The Honor 9 Lite of the Chinese brand Huawei is a budget device that features premium features to give justice to its price of around $280. The phone features dual-camera setups on the rear and front, premium glass design and 18:9 aspect ratio screen. When it comes to features and specifications, the device is a strong contender in the segment for budget smartphones. How, is it capable of fending off its competitors? Let’s check out its main features:

Display and Design

This Huawei phone boats metallic chassis sandwiched between glass on the back and front. It is comparable to premium phones such as the Samsung s8-series and the iPhone 8-series. The phone has 5.65-inch full HD+ screen. Because of its aspect ratio, it has a lightweight and compact form factor which makes it quite handy to use. The phone’s back boasts a fingerprint scanner and dual cameras, coupled with an LED flash.


The phone features a 13-megapixel lens with a 2MP secondary lens on the front and back. Its camera interface has features such as portrait mode, bokeh mode, night photo mode, beauty mode and live photo mode to ensure users will get improved outputs.

Users will be satisfied with the portrait mode. During daylight conditions, the phone’s focus is swift, making the background blurring effect appears more natural. But, the speed of the focus tends to slow down during low-light conditions.


The phone is powered by Kirin 659 system-on-chip coupled with the EMUI 8.0 operating system which is based on the Android Oreo build. Both the phone’s hardware and software make it quite fast without any signs of lag. The phone’s performance nearly matches that of high-end phones such as Vivo V9 gold. Multitasking with this phone is sorted and the phone promises a performance that is smooth for daily tasks.  


The phone houses a 3,000 mAh battery which ensures it stays alive for more than one day. Even with heavy usage such as streaming videos, gaming and camera usage, it can still go on for a day without getting drained.


At an estimated price of $165 for a model with an internal storage of 32 GB and 3 GB RAM, Huawei’s Honor 9 Lite provides a solid performance. Its features make the phone the most premium in its category. It can compete with models such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Honor 7X.