Honor 9 Lite Review- Specifications & Features
Honor 9 Lite Review
Honor has finally launched one more smartphone in mid-range named as Honor 9 Lite. It has now become one of the most famous brands in the affordable price range. Honor 9 Lite has many new updates over its successor Honor 8 Lite. We have brought Honor 9 Lite review with specifications and features for you to find out whether it is really a budget king or not.
Honor 9 lite has finally arrived in India on 17th January 2018.
Rs. 10999/- for 3GB | 32GB variant
Rs. 14999/- for 4GB | 64GB variant
Now, Let’s see if it is a right decision to buy it? Will it deliver the value for money or not?
|Display:||5.65 inches, IPS LCD, 428 ppi, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio||Processor:||Kirin 659, Octa-core (4 x 2.36 GHz & 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|OS:||Android Oreo 8||Battery:||3000 mAH, Non-removable|
|Memory:||RAM: 3 / 4GB
Storage: 32GB / 64 GB Expandable up to 256 GB
|Camera:||Rear: Dual 13MP+ 2MP
Front: 13MP + 2MP
Design & Build
Honor 8 Lite comes with a pretty amazing design. At the front, it carries a full vision 5.65 Full HD display with 18:9 aspect ratio. There are thin bezels at the top and bottom. Screen to body ratio is around 76% which looks quite good. It has a dual camera and sensors at the front.
It has a very compact body and it will not be an issue to even hold it for a long time. Because of its double-sided 2.5 D glass design, it looks somewhat similar to Apple iPhone X. Honor has also claimed it to be the most durable phone in this price range. Its body weight is around 149 gms which feel quite light.
Now coming to the rear side of the phone, there is a fingerprint sensor, LED flash, noise-canceling microphone and a dual camera neatly placed at the back. One good thing is that we didn’t see any camera bumps, which ensures camera glass safety. Glass at the back attracts a lot of fingerprints, so you would require a case to prevent it.
Its double side glass design and aluminum frame give it a premium look. Hybrid SIM tray is given on the left side. Volume and lock buttons on the right side. There is a 3.5 mm earphone jack, a speaker and a USB charging port at the bottom.
Honor 9 Lite is packed with a full vision 5.65 inches display. The screen resolution offered is 2160×1080 pixels with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Display type is IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. With a pixel density of 428 ppi, Honor 9 lite is capable of producing vibrant colors and the display will be visible even on a sunny day.
Honor also gives you the eye comfort mode to adjust resolution and color temperature to 780p to save battery. Viewing angles also look solid enough. One bad thing we found about the display is that there is no Corning Gorilla glass.
Honor 9 Lite has a quad camera of which two are at the rear and two are on the front side. Both the dual cameras are 13 + 2 megapixels. An additional 2-megapixel camera is given to improve low light performance and give more detailed depth information. Camera interface was found out to be the same as other Honor devices.
Shutter speed of the camera is quite good and we didn’t see any lags in it. Images look great without any grains. Portrait mode is present on for both the dual cameras. Picture quality delivered with this camera set is quite satisfactory for this price range phone.
Some of the camera features are phase detection auto-focus, HDR, panorama, geo-tagging, time lapsed pictures. You can record 1080p@30fps videos from rear and 1080p videos from the front camera. One down point is, you cannot record 4k videos.
Platform & Software
Platform-wise Lite 9 is somewhat similar to other phones in this budget segment. We have a HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset with Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. It is faster than mid-range Snapdragon chipsets. Chipset performance will be same as of Honor 7X.
It has 2 variants based on RAM and inbuilt storage. First one is 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and another one is 4GB with 64GB internal storage. Storage is expandable up to 256GB in both the variants.
Honor 9 lite runs on EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8 (Oreo). EMUI is not that impressive but it has definitely gone better.
Honor 9 lite has a 3000 mAH, non-removable Li-Po battery. It takes around 2 hours to fully charge this battery. It comes up with wall charger of 5V 2A to support fast charging. Honor has provided standard micro USB charging and not a USB Type-C which is quite common these days.
To sum up, we would say Honor 9 Lite is overall a good budget phone with excellent display and design. Build quality is good and the phone feels more premium. Sound quality is also good. It is totally a value for money package.
Thumps up, if you want to buy it.