The Huawei P9 Lite Mini is yet another entry level smartphone, which has arrived a little late to the race. Released in the month of September of the year 2017, it is just an average device. The P9 Lite is an attempt to introduce a cheaper variant of the P9. Although the specs look average and at par with the standard, they aren’t all that impressive. Strictly speaking, the entry level segment has too many choices, and the P9 Mini simply doesn’t fit in the competition. The company may have migrated to the more standard Qualcomm processors, but they are way too underpowered as we will discuss in the processor section. It won’t pop up at all in anybody’s radar and the company will have a hard time marketing this one. It’s a mystery as to why they introduced such a suboptimal phone to the market.
The P9 Lite Mini sports a 5-inch IPS LCD display with 16M colors and a pixel density of 294ppi. Screen resolution is capped at 720 x 1280 pixels. The device also has a screen-to-body ratio of 67.6%. The bezels on this device is bad as one can get in the present day and age. Everything about this device is in shambles. One good thing about this package is that the P9 Mini will at least have a metal body, thereby giving it some sort of premium look on the outside. The other display specs are underdeveloped. The competition is offering Full HD displays, with much less bezels and much better pixel densities for better picture quality. It will be nothing short of a miracle if this display is able to impress the minority of the users in the smartphone community.
Under the hood the P9 Mini is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It also has the Adreno 308 for the graphics department. The AnTuTu benchmark test on this device yields a score of ~31K, which is good, if it were 2015. The entry level devices these days boast a score of 40K which is leagues apart from the P9 Lite Mini. The user will face lags and stutters while switching from one app to another. Multitasking won’t be of any use, if two heavy applications are opened at the same time.
The device also has an internal storage of 16GB, and an external memory slot expandable up to 128GB. It also has 2GB of RAM which would have been good a few years back. Nowadays devices with these specs are either becoming obsolete, or moving further down the price list. There will be no other variant and 16GB of internal space may be a big, but isn’t viable in a market where people can get double that capacity at the same price. The device isn’t bad, but for it to be good and viable choice, the price tag will have to be readjusted significantly.
The Huawei Honor P9 Lite Mini comes with a 13MP rear shooter, along with flash, auto focus, panorama, phase detection, and HDR. It also supports geotagging, and face detection. Though 13 MP is the standard pretty much these days, we’ll have to see if they actually turn out to be as good as the Redmi 4. Photos are acceptable when taken during the day. Video recording is supported at 1080p@30fps, which isn’t too bad and the quality is also somewhat decent.
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, FM radio are all supported along with a 3.5mm audio jack. The device also supports all the basic audio codecs (MP3, eAAC+, WAV and M4A format as well) and video codecs (MP4, H.264 and FLV).
The P9 Lite Mini is powered by a non-removable 3020 mAh battery which isn’t great, but will see you through the day on moderate usage.
It is a dual sim device that supports Nano-sim. The one good thing is that it doesn’t have a hybrid sim slot and you can enjoy the full extent of the expandable memory without having to sacrifice your second sim. Both sim slots support 4G connectivity.