Huawei P9 vs P9 Lite

The Huawei smartphones have become popular these days, especially the Huawei P9. Basically the Huawei P9 Lite and P9 have the same sibling features but there are some main features which we will discuss in the chart below. Let’s make a good features with green colour and the bad one with red.

Screen Size 5.2-inches 5.2-inches
Processor 1.8GHz/2.5GHz octa-core Kirin 955  1.7GHz/2.0GHz octa-core Kirin 650 
Graphics Mali-T880 MP4 Mali-T830 MP2
Memory 3GB RAM 2GB RAM
Storage 32 GB 16 GB
Front Camera 8-megapixels 8-megapixels
Rear Camera 2 Sensors, Sony IMX286, aperture f / 2.2, 1/25 micron,12-megapixels 1 sensor, Sony IMX214, f/2.0, 13-megapixels
Battery 3000 mAh 3000 mAh

As you can see, the changes concern the amount of RAM, CPU and sensor of the rear camera. All the named components are worse in the cut down version of Lite, which explains the lower cost of the smartphone.

Performance: HiSilicon Kirin 955 vs Kirin 650

HiSilicon Kirin 955

The flagship P9 comes with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 955 processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz, and backed by the Mali-T880MP4 GPU. In total, the device has 3 GB of RAM. These features mostly depend on the storage configuration and market.

Huawei P9 (model EVA-L19) in the performance testing program Antutu is gaining 87,889 points. This is a good result, but it’s far from the results of the flagship processors Qualcomm and Samsung. They are shown about 120-130 thousand points.

This means that the flagship HiSilicon chips are not bad, and they will be able to cope with any tasks, including “pulling” modern demanding games like World Of Tanks. However, compared to the flagships of Meizu or Samsung Huawei P9 is not a competitor in terms of performance.

Kirin 650

HiSilicon Kirin 650, which is baked with P9 Lite, is also made using 16-nm process technology, and its key difference from the 955 model is in the cores – here all 8 cores are low-performance Cortex-A53 2 and 1.7 GHz, and they are divided into 2 clusters. Graphics Mali T830 MP2. If we believe the developer, the Kirin 650 is 60% more powerful than the previous chip Kirin 620, and the video chip has generally received a double increase in performance. The amount of RAM here is 2 GB.

The result of testing the smartphone in Antutu is not impressed. The score is 52598 points, which is not a bad result but expected more.

Hence the conclusion: the P9 smartphone is approximately 60% more productive than the Lite version. But this is purely based on the results of testing both smartphones in the Antutu benchmark. And these dry figures don’t always reflect the real state of affairs.


The second important difference is the camera. These flagships use different sensors and optics.

The P9 uses two Sony IMX286 sensors. One of them is responsible for a monochrome image, the other for a color image. The received information is processed immediately from two cameras, the result is a snapshot. Thanks to ImageSmart 5.0 technology and dual-core image processing chip (integrated with Kirin 955), the noise level is reduced and the colors are saturated. Autofocus in the camera is fast enough and practically does not miss. Also select the maximum aperture f / 2.2, which is standard for smartphones.

Camera samples Huawei P9


If the camera in P9 was elaborated together with Leica, then the Lite version was made easier. It also uses 2 sensors: the rear Sony IMX214 and the front with a resolution of 8 megapixels.

Sensor Sony IMX214 13 Mp has a lens with aperture f / 2.0, fast autofocus, which works without errors, as well as a bright flash. A large aperture compared to the camera in P9 – the only possible advantage. There is no optical stabilization in any of the modules considered.

Camera samples Huawei P9 Lite

If the pictures in good lighting turned out to be clear and with a natural color rendition, then under limited lighting there are a lot of noise. In general, the camera is good, but in some cases suffers the detailing, but this is barely noticeable.


The Lite version is justifiably less expensive, but it also has a weaker hardware and a worse camera compared to the P9. The latter is the flagship, and the Lite version reaches to the middle of the day. Consequently, these smartphones has different categories. This is quite logical and expected.

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