Huawei P9 lite mini Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Huawei P9 lite mini, by Huawei

- 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.

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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.

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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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