BY RIZAL RAOUL REYES
Three years ago, the Huawei brand was not a byword among Filipino consumers. Nevertheless, things are different nowadays.
The local subsidiary of the Chinese technology dragon has been experiencing double digit every year. This keeps the company busy these days. Being one of the brightest spots in the ASEAN market, the company says growth is coming from all sectors especially the device market. This is attributed to the rise in the use of smart phones by the Filipino millennials as it is part of their digital lifestyle.
The P9 Lite, focused on the middle market, is one of the current stars of Huawei. For PhP 10,000, you are going to get an elegant looking 5.2-inch Android smart phone device. This includes a 1920×1080 pixel resolution IPS screen, a fingerprint scanner, new field communication (NFC), long-term evolution (LTE), and two subscriber identification modules (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by).
There is no doubt that the P9 Lite is a little mean machine powered by HiSilicon Kirin 650 octa-core chipset. Moreover, the P9’s CPU is Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 + quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53.
According to Notebookcheck.net, “HiSilicon Kirin 640 is an advanced RISC machine (ARM)-based octa-core system on a chip (SoC) for mid-range smart phones and tablets.”
Moreover, the online technology reviewer said the processor’s performance is at par with the older Kirin 930. Consequently, it is adequate for daily usage as browsing and non-demanding apps.
A lot of Filipinos are addicted to digital devices (ADDs) will concur that looks are also important for a smart phone. The P9 Lite will not disappoint a local buyer because it is also a looker. Just look at the well-defined corners and edges.
An aluminum unibody enhances the appearance of the P9 Lite. Interestingly, Huawei Philippines provided the writer a gold-colored body review unit which is pleasing to the eye. For people who don’t have big hands, the P9 can be handled with ease because it is slimmer than the P8 Lite with a 7-millimeter thickness.
In terms of connectivity, Huawei made it sure the P9 Lite is at par with its bigger brother P9 with a 3 GB of RAM. Furthermore, two SIM cards can be inserted in the hybrid slot. Users who do not need to expand the storage via a micro-SD card can insert another SIM card in addition to a nano-SIM card in the P9 Lite. It also did a great job in telephony beginning with the tried and convenient phone app up to call quality.
An individual ringtone can be selected for each SIM card in the phone app when two cards are inserted in the P9 Lite. Furthermore, a vibration alert can also be set for each card optionally when the smart phone rings.
The P9 Lite is powered by the latest Android 6.0 version. Huawei supplements the operating system with its own slim Emotion UI 4.1 (EMUI) user interface. Huawei also gave importance to convenience. Frequently used features such as the flashlight, calculator or camera, can be opened directly on the lock screen.
In addition, Huawei made a good move by not flooding the device with excessive software. Besides the usual app like Google’s tools, the P9 Lite has a limited game collection and a limited selection of useful software like a phone manager and fitness app are installed.
Just like its big brother, the P9 Lite also provides 2G and 3G connectivity and support, and long term evolution (LTE). You can transfer video file in a seamless manner over short distances via Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (P9: Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac).
Unlike the P9, the P9 Lite does not have a dual-camera lens by the established German manufacturer Leica. Instead, a standard camera module is in place. You’ve got to understand the P9 Lite is a mid-market product.
The P9 Lite’s primary camera with an LED flash has a maximum resolution of 13 megapixels, and its biggest photo format is 4160×3120 pixels in the 4:3 aspect ratio; 16:9 photos can be taken with up to 10 megapixels (4160×2336 pixels).
The webcam achieves a maximum of 8 megapixels (3264×2448 pixels or 3264×1840 pixels in 16:9 format). Both camera lenses support 1080p videos at 30 frames per second, which also convince with good quality.
Moreover, the P9 Lite camera has multiple photo settings including photo filter, self-timer, smile detection, and object tracking. The fingerprint scanner can be used alternatively for shooting photos and videos.
At first glance, photos with the P9 Lite are good in daylight. However, a slight lack of contrast is evident when looking closer. The quality decreases a bit more in dark photo sections or rather in low-light conditions, but the smart phone does an overall good job here.
The P9 Lite has the rear-sided fingerprint scanner that supports several functions in common with the P9. For example, the scanner can be used to unlock the handset, take photos or to scroll through pictures and screenshots in the gallery. Which functions are to be enabled can be selected via the Android settings. In addition, the P9 Lite has a fingerprint scanner that unlocks the screen.
October 2016 Health and Lifestyle