Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor, has launched a new mid-range smartphone in China. It’s calling it the Honor 9 Lite and is a toned down version of the company’s flagship smartphone. Naturally, the Honor 9 Lite will retail at a markedly lower price point and would end up locking heads with the Chinese OEM’s other offering like the Honor 7X, Honor 9i among others.
The Honor 9 Lite carries forward the typical glass-over-metal design of its bigger brother. Despite its lower price point, it edges out its costlier sibling when it comes to the display. The mid-ranger apparently features a Full Screen 18:9 display, which results in much smaller bezels on the forehead and chin.
Under the hood, the Honor 9 Lite is powered by a Hi-Silicon Kirin 659 octa-core processor. This is the same processor powering some of Honor and Huawei’s latest offerings, which includes the Mate 10 Lite, Nova 2i and Honor 7X. One of the main highlighting factors of the Honor 9 Lite is its quad camera setup. Moreover, the hardware is backed by a power-packed camera app which includes various modes like 3D Beauty, Bokeh Effect Photography, Voice Camera and more.
Honor 9 Lite Specifications
- 5.65 inch Full HD+ (2,160 x 1,080p) 18:9 Display with 2.5D Curved Glass
- Hi-Silicon Kirin 659 octa core processor with Mali T830 GPU
- 3GB RAM/4GB RAM
- 32GB/64GB Internal Storage + Up to 256GB Expandable Storage (via microSD card)
- Dual Rear Camera with 13MP f/2.0 Primary and 2MP Secondary Sensor, LED Flash and PDAF
- Dual Front Camera with 13MP f/2.0 Primary and 2MP Secondary Sensor, LED Flash
- Fingerprint Sensor
- Hybrid Dual SIM with 4G VoLTE
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS/GLONASS
- 3,000mAh Battery
- Android Oreo with EMUI 8.0
Honor 9 Lite Pricing and Availability
The Honor 9 Lite comes in a range of colors including Pearl White, Navy Blue, Seagull Grey and Magic Nightfall Black. The mid-range smartphone comes in three variants. The Huawei sub-brand has priced the Honor 9 Lite competitively, with prices starting at 1,199 Yuan (Rs 11,700/$180) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage configuration. The two other variants of the Honor 9 Lite – 4GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage – comes at 1,499 Yuan (Rs 14,600/$230) and 1,799 Yuan (Rs 17,500/$274) respectively.
The Honor 9 Lite is currently up for pre-orders in China with sales starting December 26. With that said, Honor is yet to reveal any information regarding the global launch of the smartphone, but we suspect the Honor 9 Lite might come to India by next month. Stay tuned for more details.