Honor 9 Lite Gets Face Unlock Feature
Huawei sub-brand Honor launched the Honor 9 Lite in India in January. Priced at Rs 10999 for the base variant, the Honor 9 Lite is one of the few devices in the price category to offer an 18:9 aspect ratio. In fact, the Honor 9 Lite has an all-glass design with a metal frame and offers a dual-camera setup on the back as well as on the front. No other smartphones in this price offer these features.
However, Honor has no plans of stopping there. The company has announced that by 5th of March, all Honor 9 Lite devices will receive the infamous Face Unlock feature via HOTA (Huawei Over The Air) update.
Sanjeev, Vice President, Sales, Huawei Consumer Business Group said:
At Honor, we believe in delivering superior and innovative smartphone experiences and the Face Unlock rollout for Honor 9 Lite is in line with our commitment. Honor 9 Lite will be the most affordable smartphone in the Indian market to support Face Unlock feature.
The Honor 9 Lite already runs on Android 8 Oreo while the Redmi Note 5, which goes on sale tomorrow, is on Android 7 Nougat right now.There are no claims that the Redmi Note 5 will eventually receive Face Unlock. Hence, the Honor 9 Lite remains the only device in this price range to offer such a feature.
Honor 9 Lite Specifications
The smartphone has a 5.65-inch IPS LCD display with a 2160 x 1080 px resolution which translates into an 18:9 aspect ratio. The design of the device is different from what other companies offer in this price range. The device has a glass sandwich design with a metallic frame.
Under the hood, similar to the Honor 7X, the Honor 9 Lite has the HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset, an octa-core processor, the Mali-T830 MP2 GPU, 3GB or 4GB of RAM and storage options of 32GB and 64GB. It is worth noting that the onboard storage will be expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.
The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back and the bottom bezel on the front houses the Honor branding. However, the company could have housed the fingerprint sensor in the bottom bezel, similar to the Honor View10.
Powering the device is a 3000 mAh battery which also supports the Super Charge technology.
The device has four cameras. To the front and back, it has a 13MP camera along with a 2MP depth sensor. Both the camera setups record 1080P videos at 30fps.