It looks like Huawei is not quite done with its Mate 9 series yet. There’s the regular Huawei Mate 9, a limited edition Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design, a Huawei Mate 9 Pro, and now, the Chinese company has quietly introduced a new Huawei Mate 9 Lite.
The Huawei Mate 9 Lite is slightly smaller than the regular Huawei Mate 9, featuring a 5.5” Full HD 2.5D display. On the inside, it is powered by a Huawei Kirin 655 octa-core processor paired with either 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
Camera wise, while the Huawei Mate 9 Lite may not be equipped with a Leica-certified camera system, there’s still a dual-camera setup (downgraded to 12MP + 2MP) that lets you capture “great photos faster and easier”. The main 12MP sensor has 1.25nm pixels and uses PDAF, while the second 2MP camera helps capture depth information so you can take pictures with a bokeh effect. The front has a 8MPcamera and like most smartphones today, it comes with a wide angle lens and retouch software that lets you take the perfect selfie and wefie.
Other specs include 3340mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, 4G LTE connectivity, and strangely, runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box with the company’s EMUI 4.1 UX. The other three Huawei Mate 9 series runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with EMIU 5.0.
The Huawei Mate 9 Lite is available in gray, gold and silver. Sadly, the company did not list out the pricing and availability but considering the specs, it should be much more affordable than the regular Huawei Mate 9 that will go on sale tomorrow for RM2,699.