Huawei Silently Announces the Mate 9 Lite: 5 Things You Should Know

    Another smartphone joins the Huawei Mate 9 family.

    By Prajith

    Huawei has silently announced a "lighter" version of the Mate 9 called the Huawei Mate 9 Lite on Saturday. It is the fourth smartphone that the company has launched in a succession of two weeks.

    Huawei Silently Announces the Mate 9 Lite: 5 Things You Should Know

    Earlier, Huawei launched two flagship smartphones namely the Mate 9 and a more premium Porsche Design Mate 9. Following the two, it has also launched another smartphone under the same series called Mate 9 Pro in China.

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    The Huawei Mate 9 Lite has already been listed on the company's website giving us some insights about the smartphone. Pricing and availability details about the smartphone are still under the wraps, though.

    Take a closer look at the details of the smartphone below.

    Same design and three colour variants

    The Huawei Mate 9 Lite carries the same design language as its more premium variants. It will be available in three colour variants namely Gold, Grey, and Silver.

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    5.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass

    In terms of footprint, the Mate 9 Lite is slightly smaller in comparison to its bigger siblings. It sports a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels with a 2.5D curved glass on top.

    Powered by an octa-core Kirin 655 chipset

    Powered by an octa-core Kirin 655 chipset

    As the name itself suggests, the Mate 9 Lite comes with toned down internals. Instead of the octa-core Kirin 960 chipset, the smartphone is powered by an octa-core Kirin 655 SoC. It is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. The company also stated that it'll launch a slightly bumped up version -4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space.

    Dual camera setup but no Leica lens this time

    Akin to the other Mates, the Mate 9 Lite also features a dual rear camera setup. But, this time around the Leica lens is absent. Also, the megapixel count is downgraded to 12MP + 2MP instead of 20MP + 12MP sensors. The 8MP camera on the front still remains the same, though.

    Other features

    Unlike its bigger siblings, the smartphone will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box with the company's EMUI 4.1 on top. It is backed by a 3,340mAh battery. The fingerprint sensor rests on the back. Pricing and availability of the smartphone are not yet available as of now.

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