Huawei and its sub-brand, Honor, have been quite busy lately. After unveiling the Huawei Mate 10 series, the Honor V10, Honor 7X and 7S, the company struck again. This time around, Huawei unveiled a more affordable version of the Honor 9. The new model is the Honor 9 Lite and compromises a little on the power. However, it makes up for this with a larger screen, a new design, and more cameras. The battery is also a bit smaller than the one of the Honor 9, but then again, the price difference is quite substantial so it’s only natural that the Honor 9 Lite doesn’t offer everything the original model had to give.
Instead of the original model’s 5.15-inch display, the Honor 9 Lite sports a 5.65-inch screen. Even so, the device didn’t get much larger. The bezels on the new model are considerably thinner, so the handset is still comfortable to use one-handed. The 18:9 aspect ratio also helps in this matter. Naturally, thanks to the new design, the fingerprint sensor is now on the back of the device, not under the screen, where it used to be. Another obvious change consists in the larger number of cameras. The Honor 9 Lite features a dual rear camera setup, just like its older sibling, however, it now also sports two sensors on the front. On the back, instead of the original model’s 13MP+ 20MP setup, customers will find a 13MP+ 2MP combo. On the front, a 13MP+ 2MP setup took the place of the Hoor 9’s 8MP selfie snapper.
The Honor 9 Lite comes with a less impressive, Kirin 659 chipset on board. the original Honor 9 sported a powerful Kirin 960 SoC, so there will be a difference in power. There is a difference in the memory and storage section too. While the Honor 9 came with up to 6GB of RAM on board, the new model offers only up to 4GB of memory. The Honor 9 Lite will become available in three variants. one of them will include 64GB storage and 4GB memory, while the other two will offer 32GB of internal storage and 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Thankfully, the new model also features a microSD card slot that supports up to 256GB of additional storage.
The battery of the Honor 9 Lite is a bit smaller despite the larger screen. Instead of the Honor 9’s 3,200mAh energy pack, the Honor 9 Lite only features a 3,000mAh one. Then again, the processor won’t use that much energy, so the battery life might actually be similar to the one ensured by the Honor 9’s larger battery. Unfortunately, the Honor 9 Lite doesn’t feature a USB Type-C reversible connector anymore. Instead, users will need to charge this handset via a micro USB 2.0 port.
The pricing of the Huawei Honor 9 Lite will start at a little over $180. The 3GB+32GB variant will reportedly sell for CNY1,199, which currently translates into $182. The middle model will have a CNY1,499 ($227) price tag while the most powerful variant will cost CNY1,799 ($273). The new model will become available for purchase in China starting December 26. It will also reach India, Russia, and the UK sometime in the upcoming weeks.