Honor 9 Lite, the new quad-camera budget smartphone from Huawei’s e-brand, has started receiving Face Unlock feature. The update is being rolled out in a phased manner via OTA update, and Honor says it will be available for everyone by March 5, 2018.
With the release of facial recognition feature, the Honor 9 Lite becomes one of the cheapest smartphones to support facial unlock mechanism. With facial unlock feature, Honor 9 Lite users can unlock their smartphone by looking at the device. To enable face unlock, users need to enroll their face by using face recognition feature in the settings menu. The front camera detects the positioning between you and the phone, and adjusts the direction accordingly.
Honor had started rolling out the Face Unlock feature for its flagship Honor View10 smartphone first. Interestingly, the Face Unlock feature for Honor 9 Lite arrives just as Xiaomi confirmed the feature for its Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone early this month. The Honor 9 Lite competes with both Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of price, and the release of face unlock will ensure Honor does not fall behind Xiaomi in this one area.
“At Honor, we believe in delivering superior and innovative smartphone experiences and the Face Unlock rollout for Honor 9 Lite is in line with our commitment. Honor 9 Lite will be the most affordable smartphone in the Indian market to support Face Unlock feature and will further emerge as the best value for money smartphone with superior hardware and software configurations,” said P Sanjeev, Vice President, Sales, Huawei Consumer Business Group.
To recall, Honor 9 Lite was launched in India last month in exclusive partnership with Flipkart. The smartphone features a 5.65-inch Full HD+ display with aluminum frame and glass back. The smartphone also sports a modern design with thinner bezels surrounding the display and support for 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by octa-core Kirin 659 chipset and comes in two storage variants: 3GB RAM model with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM model with 64GB storage.
The Honor 9 Lite sports dual front and rear camera setup. It features a combination of 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel camera setup at the front as well as back and supports features like face detection and 1080p video recording. It runs EMUI 8.0 based on Android Oreo, and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery. The Honor 9 Lite with 3GB RAM is priced at Rs 10,999 while the 4GB RAM variant is priced at Rs 14,999. It is available in blue, grey and black color options.