After announcing the Honor 9 Lite smartphone in China last month, the company has now launched the device in India. The Honor 9 Lite, which is the stripped-down variant of the Honor 9, will be exclusively available through online retailer Flipkart, for a starting price of Rs. 10,999, which roughly converts to $172.
The phone, which measures 151 x 71.9 x 7.6mm and weighs 149 grams, features 2.5D curved glass panels on the front as well as the rear side. It sports a 5.65-inch IPS LCD Full-HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio.
Under the hood, it is powered by a Huawei‘s own Kirin 659 chipset that has four cores clocked at 2.36GHz, and four cores clocked at 1.7GHz. It is the same chipset that powers Huawei’s Enjoy 7s, Mate 10 Lite, Maimang 6 and Nova 2i, as well as Honor 9i and Honor 7X.
The Honor 9 Lite will be available in two variants — 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. There is also a microSD card slot, enabling users to further expand the phone’s storage capacity.
One of the highlights of the device is that it comes with four cameras. There are dual cameras sitting on the front panel as well as the back panel. On the front, there’s a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and an updated Beautification mode.
The rear panel also houses same camera configuration — 13MP primary lens and a 2MP secondary lens, along with features like phase detection autofocus, HDR, digital zoom, panorama 3D Beauty, bokeh effect photography, Smile Capture, Voice Camera, Watermark, Burst Shot and Slow-Motion video shooting.
Just below the camera module, there’s a fingerprint sensor for added security. On the software front, the phone is running EMUI 8.0, which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. With an over-the-air update, the company will be adding Honor Ride Mode as well as one-touch payment integration through Paytm.
Connectivity options on the device include Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack and GPS, but it lacks NFC. The phone is powered by a 3,000mAh battery that is equipped with an intelligent power saving feature and promises to last full day on a single charge.
In India, the phone will be available in three colour options, which include Sapphire Blue, Glacier Grey, Midnight Black. The device will go on sale from 21st January. While the 3GB RAM model is priced at Rs. 10,999 (approximately $172) while the 4GB RAM model costs Rs. 14,999 (approximately $235).