Honor 9 Lite was recently launched by Huawei. With its elegant look and all-glass design, the handset has successfully created a buzz all over the internet. The handset is really in so much demand that the stock goes out in just a couple of seconds. Even we had no luck getting it in the first flash sale.
The Honor 7X, on the other hand, was launched a month ago. Launched as the successor of Honor 6X, the newcomer made its place in
Anyway, as now we have got our hands on this smartphone, we are going to do what we do. Meaning, we are putting the Honor 9 Lite against Honor 7X in a comprehensive camera comparison. Before we hit the road, let’s have a look at the camera specs of these two brothers.
|Honor 9 Lite||Honor 7X|
|Rear||Dual 13MP + 2MP, PDAF, LED flash||Dual 16MP + 2MP, PDAF, LED flash|
|Front||Dual 13MP + 2MP||8MP|
Starting with daylight photography, the Honor 9 Lite clicks good photos but not better than the Honor 7X. Have a look below:
Photos taken from Honor 7X have better details, good colour accuracy and sharpness compared to those on Honor 9 Lite. Zooming into 100 percent reveals noise and blurriness in the Honor 9 Lite’s samples.
Though both produce fairly good daylight photos, the Honor 7X takes a lead in this section.
DAYLIGHT (HDR or HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE)
Fortunately, when I was out for photoshoot, the sky was clear. I took some samples with HDR mode turned on. Have a look below:
As you can see, the Honor 9 Lite is not able to produce realistic colors. Samples lack sharpness and the dark area doesn’t have details. See the edge of the building and leaves of that plant (below).
The Honor 7X, on the other hand, is better in this section. The handset produces actual color and doesn’t overexpose the image. Though the image looks a bit dark around the plant, it doesn’t miss details. It also maintains sharpness.
Much like the previous section, the Honor 7X takes a lead.
BOKEH or DEPTH OF FIELD
Bokeh or depth-of-field makes the photo very good looking if taken properly. Personally, I am a fan of this feature. I took few samples using these two smartphones too, have a look below:
As you can see both images look identical, I zoomed into 100 percent and found that the Honor 9 Lite is a bit better than the Honor 7X in terms of creating depth of field. Whereas the Honor 7X is better than the former in terms of capturing details.
Even though the Honor 9 Lite misses details a bit on the edge of the object, my vote is still with this smartphone. Since the smartphone is new, its AI is learning and improving. So, at this point, all we can say that wait for our “long-term review” of Honor 9 Lite where we will shed more light on this feature after one month of use.
Lowlight condition is often challenging for most of the smartphones including flagships. So how do these two smartphones perform? Let’s have a look at the samples:
As you can see, there is just marginal difference different these two handsets. Though none of the two clicks good lowlight images, the Honor 7X is a bit better than the Honor 9 Lite.
Both have noise however, the Honor 7X beats the Honor 9 Lite in terms of capturing details. Look at the top of the building, it looks washed out in the sample of Honor 9 Lite.
In this section, the Honor 7X is marginally better than the Honor 9 Lite.
LOWLIGHT (HDR or HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE)
Turning on the HDR mode brings some changes on the Honor 9 Lite but those changes aren’t better than the Honor 7X. Have a look below:
As you can see, HDR mode brightens the images and improves the details a bit. These improvements on Honor 9 Lite aren’t better than the Honor 7X. The former still lags behind in terms of details and sharpness.
Again, the Honor 7X wins the crown.
Starting with normal selfies (without beauty mode), both smartphones capture good-looking selfies. Have a look below:
As I have to decide a winner, I need to find the difference. So again, I zoomed in and found that the Honor 7X is better than the Honor 9 Lite. The handset produces sharp and well-detailed selfies with good color accuracy compared to Honor 9 Lite.
While the Honor 7X was better than the Honor 9 Lite in normal selfies, the later turns out to be better than the former in terms of beauty mode selfies. Have a look below:
As you can see, the sample from Honor 9 Lite is sharp and well-detailed with good color accuracy. Whereas these things are missing in the sample of Honor 6X.
So which one wins? Actually, it depends on you. If you like the beauty mode, your toy is Honor 9 Lite but if you prefer natural photos; the Honor 7X is waiting for you.
Out vote for winner goes in the favor of Honor 7X for producing marginally better images than the Honor 9 Lite.
One thing I would like to mention that the Honor 9 Lite comes with a dedicated “night mode” camera feature which clicks amazing low-light images. To be true, this image is far better than any other mid-range smartphone has ever clicked.
What is disappointing that this feature requires 20 seconds to take a photo. Additionally, it requires the smartphone to be stable. I mean you will need to use a tripod or keep the phone somewhere it can stand still, otherwise, the image will be blurred. This is the reason I haven’t considered to include this feature in this comparison. It’s nearly impossible to keep your hand still for 20 seconds without any shake (even a bit). See the night mode samples below: