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Huawei P9 Lite Review: The Liteweight Champion + All The Fast Food Outlets In GRA As Captured Through Its Lens

I have been using the Huawei P9 Lite as the primary device for the past two weeks, and I must say the experience got me feeling like this:

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That is me in the middle.


Although the Huawei P9 Lite packs some basic specs, the experience you get using the device is great thanks to the Huawei effect. Here is a look at the specs:

SCREEN SIZE 5.2-inches
SCREEN RESOLUTION Full HD (1920×1080)
WEIGHT 147 grams
OS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
REAR CAMERA 13-megapixel
FRONT CAMERA 8-megapixel
PROCESSOR 1.7GHz/2.0GHz octa-core Kirin 650
MEMORY 2GB RAM
STORAGE 16GB. Expandable via microSD up to 128GB
BATTERY 3000mAh

 
… And a look at the P9 Lite himself!
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THE HUAWEI P9 LITE REVIEW

HOW FAST DOES IT BOOT?

It took about 23 seconds to power on the Huawei P9 Lite, which is rather impressive.
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Powering off took longer, though, about 6 seconds.
The results saw the Huawei P9 Lite topping the table.
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DISPLAY

The Huawei P9 features a 5.2-inch FHD display. The 424ppi on its small screen ensures that the output is gorgeous, and more than enough for getting rich-colored and sharp images.
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Maximum brightness is quite strong, making it superb to use in outdoor scenes
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Typical of a Huawei device, you can further tweak the color temperature to suit your eyeball’s tastes to make it look warmer or cooler.
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Overall, the Huawei P9 Lite’s display is splendid for its price!
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No complaints whatsoever.
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THE EMUI FOR THE GIRLS DEM

If you have used a Xiaomi device, then the Huawei EMUI skin shouldn’t be a complete stranger.  The P9 Lite comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 skin on top, which offers a different user experience. You don’t get your app drawer. Instead, all apps live on the home screen.
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Also, the notification shade has been changed to a two-panel layout with a timeline-style listing of events.
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While the overview of recently used apps is flat, sliding carousel of app images, rather than a vertical stack of apps.
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If you take a look at the screenshot below, you can see exactly how the UI took over some aspect of the device.
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One last thing I like about Huawei’s UI is the ability to customize your on-screen navigation buttons to suit your taste.
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BLOATWARE

The Huawei P9 Lite does come with some bloatware that takes up space, but they can all be uninstalled.
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THE FINGERPRINT SCANNER EXPERIENCE

You get a fast and accurate fingerprint action on the P9 Lite.
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I also loved the fact that it acts a button (Kinda similar to the Hot S) which can be customized to do just about anything from showing the notification panel, to answering a call.
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AUDIO QUALITY?

The phone’s single speaker is quite loud, and the sound is reasonable considering it isn’t a front facing speaker. I compared the audio with that of the Galaxy S7. The results?
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The Huawei P9 Lite was slightly louder.


HOW FAST DOES THIS CHARGE?

The Huawei P9 Lite doesn’t come with a fast charge feature, so charging the device usually takes about 2 hours plus. But it does charge quickly if you are trying to charge in short cycles, say from 10% to 30%.


HOW HOT DOES IT GET?

Despite the fact that it is an all-metal device, it doesn’t get overly hot like most devices in its specs department (It does get quite warm, though).
Check out a test of me playing several games including FIFA 16 for about 40 minutes with the WiFi, Bluetooth and Flashlight switched on, the brightness was also at the maximum.
 
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WOULD THE 3000mAh BATTERY SUFFICE?

The battery’s stamina in the real world varies between decent and excellent, mainly depending on how much you use a 4G data connection. The CPU itself is efficient, but the demands of a trickling data connection used when, for example, playing heavy games for an extended period will bring the Huawei P9 Lite down to earth.
See the results after playing the games mentioned above:
kIt drained 23% in 40 minutes.


MULTITASKING?

Err, the 2GB RAM on the Huawei P9 Lite is good enough for running apps individually with no lags in sight, but running about 3 or more heavy games at the same time won’t give you that desired multitasking effect.
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CONNECTIVITY

One setback on the P9 Lite is the fact that it has a hybrid SIM. To make up for this, Huawei first SIM is 4G LTE enabled (the other SIM isn’t), not only that, it connects to almost all the 4G-enabled SIM cards in Nigeria. You also have the MirrorShare and NFC connectivity
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MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO IS THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?

You will be one of the fairest with the Huawei P9 Lite’s camera. As a matter of fact, I think the camera is one of its unique selling points. I loved how both cameras performed under different lighting conditions. There are also many modes including the Pro-mode.

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Rear camera modes


When it comes to the selfie camera, instead of getting a front flash, Huawei is using the screen flash that does your selfies so much good.
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Did I mention how good the 8MP front facing camera is?
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One last thing that you might like with the Huawei’s camera is the fact that it gives you a plethora of editing tools. One of which is the Splash mode that allows you to pick one color while eliminating the others, so your pictures come out looking like this:
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REAR CAMERA SAMPLES: ALL THE FAST FOOD OUTLETS IN ISAAC JOHN STREET, GRA!

No, I won’t be showing you food :p, but I’d be showing you the major food outlets on the popular Isaac John Street.
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Lastly, I made my first vlog using the cameras on the Huawei P9 Lite; you can check that out later


ALL THE SIDE ATTRACTIONS

I fear that if I don’t say this, Delacey might attack me in my sleep! There is a default music on the Huawei P9 lite titled Dream it possible by Delacey and goodness! The song got me:
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You can listen to it below and let me know what you think.

The P9 Lite also comes with some side attractions like the ability to watch a video while doing other things on your device.
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Another is the fact that the P9 Lite generates a QR code for your contact.
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There is the health mode for the fit fam addicts!
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The ability to take scrolling screenshots just like the one on the Galaxy S7.
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Plus, I love how the Huawei P9 Lite’s back isn’t prone to scratches or fingerprint stains.
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It has other cool stuff, but these are the ones that caught my fancy.


FLAWS

Even though Huawei added a screen case, I would have appreciated an adequate glass protection to keep the scratches away.
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I also noticed that it vibrates when you accidentally put the wrong finger on the fingerprint sensor  (Not found a way to turn this off, yet).


UPDATE AND SENSORS

If there is one thing you’d get with the Huawei P9 Lite, it’s timely updates! I got about two updates during the duration of using the device.
Lastly, the Huawei P9 Lite is VR ready! It does support most of the sensors needed to make this happen!
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BENCHMARKS

The P9 Lite’s HiSilicon Kirin 650 is a brand new processor that consists of an octa-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU. These eight cores are split into two groups of four cores running at different clock speeds: one set runs between 480 MHz and 1.7 GHz, the other cluster between 1.4 and 2.0 GHz. In everyday life, the Huawei P9 Lite is quick.  Check out its benchmark results;
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OVERALL

I think the Huawei P9 Lite does well to balance a premium look and feel with a mid-range price. The cameras, gorgeous display, user experience, processor and let’s not forget Timely updates make up for some of the few hiccups noticed.
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Now, over to you, what do you think?
Meanwhile, you should stay tuned for my first vlog  — Computer Village Edition — taken with the P9 Lite
 

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41 comments on “Huawei P9 Lite Review: The Liteweight Champion + All The Fast Food Outlets In GRA As Captured Through Its Lens

  1. Stiiz says:

    Very good & detailed review, Tobi – as always.

  2. Pozaa says:

    Damn! Lovely system UI. You can even change the navigation bar icons. Nice nice.

  3. Henry says:

    Told you that you’d fall in love with the phone once you go through it.

    1. Amama says:

      Hey bro xup! Pls how much is the price@hauwie P9 lite.

  4. Henry says:

    Torn between buying it again or waiting out on the upcoming Honor releases.

  5. yudy says:

    will this be available on Jumia black Friday?

    1. Kay says:

      Honestly, no.
      I’ve written an article about shopping tips for the Jumia Black Friday thingy.
      Here:
      Jumia Black Friday 2016: 11 Solid reasons why you’lol never buy ANYTHING

  6. Albright says:

    I likey….. I just hope it’s not too expensive

  7. It is finished! I am officially getting this phone

  8. STELCH says:

    Yet another great review.. Thanks Miss Techy.

  9. prime says:

    Tobi Biko…. How much is it in Naira??? I’m so loving Huawei these days… Approaching obsession sef.
    *sighs…. Oh funds.

    1. Shayman says:

      Prime is this you? lol

  10. pWilliams says:

    mouth watering reviews…this economy recession sef?

  11. Titi says:

    Cant wait for your vlog ??

  12. kaybang says:

    So I’m guessing if I quote this review in the next giveaway thread, there’s a good chance I win ? some stuff?
    Great review though. #NotBuyingForSh*t

  13. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, THIS IS WHAT THE CHINESE OEMs HAVE BEEN DOING TO BITE OUT THE MARKET CHUNK FROM THE BIG BROTHERS-SAMSUNG AND APPLE.
    ONE THING THAT WILL PUSH ME OFF THIS DEVICE IS THE MULTI TASKING ISSUE MAY BE A PROBLEM…

  14. Victor Molokwu says:

    This is the first device that’s got me wishing after the hot S.. ..This one is awesome, with great features.
    Great review Tobi.

  15. Adeniji micheal says:

    Love this device like .. Gr8 Review.. Misstechy loves food oh.. She knws all the fast food outlet in that area lol..

  16. tee says:

    Awww!! Why do little things just keep spoiling the big picture??? Hybrid SIM with just 16gb storage, multitasking ish… Why does life have to be so hard????

  17. Alli Abiola says:

    MissTechy Great Review as usual. HUAWEI P9 LITE dream of taking over is possible. Dreams do come alive.. #Inspired by Delacey 🙂 #itsallisay

  18. Kasy says:

    Wow wow wow, Amazing review once more MT.
    About the P9 lite, the ability to watch videos while doing other stuff got me.
    The phone is just so cool, too many dope features.
    Buh i prefer with app draw tho, “go launcher go help me with thah 1”

  19. MissTechy please we can no longer wait for Tecno’s Beast review oh..
    Give us our Review.
    You dey use the review take do us LongThroat.

  20. Rotimi Popoola says:

    Wonderful and detailed is what i love misstechy reviews about …. Nice work maam ….. Always your fan till death ….. Love misstechy

  21. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, I HAVE TO JOIN THE VOICE TO SAY WE HAVE WAITED ENOUGH. ÓYÁ SHARP SHARP GIVE US THE REVIEW INCLUDING THE VIDEO!…

  22. Rotimi Popoola says:

    1 of a kind misstechy is no 1 for me

  23. Steve says:

    Wow! Great review as always, just that this takes it a notch higher. I wish I had read this before; the Huawei P9 Lite review has officially taken over from the Infinix Note 3 as my Best Misstechy Review.
    Aunty Tobi biko, how much is this phone in Naira? I’d like very much to hear from you.

  24. Shayman says:

    The phone is currently 108k on Slot. Formerly 79k just a month plus ago. na wa for naira ooo..

  25. Elroy Chibex says:

    Awesome review ma!! You slayed it

  26. farouk says:

    Impressive, Impressive, Impressive……………I must say.

  27. Kelvin says:

    I’m loving everything about the phone. I like the fact that you can set the on screen buttons anyhow you like. Huawei are really uping their game. Nice one MT.

  28. Kelvin says:

    I like this

  29. Amama says:

    Very gud review but how much is does it go for .Pls I need to knw d price.

  30. Zita says:

    Wow! Nice phone but the hybrid sim got me feeling one kind. Great review as always

  31. lawaleh says:

    Great review, the detail left me awed

  32. Stephen says:

    That’s awesome enough. Looking forward to seeing more better device from Huawei but with a lesser price though.

  33. Oj_Ina says:

    “The past is everything we want to make Us who we are”I love that Part by delacey buh I wasn’t inspired like that,Hey but p9 lite Got me wishing why don’t I have Rich Uncle’s,at least they Could buy me a second phone,nice review miss techy….. send me your account number ???

  34. Wow! So much details enough to make me throw away my infinix Note 2 but i will still prefer to upgrade to the Infinix Note 3 as a strong iNFINIX FAN.

  35. Eniafe says:

    grate review by our one and only misstechy.
    but anti Tobi, do you any spare android phone for a brother?

  36. yomi says:

    Very detailed review but still prefer any techno products to that

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