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The Honor 9x Lite measures 16x7.5x.8cm apart from where the two cameras and LED flash protrude at the back top left, it weighs 189 grams. The viewable screen is 15x7cm apart from the front facing camera that takes up .5x2cm at the top centre of the screen. The notional diagonal imperial measurement is a tad under 6½inches. The viewable screen has almost no borders as you can see from the dimensions.
This looks and feels like a phone that should cost far more than £200.
It comes with 128GB of memory and 4GB of RAM. It has dual Nano Sim’s and a micro SD card slot all in the same holder. It does not however support an OTG device. The version of Android installed is version 9. The display is 1080p.
Going around the outside, the right side has a volume rocker above the on/off button, start up is an unspectacular 30 seconds but I know I am one of the few that turn my phone off at night. Shutdown from desktop is a three second push on the on/off button then two presses on ‘power off’ so around five seconds.
The base has speaker, micro USB for charging, microphone and 3.5mm headphone socket. The left side has entry point for the Sim’s and micro SD card. The top has a pin hole microphone.
Finally the back has a vertical line of two cameras and LED flash in a 3x1.5cm raised area .5cm down and .5cm in from the top left, also on the back is a fingerprint sensor 2.5cm down from the top mounted centrally.
The 3750mAh battery should give all but the heaviest of users two days between charges. I only have access to trickle charge and this took four hours for a full charge, if you have something capable of the 10watts it can take then it would be far less time.
You might be wondering how any new phone from Honor could still be sold with Google installed well that is because it technically is not a new phone, the box of my test unit gave me the clue as it clearly says 8X on the top and only 9X lite on the end. Any phone that is manufactured – even if never sold - then has future rights to updates etc. So this was a phone that never came to the market and because of that can now be presented as a new model and therefor is still entitled to include all Google Apps.
This is probably the reason that it has micro USB for charging rather than USB ‘C’ and as a slight downside a Kirin 710 chipset. When it was first conceived no doubt the price point would have been far higher than that now sold at.
Finally the rear camera is 48MP and the second offering is a depth sensor, while the front selfie is 8MP.
My opinion is that this offering is great value for money with the caveat of the minus points mentioned.
The price from the Honor UK store is £199.99 and you get a choice of one of three free gifts as well as free shipping. It is available in Emerald Green or Midnight Black.
At the time of publication the Honor 9x Lite It is also available from Amazon for £176.99 but without the free gift option.