Even though the “Lite” version of Huawei’s latest flagship phone was rumored to discard the key dual rear camera selling point, its other specifications made it pretty weird that a formal announcement was put on hold all this time.
But as it turns out, the P9 Lite will not ultimately be branded that way, at least in China, where it’s just been officially unveiled as the Huawei G9. Similar to how the GX8 strongly resembles the ultra-low-cost Honor 5X, this G9 is almost an exact replica of the Honor 5C, with a much higher price tag for some reason.
Namely, 1,700 Yuan, or around $260, packing 3 instead of 2GB RAM, settling for the same single 13MP main snapper as its Honor-series cousin, and also rocking a premium, full-metal exterior. In fact, everything aside from the RAM count appears to mimic 5C’s features to the letter, 5.2-inch 1080p display, fingerprint sensor, 8MP selfie cam, 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow included.
Oddly enough, we’re hearing conflicting reports of the processor under the hood of the Huawei G9, with both Snapdragon 617 and Kirin 650 in contention, and therefore an eventual Western expansion of the former variant possibly in the cards.
Back in the OEM’s homeland, a new mid-range tablet is due in stores before long as well, dubbed MediaPad M2 7.0 and priced at 1,600 Yuan ($245) and up. As you can imagine, this is a diminutive model of the recently released MediaPad M2 10.0, and it retains the Full HD screen resolution, fingerprint recognition, 3GB RAM, Android 5.1 software and 13 and 5MP cams while swapping the Kirin 930 SoC for a Snapdragon 615 silicon, and obviously shrinking the cell capacity from 6,660 to 4,360 mAh.