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Our Huawei P9 Lite Review
The Huawei P9 Lite is a stripped down version of one of Huawei’s flagship handsets, the P9. It lacks the P9’s dual Leica camera setup, which brings serious cost savings and the P9 Lite also makes some design sacrifices to keep the price tag down. However, the P9 Lite still retains premium looks, a 13-megapixel camera and 4G connectivity.
Should I get the Huawei P9 Lite on Contract or PAYG?
As the Huawei P9 Lite is intended to be a handset for the budget conscious tech fan we would recommend picking up the P9 Lite on pay-as-you-go. You can buy the handset SIM free from around £199 at the time of writing.
You can pick up the Huawei P9 Lite on a pay monthly contract from Three, EE, O2, Giffgaff and Vodafone.
It’s tough to look at the Huawei P9 Lite and notice any difference between it and it’s higher-priced siblings. The P9 Lite has the same stylish design as the P9 but the differences are very subtle. For a start the P9 Lite does not have an aluminium unibody but instead opts for an aluminium frame with a plastic back. Usually plastic backs on phones do feel and look very cheap but in this instance it’s really difficult to see the difference.
Other compromises come from the speakers, which are monaural rather than stereo and the P9 Lite uses regular glass on the display rather than the Gorilla Glass present on the more expensive models.
It is tough to grumble about the display on the P9 Lite though. It has a 5.2 inch full HD IPS display with a pixel density 424 pixels per inch (PPI). It’s clear and rather gorgeous, especially considering the P9 Lite’s price tag. Blacks are strong with some nice depth and it’s all visible in direct sunlight.
Battery performance is exceptionally solid on the P9 Lite. For a mid -tier smartphone it performs very well, easily giving you a full day of web browsing, games, messaging and media playback.
Talk & Text
Call quality on the Huawei P9 Lite is generally very good indeed. The microphone has good noise reduction filters so calls come through nice and clear. However, if you’re going hands free the speakers on the P9 Lite are not the best.
You can pick up the Huawei P9 Lite on pay monthly and PAYG from Three, EE, O2, Giffgaff and Vodafone.
Connectivity is broad with the usual 4G compatibility, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The P9 Lite also has a handy NFC chip but it doesn’t have the USB-Type C connector that’s present on it’s more expensive siblings.
Apps & Downloads
As the Huawei P9 Lite runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, there is a massive selection of apps to choose from. Although internal storage is only 16GB, there is a microSD slot (expandable up to 128GB) so you shouldn’t have to worry about space if you pick up a microSD card with the phone.
At the time of writing in September 2016 most games run well but as with any non-flagship handset you may struggle to run graphically intensive games effectively in 18 months time. But if you’re not a big mobile gamer the P9 Lite should handle all your app needs for quite a while.
The P9 Lite has actually got a fantastic CPU set up, but the issue going forwards will be the creaky Mali T830 graphics chips, which will start to cough and wheeze under strain from top tier action games.
What We Think
The Huawei P9 Lite is a cracking little mid range smartphone that won’t let anyone down. Any issues it has are relatively minor and, for it’s price tag, it represents great value for users who aren’t too bothered about the latest flagship handsets.
Huawei P9 Lite Specification
- Display Size: 5.2"
- Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Display Type: IPS
- Primary Camera Flash: LED
- Primary Camera Resolution: 4160 x 3120
- Primary Camera Megapixels: 13
- Secondary Camera Megapixels: 8
- Memory Card Slot: MicroSD up to 128GB
- 2G Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G Connectivity: HSDPA 800/850/1900/2100
- 4G Connectivity: LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
- Bluetooth: 4.1 with LE
- GPS: A-GPS and GLONASS
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
- Processor: 2.0 GHz Quad-core & 1.7 GHz Quad-core
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 620
- Talk Time:
- Weight (grams): 147
- Dimensions: 146.8 x 72.6 x 7.5 mm
- Battery Type: Non-removable
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- Sim Type: Nano SIM
- Operating System: Android
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