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Huawei has announced the P9 Lite in the UK without Leica branding. Some of you will remember the recent debate about the degree of Leica’s involvement in the P9 camera anyway, but there’s no such question with the P9 Lite. The Huawei P9 Lite only has a single 13 MP snapper on the back, so no fancy monochrome sensor for capturing extra detail, but it does share a lot of other features with the flagship version.

The main one being design. The P9 Lite looks just like the flagship Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, barring the missing second lens on the back. You’ll still get a fingerprint reader and the same metal build though. The black Huawei P9 Lite will go on sale at the end of May and will cost £239 unlocked from the likes of Carphone Warehouse, EE, Vodafone and O2.

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The Huawei P9 Lite specs include a 5.2-inch Full HD display, octa-core Kirin 650 SoC with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and microSD expansion up to 128 GB. The main camera is 13 MP and there’s an 8 MP front-facing camera. The Huawei P9 lite packs a 3,000 mAh battery with a microUSB connection rather than USB Type-C like the P9 and P9 Plus. The P9 Lite ships with Huawei’s EMUI interface built on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

What are your thoughts on Huawei’s P9 range? Enough to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC and LG?

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Huawei P9 family extended with P9 Lite

Available in the UK in May from EE, O2, Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse.

[London, 13 May, 2016] Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) has announced the P9 Lite, an exciting new addition to the popular P9 family. The P9 Lite marries a sleek, stylish design with a powerful camera and creative photo editing capabilities, as well as the latest in high fidelity audio, fingerprint sensor technology and battery saving technology.

The P9 Lite smartphone will be available in the UK from late May and can be purchased in black from EE, O2, Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse.

Weighing just 147g and slim line with a 7.5mm depth, the P9 Lite’s lightweight, stylish, aluminium frame and sleek appealing form factor, results in a truly premium design, without the price tag to match.

Its bright 5.2 inch screen is encased in an aircraft-grade aluminium frame, ensuring the P9 Lite finds the perfect equilibrium between looking durable and aesthetically appealing. With a high screen-to-body ratio of 76.4 and an NTSC colour gamut of 85%, there are several reasons why the P9 Lite is a sight to behold.

With the P9 Lite’s 13MP rear camera, which boasts dual LED flash and autofocus, amateur photographers have clear, lifelike images at the tips of their fingers. With the ability to set white balance, ISO EV and shutter speed in pro camera mode, those that like to tinker with the finer details of the art of photography, can do so with ease.

The 8MP front camera produces full HD resolution images of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, so perfect selfies can be captured day and night.

Audiophiles also have reason to fall in love with the P9 Lite, with high fidelity audio and an integrated speaker design, the low frequency, volume and quality of the sound has seen considerable improvement since the last generation P series devices.

With ARM and TrustZone technology integrated into the P9 Lite’s lightning fast fingerprint 2.0 sensor, users can access everything in an instant, while ensuring private data remains private.

In terms of connectivity, the P9 Lite follows in the P9 family’s footsteps and comes equipped with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, Huawei’s intuitive Emotion 4.1 user interface and supports 4G. The P9 Lite has a HiSilicon Kirin 650 octocore processor, making the smartphone a powerful younger brother of the P9 and P9 Plus.

Thanks to its 3,000 mAh battery and ability to reduce power as required, the P9 Lite allows continuous calling time of up to 18 hours and standby time of 630 hours, (when operated on 3G).

The P9 Lite has plenty of storage capacity for higher memory requirements, coming with 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which can support 128GB of expanded memory.

Rhys Saunders, Sales Director, Huawei UK&I Consumer BG, said: “With the P9 smartphone family, Huawei are offering users a superior smartphone experience. The latest edition to the family, the P9 Lite, with its lower price point, is no exception to this. The phone has a premium and stylish look and feel, a high-resolution rear and front camera, as well as a powerful battery, making this a perfect companion for budding photographers on the go.”

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