Huawei G9 Lite official: reinvigorates affordable Android phones with sleek design

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:

G9 Lite
PlatformAndroid 6 Marshmallow
with HTC Sense
Dimensions146.8mm x 72.6mm x 7.5mm, weight of 143g
Display5.2" Full HD (1080 x 1920)
SoCSnapdragon 617 with 3GB RAM
Octa-core (4 A53s @ 2GHz, 4 A53s @ 1.7GHz)
Cameras13MP rear Sony cam with f/2.0 lens
8MP front camera
Battery3,000 mAh

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.



1. iWinAndroBerry unregistered

HTC Sense? Am I reading that correctly?

2. nscian2

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Probably a typo. For as much as Phonearena posts there are generally quite a few

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right, its even more common lately.. maybe they just miss John V. lol

21. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I like the "light great" color.

4. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Android 6 Marshmallow with HTC Sense????? Its Emotion UI i think

5. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Lol HUAWEI with HTC Sense would be soooo DREAMY

6. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

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.

14. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

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.

7. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

LeEco Le 2 laughed out loud to both reinvigorating affordable Android phones and quite a bang for the buck parts.

9. Krunal

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

Looks great..!!

11. donrox

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

iPhone-like colors! LOL!

12. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Is there any practical improvement of SD617 over SD616??

15. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Quick Charge 3.0.

16. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

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.

18. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015


13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Nice iHuawei

17. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

No WAY Platform: Android 6 Marshmallow with HTC Sense

19. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

The extra .2" killed any interest I had immediately

20. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

It looks, so 2016 huawei, i guess. But still receive my attention. Good looking device though

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