The Honor 9 was unveiled in June this year and today the company has officially announced its stripped-down edition with Honor 9 Lite moniker (also known as Honor 9 Youth Edition). Compared to the Honor 9 that came with a traditional 16:9 and dual rear-facing cameras, the newly unveiled Honor 9 Lite features an 18:9 display and quad cameras.
Honor 9 Lite Specifications and Features
The Honor 9 Lite measures 151 x 71.9 x 7.6mm and weighs 149 grams. The handset features 2.5D curved glass panels on its front and rear sides. It comes in color choices like Navy Blue, Seagull Gray, Magic Nightfall (Black), and Pearl White.
It houses a 5.65-inch IPS LCD screen that produces a Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and it produces an aspect ratio of 18:9. Compared to Honor 9 Lite, the Honor 9 measures 143.3 x 70.9 x 7.5mm and it houses a 5.15-inch Full HD display.
The Kirin 659 chipset that includes a 2.36 GHz octa-core processor powers the 3 GB RAM and 4 GB RAM variants of Honor 9 Lite. It is the same chipset that has been used by Huawei phones Enjoy 7s, Mate 10 Lite, Maimang 6 and Nova 2i. It also powers Honor branded phones like Honor 9i and Honor 7X. It comes in storage choices of 32 GB and 64 GB and it also includes a microSD card slot. The smartphone is powered by 3,000mAh battery that is equipped with an intelligent power saving feature.
The Honor 9 Lite is blessed with quad cameras. The dual cameras sitting on the front includes a 13-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel sensor. A same configuration dual camera setup resides on the back panel of the phone. The dual lenses are equipped with features like PDAF, HDR, digital zoom, panorama 3D Beauty, bokeh effect photography, Smile Capture, Voice Camera, Watermark, Burst Shot and Slow-Motion video shooting. Due to the full screen design of the phone, Honor has decided to place the fingerprint scanner on the backside of the Honor 9 Lite.
The handset comes loaded with the latest EMUI 8.0 skin that is placed over the Android 8.0 Oreo OS. It comes with usually connectivity features like 3.5mm audio jack, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, 4.2 Bluetooth, USB-C and GPS. However, it does not support 4G+ and NFC. Other features available on the phone include Histen 3D audio by Huawei, Read Mode and Dynamic Wallpaper that change automatically according to the time of the day.
Honor 9 Lite Pricing and Availability
The registrations of the Honor 9 Lite has started on the Huawei Mall from today and other retailing partner sites like Vmall. The 32 GB storage + 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM variants are respectively priced at 1,499 Yuan (~$227) and 1,799 Yuan (~$273). The low-end variant featuring 32 GB storage + 3 GB RAM is priced at 1,199 Yuan (~$182). The official sales of the smartphone will begin on Dec. 26 in China starting at 10:08 AM. Shortly later, it will be released in 14 countries including India, Russia and the U.K.
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