Honor launched a cool handset the Honor 9 Lite and it comes with a cool price tag of Rs. 10,999. Check this Honor 9 Lite review to know how the handset performed, how is the camera quality, overall performance and battery life.

This Honor 9 Lite is light weight, comes with a 5.6 inch screen with 18:9 aspect ratio but feels like a 5 inch phone, easy to hold and use. Unique thing about the 9 Lite is it comes with quad cameras – dual cameras on the front and dual cameras on the back.

This is a dual SIM Handset with VoLTE support. Camera quality is excellent check the camera section. Overall performance is also pretty good. Battery life is decent, just about a day with mixed usage. Overall this is a tempting handset for Rs. 10,999.

Honor 9 lite unboxing

Honor 9 Lite features, specifications

Inside the box (Unboxing the Honor 9 Lite) : Handset, user manual, data cable (USB to micro USB), SIM ejector pin, plastic case and travel charger 5V/2A
SAR : 1.06 W/kg
Body : Metal frame, glass on front and back with 2.5D curve, very good build and finishing, little slippery, very comfortable to hold and use, light weight – 149 grams, 7.6mm thick. Those who like 5 inch screen will love this phone
SIM Type : Hybrid slot Nano + Nano / Micro SD
Screen  :  5.65 inches, 2.5D curved glass and supporting 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution. Color reproduction, viewing angles and touch response are very good
Connectivity :  4G, VoLTE, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth
Sensors : Accelerometer, Proximity, Light sensor, Step, Gyro and magnetic
Security and Extra : Finger Print sensor on back, very fast
LED Notification : Yes (Red, Orange, Green) no option to control the colors
OTG : Yes
RAM : 3GB (about 1.09 GB free on average)
ROM : 32GB (about 22 GB free on first boot)
OS : Android 8, EMUI 8

Honor 9 lite front

Honor 9 Lite Performance

CPU :  Huawei Kirin 659 octa core, 2.36GHz,
GPU :  Mali T830
Heating : Medium
Max Battery Temperature : 38 degrees

Overall performance was smooth, lag free, however do check the gaming section.

Honor 9 lite back midnight black

Honor 9 Lite Benchmark

Antutu : 65901 / 10418
NenaMark3 :  59.3fps (3-2)
Multi Touch : 10 points
Disk Speed :  196 MB/s read  and 121 MB/s write

Honor 9 lite quality

Honor 9 Lite Gaming Review

I played Asphalt 8 in high quality mode it was playable but not really that smooth, you can feel a constant lag, though the car controls were good. Reduce the resolution and it played well, in fact if you reduce the screen resolution in settings to 1280 x 720p the game play improves.

Honor 9 Lite Camera  Review

Rear Camera : 13MP + 2MP, LED flash, Wide Aperture Mode, Portrait Mode
Front Camera : 13MP + 2MP, Portrait Mode
Video Recording : FHD resolution

This handset comes with dual cameras on the back and dual cameras on the front. Camera quality is excellent and the bokeh effects via Wide Aperture mode / Portrait mode does look really good. If you compare this with the Honor 7X the quality is the same, at times the edges are not sharp and merge with background (when using wide aperture / portrait mode).

Honor 9 lite review

The picture quality is better on 9 Lite if you compare with the 7X samples, but I guess the 7X got an update and that improved the camera performance so you can say it is as good as the 9 Lite. Not much of a noticeable difference in camera performance.

Low light and night shots turned out great. Use the night mode / plus there are many professional modes that makes it so easy to capture pro shots.

The handset can shoot FHD videos, quality is good but focusing is slow when recording videos. Selfie is cool, you get to use the bokeh mode using dual cameras on the front. Do check the samples below.

Camera Rating : 4.2 out of 5

Honor 9 Lite camera samples

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Other features

Sound is loud and clear. Reliance Jio SIM worked. Finger Print sensor on the back is very fast, plus you can use finger print sensor for scrolling through notifications, photo, answer call etc.

Honor 9 Lite  Battery Review

Battery capacity : 3000 mAh (Non-removable)
Charging Time : Charge 2 hours 20 minutes
Battery Life : 4 to 5 hours non-stop (moderate to heavy)
Daily usage battery life : One day battery life.

Battery Test Results

Battery Temp at idle : 31 degrees
Running Benchmark app :
 10 minutes / 3% / 35 degrees
Asphalt 8 game play : 22 minutes / 8% / 38 degrees
FHD video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) :  21 minutes / 6% / 36 degrees


The Honor 9 Lite is a impressive handset, not just the look but the price is just too good. Excellent handset in all departments, just that the battery performance is just about average, with about a day of battery life – depending on your usage.

If you loved handsets with a 5 inch screen (small size) then you will love this handset.

Rating : 4.5  out of 5

Honor 9 Lite is available on Flipkart for Rs. 10,999 (3GB/32GB).

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in