Honor 9 Lite full review:
The Honor 9 Lite might not have all the mod cons but it’s one of the cheapest phones around to offer an 18:9 screen with a bezel-free design.
It’s an attractive phone and general specs are good, including no less than four cameras. It doesn’t have flawless performance but there’s little to complain about at under 200 making it one of the best budget phone around.
There’s no let up in the smartphone market and Honor has yet another new handset to tempt those looking for a stylish phone at an affordable price. Here we take a close look at the Honor 9 Lite in our full review.
(Bear in mind that this phone has now been updated with the release of the Honor 10 Lite, reviewed here.)
Honor’s range can get a little confusing especially when you include Huawei, the firm’s parent company, devices into the mix.
However, the device is closest – almost identical in fact – to the Huawei P Smart which has just launched on Vodafone. Honor’s version, though, will be a great way of picking up the same phone on a contract-free basis. A new contender in the cheap phone market is the HTC Desire 12+.
Honor 9 Lite: Price and availability
Honor is known for making attractive phones with decent specs for a fraction of the price compared to rivals. The official price for the 9 Lite is 199 which makes it fit into the budget range of the market. It has since been reduced to 169.
Honor 9 Lite: Design and build
There’s no design overhaul when it comes to the Honor 9 Lite. It does indeed look like the Honor 9, one of our favorite mid-range phones ever so uses the now-familiar combination of glass and aluminum.
Honor’s current range of phones are very glossy and eye-catching thanks to the glass front and rear covers and the signature blue color. The ‘mirror-like’ finish – on the blue and grey models – might be attractive in photos but quickly gets grubby with fingerprints and the like.
In design, it actually looks like a successor to the Honor 9 due to a move to an 18:9 screen which is all the rage these days. That’s why it also looks similar to the Honor View 10 which is bigger.
That said, Honor has moved the fingerprint scanner to the back instead of squeezing it in below the display. This is pretty usual for an 18:9 smartphone and the sensor is neatly placed in the middle and away from the cameras.
There is a camera bump but it’s very small and doesn’t cause the phone to rock when placed on a flat surface.
Overall, the Honor 9 Lite is easily one of the nicest phones around in terms of design and build at under 200. It certainly doesn’t feel like a budget device, but can it offer enough when it comes to specs and performance?
Honor 9 Lite: Specs and features
As mentioned already, the Honor 9 Lite is something of a combination of existing phones. Offering the kind of things you would expect at the mid-range level at the least.
Much is similar to the regular Honor 9 but the even cheaper newbie has the same 18:9 style screen available on the View 10.