Honor India has been actively launching smartphones in the mid-range price category and that has been delivering good results for them because the phones do have a good specs-to-price ratio and the performance of the phones has been appreciable. To continue on with it, the Honor 9 Lite is now being introduced with the four-camera combination.
The latest phone in the lineup, Honor 9 Lite succeeds not just the Honor 9i but also the Honor 8 Lite that was made of the glass back. The phone, to begin with, looks extremely beautiful and comfortable to hold. But then, how does the phone differ from the two good Honor phones that are making a mark in the mid-range category?
Interestingly, all the three phones here have the same processor powering them. It is the Hisilicon Kirin 659 processor that powers the phones and thus, not any difference except for the fact that the Honor 7x comes in two variants where the RAM and storage differ but on the other side, the Honor 9i and Honor 9 Lite have 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.
Display and Design
This is an area where the Honor 9 Lite brings a difference and in a way, gives the users a choice with a little smaller screen, though the phone still carries an 18:9 aspect ratio and that gives you a taller display taking up most of the space on the front, but in comparison to the Honor 9i and the Honor 7x, the former is smaller and thus, far more comfortable to hold and use.
Positively for all the three, the phones have a Full HD+ resolution, i.e. 2160 x 1080 pixels, but it is the screen size where one phone is different.
With the design, you will notice how better and good looking the Honor 9 Lite is, with the glass back being fully reflective and beautiful, though the metal backplates on the Honor 7x and the Honor 9i are not bad at all. In one way, the glass back can attract fingerprints but the camera area on the back is oleophobic. Also, the way the rear cameras are placed, each of them gives the phone a unique and different look.
OS and Interface
It is the same Emotion UI or the EMUI interface that the phones run and that is the custom interface that only Huawei and Honor phones have based on Android OS. While the EMUI version on the Honor 9i and the 7x is EMUI 5.1 and that is based on Android Nougat OS, the Honor 9 Lite rocks the latest Android version and the latest EMUI version. It is the EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo, and there are some new features introduced in this new UI.
The only good thing about it here is that the Honor 7x and 9i will get the update to latest EMUI version, sooner or later.
This is where there is some difference noticed. While the Honor 7x doesn’t have a dual-lens front facing camera setup, the other two phones here do. But on the other side, it is the Honor 9 Lite having a lesser-resolution camera on the back, though all the three phones have a dual-lens setup on the back.
Here’s what the cameras on the three phones are, with respect to resolution.
Rear camera combination
- Honor 9i: 16MP F/2.2 primary camera, 2MP secondary sensor for depth, PDAF
- Honor 7x: 16MP F/2.2 primary camera, 2MP secondary sensor for depth, PDAF
- Honor 9 Lite: 13MP F/2.2 primary camera, 2MP secondary sensor for depth, PDAF
Front camera combination
- Honor 9i: 13MP F/2.0 primary camera, 2MP secondary sensor for depth
- Honor 7x: Single camera, 8MP with F/2.0 aperture
- Honor 9 Lite: 13MP F/2.0 primary camera, 2MP secondary sensor for depth
Here, thanks to the smaller size of the phone, the Honor 9 Lite has a lesser capacity battery. While it has the 3000 mAh battery, it is the Li-Polymer one that is powering the phone while the other two larger phones come with the 3340 mAh battery with the Li-ion technology.