Every iteration of the smartphone brings forward devices that are able to do a lot more than what the previous generation did. From simple mobile communication devices, the phones have evolved into all-in-one gadgets that pretty much can be used for a variety of functions, you wouldn’t normally associate with a phone. Well if Huawei is to be believed, there is one and they have decided to plug that hole with their latest edition the Honor 9 Lite.
Apart from everything else the phone is capable of doing the Honor 9 Lite can also double up as a portable mirror. Yes, the back of the phone has a mirror-like finish which gives it looks to kill for. The front is no slouch either what with that gorgeous infinity display occupying much of the front space.
Forget the price or the segment it is competing in, the Honor 9 Lite is simply one of the best lookers across all phone categories out there. The device sports a 5.65-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display. The all glass look of the phone and the metal frame gives it a look that alone is worth the price. The phone feels compact, premium and good to hold. Everything about the design speaks care and thought.
The volume rocker and the power button go on the right side and the hybrid SIM tray on the left. The bottom of the device houses the micro-USB port, a speaker grill, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Turning back, we have dual camera setup with 13MP + 2MP along with LED flash. The fingerprint scanner has been placed under the camera module and as you’d expect it is quick to unlock the phone.
The Honor 9 Lite runs on an octa-core Kirin 659 processor and comes with either 3GB RAM and 32GB storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It also includes FM radio, Bluetooth 4.2, single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, 4G with VoLTE, USB-OTG, an ambient light, sensor, a proximity sensor, an accelerometer and a gyroscope.
Honor 9 Lite packs in a 5.65-inch IPS LCD with 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The panel has good brightness and color reproduction too. The fingerprint sensor nests comfortably at the back of the phone and is easily reachable for one-handed operations. Apart from securing the phone, the sensor can also be used for gestures such as clicking photos, answering calls, snoozing an alarm and browsing through images.
Honor 9 Lite comes with Android Oreo out-of-the-box with Honor’s custom EMUI 8.0 on top. It is a highly customizable skin that can be used to enable or disable app drawer, tweak animations, use themes and more. Android Oreo also brings additional features like picture-in-picture, smart text select, deeper notification management and more.
The phone also has some nifty features like WiFi + that switches between networks, depending on which one is stronger. Also included is Huawei share which lets you share data over WiFi and a host of features and customization options like a music player, gallery app, mail app and more.
The phone is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 659 chipset and comes in either a 3GB or 4GB RAM variant with 32GB and 64GB storage respectively. The phone is a solid performer in real-world usage. It can handle anything thrown at it with aplomb. We loaded up close to 20 apps in one go and felt no lag in performance.
Processor hungry games like Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 run without a hiccup. There’s hardly any sign of heating, and absolutely no lags when switching between apps or launching new ones. The phone is snappy to use, well-optimized, boots quickly, unlocks quickly and runs apps without any hiccups.
The big feature of the Honor 9i has to be the dual 13-megapixel plus 2-megapixel shooters front and back. Photos taken during the day or night from either of the cameras look good. Autofocus is quick and details in landscapes are distinct. Colors stay sharp even when zooming in on images. The cameras come with a number of modes wide aperture, portrait, professional, and panorama. There are additional gestures such as the ability to use your palm or your voice to capture a selfie. You can either say ‘cheese’ or have the phone take a shot when you shout at a certain volume level.
Video recording maxes out at 1080p and the quality of recorded video excellent. Portrait mode works well for the front and rear camera.
Despite being only a bit over the Rs 10,000 the phone packs a power 3000mAh battery. It is good enough to get you through a day of heavy usage. Of course, Honor has included a power-saving mode in case you do happen to run low on juice. The phone also comes with a host of power saving features that are unique to Huawei’s devices. This ensures you get more out of your phone even when running low on charge at the end of a full day of use.
Huawei’s phones get better looking with each iteration. But even they will find it tough to go one up on this one. The Honor 9 Lite is an attention grabber straight out of the bat. Its features, functionally and its price come into the equation much later. This is one phone; most of us would want to have simply because of how it looks. That is performed like a superstar and is priced to comfortably suit every budget are just added bonuses.
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