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Huawei P9 Lite Mini: tribute to the flagship

Coming so late towards the end of the year is Huawei P9 Lite Mini, which seems to be a last-ditch attempt at last year’s flagship.

Let’s first do a quick throwback at the P9 which dominated the flagship scene last year. It was among the first few smartphones to feature dual primary camera, and it started off the whole revolution within the industry.

Here you go again with the P9 specs:

  • 5.2-inch Full HD IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~424 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Aluminum body and front glass
  • Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T880 MP4 graphics and 3GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera, laser autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera
  • 16GB/64GB internal storage + 128GB microSD slot
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3900 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • April 2016 release date
  • $499 USD price tag

For those looking for a flagship performance with a superior dual 13MP primary camera, look no further than the P9.

But that was last year’s talk, this year we’ve seen dual camera technology and Fullview display becoming more and more prominent, as well as 5.5-inch smartphone screen size becoming the standard these days.

Let’s now take a closer look at the P9 Lite Mini as per below:

  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~294 ppi density)
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Aluminum body and front glass
  • Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 chipset, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 308 graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 128GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3020 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • October 2017 release date
  • $219 USD price tag

We all know how Mini usually means a reduction in size, while Lite is a scaled down version; and that’s exactly what happened to the P9 Lite Mini. Starting with the smaller 5-inch IPS screen with just a High Definition resolution to its name. Luckily the fingerprint sensor is still there, as well as its exquisite metal body with front glass.

In terms of performance, the P9 Lite Mini barely makes it these days. In fact, you can say that it falls in the entry-level for 2017 with the Snapdragon 425 chipset, slow quad-core processor, decent graphics and just 2GB RAM.

Same goes to the smartphone, camera-wise. There’s only the 13MP-5MP camera combination found on it that ensures you have an average camera experience with it. If you are not the fussy type, then it should please you just nice.

Moving on to the storage side of things, a limited 16GB of internal storage is found on the P9 Lite Mini. Again, there’s barely enough space but that’s fine though. Thankfully, there’s the microSD expansion slot that you can easily add an additional 128GB of space.

With Android Nougat 7.0 running the show for P9 Lite Mini, it is kind of pleasing. But seeing that this is an entry-level smartphone, don’t get your hopes up high that it will get an update to the latest Android Oreo 8.0.

Battery-wise, the 3020 mAh-rated battery should do enough to power up the smartphone for a full day of use.


There you go folks, with Huawei P9 Lite Mini. It is one last ditch attempt at closing the books on last year’s flagship, and it seems to be suffering a miserable ending. Especially with the kind of price, you have lots of other alternatives that you can consider.

Huawei P9 Lite Mini is available for $219 USD and is available in Silver, Black and Gold colours.

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