Honor 9 Lite evaluation: Leader of the budget friendly Android pack Evaluation

Honor 9 Lite evaluation: Leader of the budget friendly Android pack Evaluation
March 11 23:30 2018 Print This Article

As Huawei’s budget plan brand name, Honor handsets are popular for providing excellent worth for loan. With the Honor 9 Lite the ‘excellent worth’ style is raised a notch, thanks to an 18:9 element ratio 5.65- inch screen and no less than 4 video cameras.

Evaluating by its name, you may anticipate the Honor 9 Lite to be a trimmed-down variation of the Honor 9, however there are some substantial differences that recommend the brand-new handset is an action sideways instead of an action down.

The Honor 9’s 5.15- inch 1,080- by-1,920(16:9) screen is exceeded here by a larger, taller 5.65- inch 1,080- by-2,160(18:9) display screen. There are likewise double video cameras front and back, whereas the Honor 9 just has double rear video cameras. At the time of composing the Honor 9 is costing ₤349(inc. BARREL) direct from Honor, so the Honor 9 Lite’s ₤19999 looks extremely enticing.

The 5.65- inch Honor 9 Lite has a 1,080- by-2,160(18:9) display screen and is powered by the octa-core Kirin 659 chipset with 3GB of RAM. It has 32 GB of internal storage, which can be enhanced through a MicroSD card, although you’ll need to switch out the latter to utilize a 2nd SIM. The front-facing and rear video cameras are both double 13 MP/2MP systems.

Images: Huawei/Honor.

The Honor 9 Lite can be found in blue and grey. Both colours utilize the very same metal and glass chassis mix as the Honor 9, and I had the very same issues here similar to the earlier handset. The glass back is simply too slippery to hold firmly, and it gathers finger prints far too easily. There’s likewise a little bit of a lip where the back fulfills the metal edges of the phone, which feels a little uneasy in the hand.

Still, the practically bezel-free screen makes the Honor 9 Lite fairly compact and light-weight at 71.9 mm broad by 151 mm deep by 7.6 mm thick and 149 g. As 18:9 phones go, this is a neat style.

The power port is old-fashioned Micro-USB instead of USB-C, and there’s a standard 3.5 mm headset jack on the bottom edge too. Unlike with the majority of flagship smart devices, there’s no IP ranking for dust and water resistance.

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To assist accommodate the high screen and keep the total size down, the finger print sensing unit is on the back of the gadget, which is a good idea. Striking a touch button below the screen is much less comfy than discovering one on the back of the chassis, particularly when you’re working one-handed.

The sensing unit can be utilized for a variety of things in addition to login: touch and hold to respond to a call, take an image or shoot a video and silence an alarm; sweep down on the sensing unit to show the notice panel; double touch to clear notices and move as much as close the panel; and sweep left and right to move through images.


The rear-mounted finger print sensing unit can be set up for a series of extra usages.

Image: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet.

The additional pixels of depth offered by the 18:9 format work, and the screen’s 428 ppi pixel density makes little text incomparably legible. The panel likewise provides lots of brightness for outside reading. There’s an ‘eye convenience’ mode that lowers blue light, which can be set to start and out at scheduled times, or be toggled by hand. A slider lets you set the accurate colour temperature level.

The Honor 9 Lite will accommodate 2 SIMs, although the 2nd SIM needs to be compromised if you wish to enhance the 32 GB of internal storage with a MicroSD card. From package, my evaluation handset had 22.78 GB complimentary. The octa-core Huawei Kirin 659 processor with 3GB of RAM is no flagship offering, however efficiency is completely appropriate (3698 on multi-core Geekbench 4, 12418 on 3DMark Ice Storm Endless).

The Honor 9 Lite runs Android 8.0 (Oreo) overlain with the Huawei/Honor EMUI 8.0 skin. Among the most apparent functions of EMUI is that it puts all apps on a house screen instead of in a drawer: if you choose the latter, the settings are quickly modified.

The most annoying aspect of the Honor 9 Lite is the large quantity of pre-installed software application, consisting of 6 video games, Instagram, Ebay, Booking.com, an odd little app called Mirror that shows your mugshot inside a frame, and a digital compass. None of these apps are annoying in themselves, however installing them need to refer user option.

Both the front and rear video cameras are double 13- megapixel/2-megapixel affairs. The low-resolution video cameras are everything about supplying the depth info required for the now-popular bokeh result that blurs a topic’s background creatively. It works rather perfectly, and is particularly efficient for selfies.

Functions like light painting, time lapse and filters include a little enjoyable to photography. In general, however, the video cameras aren’t as efficient as those on top-end handsets: the HDR function is OKAY however not impressive, while low-light images can be extremely dark.

There suffices audio punch from the handset’s single speaker to provide a fairly excellent video gaming and listening experience, and it’s good to see an FM radio on-board. This utilized to be a basic smart device function, however has actually practically vanished in the last few years.


The Honor 9 Lite runs Android 8.0 (Oreo) with Huawei/Honor’s EMUI 8.0 interface overlay.

Image: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet.

The Honor 9 Lite is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, which it’s declared will keep the handset opting for 86 hours of offline music listening or 13 hours offline video enjoying. Throughout the evaluation duration I handled a day’s use without problem, however there’s no fast-charge assistance, so it’ll take a while to obtain a near-empty battery as much as complete charge.


The 5.65- inch Honor 9 Lite is a perfectly created handset with an appealing 18:9 screen that carries out well. However it isn’t really best: Honor talks up the 2 dual-lens video cameras, however in truth there are low light concerns and the secondary 2-megapixel video cameras have actually restricted performance. Water resistance and fast-charging assistance are likewise missing from the function list.

Nevertheless, the Honor 9 Lite sets a brand-new high bar for the ₤200 cost point, making it the budget friendly Android handset to beat.


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