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Honor 50 Lite


Honor 50 Lite is the younger sibling of the recently launched Honor 50. Both smartphones are the first attempts from the brand to step away from the limelight of their parent company, Huawei. While the Honor 50 goes for a gamer-centric mid-range experience, the 50 Lite is truly an entry-level mass-market offering. This can be seen not only in the design and material choices, but also the internals, which are certainly a step down from its bigger brother. 

Design & Display 

You can tell that the phone is a relative downgrade from the Honor 50 just by looking at the display alone. Which is almost the same size at 6.67-inches, but is now only an IPS LCD, with a pixel density of 391ppi. The refresh rate has been turned down to the standard 60Hz, even though you get a higher 180Hz touch sampling rate for a smoother touch experience. 

They have even taken out the fingerprint sensor from under the screen, and gone with a cheaper side-mounted one. Although that isn’t much of a downgrade since physical sensors are a lot faster than optical ones. The great thing is that they have kept the 3.5mm jack in this model. Even though we would’ve appreciated it more in the more higher-end model. All of this is still housed in a plastic frame with a glass front and back. There isn’t a mention of gorilla glass rating on the official website, so we can consider it excluded in these new models. 

Despite having the same 4300mAh battery, these changes are enough to bump up the weight of the phone to 192g, and the width to 8.5mm. This isn’t a lot on paper, but when phones start comparing differences in mm’s, it makes sense to note even the minute ones. 

Phone & Camera Performance 

When it comes to performance, we see another dip, with the 50 Lite featuring a less powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 662. You not only lose out on gaming performance but also 5G connectivity with this chipset. It can be paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Once again, there is no option for external expansion, which is something that most budget smartphones still offer. 

You do get the benefit of Android 11 right out of the box, even though the Magic UI 4.2 isn’t as refined as it could be. We can expect this to be a common gripe for Honor devices until the company can put in place a proper team of software developers to address this issue. For now, users will have to live with a truly entry-level user experience, with not much chance of running graphics-intensive fast-paced games. 

The camera array is quite similar to the Honor 50, with the only big change being the replacement of the 108MP main sensor with a more common 64MP wide-angle one. Instead of focusing on changing the hardware too much, Honor has instead decided to change the location of the cameras themselves, with the Honor 50 Lite features a circular camera bump that resides in the upper center of the rear. This also distinguishes the design itself enough that the 50 Lite doesn’t actually look like it belongs to the same series as the Honor 50. 

The story is the same with the front-end, as the selfie camera has also been demoted to a 16MP wide-angle sensor. The camera has been shifted to the left upper corned, instead of the center notch that comes with the Honor 50. This is another way for the brand to try and separate the two offerings from a looks’ standpoint. We are just thankful that they kept the 66W fast charger with the setup, which is a must-have with both models. 

As you can guess by now, this model is targeted towards a whole different segment of users that want a more price-oriented offering rather than a performance-oriented one. If you too can live with the compromises done, then this is certainly the smartphone for you. Otherwise, we would suggest sticking to the Honor 50 for a more comprehensive experience. 


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