Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9 Lite (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Honor 7A, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9 Lite (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Huawei Honor 7A  Huawei Honor 9 Lite (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Huawei Honor 7A Huawei Honor 9 Lite
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Excellence Score
23.6
30.6
Value for Money Score
68.9
76.4
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 10,659 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Jan, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.65 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 427 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 2.36 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 HiSilicon Kirin 659
GPU Adreno 505 Mali-T830 MP2
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), F/2.2 Aperture Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Portrait Mode, Bokeh, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 13.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash, F/2.0 Aperture Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), Selfie Portrait Mode, Selfie Bokeh, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.8 mm 7.6 mm
Weight 150 gm 149 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Face Unlock; Karaoke Mode; Party Mode; Noise Filtration 2.5D Curved Back Glass; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good hand-feel, ergonomic design
  • Decent fingerprint sensor at the back
  • Also supports face unlock system which works consistently after a remarkably quick enrolment process
  • Modern 18:9 'FullView' display results in a pleasantly manageable phone, despite its 5.7-inch display
  • Pretty decent rear camera - can take especially good shots in daylight
  • Decent front camera too (you might want to turn off the beauty mode too, as it's too aggressive)
  • Dedicated microSD slot and dual SIM slots
  • Good battery life - should comfortably last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • Looks stunning, with an beautiful glass-based build - making it stand out amongst the competition in this price range - an elegant and modern design, executed almost perfectly
  • The phone is also slim, compact, and pocketable - which, amongst a sea of mammoth phablets, is again a design choice that a lot of people will appreciate
  • Decent face unlock functionality - one of the cheapest devices right now to boast the same!
  • Very good edge-to-edge 5.65-inch full-HD+ screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and with good sharpness, and brightness levels, making it one of the best displays in this price bracket
  • EMUI is pretty decent and has some nice add-ons to standard Android functionality, like split screen notifications, and dynamic fonts
  • Good day-to-day performance backed by the solid Kirin 659 SoC (it's on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC)
  • Dual camera setups on both the rear and front sides make for some good bokeh shots
  • Decent 3, 000mAh battery under the hood - the phone will get through the day on a single charge (having said that, there are better battery life phones in this price bracket)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • It's an all-plastic build, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that the phone lacks the premium touch of some of the metal phones in this price bracket
  • The display is decent, but certainly could have done with a higher resolution and better outdoor visibility
  • EMUI is not the most refined skin for Android, and comes bundled with plenty of bloatware too (although it does offer plenty of customization)
  • The performance of the phone is decent in day-to-day use, but with the budget Snapdragon 430 at the core, you shouldn't expect very good gaming performance
  • Supports the old microUSB port instead of the modern USB-C
  • No support for fast charging
  • On the whole, the Honor 7A is a pretty solid phone when judged on its own, but it will face some very tough competition from Redmi 5 in this price bracket, which has, among other things, a significantly more powerful processor
  • The glass based design means that if you drop it, you can do some damage to the device, so using a case would be a good idea
  • The EMUI interface is now cleaner than before, but still not as simple and no-nonsense as stock Android
  • While the cameras are good with bokeh shots, standard photography is average and could have had better detail, brightness and composure - in roughly this price range, you’ll get better photography from the slightly more expensive Xiaomi Mi A1, which uses its dual-camera setup more effectively and delivers on everyday photography better
  • Takes a little over two hours to charge using the bundled 10W charger - fast charging support would have been a nice-to-have
  • On the whole, while it's a good phone, this is a very competitive price range - the Xiaomi Mi A1, Moto G5S Plus and Huawei’s own Honor 7X will give the phone a tough fight - while Honor 9 Lite is arguably the best looking of all, it is not the most powerful of the lot, and the cameras, while decent, are not class leading
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