Huawei G9 Lite released in two versions in China


Huawei G9 Lite

The midrange new Huawei device has just arrived and the Huawei G9 Lite chinese launch offered nothing shocking  but still one surprise and some tiny deviations from our latest leaks coverage article. So let’s get to it.

Huawei G9 Lite can’t deny belonging in the beautiful P9 family and has the very same 7.5mm thin body with curved edges, but the midranger took a hit with offering only the metal frame and plastic back cover instead of full metal P9. Gone is also the dual-camera setup of the P9 and the phone has only the single 13 MPix rear shooter available.

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The display is 5.2-inch FHD one and the used processor is octa-core Kirin 650 clocked at 2 GHz paired with 3 GB RAM and 16 GB of storage (expandable up to 128 GB). Front camera is a 8 MPix snapper and the phone features also new tech rear fingeprint scanner with 0.5s unlock speed. Battery capacity should be 3000 mAh so slightly higher than we previously reported and the company EMUI 4.1 is slapped on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

What comes as a suprise though is a parallel version for a chinese mobile operator coming with Snadpdragon 617 processor instead of the Kirin 650 and aside of that exactly the same specs. The Kirin version is going to be available for 1599 yuan (245$) and the Snapdragon one for 1699 yuan (261$). Both should be up for grabs starting May 13th and probably limited only to China, because after all it’s just rebranded P9 Lite for international markets. Worth mentioning are also the color variants, because among the five offered options you can see pretty rare something like an amethyst one.

I’m personally still somewhat baffled by the extreme similarities to the Honor 5C and while i understand the point of differentiating the “premium” and “value” company lines it just seems weird. Paying almost double for virtually the same hardware and arguably even worse build is just silly and i’m afraid the Honor 5C sales will cannibalize quite some portion of the G9 Lite market share.

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26 Comments

  1. realjjj
    May 4, 2016

    The Snapdragon version is for CDMA2000 support.

  2. May 4, 2016

    You say that the Huawei P9 “has the very same 7.5mm thin body” as the P9 but this is a bit misleading as the P9 Lite is actually a bit longer and wider, despite being the same thickness as the P9, so it isn’t quite as compact. When it comes to comfort in the hand, I pay more attention to width than thickness.

  3. balcobomber25
    May 4, 2016

    The more I see the regular P9 the more I want one. As for this I would get the Honor 5x before this, similar specs but costs a lot less.

    • Inti Energia
      May 4, 2016

      From what I’ve seen the P9 is a good camera but an unexciting phone especially the software. At that price I would go for the Samsung S7 although that is not my price range.

      • balcobomber25
        May 4, 2016

        I have used EMUI in the past and it is have improved a lot over the years, it isn’t as robust or feature rich as MIUI (Xiaomi) but it is a lot better than TouchWiz (Samsung).

    • Muhammad Yasir
      May 4, 2016

      P9 looks dreamy

    • Zachs_dad
      May 5, 2016

      The thing that worries me is that some of the real world samples I have
      seen of the p9 have been a bit ropey. It didn’t fair all that
      well,coming in at second bottom in a recent “blind” shoot out (phones
      were unknown, and results voted by the readers) on AA. This has now left me a
      bit confused ? (i used to be indecisive but now I am not so sure.) New
      profile btw – my old one (thespecialjuan) was not liked by someone!

      • balcobomber25
        May 5, 2016

        From what I have heard from people who have the P9, it is not a good “point and shoot” camera phone. You have to really get the settings just right, but if you do the pictures are amazing.

        • Zami
          May 5, 2016

          Huawei P9 is a bit photographers phone .
          But to take pictures with you need to know what is photography .
          It’s not for people who just just look at a good scenario, bring out the camera , press the button and let the phone do all the job .
          It’s not a child’s toy , and that’s why I love it .

          • balcobomber25
            May 5, 2016

            Exactly that is why I like it too, I am a control freak when it comes to photos.

  4. Steven Fox
    May 4, 2016

    Just wait for the Honor V8, for a 100$ more you`ll get the Kirin 950 and dual cameras.
    Will probably be the flagship killer of the year.

  5. Muhammad Yasir
    May 4, 2016

    stupid fuckers are designing Huawei phones 😀
    this is the practical definition of being an IDIOT !

  6. realjjj
    May 4, 2016

    The Snapdragon version is for CDMA2000 support.

  7. Moose
    May 4, 2016

    You say that the Huawei P9 Lite “has the very same 7.5mm thin body” as the P9 but this is a bit misleading as the P9 Lite is actually a bit longer and wider, despite being the same thickness as the P9, so it isn’t quite as compact. When it comes to comfort in the hand, I pay more attention to width than thickness.

  8. balcobomber25
    May 4, 2016

    The more I see the regular P9 the more I want one. As for this I would get the Honor 5x before this, similar specs but costs a lot less.

    • Inti Energia
      May 4, 2016

      From what I’ve seen the P9 is a good camera but an unexciting phone especially the software. At that price I would go for the Samsung S7 although that is not my price range.

    • Guest
      May 4, 2016

      P9 looks dreamy

    • balcobomber25
      May 4, 2016

      I have used EMUI in the past and it is have improved a lot over the years, it isn’t as robust or feature rich as MIUI (Xiaomi) but it is a lot better than TouchWiz (Samsung).

    • Zachs_dad
      May 5, 2016

      The thing that worries me is that some of the real world samples I have
      seen of the p9 have been a bit ropey. It didn’t fair all that
      well,coming in at second bottom in a recent “blind” shoot out (phones
      were unknown, and results voted by the readers) on AA. This has now left me a
      bit confused 😩 (i used to be indecisive but now I am not so sure.) New
      profile btw – my old one (thespecialjuan) was not liked by someone!

    • balcobomber25
      May 5, 2016

      From what I have heard from people who have the P9, it is not a good “point and shoot” camera phone. You have to really get the settings just right, but if you do the pictures are amazing.

    • Guest
      May 5, 2016

      Huawei P9 is a bit photographers phone .
      But to take pictures with you need to know what is photography .
      It’s not for people who just just look at a good scenario, bring out the camera , press the button and let the phone do all the job .
      It’s not a child’s toy , and that’s why I love it .

    • balcobomber25
      May 5, 2016

      Exactly that is why I like it too, I am a control freak when it comes to photos.

  9. Steven Fox
    May 4, 2016

    Just wait for the Honor V8, for a 100$ more you`ll get the Kirin 950 and dual cameras.
    Will probably be the flagship killer of the year.

  10. Guest
    May 4, 2016

    stupid fuckers are designing Huawei phones 😀
    this is the practical definition of being an IDIOT !

  11. Joel Adames
    May 5, 2016

    this is what we get when companies can not stick to less than 4 models… gets confusing at best… people tend to asume they are buying the real deal (and i think thats the main purpose behind this) is like the companies were making their own CLONES with watered down specs….

  12. Joel Adames
    May 5, 2016

    this is what we get when companies can not stick to less than 4 models… gets confusing at best… people tend to asume they are buying the real deal (and i think thats the main purpose behind this) is like the companies were making their own CLONES with watered down specs….