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The name of the phone suggests that it might be very similar to the Huawei G9, but actually, it is a lot similar to the Huawei P9 Lite. Huawei unveiled G9 Lite in China as the China variant of Huawei P9 Lite. Almost everything is same in both the phones from huge display to the big battery. We weren’t able to find any difference between both the phones. The design of G9 Lite looks good, and Huawei has used an aluminum frame with a polycarbonate back, but it still gives the phone a metallic appearance. It looks like a phone which will surely win hearts in China soon after its release. Let us take a deeper look at it and see if it will be able to compete with its competitors or not.
Huawei has not used the aluminium unibody which they used in P9, but they have used an aluminium frame with a polycarbonate back, as they used in P9 Lite. The back cover is made of plastic; that is not so good at first glance. The polycarbonate coating gives it a metallic appearance. There is a narrow band on the upper edge, which consists of the 13-megapixel rear cameras, with an LED Flash. There also a fingerprint scanner on the back, below the band. The Full HD display looks identical to the P9, but Huawei has cut a corner on the display glass. They also have not used Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. There is a simple glass cover over the display. At the bottom, there is a microUSB port along with the speaker grilles. Although it seems, as the speakers are stereo and the sound comes out of only one port. On the top, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack, while the SIM and microSD card tray are located on the left side. You can decide if you want to use the second SIM or a microSD card.
In 2015, it was very unlikely that a mid-range phone would equip with an HD display, but now, it is no longer the same scenario. The G9 Lite has a 5.2-inch screen, which is Full HD IPS. Thanks to the InCell technology, you will not find any gap between the display and the glass cover. It gives the advantage over accumulation of dust in between and also it gives a better look. With Full HD resolution, the screen has a pixel density of 424 ppi. The pixels are not visible to the naked eye. Only if you use a magnifying glass or any other magnifying device, you can see the pixels. It is a non-OLED display, but still, it performs well. The viewing angle stability is also excellent. You can read clearly in direct sunlight as well. For a mid-range smartphone, Huawei has done a good job in the Department of a display with G9 Lite.
Huawei has used the same HiSilicon Kirin 650 processor in the G9 Lite, which happens to be a new processor. It consists of an octa-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU. The eight cores are divided into groups of two. Four cores run at a maximum of 1.7 GHz and the remaining four cores run at 2.0 GHz max. It is supported by Mali T830 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The internal memory is 16GB, which you can extend up to 128 GB with the help of a microSD card. This setup is much better than the Snapdragon 617 processor with octa-core Qualcomm. This setup is said to be better in performance, and it will help in fast charging as well.
Huawei has done some savings in the camera department, and it is one of the reasons that G9 Lite has a low price. The Huawei has used a 13-megapixel primary camera. At first glance, we thought Huawei had used their Leica, the dual camera system in G9 Lite as well, which was seen in Huawei P8. But this is not the case. The image sensor of G9 Lite is a 1/3 inch in diameter, and the pixels are 1:12 microns in size, with an aperture, if f/2.0. These camera specs sound like the Sony IMX217 image sensor and not the Huawei IMX278.
There is no optical image stabilizer. The camera does an excellent job, and the images are sharp, but only under the right lighting conditions. In less light, the quality of photo decreases and some distortions also starts to appear. These might not be visible on the phone’s screen, but you can see them clearly on a PC. The camera app is same as of P9 Lite. It has Pro mode, night mode, and many more different modes. At the front, Huawei has used an 8-megapixel selfie camera, with an aperture of f/2.0. It is a better camera than the one which was used in P9 and P9 Plus. They both have an 8 MP Selfie camera, but aperture is f/2.4.
The price is low but still Huawei has managed to use the 3000mAh battery in G9 Lite. It is the same battery that is used in P9 Lite. The hardware of G9 Lite makes this battery more efficient, and the benchmark results show it. In AnTuTu benchmark test, the G9 Lite scored 8526 points, which is very close to the Galaxy S7 Edge, and it uses a larger battery (3600 mAh). The large battery of S7 Edge is the only reason it is a little ahead of G9 Lite, but still, it is a very respectable score for Huawei.
It is a dual-SIM phone where you can use a microSD card or the second SIM. The phone supports 4G. Rest of the connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Hotspot; Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE; GPS, NFC and FM Radio.
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