Huawei’s newest Honor 8 Lite was released just recently in February 2017, however it seems very close in terms of specifications to the P9 Lite which was released backed in May last year. The difference is deemed minimal by some and huge by other users depending on individual factors.
The lite versions of flagship phones from Huawei are both LTE compatible and offer an internal storage of 16 GB which is now being considered inadequate from the end user’s point of view, and hence companies have started offering alternate models with 32 GB or more of storage space. However, both the phones in consideration offer memory card slots with Honor 8 Lite offering storage expansion up to 128 GB and the older providing user the option to upgrade up to 256 GB.
As far as the battery is concerned both the phones are packed with 3000 mAh non-removable battery. Just like the P9 Lite Honor 8 Lite also has a fingerprint sensor on the rear end.
The display is pretty much the same with both phones constructed in identical display size of 5.2 inches and equivalent resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels on par with the 2017 Huawei flagship Honor 6X. Almost like every other Huawei phone this couple features Huawei’s own Android-based operating system titled EMUI which is upgraded in keeping with latest Android updates and the Honor 8 Lite is no different.
Since the P9 Lite is bit older and comes installed with OS Marshmallow, it runs the Emotion 4.1 UI whereas the newer Honor 8 Lite features the latest Emotion 5.0 UI. Each of these interfaces has their own uniqueness and users often prefer older UIs due to different factors such as better adaptability or steeper learning curves. EMUI 4.1 enables usability options such as universal search, hiding apps under the home screen and an option to make the whole screen accessible by one hand if you have a cup of coffee in the other.
On the other hand EMUI 5.0 provides user with a much more superior and personalized interface with user-friendly characteristics such as one notification screen instead of two, App Drawer that lets you organize your apps within clicks and App Twin which basically means you can simultaneously log in to two accounts on the same app.
The smartphones in review offer a 13 megapixel primary and an 8-megapixel selfie camera each. Both phones can record 1080p videos at a rate of 30 frames per second, however, the Honor 8 Lite’s camera is a bit less pixelated when it comes to capturing pictures in low light because of the low light mode it offers. Honor 8 Lite offers more advanced camera settings with a professional mode and time-lapse mode also present in addition to the ability of the camera to capture panoramic images.
Battery and Performance:
The P9 Lite has incorporated an Octa-core processor just like the Honor 8 Lite except it comes with an option of an alternate model offering 3 GB RAM which is becoming the industry norm now whereas with the Honor 8 Lite a 3 GB RAM is built in. The processor isn’t much of an upgrade from HiSilicon, Kirin 650 to Kirin 655 as the case with the Android update.
The Honor 8 Lite comes installed with the latest OS Nougat, but there is good news for P9 Lite users as well since Huawei has promised a Nougat update for P9 Lite users sometime in the first quarter of 2017. The battery performance is not anticipated to be much of a differing point as both phones house a 3000 mAh non-removable battery.
Although the Honor 8 Lite comes with a processor upgrade even then if you own a P9 Lite it wouldn’t be worth to upgrade to the newer Honor 8 Lite just yet, however if you are using one of the older Huawei phones, the Honor 8 Lite can well prove to be a steal at the price it is being offered today.