The Chinese smartphone company Honor has been on a launch spree and the 9 Lite is the fourth Honor phone we have been introduced to in the last four months. It’s also the most competitively priced of the lot (well, the base variant is).
With the Honor 9 Lite (Full Review), the company is looking to step up the heat in a segment which has been dominated by Xiaomi at least for a couple of years.
The Honor 9 Lite is now available in India starting at Rs. 10,999 onwards. It is available on Flipkart in flash sale only. Before you arm yourself for the Honor 9 Lite’s next flash sale we decided to answer most of the frequently asked questions related to the budget phone in order to help you make an informed choice.
Honor 9 Lite price and availability
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Honor 9 Lite Look and Feel
Question: How is the Honor 9 Lite design?
Answer: If there is one feature that draws you towards the Honor 9 Lite, it has to be its spectacular looks. It appears in all glass front and back with mirror finish which is tempting enough to persuade anyone to shell out 10K. The Honor 9 Lite outright looks premium with its sleek design and good weight distribution.
The phone sports a 2.5D glass on both sides while plastic rail runs along the middle. The glossy back panel is a fingerprint magnet. All of the keys and ports are paced at the usual places and are easily accessible.
Question: How is the Honor 9 Lite build quality?
Answer: The Honor 9 Lite does feel solid in hand but is primarily made of glass and plastic so it needs to be handled with care. The company ships a matte finish TPU back cover in the box, which is a good thing. You can always look at these Honor 9 Lite covers and case if you are not satisfied with what comes bundled with the phone.
Question: Is Honor 9 Lite Water resistant?
Answer: No, the Honor 9 Lite is not water resistant.
Question: Does the Honor 9 Lite comes with back cover and screen protector?
Answer: Yes. It comes with pre-applied screen guard and a back cover.
Question: Are Honor 9 Lite capacitive buttons backlit?
Answer: No. It uses the on-screen button for navigation.
Question: How is the Honor 9 Lite display?
Answer: It is another area of strength for the device. The Honor 9 Lite packs a 5.65-inch Full HD+ LPTS display, with 18:9 aspect ratio and appears to be well calibrated. It’s vibrant and bright. Personally, I found the contrast a tad on the higher side. Rest is good enough considering the price.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite have the option to switch between color modes?
Answer: Like all other EMUI phones, you can set color temperature and hues from display settings.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite has the option for automatic brightness?
Answer: Yes, automatic brightness feature is available on the Honor 9 Lite.
Question: Does the Honor 9 Lite display has Gorilla glass protection?
Answer: Honor hasn’t really mentioned anything about Gorilla Glass. So, we can safely assume that it’s missing.
Honor 9 Lite Performance and Storage
Question: How much internal storage space is free on Honor 9 Lite?
Answer: In 32GB variant, we got 22.5 GB usage space.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite have a separate microSD card slot?
Answer: Yes, it supports microSD expansion up to 256GB.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite has USB OTG support?
Answer: Yes, USB OTG is supported.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite have a fingerprint sensor? How many fingerprints can you scan and store?
Answer: Yes, it comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. You can store up to 5 fingerprints for authentication.
Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance?
Answer: Huawei employs its Kirin 659 chipset to do the heavy lifting in the Honor 9 Lite which clearly is not a powerhouse. We opted for 3GB RAM variant (since this is the one that should attract most buyers) and the phone clearly fell short on the performance front.
We encountered issues such as app crashes and freezes. The RAM management also seems to be on the aggressive side. Let’s hope Honor fixes these issues in future updates.
Question: How is gaming performance of Honor 9 Lite?
Answer: There are noticeable frame drops at high graphics settings while plating heavy games. Casual games work fine.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite have heating issues?
Answer: No, it doesn’t.
Honor 9 Lite Camera
Question: How is the Honor 9 Lite camera quality?
Answer: The Honor 9 Lite has a lot of its marketing riding on the back of its quad-camera setup (two in the front and two in the back). There are 13MP+2MP dual cameras on either side, where 2MP sensors are used for depth sensing in portrait mode.
The Honor 9 Lite camera performs very well when you click pictures in broad daylight condition. Having said that, we noticed colors are not always accurate as more often than not they lack punchiness that we have become accustomed to. In low light, the Honor 9 Lite tends to mess up the white balance and end results are not really praiseworthy.
Question: How is the selfie camera on Honor 9 Lite?
Answer: The selfie camera of Honor 9 Lite does a good job. Images show better saturation and even the beautification mode works well.
Question: Can the Honor 9 Lite shoot Full HD videos?
Answer: Yes, you can shoot full HD videos with Honor 9 Lite.
Honor 9 Lite Software
Question: How is the software on the Honor 9 Lite?
Answer: It is one of the few phones to come running on Android Oreo out of the box. Honor ships its new device with Custom EMUI 8.0 OS which packs almost every feature under the sun. Android Oreo features such as picture-in-picture, smart text select, deeper notification management further boosts its feature list.The latest version of EMUI is much improved in terms of resources utilization.
Question: Can you run dual apps or two apps with the same account on Honor 9 Lite?
Answer: Yes. You can.
Question: What kind of SIM cards does Honor 9 Lite support?
Answer: It comes with two nano-SIM card slots. It is a hybrid SIM tray one has to choose between secondary SIM or microSD card.
Question: Do both SIM cards support 4G LTE on Honor 9 Lite?
Answer: You can run 4G LTE on any of the two SIM, the remaining slot will have access to 2G networks only.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite support FM radio app?
Answer: Yes, Honor 9 Lite comes with FM radio app.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite have IR blaster?
Answer: No, it does not.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite have LED Notification light?
Question: How is the call quality on Honor 9 Lite?
Answer: We faced no issues with the call quality on the device.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite support Reliance Jio SIM cards/ 4G VoLTE? Do both SIM slots support 4G VoLTE?
Answer: Yes, 4G VoLTE is supported on both SIM slots but you will be able to use it in one SIM at a time.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite support native Jio Video calling or ViLTE?
Answer: No. To use Jio ViLTE feature you will have to download Jio Phone app from the play store as native ViLTE support is missing on the phone.
Question: How is the Battery backup on Honor 9 Lite?
Answer: The 3000mAh battery with moderate usage was about to last about 12 to 16 hours on an average. However, the battery sheds quickly when you push it hard with gaming or video playback. With light usage, you can get one day of usage. Overall, the battery backup isn’t satisfactory.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite support fast charging?
Answer: No, it doesn’t.
Question: Does Honor 9 Lite have Gyroscope sensor?
Answer: Yes, it does feature Gyroscope.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Honor 9 Lite?
Answer: It comes with a mono channel loudspeaker which is decently loud. Audio output quality is decent.
Honor 9 Lite FAQ– Should you buy it?
If design and looks have high weightage in your buying decision, in that case, Honor 9 Lite is a good option to look at especially under Rs 11,000. The base variant isn’t a powerhouse and falls a tad short on performance and battery front, but it should be a good option for light users. The top variant that’s priced at Rs. 14,999 is tough to recommend.
PS: Xiaomi is expected to launch Redmi Note 5 In India and we expect it to be priced in the same bracket as the Honor 9 Lite.
- Appealing looks
- Good 18:9 display
- Selfie camera performance
- Latest Android version
- Heavy UI
- Battery life