Honor 9 Lite: Twin Shooters Back and Front

The Honor 9 Lite is the kind of all rounder that is very difficult to classify.

  • Published: February 21, 2018 9:03 AM IST

Is it a great camera phone? Of course it is, the phone has a dual 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup both at the front and the back of the camera. Does it have a great screen? Of course it does, it comes with a 5.65-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass display. Or to put it simply the Infinity Display. Can it handle heavy applications like gaming? Of course it can. It comes with a Kirin 659 octa-core processor that can take anything you throw at it. Does it look good? You’ve got to be kidding. It is one of the best lookers out there across all price ranges. Then it must be very expensive? Does Rs 10,999
sound like a lot for all of this? Without teasing you anymore let’s dig into this delicious offering from Huawei.


The Honor 9 Lite is an eye catcher if ever there was one. Dominating the front is the display which takes up 5.65 inches of the total 6-inches of space. The phone is 7.5mm thick and at 149 grams is comfortable to hold. The back of the phone has a mirror-like glass finish. The Honor 9 Lite feels more premium than any other metal unibody phone in its price segment. The build quality is impressive with elegant finishing.


The Honor 9 Lite runs on an Octa-core Kirin 659 processor that 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.

The Honor 9 Lite packs in a 5.65-inch IPS LCD with 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels that gives it a high pixel density of 428ppi. 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.


The Honor 9 Lite is the only phone in its price category to pack a dual camera setup both at the front and the rear. The main sensor is a 13-megapixel along with a 2-megapixel lens for capturing depth information (for the bokeh effect). The 2-megapixel lens also helps improve low-light performance. Given the power of the two setups it is obvious that the phone gets stunning shots in almost all lighting conditions. Colors are vivid, detailing crisp and it is virtually impossible to spot any noise even in extremely low light conditions. The rear cameras support PDAF, and the autofocus is quick. The selfies turn out to be extremely good.

The dual camera setup comes into its own in low light conditions unlike other phones in this price segment which struggle to cope. Focussing is fast and there is hardly any blur in the shots. During low light conditions, the dual tone LED flash comes handy, without overpowering the subject even in close-up shots. It also has a Night Shot feature, which helps users capture the subject in poor lighting with an adjustable exposure of up to 32 seconds.

The camera offers a Wide Aperture and a Portrait mode to take advantage of the depth of field captured by the secondary lens. It is also excellent in edge detection. For a smartphone in this price segment, you’ll be surprised at the quality of the bokeh shots. The dual cameras on the Honor 9 Lite aim to take the premium feature to the masses and succeeds in doing so.

The phone also offers 1080p video recording which produces excellent videos, with hardly any shake and great detailing.

Camera apps on all Honor phones come loaded with a bunch of great features and the Honor 9 Lite is no different. On this device you get Pro photo, Pro Video, HDR, Time Lapse, Night shot, Good Food, Panorama, Light paint and Filter among others. There is also a beautify mode that removes any blemishes and marks on your skin to provide a perfect selfie. The front camera also offers the same amount of features except for the Night shot and Light painting.


When it comes to the Honor 9 Lite it becomes very difficult to justify why you don’t want to own it, rather than the way around. Huawei have built a phone that basically shoots down any excuse you might have to not buy it. So stop looking for one, instead go get the Honor 9 Lite.

  • Published Date: February 21, 2018 9:03 AM IST