The HONOR 9 Lite is shown in this photo from HONOR's Twitter page
MANILA -- Chinese phone maker HONOR attempts to push the boundaries of how much features can be crammed into a handset at the lowest price, without it feeling cheap.
It mostly succeeds with the P7,990 HONOR 9 Lite, which the Huawei sub-brand debuted in official online stores in late May.
From the back, the HONOR 9 Lite looks like the Huawei P20 Lite save for the horizontal placement of its dual cameras. On the front, it looks like the Mate 10 Pro from late 2017, with the small top and bottom bezels taking on the phone's hue.
The gradient finish of the glass back is not as shimmery as the P20 series, but is just as slippery. The glass and metal build felt too light, lacking the reassuring heft of the P20 Pro or the iPhone X, which is expected for its price point.
Where the HONOR 9 Lite punches way above its price tag is the display. The 5.65 panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio is bright and text is sharp. It also lacks a notch and the glass curves subtly to the edges.
Save for the teal color accents, EMUI 8 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo felt the same as in Huawei phones. The Kirin 659 chip set felt faster than other phones in its price category. The HONOR 9 Lite comes with 3 gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of internal storage.
The HONOR 9 Lite has 4 cameras, 2 lenses each on its front and back, like the Nova 2i. While colors and details were generally pleasant, images tend to be dark, even in bright light.
The HONOR 9 Lite captured much of the colors and details on this artwork.
The HONOR 9 Lite captured some details on the feathers of this preserved Philippine Eagle.
This shot of a construction site was slightly dimmer than the actual scene.
Indoor shots in dim lighting had a lot of noise.
HONOR is banking on online buzz and a value-for-money proposition to market its phones in the Philippines and the HONOR 9 Lite illustrates that strategy.
The company said the phone sold out on line after its local launch in May.
The HONOR 9 Lite serves up near flagship quality in terms of looks and the display.
The compromises show in the camera and phones feel in the hand, but still feels like a bargain considering its P7,990 price.
Source: ABS-CBN News