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Specs Comparison: Honor 9 Lite vs Huawei Nova 2 Lite

Today in our specs comparison, we will be checking out two devices: one from the Honor line and one from the popular Nova series. Will it be the Honor 9 Lite or the Huawei Nova 2 Lite to win the crown? Let’s start!

Honor 9 Lite is a line of smartphones from Huawei but with a different main audience. It has a 5.65-inch 18:9 IPS display with 2160 x 1080 resolution, a Kirin 659 processor, a 3GB RAM, a 32GB internal storage, a 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, a 13MP + 2MP front cameras, and a  3,000mAh battery.

Huawei Nova 2 Lite is basically the lite version of the popular Nova 2i. It has a 5.99-inch 18:9 IPS display with 1440 x 720 resolution, Snapdragon 430 processor, a 3GB RAM, a 32GB internal storage, a 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, an 8MP front camera, and a 3,000mAh battery.

Here are their detailed specs:

Honor 9 Lite Huawei Nova 2 Lite
5.65-inch 18:9 IPS display @ 2160 x 1080, 428ppi5.99-inch 18:9 IPS display @1440 x 720, 269ppi
2.5D Curved glass2.5D Curved glass
HiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz octa-core
Mali-T830 MP2Adreno 505
32GB internal storage32GB internal storage
expandable up to 256GBexpandable up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
13MP + 2MP rear camera w/ LED flash13MP + 2MP rear cameras w/ LED flash
13MP + 2MP front camera8MP 77-degree field of view front camera w/ soft light LED flash
Dual-SIM (Hybrid)Dual-SIM
WiFi 802.11 b/g/nWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
micro USBmicro USB
Fingerprint sensorFingerprint sensor
Face UnlockFace Unlock
EMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)EMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
3,000mAh battery3,000mAh battery
151 × 71.9 × 7.60 mm158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8 mm
149 g155 g
Sapphire Blue, Glacier GrayBlue, Black, Gold

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Honor 9 Lite

+ Higher screen resolution

+ Higher pixel density

+ Better performing CPU

+ Better performing GPU

+ Higher front camera resolution

Huawei Nova 2 Lite

+ Larger screen size

+ Dedicated microSD card slot

+ Wider-angle front camera lens

The Nova 2 Lite has a larger screen size but that’s just about it. In terms of viewing experience, we normally prioritize the size but in this case, the Honor 9 Lite has a higher resolution with a better pixel density. If users aim to watch videos with a better quality, go with the latter since their eyes will be much more comfortable with it.

The Honor 9 Lite carries the signature Kirin 659 processor that are mostly equipped on Huawei’s midrange smartphones. The Nova 2 Lite, in this case, has Snapdragon 430 which can be considered entry-level. Based on the previous data that we have, users who want a smoother experience with their smartphones should pick the Kirin 659.

The Honor 9 Lite has a quad-camera setup while the Nova 2 Lite has dual rear and single front cameras. There’s not much to say except for the latter having a wider area of shoot coverage than the former.

Both smartphones’ battery capacities are the same so, we expect a close performance with each other. Unfortunately, they do not have fast charging capabilities so either of them could be the user’s choice.

For overall performance, the belt goes to Honor 9 Lite since it gives a better viewing experience and performance. The Nova 2 Lite has a larger screen size and a dedicated microSD card slot which is essential for some users.

The Honor 9 Lite is priced at Php7,990 Php10,500 (see price listing here) while the Huawei Nova 2 Lite is priced at Php9,990 and is available nationwide. What do you guys think? Let us know your pick in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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2 Responses

  1. reddn says:

    Honor 9 Lite added on my wishlist. It just stirred up my chest to see these specs and it really is a fantastic creation. I’m gonna save up for at least couples of months for this.

  2. Ian Gallinera says:

    Kindly update the price of Honor 9 Lite to 7,999 (via Honor official store in Lazada or Shopee). I got one from Lazada and it even included a free unbranded backpack. The phone was legit and well packaged along with stated peripherals.

    This should make the decision to buy either Honor 9 Lite or Nova 2 Lite less difficult.

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