Huawei has made a less powerful version of its expensive flagship smartphone.
Dubbed as the Huawei Mate 9 Lite, it’s a toned down variant of the Mate 9 launched earlier this month. The design is basically the same, so only those elements inside have been changed.
It carries a slightly smaller 5.5-inch 1080p IPS screen that’s not as pixel dense as its bigger brother’s QHD resolution. Compared to the Mate 9, the 2.1GHz octa-core Kirin 655 chipset is also less of a performer. Additionally, the RAM was cut in half – now only 3GB / 4GB. There’s a choice between 32GB and 64GB storage. Unfortunately, it’s not expandalbe in case you need extra.
Since it’s ‘Lite’, it’s understandable that Huawei did some cost cutting. Despite its camera setup, the sensors have been downgraded to a combination of 12-megapixel + 2-megapixel sensors at the back. It comes with phase detection autofocus as well as LED flash. In front, an 8-megapixel shooter can be used for self portraits.
Huawei Mate 9 Lite Specs
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow, EMUI 4.1
- 5.5-inch IPS Display, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
- 2.1GHz Kirin 655 octa-core processor
- 3GB / 4GB RAM
- 32GB / 64GB internal storage
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, hotspot
- 4G, LTE
- 12-megapixel rear cameras with PDAF and LED flash
- 2-megapixel secondary rear camera
- 8-megapixel front camera
- Fingerprint scanner
- Bluetooth 4.1
- GPS, A-GPS
- Dimensions: 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm
- Weight: 162 g
- 3340mAh battery
Unlike its sibling, it will only ship with Marshmallow instead of the latest Nougat.
The Huawei Mate 9 Lite will be available in two variants: 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. No price has been announced as of the moment. We’ll update this post as soon as we get information.