Huawei's Mate 9 family has grown some more today. Joining the already announced Mate 9, Mate 9 Porsche Design, and Mate 9 Pro is the new Mate 9 Lite, which has now become official. Huawei hasn't held any sort of special event for this model, choosing instead to silently list it on its website.
The Mate 9 Lite comes with mid-range specs as you'd expect judging by its name. It won't compete with the other Mates in terms of performance, yet on the other hand it should be the cheapest Mate 9 you can buy.
It comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen with 2.5D curved glass on top, the Kirin 655 SoC with an octa-core CPU, an 8 MP selfie snapper, and a 3,340 mAh battery. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei's EMUI 4.1 on top.
The Mate 9 Lite has a dual rear camera setup like the other Mates before it, but the 20 MP + 12 MP resolution of its siblings was downgraded to 12 MP + 2 MP (and the Leica branding is gone too). The main 12 MP sensor has 1.25nm pixels and phase detection autofocus that should work in 0.3 seconds. The secondary unit captures depth information so you can create bokeh effects for your photos.
Two hardware versions will be up for grabs (possibly depending on market), one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, the other having 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Mate 9 Lite's dimensions are 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm, and it weighs 162g. It has a full metal construction and a fingerprint sensor on the back. It will be offered in gold, gray, and silver. Pricing and availability information haven't been announced yet.
Thanks for the tip, Georgy!
Check the specs in detail regardless of the 'aka' titles which can become really ridiculous at times, the LTE bands appear to be different on the Lite...so the intended market for each could be the underlying tricks of the trade.
AFAIK, Huawei Mate 9 Lite, GR5 2017, and Honox 6x are all the same. The 'name' depends on what region you are. Different names, same phone.
...and that's the reason why it is called "Lite"