Huawei Honor 9 Lite review
Four camera first
Our Huawei Honor 9 Lite review reveals the first smartphone to have four cameras (two lens rear camera / two lens front camera). The phone is similar to the Huawei Honor 9, which doesn’t have the four camera system.
The Huawei Honor 9 Lite has a big 5.65” FullView Display. Although the display is big, there is little phone body above or below it. This means that the 5.65” display fits into the body size of a standard 5.2” smartphone.
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It is also noticeable that the display is longer than normal. This is because there is a 18:9 aspect ratio and extra lines of pixels (2160 compared to 1920). This FHD+ resolution lets you see more of a webpage without scrolling, which is very useful indeed.
The Huawei Honor 9 Lite is made from two peices of glass, which are fixed onto an aluminium frame. The affect is really nice because the smoothness of the glass feels nice in the hand. It also makes it easy to pick up by sliding it to the edge of a table, for example.
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A nano-etched design on the back gives a mirror-like reflective finish. Both the Sapphire Blue and Glacier Grey versions have this, while the Midnight Black version does not.
The weight and dimensions are all airing on the good side, with this Huawei phone being 7.6mm thick and weighing 149g.
The Huawei Honor 9 Lite is powered by the octa-core Kirin 659 2.36GHz processor with 3GB RAM. Kirin processors are made by Huawei and this one gives great performance for gaming and multitasking.
Phone Set Up
The fingerprint sensor is one of the fastest on the market. It can recognise and unlock the phone in just 0.25 seconds. The phone uses machine learning, so the more you use it, the faster it unlocks.
Your fingerprint is encrypted and isolated on the hardware, so your biometric information cannot be stolen. The sensor can also be used to access your PrivateSpace or for flicking through your photos.
The Huawei Honor 9 Lite has a 32GB internal memory, so you can transfer your old content over with ease. If you need more memory, then the microSD card slot can be used and this accepts up to 256GB memory cards.
Android Oreo and EMUI 8.0
The big news here is that the Honor 9 Lite has Google’s latest Android 8.0 Oreo operating system and Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 user interface.
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This gives you the latest and most immersive experience, through a range of Google and Huawei apps and enhancements. AI technology provides and ensures that future performance remains constant and does not slow down.
Camera & Video
Quad lens camera
The quad lens camera is of course the main draw of this phone. You no longer need to choose whether to have a dual main camera or dual selfie camera, when you can have both.
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The 13MP + 2MP front selfie camera gives hardware level (not software driven) bokeh for more accurate and stunning background blurs. Joining Panorama Selfie and Gesture Control, is Portrait Mode 2.0 and Gender Beauty Mode.
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With these there is a new beauty algorithm at work and this applies beauty effects based on gender.
The 13MP + 2MP rear camera has PDAF fast focus and a Wide Aperture Mode. Wide Aperture Mode lets you refocus photos, after they have been taken.
With dual lenses on both cameras, your photos are really going to stand out when you share them in your social feed.
Full day power
The Huawei Honor 9 Lite has a well-sized 3,000mAh battery. Huawei has put smart battery saving technology to use, to ensure that you get a full days use from one charge. The battery should give you up to 86 hours of music playback or up to 13 hours of video playback.
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Written by: Michael Brown