The Honor 9 Lite comes with a quad lens camera setup and 18:9 display, costs €229/£199

Today sees the launch of the Honor 9 Lite, the first in Honor’s new series of ‘Lite’ handsets aimed at the budget segment of the smartphone market. The Honor 9 Lite (specifications here) boasts a 5.65-inch FHD+ FullView display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Kirin 659 octa-core processor, a dual camera setup front and back, and launches with Android 8.0 Oreo and EMUI 8 out of the box. 

Honor has really shown its design chops in recent years, with the Honor 8 and Honor 9 being noteworthy exponents of how a budget smartphone doesn’t have to look cheap. The Honor 9 Lite continues in those footsteps, boasting a dual 2.5D glass design with a 12-layer nano-scale optical coating with laser-edged detailing. The phone can be had in Honor’s almost trademark Sapphire Blue color, although it is also available in Midnight Black and Glacier Grey.

The Honor 9 Lite features a 5.65-inch FHD+ display with 2160 x 1080 resolution, as well as the all-important 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, you’ll find Huawei’s HiSilicon 659 octa-core processor with 4 cores @ 2.36GHz + 4 cores @ 1.7GHz as well as an i5 coprocessor. There is an adequate 3GB of RAM along with a decent 32GB of built-in storage that can be expanded by up to 256GB with a MicroSD card so long as you choose not to add a second SIM card.

Of course, the Honor 9 Lite’s main claim to fame is it’s twin dual camera setup, or quad cam setup if you prefer. Both the front and rear panels feature a 13MP + 2 MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. The 13MP sensor captures the image details while the 2MP sensor gathers the depth of field information, which can then be used to create the ‘bokeh’ effect, this applies to both front and rear camera setups. Honor says that having a dual camera setup on the front of the phone will give rise to ‘the next generation of selfies’, with the hashtag #BeYourSelfie used extensively throughout the launch event.

Wilkin Lee, Honor UK Sales and Marketing Director, adds”We build technology for people that pushes creative boundaries and we can’t wait for our customers to try out the new Honor 9 Lite.”

One thing you can always count on with Honor is a slick and accurate experience when using the fingerprint reader, with the phone maker claiming that the Honor 9 Lite’s scanner will unlock the handset within 0.25s. With a 3,000mAh non-replaceable battery, the Honor 9 Lite should get you through the day with ease. As with the Honor 7X before it, it is a little disappointing that the Honor 9 Lite has to make do with a MicroUSB 2.0 charging port instead of USB Type-C. I’m sure that Honor had its reasons, but the times-are-a-changing, and even budget handsets need to move over to the new standard at some point. That being said, it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for its target audience this time around.

The Honor 9 Lite costs £199/€229 and is available to buy directly from either Honor itself or Amazon, Very, AO.com, or John Lewis. What do you think of the Honor 9 Lite? Would you like to see it launched in your region?


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).