- Analysis by KJ David
With both lite and mini tags in its name, the Huawei P9 lite mini is, to no surprise, an unambitious budget-class smartphone. Having said that, its cheap cons are nevertheless accompanied by some appreciably pros.
First off is its 13-megapixel LED-flash FHD-video-recording rear camera , which, although farm from fresh (as of 2017), sounds like just the right lead camera for a phone floating between the entry-level and mid-range categories. We cannot say the same of its 5-megapixel selfie cam , though, since a good number of its mass-tier rivals sport 8-megapixel (or higher) selfie shooters.
Also known as the Y6 Pro 2017 in certain markets, the P9 lite mini takes the most damage in the hardware department, dropping from the P9 lite's eight-core engine and 3GB RAM to now only a quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425 processor and an off-putting 2GB RAM accordingly. Moreover, it touts a slightly-smaller 5-inch display (the P9 lite has a 5.2-inch screen) that settles for a mere HD-720p definition . Its screen's only upside is that it rocks a 2.5D cover glass , which is a nice effort, coming from a budget Android.
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Its pros and cons are also joined by a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner -- a rather expected facet around its 2017 release, but still a positive one. Moreover, it manages to level with the higher-specked P9 lite (heck, it maybe even overtakes its sibling, considering the aforementioned downgraded hardware specs) in terms of battery power, feeding off a 3020mAh battery . This relatively large power brick promises up to 900 minutes of continuous HD video playback and an above-average 720-minute maximum 4G-LTE browsing time .
Compared to what some of its mid-end competitors offer, the P9 lite mini's 16GB-only internal storage does not sound appealing, but there is some merit to its up-to-128GB external memory support . Its overall so-so array of pros and cons is crowned by the Android 7.0 Nougat platform skinned with Huawei's trademark EMUI (Emotion UI) v5.1.
All said, this reduced P9 variant takes some hits here and there, but features like a 13-megapixel camera and fingerprint user authentication should set Android newbie up nicely.
** This phone is also known as: Huawei Y6 Pro 2017 (in some markets)
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