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Honor 9 lite review: Stunning features and detailed phone specifications

Honor 9 Lite Review

Honor 9 Lite Review

Design7
Display7
Software7
Battery Life7
Camera7.5
Performance7
Value for Money6.5
7 out of 10

Honor smartphone introduces its fans to the youngest and sleekest flagship of its smartphone family through a short but captivating video posted on Twitter today. Newly born, the brand new Honor 9 Lite holds the definition of smartphone versatility to the farthest level as of now. To start with, it can double up as a portable mirror, with a stunning infinity display filling up the front space. Its dazzling mirror-like finish adds to its USP for its potential user base.

Design

On the design front, the caption ‘stunning integrated design’ featuring in the video sums it up. The Honor 9 Lite is nothing short of an elegant beauty with its sleek and slim design, eye-catching finesse, boasting of a 5.65-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display. With the crystalline glass look of the phone and the metal frame giving it a dazzling polish, true to the video caption “Mirror-like effect Design” that ups its style statement. The phone has got the right feel, compact, premium and is good to hold.

Honor 9 Lite Design

The left side of the phone features the hybrid SIM tray and the right side, the power button and the volume rocker. A micro-USB port, a speaker grill, and a 3.5mm headphone jack are lodged on the bottom. Its back contains a dual camera setup with 13MP + 2MP along with LED flash. There’s a fingerprint scanner positioned under the camera module enabling a quick unlock feature for the phone.

Now, for a sneak peek into its specifications, the phone is powered with octa-core Kirin 659 processor with an impressive storage of either 3GB RAM and 32GB storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB. Additionally, it also has FM radio, single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n,  Bluetooth 4.2, , USB-OTG, 4G with VoLTE, an ambient light, sensor, a proximity sensor, a gyroscope and an accelerometer.

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Also, it has a 5.65-inch IPS LCD with 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The phone’s panel boasts of sharp brightness and also color reproduction. The fingerprint sensor’s position at the phone’s back is comfortably reachable for one-handed operations and also ensures the security of the phone. Not only this, the sensor can also be used for actions such as clicking photos, snoozing an alarm, answering calls and browsing through images.

Software

Honor 9 Lite sports Android Oreo with Honor’s custom EMUI 8.0 which is an efficiently customizable and versatile skin that can perform actions such as enable or disable app drawer, tweak animations, use themes and so on. Android Oreo also pools in add-on features like picture-in-picture, deeper notification, smart text select management etc. To add on to its list of advanced features, it has WiFi + that alternates between networks depending on which one is strong, and Huawei share that allows the user to share data over WiFi, and also various features and customization options like a gallery app, music player, mail app etc. With its high-end software, Honor 9 is slated to rule the roost of smartphones in the global market scenario, manifesting the video caption “Smooth and Intelligent”.

Performance

Huawei’s Kirin 659 chipset supports the phone with a storage of either a 3GB or 4GB RAM variant with 32GB and 64GB respectively. Out in the practical world, Honor 9 is meant to be a winner, capable to manage the downloading of more than 20 apps at a go smoothly with no fall in its performance.

Honor 9 Lite Performance
To prop up more evidence of Honor 9’s strong performance, heavy games like Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 run without a glitch with no performance lag while swapping apps or getting new ones and no device heating. Honor 9 is well-optimized, boots and unlocks quickly and functions super smoothly. Looks like Huawei has a star performer in Honor 9!

Camera

The highlight of the Honor 9 is the dual 13-megapixel plus 2-megapixel shooters on front and back, which make both the daylight and night-time photos taken from either of the cameras look good. On top of this, the quick Autofocus offers distinct detailing in landscapes, maintaining the crisp Color quality even while zooming in on images. Many modes feature on Honor 9’s cameras such as portrait, professional, wide aperture and panorama. Furthermore, one can use one’s palm or voice to click a selfie, by saying ‘cheese’ or making the phone take a click by shouting at a certain voice level.

Honor 9 Lite Camera

The video recording can be done at a maximum definition of 1080p and the quality of the video recorded is superb. Both the front and rear cameras suit the portrait mode. The cameras are further powered by a “Customised Beauty Algorithm”, as shown in the video.

Battery

The phone has a powerful 3000mAh battery that is sufficient to run through heavy usage every day. Also, Honor contains the power-saving mode and an array of power-saving features particular to Huawei’s devices, ensuring longer per day battery life even at the close of a full day use.

Verdict

Huawei’s phones are well-known to up the design game with every new edition, but even so, The Honor 9 Lite is a standout stunner, that rather overshadows its features and functionality. Priced at Rs 10,000, this is one phone with looks enough to buy it for!

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