Honor 9 Lite Could Be Priced At Around Rs. 11,000 In India
Honor, Huawei’s sub-brand has confirmed that it will be launching “a smartphone with four cameras” in India in January. Slowly, the company is revealing few key details about the device and while many would’ve thought that Honor 9 Lite was a result of mere speculations, its launch has now been confirmed. Honor announced that the upcoming smartphone will be a Flipkart-exclusive even though, the Honor 7X and Honor View10 are being sold via Amazon.
Ayyappan R, Senior Director, Smartphones at Flipkart said:
With the new upcoming Flipkart exclusive launch of Honor 9 Lite smartphone which is positioned on beauty & design along with flagship quad cameras the Flipkart – Honor partnership will further set new heights in the e-commerce market in India.
In China, the smartphone starts at a price of CNY 1199 (Rs. 11600 approx.) for the 3GB/32GB variant and goes up to CNY 1799 (Rs. 17400 approx.) for the 4GB/64GB variant. In India, Honor already has the Honor 7X priced at Rs. 12999 and the Honor 9i priced at Rs. 17,999. It might make sense for the company to launch the Honor 9 Lite at a price lower than that of the Honor 7X. In a price-sensitive market like India, a difference of even Rs. 1,000 can sway a consumer to one smartphone over the other. Hence, an inexpensive alternative to the Honor 7X or even the Honor 9i will be ideal.
This statement from Flipkart also confirms that the device will be named Honor 9 Lite in India as well. Honor is known for launching smartphones in the global market with a different moniker than its native Chinese market. In China, the Honor 9 Lite is available in three variants and if Honor does launch the device at Rs. 11,000 or thereabouts, it could launch the basic variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage and then price the high-end variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage at around Rs. 15,000.
Flipkart has also listed the device with 3GB and 4GB of RAM along with 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage. This means that the base variant will launch in India and could be an inexpensive alternative to the Honor 7X.