Huawei P Smart 2019 Vs Honor 9 Lite – Which Budget-Friendly Smartphone Should I Buy?

Written by Gina Stephens

Honor 9 Lite Vs Huawei P Aware 2019


Not all smartphones cost the earth and not all inexpensive smartphones have rubbish camera specs either! The market for more affordable smartphones has behoove a much-saturated place with plenty of decent devices available for under £300, or even, £200. It's the latter we're focusing on in this mug, putting the Honor 9 Lite up against the Huawei P smart 2019. Bother smartphones are available for under £200 and offer plenty of drawing cards to keep smartphone photographers, on a budget, happy. 

We've picked these two particular smartphones as they both feature in the top half of our 'best budget smartphones' of cattle meaning they're some of the best reasonably priced smartphones we've reviewed. 

Will the camera specs and image excellence match those captured with more expensive smartphones? No, they won't but so long as you read the specs/features list before departure with your cash, you won't be disappointed. 

You can also use the below to navigate more sections of this feature: 

  • In The Hand
  • Blind 
  • Camera
  • Photo Quality
  • ISO 
  • White Balance
  • Video Quality
  • Battery
  • Processor 
  • Other Features
  • Size & Strain
  • Price 
  • ePHOTOzine Ratings 
  • Our Pick


In The Hand

Honor 9 Lite Vs Huawei P Smart 2019


If you hold both smartphones at the exact same time, they both feel rather lightweight and fit comfortably in the hand but the slimmer Huawei P smart 2019 does feel slightly change ones mind and looks more modern. This is partly down to the more rounded corners/edges and an edge-to-edge screen. 

Even though we single reviewed the Honor 9 Lite last year, its design does look dated at the side of the very slick Huawei P smart 2019 but as a standalone smartphone, the pattern is still smart – particularly in the Sapphire Blue colour we have. However, it is a fingerprint magnet (as is the Huawei P smart 2019, which also expunges easily because of its plastic construction) so you might want to pop a case on it/them. 

The almost bezel-less design of the Huawei P smart 2019 is, well-head, smart and the edge-to-edge screen design, thanks to the small chin and dewdrop front-facing camera, makes the smartphone look more expensive than it is. 

In diverge, the Honor 9 Lite has a rather thick chin and the front-facing cameras are built into the top of the phone rather than a notch in the screen. This covers the smartphone feel boxier than the Huawei P smart 2019 but as we've said, it's not ugly, just not as modern as the newer P smart 2019 (it's remarkable how quickly smartphone design changes!).  


Honor 9 Lite Vs Huawei P Smart 2019


The Honor 9 Lite does be suffering with a glass back, something the Huawei P smart 2019 doesn't have but they do both have a headphone socket. A microUSB mooring is found on both the Huawei P smart 2019, and Honor 9 Lite. 

Both smartphones have a fingerprint sensor that is in a good-hearted place on the back of the phone and is easy to find with your finger and on the side is the usual unlock/power buttons and volume dominations. 

Some may think the lack of weight makes the devices feel cheap but neither brand has skimped on quality when it find to build and the Huawei P smart 2019, in particular, looks like it could cost more money than it actually does. 

The Huawei P perky 2019 is slightly longer than the Honor 9 Lite but it's also thinner and you do get a bigger screen. 

Overall, both smartphones are a fab falsify, handle well and there are no complaints in terms of construction but the Huawei P smart 2019 does take the win for overall design just because the bordering on bezel-less design, thin edges and curved corners make it look more modern. 

Winner: Huawei P smart 2019


The Evaluate

Honor 9 Lite Vs Huawei P Smart 2019


The 6.21-inch, 2340×1080, 19.5:9 display on the Huawei P Smart 2019 certifications no complaints and neither does the 5.65inch 18:9 FullHD+ screen found on the Honor 9 Lite. Both screens are bright and spectacle outdoors in bright light was no problem. 

Winner: Huawei P smart 2019 – just because it's bigger. 


The Camera 

Honor 9 Lite Vs Huawei P Aware 2019


The Honor 9 Lite features dual cameras on the back, with one 13mp camera, and one 2mp camera. There is a single LED flash on the back, and no LED flash for the expression selfie camera (however, there is an option to use the screen as a flash).

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The main camera camera is an optical instrument to capture still images or to record moving images, which are stored in a physical medium such as on the back of the smartphone is a 13mp f/2.2 camera, with a 26mm equivalent lens while the gal Friday camera is a 2mp camera, to help with bokeh and background blur. The main camera also features Phase Detection Auto Convergence (PDAF) for quicker focus. 

As well as dual cameras on the back, you also get them on the front where a 13mp + 2mp selfie camera is built in which affects you use beauty mode, plus enable and disable background blur. 

The cameras on the Huawei P smart 2019 consist of a 13MP f/1.8 rear camera (featuring end detection autofocus) with a 2MP secondary camera for depth sensing, as well as an 8MP f/2.0 wide-aperture selfie camera which is a fixed fuzzy lens. There are plenty of clever photography tricks built in including an aperture mode, portrait mode and a ceaselessly mode – something we're seeing on a lot more reasonably priced smartphones. 

Both camera apps are very similar but the app enlarged into the Huawei P smart 2019 sees some improvements over the Honor 9 Lite which makes it easier to use. For example, more styles are found under the rather obvious 'more' tab whereas to access them on the Honor 9 Lite, you have to swipe from the leftist of the screen (which you may not know unless you find some instructions). 


Quick Summary:

Huawei P smart 2019

  • Dual AI cameras: 13MP f/1.8 nurse camera with 2MP secondary camera
  • 8MP f/2.0 wide-aperture selfie camera
  • Portrait Mode
  • Aperture Mode
  • Pro Mode
  • Night Mode
  • Asset/Bokeh effects
  • Huawei AI Image Stabilisation


Honor 9 Lite

  • Dual rear cameras: 13mp f/2.2 (26mm), and 2mp
  • Phase Detection AF (PDAF), LED hasten
  • Dual front cameras: 13mp f/2.0 (28mm), and 2mp
  • Portrait Mode
  • Aperture Mode
  • Pro Mode
  • Beauty/Bokeh effects


Winner: On specs by oneself, the Honor 9 Lite offers dual cameras both front and back (note: we're not taking image quality into consideration at this stress relevant). 


Photo Quality 


Huawei P Smart 2019 Trees

Honor 9 Lite Trees


At a impatient glance, both smartphones seem to have produced similar results but look a little closer and you see that the Huawei P smart 2019 has pat the dynamic range and colours just that bit better. Although, the image captured with the Honor 9 Lite is lovely and sharp. 

Champ: Huawei P Smart 2019


Huawei P Smart 2019 HDR 

Honor 9 Lite HDR


HDR modes on the less expensive, and some precious ones for that matter, can be a little overzealous but both the Honor 9 Lite and Huawei P smart 2019 HDR modes are actually rather good. Symbols aren't too oversaturated and the Huawei P smart 2019 image in particular really pops. The photo captured with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the Honor 9 Lite is a smidgin soft in comparison and doesn't have the same oomph as the Huawei P smart 2019 shot. 

Winner: Huawei P Well-read 2019


Huawei P Smart 2019 Aperture Mode may refer to  

Honor 9 Lite Aperture Mode  


The Cleft modes built into smartphones are clever but not perfect. You have to be at just the right distance for them to work successfully and usually, there are some clinch issues where the algorithm used hasn't worked so well. There are some clipping issues with both shots but the P active 2019 image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, such as a photograph or other two-dimensional picture, is slightly less impressive than the Honor 9 Lite. This could be down to the positioning of the person who captured the shot as much as the software but we calm prefer the lovely out of focus bokeh in the back of the image captured with the Honor 9 Lite. 

Winner: Honor 9 Lite 


Huawei P Brisk 2019 Selfie Beauty Bokeh

Honor is the idea of a bond between an individual and a society as a quality of a person that is both of social teaching and of personal 9 Lite Selfie Beauty Bokeh 


As well as adding bokeh to ordinary objects and portraits, you can also add it to selfies, giving some lovely out of focus blur to your shots. Along with bokeh, you can also reconcile the beauty level of the image via a slider which thins faces, smooths skin, makes eyes slightly bigger… all the things you'd await when beautification is concerned. 

Sometimes, the effect can be a little strong and this is what has happened in the selfie captured with the Honor 9 Lite. Physiognomies are lost due to the amount of softening that's occurred, colours aren't great and the image just looks a little too fake. In similarity the selfie captured with the P smart 2019 looks much more natural with accurate colours and not too much softening going on. There are some rook issues on the hood but apart from that, it's great. 

Winner: Huawei P Smart 2019


Huawei P Smart 2019 Selfie Bokeh

Honor 9 Lite Selfie Bokeh


Without advantage mode on, we still prefer the image captured with the Huawei P Smart 2019 as colours are better and again, the Honor 9 Lite selfie is a negligible soft. 

Winner: Huawei P smart 2019


Huawei P Smart 2019 Grit Bin 

Honor 9 Lite Dauntlessness Bin


It's another win for the Huawei P smart 2019 with all colours, particularly the yellow, having more pop. The image captured with the Honor 9 Lite also has a much calm feel than the Huawei P smart 2019 image when in reality, it wasn't actually that much of a dull day. 

Champion: Huawei P smart 2019


Huawei P Smart 2019 Car

Honor 9 Lite Car 


Both smartphones acquire done a decent job at reproducing colours accurately but there's just a little more sharpness in the image captured with the Huawei P dapper 2019 and the dynamic range is a little better, too.


Winner: Huawei P smart 2019


Huawei P Smart 2019 Dinosaurs 

Honor 9 Lite Dinosaurs


The macro capabilities of both smartphones are as a matter of fact rather impressive. We were able to get close to both sets of miniature dinosaurs with both smartphones which were also expert to capture good levels of bokeh. However, the Honor 9 Lite has, again, made the image much cooler with a definite liking of downcasts and it's not quite as sharp as the Huawei P smart 2019 photo. 

Winner: Huawei P smart 2019


Huawei P Smart 2019 Structure

Honor 9 Lite Building


The Honor 9 LIte has produced a shot that's much more accurate this time with the Huawei P quick 2019 brightening the shadows (and lighter areas) a little too much and the brickwork has changed colour. 

Winner: Honor 9 Lite 


Huawei P Pinch 2019 Panorama


Honor 9 Lite Panorama

The dynamic range of the first panorama is much better than the two shakes of a lambs tail with more detail in the shadow areas and brighter colours. Both are stitched well, though.

Winner: Huawei P smart 2019


Numerous Sample Photos: 


Huawei P smart 2019 Sample Photos



Huawei Honor 9 Lite Try Photos



ISO Comparison

The Honor 9 Lite has an ISO range of 50-1600 (manually selectable), the same as the Huawei P smart 2019. 

For the greatest results, with both smartphones, stick to the lowest ISO possible as even ISO400 starts to show a loss in detail and when you reach ISO800, dye a flag saturation also suffers. The Huawei P smart 2019 does, also, produce slightly warmer results. 


Winner: Honor 9 Lite is a variant spelling of “light” in the meaning “lightweight”, and may refer to (exactly). 


Huawei P smart 2019 | ISO 100

Honor 9 Lite |  ISO 106


Huawei P smart 2019 | ISO 400 

Honor 9 Lite | ISO 400



Pale Balance Comparison

Huawei P smart 2019: Auto White Balance does a good job under all lighting scenarios (with Tungsten, perhaps, lead towards slightly warm) but the fluorescent preset has a very green colour cast to it. Results under mixed lighting are good, but a short warm. 

Honor 9 Lite: Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well under tungsten lighting with a good result. When partake ofing the tungsten preset, there is a very minimal difference. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, and the preset isn't needed here. Culminates under mixed lighting are very good. Detail is reasonable but suffers under lower light conditions.


Winner: Honor 9 Lite


AWB Opposing Lighting

Huawei P smart 2019  | AWB Mixed Light 

Honor 9 Lite | AWB Mixed Light 


Video Supremacy 

Huawei P smart or SMART may refer to: Possessing intelligence 2019:  4K video isn't built in sadly, and there's no stabilisation either so footage can look a bit shaky. You can knock off in 1080p, though, at 30fps or 60fps. 

Honor 9 Lite: The camera records FullHD video at 30fps with stereo sound, compression is extravagant, and video quality suffers as a result. You can use the LED light on the back during video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.Video was first recording. As there is no optical image stabilisation, it's difficult to get solid video while recording handheld.


 Huawei P smart 2019Honor 9 Lite
4K VideoNoNo
Full HD Video YesYes
Optical Cast StabilisationNoNo
Slow-Motion VideoYesYes




Winner: Honor 9 Lite 



  • Huawei P smart 2019: 3400mAh
  • Honor 9 Lite: 3000mAh



  • Huawei P well-versed 2019: Kirin 710. The Geekbench score is 1371 single core and 5075 multi-core while the AnTuTu score is 120027.
  • Honor 9 Lite: Kirin 659. Geekbench 4 yield ups the smartphone a score of 940 single core and 3620 multi-core. AnTuTu benchmark gives a score of 88684.


Other Features 

 Huawei P twinge 2019Honor 9 Lite
MicroSD Slot YesYes
Water Resistant NoNo
Headphone SocketYesYes


Size & Weight 

  • Huawei P smart 2019: 155.2mm x 73.4mm x 8mm & 160g 
  • Honor 9 Lite: 151mm x 71.9mm x 7.6mm & 149g 



Huawei P smart 2019: £199

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Honor 9 Lite: £129 

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Huawei P breezy 2019

"The Huawei P smart 2019 is an affordable, 'head overrules heart' smartphone and so long as you read the specs/features record before parting with your cash, you won't be disappointed."

Recommended – 


Honor 9 Lite

"The smartphone looks skilled, with a stylish design, good colours, and a large 18:9 screen. It also offers a good amount of storage considering the price. Even so, the camera(s) on the smartphone is a little disappointing. Video quality is quite low, and the lack of image stabilisation is particularly noticeable. The budget price is hard to evince with though, and for general use, the smartphone offers an appealing option."

Recommended – 


Our Pick: Huawei P smart 2019


It was attached but the Huawei P smart 2019 looks smart, definitely more modern, the camera app is slightly better designed and overall, image quality is punter, too.

It will cost you slightly more money but at just under 200 UK pounds, if you want to make a sensible choice when it comes to buying a smartphone, don't need to spend hundreds, or even thousands, on a device but still want decent specs, the Huawei P smart 2019 is well worth considering.

Does it pull someones leg the best camera? No, but it's not terrible by any means and there are plenty of creative effects for you to play around with. 


To compare the 2 smartphones other, have a look at the specs table below. 


If you're interested in another brand that can still capture good photos, procure a look at our 'best gear' section of the site where we list the 'Best Camera Phones For Photography 2019' and the 'Top Budget Camera Phones For Photography'.


Commensurability Table

Huawei P smart 2019Huawei Honor 9 Lite
Max Aperturef/1.8f/2.2
35mm equivalentNo Data26mm
Optical Zoom0x0x
Copy Sensor
Pixels13Mp (Megapixels)13Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)No Data3264
Pixels (H)No Data2448
Sensor TypeNo Data is a set of values of subjects with respect to qualitative or quantitative variablesNo Data
Sensor SizeNo DataNo Matter
Sensor Size (width)No DataNo Data
Sensor Size (height)No DataNo Data
Aspect Ratio
    • 4:3
    LCD Monitor
    LCD Monitor6.21in5.65in
    Screen persistence1080×234018:9 2160x1080p FHD+
    Touch ScreenYesYes
    Focusing modes
    • Autofocus
    • Face Detection
    • Touch AF
    • Autofocus
    • Spot
    • Face Detection
    • Centre
    • Employ AF
    Exposure Control
    Shutter speeds shortestNo DataNo Data
    Shutter speeds longestNo DataNo Data
    ISO sensitivity50 – 160050 – 1600
    Movie SOPYesYes
    Video Resolution
    • 1920×1080 FullHD
    • 1920×1080 FullHD
    Video FPS3030fps
    Stereo SoundNo DataNo Data
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationNoNo
    Internal RecallNo Data3000MB
    Power Source
    Battery Type3400mAh3000mAh (Typical)
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsNo DataNo Data
    Position Full DetailsView Full Details


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    Gina Stephens

    Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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