Honor 9 Lite makes domestic debut at $180 and up with four cameras and Android 8.0
It looks like Huawei is truly going all-in on this new 18:9 “FullView” trend, moving both the company’s main smartphone portfolio and Honor-branded devices away from conventional 16:9 screens with thick surrounding bezels.
As expected, the Honor 9 Lite has more in common with the 7X than the regular Honor 9 while handily beating the two’s camera counts. That’s right, you get dual 13 + 2MP shooters on the back and front of the new mid-ranger, totaling four camera sensors for bokeh effects all around.
The Honor 9 Lite is also special because of the OS version it runs out the box, namely Android 8.0 Oreo, which the Honor 7X is only supposed to receive as an over-the-air update at some point in (hopefully) the not too distant future.
Unlike the 7X, but similar to the Honor 9, the 9 Lite sports a shiny glass rear coated in your choice of four eye-catching colors: Navy Blue, Seagull Gray, Magic Nightfall (aka black), or Pearl White.
The “FullView” display is not particularly large, at 5.65 inches, with slim borders obviously helping it fit comfortably in your hand, measuring 151 x 71.9 x 7.6 mm overall, and weighing just 149 grams.
A smaller screen also means the FHD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels) produces a higher ppi density on the Honor 9 Lite than the 7X. The same octa-core Kirin 659 processor is naturally paired with a smaller 3000 mAh battery, as well as up to 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage space.
The entry-level 3/32 gig configuration is priced at 1,199 yuan in China, equating to a little over $180, with local sales actually slated to begin on December 26, and a dozen or so additional markets, including India, Russia and the UK, following suit shortly thereafter.