Honor 9 Lite vs Honor 9

Honor 9 Lite on the left and right, the Honor 9

We’re lucky enough to have an Honor 9 and an Honor 9 Lite, so we figured a big batch of comparison photos was definitely worth showing. They’re both blue (here at least, you can get the 9 Lite in grey too) and they’re both shiny, but which is best for you?

The Honor 9, on the right in these comparison shots, has some “battle damage” as this has been my device of choice for the past few months (despite it not wanting to work with Strava). It measures in at 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.5 mm and weighs 155 g. The P9 Lite, on the other hand, is a little lighter at 149 g and is a touch longer and wide at 151 x 71.9 x 7.6 mm. There’s also 0.1 mm of extra thickness but you’ll never notice that.

Perhaps the most obvious difference is the screen and fingerprint arrangement. On the P9 the fingerprint sensor is built into that multi-use home button. The P9 has a 5.15″ screen at 1080 x 1920 pixels in a 16:9 ratio, whereas the P9 Lite puts the fingerprint sensor on the back but you can still do the swish navigation tricks on-screen with this one. The screen is a larger 5.65″ unit with a higher resolution – 1080 x 2160 pixels – and it has an 18:9 ratio.

The Honor 9 should be getting Oreo any day now, but the 9 Lite gets this out of the box. Processor-wise, the Honor 9 has a HiSilicon Kirin 960 CPU. This is an octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53). The P9 Lite gets a HiSilicon Kirin 659 CPU, which is almost the same – it has an octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 and 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53). However, memory is vastly different. Both of these are the UK market spec, and I’ve got 6GB of RAM in the Honor 9 with 64GB of internal storage. The Honor 9 Lite gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, so half. However, you can whack in a microSD card into both.

The Honor 9 has a dual 12 megapixel (f/2.2, 27mm) and a 20 megapixel (f/2.2, 27mm) shooter which includes phase detection autofocus, 2x lossless zoom and dual-LED dual-tone flash. Up front is an 8 megapixel cam. On the Honor 9 Lite, you get this four-camera arrangement. There’s a dual 13 megapixel and 2 megapixel shooters featuring phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Up front, a 13 megapixel and 2 megapixel arrangement. We’ll be bringing you some camera comparisons soon.

The Honor 9 and Honor 9 Lite both have NFC, 3.5mm jack, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2 and similar batteries (3200mAh in the Honor 9, 3000mAh in the Honor 9 Lite), however the USB-C on the older Honor 9 gets dropped in favour of a microUSB port on the Honor 9 Lite. Another difference is the fact that the Honor 9 does 5GHz WiFi but the Honor 9 Lite does not.

Price-wise, the Honor 9 will set you back £349.99 from the official UK store whereas the Honor 9 Lite will cost a mere £199.99!

We’ll have comparison shots from the cameras and a full review online very soon, so stay tuned!

Until then, here’s some shots of the Honor 9 Lite alone..