Huawei announced its upgraded proprietary skin EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie at IFA 2018. Since then, the program has expanded to include 11 new devices in the list that would be eligible for the update in the future. Currently, Huawei is in the testing phase of EMUI 9.0 with a number of handsets like the Huawei P10, Mate 9, Nova 3 and 2S, Honor 9 on board as well. However, the beta phase is currently restricted to the Chinese market with the above-mentioned devices. Today, Honor’s mid-range handset, the Honor 9 Lite appeared on Geekbench with Android Pie. There are some global variants as well that are getting the beta updates.
As far as the Indian market is concerned, Huawei did recently send invites to commence a beta program for the Honor Play, Honor 10 and Honor V10. These users are receiving EMUI 9.0 with Android Pie currently. However, the Honor 9 Lite with Android 9.0 on Geekbench is a surprise. It is possible that beta testing might have just begun for the handset.
Aside from the Android Pie info, there’s nothing new to see on the Geekbench listing. The Honor 9 Lite is currently discounted in India and it was one of the few handsets to launch with Android Oreo out of the box.
As for EMUI 9.0, it comes with some promising new features. The latest custom Huawei skin on Android brings a more streamlined and smooth user experience. Huawei stated that EMUI 9.0 performs 12.9 percent faster than its predecessors, and supports faster app launch speeds. Huawei has also consolidated the settings menu to make things easier for first time users.
Another big feature is GPU 2.0 which further improves gaming performance and optimizes battery consumption. Besides gaming, it also improves other areas such as screen responsiveness, network connectivity and more. Other important features include Digital WellBeing, HiVision (Huawei’s version of Google Lens) and a number of other features like gestures too.
The Honor 9 Lite comes with a 5.6-inch 1080p+ screen, a Kirin 659 SoC, and 4GB of RAM. It is a quad camera device with a 13MP + 2MP setup both for the front and the rear. It has a great build and premium shiny look suited for the upper mid-range category.