAH|
|USB Type C Port||NO||micro-USB||USB-Type C|
|Fingerprint Scanner||Rear facing||Rear facing||Rear facing|
|Thickness||7.6 mm||7.6 mm||7.5 mm|
|Weight||149 grams||165 grams||164 grams|
|Price||Rs. 11,000||Rs. 12,999||Rs. 17,999|
*Note – All the three phones come with expandable storage upto 256 GB via micro-SD card.
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