Huawei Mate 9 Lite Launched – Where is the “Lite” in the Phone?

Huawei Mate 9 Lite

In case you are still in limbo, Huawei Mate 9 is the latest flagship in town and it originally comes in three models – the standard Mate 9, a Porsche Design Mate 9 and a Mate 9 Pro.

As if these are not enough variants of the same phone, the Chinese tech giant has jumped in with a fourth version dubbed Huawei Mate 9 Lite. This is not the first time Huawei has done this – in fact, it is the company’s tradition of coming in with a lite version of its flagships.

Huawei Mate 9 Lite

The Huawei Mate 9 Lite, like the name suggests, comes with just about the same features as the original Huawei Mate 9, but you get a performance that is less powerful than the latter. Huawei has already confirmed that this phone is coming, however, there is still no word on when this will happen or even the pricing – but the specs are here.

In the listing, the Huawei Mate 9 Lite comes as a midrange phone. Unlike the Mate 9, the Lite version has Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box alongside an EMUI 4.1 skin on top. The high-end models come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, which is kind of a surprise choice by Huawei, considering that it should still be tasked with updating the phone to the latest OS at some point in the near future.

As for the specs, you get a 5.5-inch screen with Full HD resolution, same size as the Porsche Design and Pro versions of the Mate 9, but shares the same resolution with the 5.9-inch model. Buying the Huawei Mate 9 Lite will also deny you the chance to use the new Kirin 960 SoC, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, instead, you get a Kirin 655 SoC alongside 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.

If this model is not right for you, stay tuned for a slightly bumped-up version of the same Huawei Mate 9 Lite with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage – this will match the standard Mate 9 which has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Huawei Mate 9

To show further differences between these two groups, the new Huawei Mate 9 Lite drops the Leica branding on its rear snappers, but you still get a dual-lens setup. However, there is less power in the snappers as you get a 12MP+2MP combination on the back – similar to what the Huawei Honor 8 offers – alongside an 8MP sensor, almost similar to the Mate 9 Pro’s selfie sensor.

Huawei packed a huge 3340mAh battery inside the Mate 9 Lite alongside a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. There are three color options to pick from – Silver, Gray and Gold.

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