Specs summary


The Huawei P9 Lite's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Hisilicon Kirin 650 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 26.3 days standby time, 1890 minutes (2G), 1134 minutes (3G).

The Huawei P9 Lite is great as more affordable version of the flagship.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

With the P9 Lite, Huawei has a strong mid-range smartphone in its lineup.

- Manuel Masiero , Notebookcheck 

Reviews summary

Based on 5 reviews

What's good  

  • Long battery life
  • Bright and vibrant display
  • Good performance

What's bad  

  • Camera struggles in low light situations
  • Some stuttering on graphics intensive games
  • Plastic body slippery to hold

Launched alongside their flagship P9 smartphone, Huawei also released the P9 Lite. As the name suggests, it is an affordable version of the original that sacrifices some features for the sake of lowering the cost. For example, instead of an aluminum unibody it comes with a polycarbonate back with an aluminum frame. Despite having mostly a plastic body, the P9 Lite weights 147 grams, which is 4 grams heavier than the P9. The rounded edges and corners provided reviewers with a nice hand feel, but the slippery back made it difficult to grip.

The 5.2-inch screen offers a resolution of 1080p for full HD clarity. Critics found it to be vibrant, saturated and bright with excellent viewing angles thanks to the use of IPS technology. Huawei also uses InCell technology for almost zero gap between the glass and display. Speaking of glass, unlike many other smartphones, the P9 Lite glass is regular glass and not Gorilla Glass.

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Keeping the P9 Lite running is an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz and 3 GB of RAM. Although the processor isn’t top-of-the-line, combined with the RAM critics found it relatively quick during everyday usage. They didn’t notice any lag when opening or switching between apps.

The only time it suffered was when they played graphics intensive games on max settings. Even then, they point to the graphics card as the cause for the stutters and not the processor. Android Pit states, “With the P9 Lite, Huawei has built a very well balanced package of performance, power consumption and heat output…Only gamers should think twice before picking one up.” Even more impressive than its performance was its battery life. Critics were able to get over 10 hours with moderate use.

The most notable aspect missing from the P9 Lite is the lack of dual lens found on the P9. Instead, there’s a single 13MP rear camera with no optical image stabilization. This didn’t present too much of a problem when reviewers tested out the camera in bright light situations. Most of the images were quite sharp in good lighting conditions. However, the quality quickly dipped once light decreased leading to distortions. It does come with a Pro mode so users can adjust the ISO, exposure time, white balance and focus for better image quality.

For the price, reviewers have no problem recommending the P9 Lite to non-power users. Notebook Check states, “Huawei has a strong mid-range smartphone in its lineup that does many things…” Pocket Lint adds, “Fair price, fair performance and more than fair design lead the way here…”

Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)

Expert Reviews

A worthy Moto G4 adversary

from Expert Reviews
It all started so well. The Huawei P9 Lite’s look and feel, performance and display all promised great things when I began to write this review, especially given the phone’s sub-£200 price tag. I even thought it might challenge the Moto G4 for the honour of best budget smartphone. But while it is a very nice low-cost phone, a few critical things hold it back, namely battery life and a distinctly mediocre camera... Full review
GSM Dome

Good enough to replace all 2015 Huawei's

from GSM Dome
Huawei P9 Lite is a great follow up to a great P8 Lite and it will surely sell well. The main upgrades are the battery, display, camera, but still this is not exactly on par with the Galaxy A 2016, for example. It can fight it in the camera area, but the battery and screen are better on the Samsung model... Full review

On a diet

from GSMArena
Flagship smartphones will always have the appeal of a status symbol but the more practical users might find a viable alternative in premium midrangers, as long as they deliver quality while saving you money along with some perhaps unneeded features. The Huawei P9 lite has you covered on both accounts... Full review

Classy mid-range smartphone

from Notebookcheck
Huawei's solid P9 Lite only has to accept a few points of criticism. The plastic back could provide more grip and the camera could offer a bit more quality. However, that is complaining on a high level seeing that the smartphone already makes overall decent photos and videos... Full review

The lightweight competitor

from AndroidPIT
The Huawei P9 lite is a well-conceived package without serious weaknesses. The 5.2-inch smartphone is sufficiently compact and comfortable, with its 147 gram weight delivering the feel of a solidly crafted phone. The Huawei P9 lite must be looked at with a magnifying glass to identify serious criticisms. Like many Huawei smartphones, perhaps the worst that can be said about it is that it lacks some really stand-out features. Overall, the Huawei P9 lite is a completely solid middle-tier smartphone without much in the way of fancy extras... Full review

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