With the Honor 9 Lite, the Huawei sub-brand brings a budget-friendly device to the Philippine market. For P9,990, there’s a well-equipped smartphone with four cameras in a glass housing panel. What else the Honor 9 Lite can do and whether it is worthwhile to purchase? Let us find out in our full review.
Honor 9 Lite specs:
- 5.65-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display (1080 x 2160) 18:9 aspect ratio
- HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor, 64-bit octa-core
- Mali-T830 graphics
- Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0
- 32GB internal memory
- 3GB RAM
- 13MP + 2MP dual rear camera, PDAF, LED flash
- 13MP + 2MP front camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, micro-USB 2.0 connector
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Price: P9,990
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Inside the box:
- Honor 9 Lite
- 5V/2A charging adapter
- USB charging cable
- Protective case, and
- Quick guide
The Honor 9 is perfect in the hand and looks great, despite the low price offered for a very well-made smartphone here. The frame is made of aluminum, while the back is glass. We like the look very well, but as with many smartphones using this type of panel, smudges from fingertips are clearly visible.
At the back, under the dual camera is the fingerprint scanner, which is easily accessible for us, if you hold the device in your hand. It doesn’t have any protection against water damage, which is not surprising in this price range.
The front of the phone reveals the “FullView” display with 5.65-inch. There are also dual cameras next to the earpiece and the proximity sensor.
On the side of the frame are the power on/off button and the volume rocker, while the hybrid SIM slots, which can be opened using the sim ejector tool can be found on the left.
Going down, there’s a micro-USB port, 3.5 mm jack, a microphone, and the speaker grille.
As we’ve said a while ago, the Honor 9 Lite has a 5.65-inch display in a slim 18:9 aspect ratio. The resolution is 2160 x 1080 pixels, which corresponds to a Full HD resolution, also called Full HD Plus. The contents look crisp and the colors are great. Even the maximum brightness, the display is decent.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The Honor 9 Lite is equipped with Kirin 659 for all normal everyday tasks. The work speed is fast, as the well as the transitions and animations. Apps start quickly too, and even on web pages, we manage to scroll the browser smoothly.
Honor installs the Android 8.0 on the Honor 9 Lite under the EMUI 8.0 interface that Huawei has developed. The security patch status is up to date at the time of the test. The system looks good and can be operated very well. By default, there is no separate App menu, so all the application icons are sitting on the home screen. But you can change in the Settings if you didn’t like it.
We like some of the settings options. For example, you can use the fingerprint scanner to capture photos or drag the notification panel down.
Both main and selfie cameras can shoot up to 13-megapixel (4160 x 3120 pixels) and are coupled by a secondary 2-megapixel lens, which helps to apply blur effects in the background (also known as the “bokeh” effect or portrait mode).
The camera app on the Honor 9 Lite offers extensive features. In addition to the automatic mode, it also controls the manual mode for photo and video recordings in a maximum resolution of Full HD (1080p). Further, there are functions such as time-lapse, long exposure, high dynamic resolution (HDR) and moving pictures.
From blurring the background to sharpness, how good are the pictures of the Honor 9 Lite? The snapshots look pretty good, but as soon as you zoom in on the 13-megapixel images, it reveals that the Honor 9 Lite significantly eliminates the details on the photos. Check out the samples below.
The smartphone supports LTE and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. Bluetooth is running in version 4.2, a GPS receiver and an NFC chip are also installed.
We can use two SIM cards simultaneously with the Honor 9 Lite. However, the second card has to share the slot with that of the memory card, so we can either use two SIM cards at the same time or a SIM card and a micro SD card at the same time.
The battery has a nominal charge of 3,000 mAh. In our PC Mark benchmark test, the Honor 9 Lite lasted almost 8 hours, which is considered an average score. For everyday use, the smartphone can easily last a day.
The device is charged via a micro-USB port, unfortunately, there’s no fast charging function.
The Honor 9 Lite is a good mid-range smartphone, especially for sub-P10,000.
For this, buyers can get a dual camera on the back and front. Anyone who often takes self-portraits might find this interesting, especially since the image results are quite convincing.
Also, together with the 3GB of RAM and the Kirin 659 SoC, the performance of the device runs smoothly. Everyday tasks such as browsing, watching videos or even playing games are no problem for the smartphone. The battery life is average.
Overall, the Honor 9 Lite can excel with its strengths and stands out from some competing models.