Last year Huawei collected the honeys of success with a P8 Lite quite complicated to understand at the time, with “slimmed down” high-end nomenclature and mid-range performance that managed to lower its price at attractive costs while maintaining the design of its more powerful brothers. Taking into account the level of sales reached, today it is easier to understand its renewal, so this Huawei P9 Lite that we now analyze is called to be Huawei’s best seller for 2016.
It is true that in our markets we still maintain a high degree of recognition for the large firms in the sector, which dominate the high ranges here not only thanks to their good work when manufacturing smartphones, but also to continuous marketing work.
However, we must recognize that in recent times Most important developments in the smartphone market have come from China, and although Asian manufacturers are not so recognized here, it is a fact that their sales quotas do not stop growing despite a strategy almost traced in all of them that avoids the high-end and the most cutting-edge devices.
And why do they grow so much then? There will be many reasons, but without a doubt the most important is the enormous superiority shown from China when creating smartphones of the best quality at affordable prices. This is where manufacturers like Huawei move like a fish in water, showing each exercise that it is easy to overcome without the need for major bragging.
One of the best examples is this Huawei P9 Lite that we thoroughly analyze today, a smartphone that, without standing out at all, has all the ballots to become one of the best sellers of this 2016 academic year thanks to a design inherited from its noblest brothers and a hardware platform that Huawei does not stop improving, without it also have an impact on their prices.
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Huawei is already an industry giant and as such we must recognize it, its goals are the highest – to be number one in Europe in 2020 – and the truth is that its path is encouraging if we look at its numbers and those of its brand spin-off, Honor, which also grows thanks to quality devices at very contained prices.
Be that as it may and from the outset, this terminal It generates doubts taking into account the mention of Honor itself, because we do not know where and how it will position itself with respect to the devices of the second Huawei brand. The line that separates them will be difficult to distinguish, and an update to the successful Honor 7, Honor’s flagship and one of the smartphones with the best value for money on the market in 2015, will knock you out of the game compared to the first change.
Still with everything, the Huawei P9 Lite is probably the most compensated phone Huawei has ever made, and this is saying a lot if we consider that Huawei is an expert firm when it comes to making compensated terminals.
Chinese manufacturer continues to understand the market better than anyoneAlthough listening to what users ask for does not mean that they will lose the identity that has brought them success. In this P9 Lite we will find all the essence of Huawei, with its brand intact and proud in a construction faithful to its lines that keeps hardware of its own manufacture and all the necessary crecenciales to reign fully in the most competitive range of the Android market.
The most difficult thing will be to distinguish this Huawei P9 Lite from its cousins the Honor, although we are probably talking about the best compensated smartphone that Huawei has ever manufactured, which is already saying a lot about a manufacturer expert in optimizing the quality / price ratio
A solvent smartphone with all its well-balanced specifications
As is usual in our in-depth analysis, we let you first enjoy our video review from XatakaTV, but obviously we will not forget to review all the important aspects of the Huawei P9 Lite in detail.
Y let’s talk about hardware to start, the essential but no longer differential part of a smartphone, which Huawei wants to continue taking care of with its own manufactured components from its HiSilicon factory. We know you like specification tables, very useful when it comes to a quick or comparative assessment, so here are the credentials on the role of the Huawei P9 Lite:
|Huawei P9 Lite, specifications|
|Physical dimensions||146.8 x 72.6 x 7.5 millimeters 147 grams|
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 424 dpi|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 650Octa-core (4x Cortex-A53 2.0 GHz & 4x Cortex-A53 1.7 GHz)|
|Graphics processor||ARM Mali-T880 MP2|
|Memory||16 GB + microSD up to 128 GB|
|Version||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Connectivity||Active dual SIM LTE (2nd shared nanoSIM / microSD port) Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, WiFi Direct, hotspotGPS + GLONASSBluetooth 4.1 LENFCRadio FM|
|Cameras||Rear: 13 MP with f / 2.0 aperture and autofocus, LED flash, HDR and FullHD video Front: 8 MP with f / 2.0 aperture and LED flash|
|Access to Google Play||Yes, standard|
|Other data||Metal frame and plastic casing Fingerprint reader|
|Starting price||329.00 euros (233.80 € on sale at Amazon)|
We are not going to reveal the wheel today when talking about specifications, and the list that Huawei has chosen for its new mid-range in 2016 is so solvent that it practically needs no presentation or analysis.
The P9 Lite is a well-endowed smartphone in all its lines, with a 5.2-inch panel and FullHD 1,080p resolution that will crown the user experience with a good note, but which we will talk about later.
In this case, we are more interested in the electronic heart of the terminal, the engine of the whole, which will be a HiSilicon Kirin 650 of Huawei origin, with eight-core processor in big.LITTLE configuration (4x Cortex-A53 2.0 GHz & 4x Cortex-A53 1.7 GHz), support for 64 bits and ARM Mali-T880 MP2 GPU.
To this SoC, on more than enough paper for almost any type of use, it will be necessary to add the 3 GB of RAM and another 16 GB for internal storagePerhaps a fair figure if we consider that the terminal only has about 10.5 GB free from the factory, but that we can expand using microSD cards of up to 128 GB.
It should be noted that the microSD card shares slot with a second SIM card, so we must choose between memory expansion or dual SIM. Many will not like this, but at least Huawei offers us the possibility to choose in this case.
Continuing with the topic started, we will not have any connectivity problems, since the device is completely compatible with all frequencies used in Europe up to 4G LTE, also working with dual active dual SIM stand-by. This section is completed by the usual WiFi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and aGPS with GLONASS support, as well as a NFC chip that Huawei introduces in order not to lose ground if the emerging mobile payment services finally arrive.
There is no infrared port, forgotten again by most manufacturers, but we will have the forgotten one FM Radio that many will greatly appreciate, and that requires headphones plugged in as an antenna to work.
As you can see, Huawei has not forgotten anything to succeed this year, not even a fingerprint reader placed on the back in a centered position, and that again confirms that Huawei has the best implementation of a biometric sensor of this type in smartphones, with advanced functionality beyond unlocking the device.
The cameras, meanwhile, are of 13 and 8 megapixels respectively, with a Sony IMX214 sensor in the case of the main one, without optical stabilization but with LED flash and autofocus for adequate results without excessively bragging or raising the price too much.
The remarkable display of the Huawei P9 Lite is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, which unfortunately does not have any fast charging system or wireless charging, although as we will see it has no problem keeping the device alive during a day of intensive use.
Undoubtedly, a very interesting terminal for Huawei has not left anything in the pipeline, and that it also achieves leave its price at an attractive 329.00 euros at its launch, a cost that will also be improved as this P9 Lite will reach the catalogs of the main operators with greater facilities for its acquisition. In fact, today it can already be purchased for prices around 230 or 240 euros in Amazon Spain.
Huawei has not forgotten anything in the list of specifications of its new P9 Lite, and all this while keeping the price at bay around 300 euros that will make it a very attractive smartphone for the average user.
Unmistakable Huawei’s DNA in a Legacy High-End Design
These are good times for lovers of finishes, and the battle in the smartphone market is no longer fought only in gigahertz and gigabytes, but also in design, materials and construction.
The guys at Huawei have understood the situation well, and have wanted to work with care on the appearance of your devices. In fact, metal was already used in their design tables while most continued to believe in polycarbonate, and the truth is that if we have something to praise about Huawei it is precisely its great work with the finishes without raising prices too much.
The Huawei P9 Lite is no exception, and that for the occasion the manufacturer has dispensed with more expensive materials such as the Gorilla Glass or the metal back, leaving the set equally harmonious but knowing how to compensate the expense when it comes to keeping the final cost of the terminal at bay.
We are talking about a smartphone built around a chassis with metal frame, where the front glass and a Textured plastic back, pleasant to the touch and immune to stains that achieves an interesting finish and an otherwise unattainable lightness, just 147 grams.
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