Honor 9 Lite
REVIEW SUMMARY
Design
9
Display
8
Performance
7
Battery
7
Camera
7

Honor, the Chinese smartphone giant which is famous for offering an affordable but feature-packed smartphone, introduced its mid-range device Honor 9 Lite which as the name suggests is the cut-down version of the company’s flagship device Honor 9.

Honor has clearly found a formula to attract the youth with its incredible smartphones and does not plan to take any rest in capturing the mid-range market with its new devices. The highlight of the Honor 9 Lite is its four cameras, two at the front and two at the back.

The premium design and all-rounder specs make it stand out in the handset industry but is it worthy to become a part of your life? We previously shared our overview of the device but after spending a week with Honor 9 Lite, here’s our comprehensive view:

Unboxing

Here’s what you’ll get inside the box:

Design

One look is all it takes to be swept off your feet by Honor 9 Lite. As we have mentioned above, the smartphone comes with a premium design and a glass finish at the back of the smartphone that reminds us of flagship devices but at the same time is a huge fingerprint magnet.

Back Honor 9 Lite
Back of Honor 9 Lite

The smartphone has an impressive build quality and looking at the price category of the smartphone, we can’t be disappointed with the plastic frame of Honor 9 Lite which is softly curved, which makes the smartphone easy to hold.

The phone hits the sweet spot when it comes to its size as it is neither too big nor too small. The rounded edges make it easy to keep a firm grip on the device and one would not have to worry about accidentally letting go of their smartphone.

There are no physical buttons on the smartphone. At the bottom, we can find a MicroUSB charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a single speaker grill.

Honor 9 Lite bottom
Bottom Side of Honor 9 Lite

On the right side of the smartphone, we can see power and volume buttons which are quite easily accessible to one’s fingers.

Honor 9 Lite volume rocker
Volume Rocker and Power Button on Honor 9 Lite

One the left we have a SIM Tray which has two slots for SIM cards where one of them can be used to place a MicroSD card in the smartphone.

Honor 9 Lite SIM tray
SIM Tray of Honor 9 Lite

The rear cameras are horizontally aligned, adding to the design of the smartphone and the fingerprint sensor is placed at the right position where it is easily accessible to the user’s index finger.

Display

Honor 9 Lite has a 5.65-inch screen with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. It has decent viewing angles and a taller display with minimum bezels. The images on the screen are sharp and the good brightness levels make the smartphone easy to use in the outdoors.

Honor 9 Lite

The colors on the Honor 9 Lite’s display are on the cooler side sporting a slight blue hue but a user can adjust in the settings to create a screen to their own liking. The user can also enable eye comfort option to minimize the strain on their eyes if they are using the smartphone for long hours.

Honor 9 Lite also provides the option to drop the screen’s processed resolution to 720p which will make the screen less sharp but at the same time can save the device’s battery.

Performance

The Honor 9 Lite is powered by Kirin 659 processor, the same chipset which powers the Honor 7X. While testing this device, we made it go through some extensive conditions with some major downloads working in the background, heavy websites opened in various tabs in Chrome, switching between resource intensive apps etc and the end result shows the device performed quite remarkably.

Although we saw a few hiccups which are expected since Honor 9 Lite is a mid-range device, the smartphone worked quite smoothly and didn’t cause any serious lag. It performed all the essential tasks, like making calls, sending messages, watching videos/movies, using the Internet on WiFi or LTE, etc. quite swiftly.

We also played Modern Combat 5 and Dead Trigger 2 which are very resource intensive games on the phone but to our surprise, they ran smoothly without any problems which make Honor 9 Lite even more desirable.

The smartphone comes with a 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded with the help of a MicroSD card. It also comes with Android Oreo and EMUI 8.0 right out of the box.

Camera

Honor 9 Lite comes with four cameras; dual 13MP + 2MP lenses at the front and back of the smartphone. The device’s cameras are rather impressive for a mid-range device in this price bracket.

The camera’s interface is very user-friendly where you can swipe right to see different modes including Pro photo, Pro Video, HDR, Time Lapse, Night shot, Good Food, Panorama, Light paint, Filter, etc. provided by the company and swipe left to access different camera settings.

Camera Modes and setting of Honor 9 Lite
Camera Interface of Honor 9 Lite

The smartphone takes quite amazing pictures in the auto mode considering the price tag of the device. It doesn’t make the colors look unnatural neither it gives them a washed out look.

Picture in Auto Mode

With dual rear cameras at the back, the user can choose to blur the background in their images to make their subject standout. The user can adjust the blurriness in the background of the image while using the wide aperture mode.

Wide Apture Shot with Honor 9 Lite
Wide Aperture Shot

The pro mode of the camera also produce some exceptional results where the photography lovers can adjust the settings manually to get the desired image.

Professional Mode
Shot taken in Professional Mode

The rear cameras perform quite well in low light conditions and you can get even better results at night if you’ll use the HDR mode.

Image taken in Low Light
Low Light shot in auto mode (left) and Low light shot in HDR Mode (right)

HDR mode also works great in the daylight.

HDR Shot with Honor 9 Lite
Shot taken in HDR Mode

The front cameras are also a haven for the selfie lovers and work better than many smartphones which are priced higher than the Honor 9 Lite.

Battery

The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery which proves to be quite ample if you are an average smartphone user. As for the power users, they may need to recharge their devices at least once during the day to keep their smartphones alive.

Value Additions

Here’s what you’ll get extra with the Honor 9 Lite:

Face Unlock

Honor, just like its new midrange devices, has included the Face Unlock feature in Honor 9 Lite where users will just have to look at the smartphone to unlock it.

Finger Gestures

One of the most interesting features of the device is the finger gestures where you can use the fingerprint scanner to pull notification bar with a vertical swipe or they can double touch to clear them and slide up to close the panel.

You can also browse photos by swiping left or right on the fingerprint sensor. The said finger used for the gestures does not need to be enrolled

AR Stickers

Honor has also released AR Stickers with a new update where the users can have fun with their picture and share them with their friends.

Pics with AR Lens
Picture taken with AR Stickers

Final Thoughts

It is quite clear that Honor 9 Lite is one of the exceptional mid-range devices present in the Pakistani market. The company, looking at the user trends, has focused highly on the smartphone’s design and display. The smartphone has proved to be quite an amicable performer with an impressive camera.

Honor has struck the right price and performance balance with Honor 9 Lite in Rs. 24,999 where it can be a serious contender to be one of the best mid-range smartphones of this year.

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