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Huawei Mate 9 "Lite" could be coming soon

Huawei Mate 9 "Lite" could be coming soon
Huawei Mate 9 "Lite" could be coming soon
The more affordable Lite version has quietly appeared on the official Huawei site complete with specifications and color options. Official prices and launch dates are still unknown.

A current trend in the smartphone world these days is to launch a premium flagship model with high specifications followed by a lesser-equipped and usually smaller "Lite" version at a more affordable price. Huawei recently revealed the luxury Porsche Edition of the Mate 9 and may soon be launching the Mate 9 Lite as a mid-range option in its Mate 9 series. Like the Porche version, the Lite model should be slightly smaller than the vanilla Mate 9 with a 5.5-inch FHD display. The manufacturer has already added references and entries through its official website on the Mate 9 Lite.

Other supposed specifications for the Mate 9 Lite include:

  • Mid-range Kirin 655 SoC
  • 3 GB or 4 GB RAM (depending on SKU)
  • 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage (depending on SKU)
  • 8 MP front-facing camera
  • Single-band 802.11n + Bluetooth 4.1
  • Android 6.0 w/ EMUI 4.1
  • 3340 mAh battery
  • 8.2 mm thick

When compared to the Mate 9 flagship, the Mate 9 Lite is sporting a weaker processor, slower WLAN, older EMUI software, and a slightly thicker design.

Nonetheless, the new smartphone should be using a similar metal chassis as its more expensive sibling with dual rear cameras and a rear fingerprint sensor. The rear cameras, however, are not expected to be the same Leica lenses and should instead be a weaker 12 MP (w/ PFAF) lens and a 2 MP lens for Bokeh effects.

Initial color options are expected to be Gold, Gray, and Silver. Exact prices and launch dates have not been announced.



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Allen Ngo, 2016-11-22 (Update: 2016-11-22)