Huawei G9 Lite official: reinvigorates affordable Android phones with sleek design
posted by Victor H. / May 04, 2016, 6:57 AM
The Huawei G9 Lite, a phone that has been rumored to arrive as a more affordable variation on the flagship Huawei P9 theme, has now gone official in China.
Rather than carrying the expected Huawei P9 Lite name, the official name of this phone is the Huawei G9 Lite and it is one good-looking mid-ranger.
Good looks are not the only thing the G9 Lite offers: it's actually quite the bang for the buck, covering all the basics. It sports a reasonable size with a 5.2" display, that metal build with slim profile and light weight, along with Huawei's custom user interface on top of Android and a 13-megapixel, f/2.0 rear camera.
The phone also comes in a selection of three familiar, iPhone-like colors: a dark grey, light great and gold version.
Here are the specs of the Huawei G9 Lite in a nutshell:
|Platform||Android 6 Marshmallow|
with HTC Sense
|Dimensions||146.8mm x 72.6mm x 7.5mm, weight of 143g|
|Display||5.2" Full HD (1080 x 1920)|
|SoC||Snapdragon 617 with 3GB RAM|
Octa-core (4 A53s @ 2GHz, 4 A53s @ 1.7GHz)
|Cameras||13MP rear Sony cam with f/2.0 lens|
8MP front camera
Price and release date
The HuaweI G9 carries an official price of some $260 (1,700 yuan) in China. The world's most populous nation is also the first and so far only official market for the phone, but we expect the phone to also go on sale in many of Huawei's global markets including Europe. There is no official information about price and release date of the Huawei G9 in the United States.
HTC Sense? Am I reading that correctly?
posted on May 04, 2016, 6:58 AM 4
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Probably a typo. For as much as Phonearena posts there are generally quite a few
posted on May 04, 2016, 7:00 AM 5
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This cheaper Huawei P9 Lite is also a bit longer and wider then the P9. $260 is not a bad price for a mid-ranger but the upcoming LeTV Le 2 is listed on pre-order for $199 on one site and it has the Mediatek Helio X20 processor with a similar size 3000 mAh battery. It will allegedly support global LTE bands. This is just one example but there are a lot of mid-range Chinese phones that are better value for money than the P9 Lite. Huawei phones are generally a bit on the pricey side, same as Samsung and Sony in this regard, which also comes out with mid-range phones. Often, when the price is right, the specs are more budget than mid-range.
posted on May 04, 2016, 7:32 AM 0
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Huawei does much better than Samsung at this price range. No, it won't beat Xiaomi or LeTV, but Huawei does have the more reliable track record, nicer software (at least IMO), and a wider support network to show for it, as well as the oh-so-important availability in the US for American readers.
posted on May 04, 2016, 10:19 AM 0
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Is there any practical improvement of SD617 over SD616??
posted on May 04, 2016, 8:53 AM 0
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The SD617 has - Twice as fast LTE modem (Cat.7 vs Cat.4), - Nearly twice as fast storage support (eMMC 5.1 vs eMMC 4.51), - Faster charge support (QC 3.0 vs QC 2.0), - Sligthly faster RAM support (LPDDR3 933MHz vs LPDDR3 800MHz), - Bluetooth 4.1 and Bluetooth low power, - Build-in noise cancellation, - Dual ISP, - 60fps 1080p video shooting instead to SD616's 30fps.
posted on May 04, 2016, 10:20 AM 1
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