Our Verdict

The Honor 9 Lite has the looks of an expensive phone and it's feature-packed, but it's the battery and rear camera that leaves us asking for more.

For

  • Vibrant 18:9 display
  • Looks premium
  • Capable front camera

Against

  • No USB-C
  • Heavy UI
  • No fast charge support

Note from the editor: This is an updated review of the Indian variant of the Honor 9 Lite by the TechRadar India team. Some of the features may differ slightly to the UK handset, but we'll be updating this review to fully reflect the UK model, very soon. We will confirm its star rating once we've spent more time with the UK 9 Lite.

The Honor 9 Lite has officially launched in the UK, boasting four cameras at an affordable price tag.

As the name suggests, it's a 'lighter' version of the flagship Honor 9, which itself has already been super-ceded by the Honor View 10.

In UK the Honor 9 packs in a 5.65-inch full HD display, Kirin 659 chipset, 3GB of RAM, Android 8 Oreo, dual rear cameras (13MP + 2MP) and dual front cameras (also 13MP + 2MP).

With an ever growing middle smartphone market, the Honor 9 Lite is up against some quality competition, and the Chinese firm will hope it's quad-cam play is enough to tempt you.

Check out our hands on video with the Honor 9 Lite

Honor 9 Lite price and availability

  • Honor 9 Lite launch price: £199
  • Honor 9 Lite UK release date: February 6

The Honor 9 Lite release date is February 6 in the UK, and the handset is available from 

There's good news in terms of the Honor 9 Lite price, with the handset costing just £199 SIM-free.

You can also pick from three colours; Sapphire Blue, Glacier Grey and Midnight Black.

The Honor 9 Lite has an impressive design.

Design and display

  • Glass unibody looks premium
  • 5.65-inch Full HD+, 18:9 aspect ratio display
Honor 9 Lite specs

Weight: 149g
Dimensions:  151 x 71.9 x 7.6mm
OS: EMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Screen size: 5.65 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2160 (18:9 aspect ratio)
CPU: Kirin 659
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32GB
Battery: 3,000mAh
Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP
Front camera: 13MP + 2MP

The Honor 9 Lite is made out of glass and metal, that is certainly one of the most premium looking phones in its price tier.

The phone follows a similar design as the Honor 9. It has a same glass and metal design language with curved edges. It has no physical navigation buttons on the body, but the round fingerprint sensor is on the back.

The blue variant of the phone looks stunning with that sleek and shiny finish. But glass, as always, is prone to smudges and scratches. So, you have to keep cleaning up your phone to keep it neat.

There's a 2.5D curved glass baked on the front and back, which subtly blends with the curve on the sides. Despite having a slippery body, the back glass sticks to the palm while using. Also, the narrow profile of the phone makes it good for one-handed usage. 

Honor 9 Lite hands on gallery

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The front of the phone looks neat, thanks to minimal bezels and the body colored speaker grill. The display stretches to the extreme edges of the phone, which is another factor that makes the phone look premium. Back is reflective, so much that you can fix your hair by using it like a mirror. 

The Honor 9 Lite feels like a well-built phone in hand, and the feel is nothing less than a flagship.

Overall, it is a good design to flaunt without spending a lot. It feels solid, key placement makes sense, and all the ports are in place. 

It has dual-cameras on the back and front.

Honor has done a great job in cramming a 5.65-inch display in a limited space, which automatically chops off extra bezels around the display. Hence, making it look more immersive and catchy.

The FullHD+ (2160x1080 pixels) IPS display provides a great overall experience,  and we found it to be vivid and sharp. It fits 248 pixels per inch in that 18:9 display, which is the reason why details appear sharp and distinctive.

To our surprise, the display produced accurate whites unlike most Honor phones, where display is shadowed by a blue tint. The display offers 570nits of luminescence, which results in great sunlight legibility for a phone of this range. 

Since it is an IPS LCD panel, it does not match up to the brightness and depth of contrast on an AMOLED panel. 

It allows you to downscale the resolution to 720p, and you can also tweak color temperature accordingly. 

The only issue with 18:9 displays is app compatibility. Most apps and content are available for 16:9 displays, but you can enable full screen from settings to stretch the content. Stretching definitely helps but it also crops some part of the visual.