honor 9i /mate 10 lite hands -on Review


The Honor 9i is the latest phone to be launched under Huawei’s online-online brand name in India. Also referred to as the Huawei Companion 10 Lite, Nova 2i and also Maigmang 6 in other countries, it is Huawei’s first phone with not 2 or 3 however 4 on-board cameras.

The 9i/Mate 10 Lite also takes advantage of another trend in the mobile phone market – that of taller display screens. Featuring an 18:9 aspect proportion display screen, the Honor 9i is one of the few phones on the marketplace to feature a taller display screen in its rate variety.

Honor 9i vital functions

Key drawbacks

Being a budget plan phone, the 9i is a little bit underwhelming in regards to pure specifications theoretically.

Nevertheless, we did reach spend some time with the device and also see just how those specifications equated to real world efficiency and also just how the phone compares to the competitors.

Video camera and overall impacts

The Honor 9i has a twin camera system on the front as well as on the back, which is exactly how Huawei obtained the ‘Globe’s very first phone with 4 cams’ rhetoric. The important things is, however, only 2 of those actually take pictures and the various other two are depth sensing units for the background blur effect.

The history defocusing attribute on the back camera left us a little bit let down contrary to our experience with more costly Huawei phones. The camera made a substandard boundary around the subject as well as greatly blurred out the bordering area, making the individual look like a cardboard intermediary.

The video camera app has another setting where you can adjust the “aperture” of the video camera, which worked a little bit better yet was still unstable.

We proceeded taking routine photos as well as fortunately, the phone does better in that regard. The pictures we absorbed bright daytime look decent yet there are some problems. The shades aren’t fairly ideal, and also just calling them oversaturated would not be correct as some colors merely looked various. For instance, the lot of flowers in among the images are intense red yet appear like a deep color of pink here. The mustard yellow surfboard looks light yellow.

Additionally, the dynamic array isn’t outstanding. It’s great if the scene is mostly flat, but in a high contrast scenarios, the sensing unit will certainly either blow the highlights or throw the shadows under the bus. The HDR setting simply makes the picture brighter yet does nothing for saving the highlights from clipping.

There is additionally not a great deal of sound reduction applied. This means there is more fine information kept in the pictures, however also a great deal of sound also.


While we invested with the Honor 9i/Mate 10 Lite, we did involve value several things about it. The style is actually quite excellent as well as makes the gadget stick out in its section. The supposed FullView display is additionally quite nice and also aside from the novelty is really helpful considering that it reveals a great deal more content. The software experience and general performance was additionally fairly great.

Where the device does not have remains in some graphical horse power to power several of those even more requiring video games, specifically as a result of its higher-than-usual display resolution.

The quad-camera is likewise a trick, and also although the image camera from the key cams is decent for the cost, the background defocusing impact is not the most effective implementation we’ve seen from Huawei. The phone likewise does not have some details, such as fast billing and also USB-C that you find on its rivals.

Still, for INR 17,999 ($278), the Honor 9i is great worth as well as a suitable step up from a few of the more affordable phones in the sector.

  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2017, October
  • Status: Available. Released 2017, November
  • Body
  • Dimensions: 156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5 mm (6.15 x 2.96 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 164 g (5.78 oz)
  • Build: Front glass, aluminum body
  • Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display
  • Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.9 inches, 89.8 cm2 (~76.5% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • – EMUI 5.1
  • Platform
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659 (16 nm)
  • Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Mali-T830 MP2
  • Memory
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Internal: 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
  • Main Camera
  • Dual: 16 MP, f/2.2, 27mm (wide), PDAF
    2 MP, depth sensor
  • Features: LED flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie camera
  • Dual: 13 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
    2 MP, depth sensor
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Radio: FM radio
  • microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
  • Features
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – MP4/H.264 player
    – MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
    – Document viewer
    – Photo/video editor
  • Battery
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3340 mAh battery
  • Misc
  • Colors: Graphite Black, Prestige Gold, Aurora Blue
  • Price: About 200 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 1530 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1408Basemark X: 8721
  • Display: Contrast ratio: 1852:1 (nominal), 2.654 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 67dB / Noise 71dB / Ring 84dB
  • Audio quality: Noise -89.2dB / Crosstalk -83.8dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 76h
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