Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9 Lite (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Lenovo K8 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9 Lite (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Huawei Honor 9 Lite (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Lenovo K8 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 9 Lite Lenovo K8 Note
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Excellence Score
26.2
24.4
Value for Money Score
70.4
70.3
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 8,949 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2018 Aug, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.65 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 427 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, Oleophobic Coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Deca Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #52 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio X23Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 Mali-T880 MP4
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 13MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Portrait Mode, Bokeh, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama N/A
Secondary Camera 13MP + 2MP 13.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Selfie Portrait Mode, Selfie Bokeh, Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.6 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 149 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4000 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 Yes, Turbo Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A Talktime (4G): 24.7 hrs, Standby Time (4G): 378 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 2.5D Curved Back Glass; Noise Filtration Dolby Atmos; Splash Resistant; Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging); Noise Filtration; TheatreMax
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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)
  • Very good build quality, water repellent design
  • The metal body feels sturdy to hold and offers a premium feel and a soft touch
  • 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass spread across the front edges looks neat
  • The K8 Note is also fairly easy to use with just one hand - its rounded edges make it fit well in a palm
  • Lenovo has also used an anti-fingerprint coating on the screen which means you shouldn't have to bother cleaning it very often
  • The left panel has a dedicated "Music key" which is customisable for any purpose - playing/ pausing audio or video, toggling the flashlight, launching the camera, taking a screenshot, or opening a specific app
  • Nice, crisp, bright display - viewing angles are good and sunlight legibility is not an issue - good for watching videos and playing games
  • The phone also has TheaterMax VR support which was initially introduced with the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note - it works well and lets you enjoy media on a virtual large screen, with a 100-degree field of view and a cinema-like feel
  • With the Lenovo K8 Note, the company is also switching to a stock Android experience, ditching Lenevo's Vibe Pure UI entirely - it's a welcome move - both in terms of making the UI simple, and making the future software update cycle faster
  • The interface is also slick, and fluid, and you won't feel the device stuttering even when many apps are running - gaming too is smooth, and even heavy games are handled well - benchmark scores are right at the top too for this price bracket
  • The dual camera setup at the rear works fairly well - there's a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor for creating a bokeh effect
  • Images have good details and natural colours with low noise - the camera is quick to lock focus on a subject, and landscapes and macros are decent too
  • The front 13-megapixel camera too is pretty decent, is able to capture colour tones and details well enough, and has its own LED flash
  • Decent speaker along with the Dolby Atmos app that can be used to tweak audio options
  • Decent call quality
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - lasts a whole day even with heavy use
  • Also supports fast charging (about 20 minutes to go from 0 to 40%)
  • On the whole, the K8 Note is one of the better looking phones in its category, and pretty similar to the well-designed Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
  • Has dedicated dual SIM slots (instead of the hybrid setup in lot of the recent phones) which is always a good thing
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • A little bit on the heavy side at 180g (versus 165g for the Redmi Note 4, which is its top competitor)
  • Tends to get a little warm - when you are continuously using the camera app, or GPS, or when gaming
  • While the camera is good in daylight, low-light shots tended to have a lot of noise, and the low-light camera results leave a lot to be desired
  • Battery life is good but not the best in the segment - falling short of what the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 delivers in terms of battery performance
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