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The glass back and four cameras of the Huawei Honor 9 Lite

We get hands-on with the affordable, luxurious Huawei Honor 9 Lite

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Andrew Lanxon headshot
Andrew Lanxon
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Huawei-owned Honor is known for its 'cheap-but-good' handsets, so it's no surprise that its latest model -- the Honor 9 Lite -- packs in some great tech and charges little for it.

Beyond the slick-looking glass-and-metal design, this phone has a sharp 5.6-inch display and dual cameras on the back and the front.

It's due to hit shelves in the UK this month for around £200, and while wider availability is yet to be announced, that price converts to $280 and AU$353 in the US and Australia.

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The back of the phone has a highly reflective all-glass finish, broken only by the dual-lens camera unit and the fingerprint scanner.

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The 5.6-inch display stretches all the way to the edges, thanks to the skinny bezel. 

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The fingerprint scanner is easy to find when you're holding the phone.

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The main cameras on both the front and back shoot at 13-megapixel resolution.

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Thanks to the secondary depth-sensing lenses, a variety of depth-of-field effects can be achieved.

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It runs Android 8.0 Oreo with Honor's EMUI skin over the top.

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Two lenses on the front.

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Yup, that's definitely Oreo.

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It's no challenge for premium phones like the Galaxy S8 in the power stakes, but it's got enough grunt for social networking and some light gaming.

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It charges using the older micro-USB connection rather than the more recent USB-C.

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The 2,160x1,080-pixel resolution makes the screen look nice and crisp.

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