“Both the Huawei Y9 2019 and Honor 10 Lite come powered by the Kirin 710 SoC and 4GB RAM”

The Huawei Y9 2019 (first impressions) has just been launched in India at a price of Rs 15,990. It’s a quad-camera phone with a large display sitting on its front surface. And while it definitely gives the Redmi Note 6 Pro (review) a run for its money, another handset that it’s competing against is an offering from its sub-brand Honor. You might have guessed it — we’re talking about the Honor 10 Lite (first impressions), which will also be launched very soon. Judging by its pricing in China, this handset too is expected to cost somewhere around Rs 15,000. These powerful new handsets are indeed set to spoil potential buyers for choice. We have hence decided to give you a thorough comparison between the Huawei Y9 2019 and Honor 10 Lite.

Design and display

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The Huawei Y9 2019 has the larger display among the two, but it also has a bigger notch in order to fit its dual front cameras. As for the Honor 10 Lite, this phone bears a teardrop notch that fits just one camera. On the rear, both the handsets have chosen glass as the material of choice, and they also exhibit the company’s gradient design approach. Dual cameras and fingerprint scanners sit on the rear surface as well. Huawei has designed both these phones very well, which makes them a delight to hold and use.

Coming to their displays, the Huawei Y9 2019 ships with a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. On the other hand, the Honor 10 Lite holds a slightly smaller 6.21-inch IPS LCD panel which also carries a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels.

Hardware and software

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At the hearts of both these phones, lies the 12nm Kirin 710 chipset, which comes with a 2.2GHz octa-core processor and Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. The Y9 2019 will be sold in the form of a 4GB RAM model with 64GB of storage. As for the 10 Lite, it’s also available in a single variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in memory. MicroSD card slots are present on both of them.

The Huawei Y9 2019 ships with EMUI 8.2, which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. As for the Honor 10 Lite, it has been infused with EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie. This latest version of the software comes equipped with new features like AI-based performance enhancements, the gaming-focused GPU Turbo 2.0 technology, fresh Gallery attributes and much more.

Cameras and battery

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The dual-camera setup onboard the Huawei Y9 2019 includes a 16MP shooter and a 2MP depth sensor meant for enabling the portrait mode. Its front moreover, boasts the combination of a 13MP camera and a 2MP depth-sensing unit. In contrast, the Honor 10 Lite sports 13MP + 2MP snappers on its back. But since it’s a selfie-focused phone, it delivers a whopping 24MP front camera. Both these phones come with all the knick-knacks you’d expect from modern camera apps. These include AI-based scene detection, a beauty mode, and much more.

If you’re one for long battery life, the Huawei Y9 2019’s 4,000mAh will definitely end up pleasing you. That said, the Honor 10 Lite’s 3,400mAh battery isn’t too bad either. Both these phones support 10W fast charging.

Closing thoughts

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These similarly-priced handsets from Huawei definitely pack a punch with their value-for-money proposition. Their internals are similar, but their other specs are quite different, which allows them to appeal to a different set of consumers. Selfie-crazy folks will definitely find more appeal in the 24MP front camera-equipped Honor 10 Lite, while those who prefer battery life over everything else, would want to go for the Huawei Y9 2019. It also remains to be seen if Honor decides to surprise us with the pricing of the Honor 10 Lite. That said, there’s no denying that both these phones are excellent buys for their low prices.