Huawei P9 Lite Officially Passes Through Chinese TENAA Certification Body

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Pretty much immediately (I mean literally the day after) the launch of the Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus, word emerged that another model, the so-called Huawei P9 Lite, was in the works. We were a little skeptical at first, the evidence wasn’t exactly watertight and what’s more we would have expected leaked information to pre-date the main Huawei P9 launch launch if this thing was legit. Turns out though that it was accurate, the Huawei P9 Lite is real, and has rocked up at China’s TENAA certification authority (its own equivalent to the US FCC), and if it’s there, in the official testing bed, then that’s a solid confirmation right there.

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As well as a certification image, the listing also gives us a set of specs; it features a 2GHz octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a 5.2in 1080p display, and a 2,900mAh battery cell. So the leaked info from the hands-on was almost bang-on the mark. We also have measurements at 146.8×72.6×7.5mm, weight at 145g, and details of both 13MP and 8MP cameras for back and front respectively. It’ll run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and colour options are white, gold, or black.

There are still no details on availability, although curiously some European retailers appear to have listed stock early – I mean, Huawei hasn’t even officially announced this thing yet! German retailer Sparhandy lists the phone for €299 off-contract, or as part of contract deals with local networks with an up-front fee of only €4.95! Romanian retailer Cel.ro listed it at 1209 Lei (€270), while French retailer Fnac’s Belgian store listed it at €298.95.

The source for the original leak is Hi-Tech Mail.ru, which was fortunate enough to get some alone time with the P9 Lite, and a set of specs, which suggests this is a mid-ranger variant of the regular model. The choice of “Lite” name appears to be deliberate to emphasise the difference in specs from the regular model, as opposed to the design, build, and display size. Indeed this is not a “Mini” or “Compact” variant as it packs the same 5.2in 1080p display at 423ppi.

However, the P9 and P9 Plus signature feature – the dual-Leica camera array – is omitted in this version, instead it’s equipped with a more straightforward single 13MP sensor with a single LED flash and an 8MP front-facing secondary camera. At the moment the chipset hasn’t been detailed, but the source says there are two RAM variants at 2GB and 3GB, normally we’d assume that would vary based on storage model, but there’s only one in this case at 16GB onboard and with microSD support for up to 128GB cards.

Pleasingly, the Huawei P9’s impressive battery hasn’t taken a hit on the P9 Lite and is the same 3000mAh rated cell, and it also still features a fingerprint scanner (kinda odd, if we were cutting costs for a mid-ranger that’d be the first thing we’d drop, but ho hum, guess that’s why we’re not phone designers right?).

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If the hands-on is anything to go by this is looking like a pretty complete model, however, rather than some hodge-podge test prototype unit, so we’d expect some noise from Huawei itself fairly soon.

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