05:27AM EST - We're in the depths of the East End of London for the next Honor smartphone launch. With Honor recently releasing the Honor 9 Lite in China and India, a similar equivalent is expected for the rest of the world.

05:29AM EST - We're sat in a small room of about 30-40 press. The event should start in a minute or two

05:37AM EST - OK, we're being told the presentation starts at 11, because that's when the livestream starts

06:00AM EST - The speaker is ready to get on stage

06:00AM EST - Starting with the logo, the two dual camera logos

06:01AM EST - two plus two equals four

06:01AM EST - The music has stopped

06:02AM EST - Apparently the live stream will be held at https://www.facebook.com/events/143183203155744/

06:02AM EST - Honor's PR team look to be using a tethered smartphone for the stream?

06:03AM EST - The press person next to me (never met him before) is randomly browsing AnandTech

06:04AM EST - Wilkin Lee to the stage, Sales/Marketing Director UK for Honor

06:04AM EST - Announcing the Honor 9 Lite

06:04AM EST - 5.65-inch fullview display

06:04AM EST - 13MP + 2MP quad camera

06:04AM EST - customized beauty algorithm

06:05AM EST - 'be the master of photography' with #beyourselfie

06:05AM EST - four lenses, 13MP HD dual-lens front camera

06:05AM EST - 16 levels of wide aperture

06:05AM EST - Portrait mode

06:05AM EST - updated software - making eyes pop and cheeks glow

06:06AM EST - Aperture from f/0.95 to f/16

06:06AM EST - hardware level Depth-of-FIeld

06:06AM EST - snap first, focus later

06:06AM EST - Gesture control

06:07AM EST - 'bring your selfie to life'

06:07AM EST - on the rear is 13MP+2MP

06:07AM EST - HDR mode

06:07AM EST - updated

06:07AM EST - faster phase detection autofocus

06:08AM EST - Added a Good Food mode for pictures

06:08AM EST - The goal with the 9 Lite is 'to be a master of photography'

06:08AM EST - Mirror like effect finish on the phone

06:09AM EST - Dual 2.5D Glass Design

06:09AM EST - FullView Display

06:09AM EST - FHD+ screen, 5.65-inch screen in 5.2 inch device

06:10AM EST - Front of the phone will have metal flake details

06:10AM EST - Gloss finish, laser-etched design

06:10AM EST - New set of colors compared to previous launches

06:10AM EST - over 1000 color prototypes tested

06:10AM EST - Final colors will be a 'new' Sapphire Blue, Glacier Grey, and Midnight Black

06:11AM EST - 'New Generation of Affordable Premium' with the hardware

06:11AM EST - EMUI 8, based on Android 8.0

06:11AM EST - Kirin 659

06:12AM EST - 2.36 GHz, 3GB DRAM and 32GB Storage

06:12AM EST - 3000mAh battery

06:12AM EST - Eye comfort mode, good for 3 nits

06:12AM EST - Added in Histen technology - 3D immersive audio

06:12AM EST - Real-time headset monitoring

06:13AM EST - apparently this is a future software release, the headset monitoring stuff

06:13AM EST - updated pre-production quality testing

06:14AM EST - e.g. 10000 on/off cycles, 200k power button presses

06:14AM EST - 199 GBP

06:14AM EST - that's around 229 EUR

06:14AM EST - Available from Feb 9th

06:15AM EST - with select retailers

06:15AM EST - That was a super quick press event - looks like we're set for hands-on testing now

06:16AM EST - Andrei got the information early on the full specifications, which you can find here: https://www.anandtech.com/show/12400/honor-launches-the-honor-9-lite

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  • jabber - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - link

    Wow a phone....very much like many other phones.

    Why bother? All much of a muchness now.
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  • peevee - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - link

    Nah, this one is specifically targeted at the morons. "updated software - making eyes pop and cheeks glow"... #beyourselfie... Reply
  • Amandtec - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - link

    Price is very much UNLIKE other phones. Is it really worth it to pay 4x for a Sumsung or iPhone when the features they add don't make much difference to the average user compared to a Chinese phone like this? Of course, a lot of users want the brand halo as a status symbol...so they must pay... Reply
  • Cliff34 - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - link

    Yes, this I agree. The price point for this phone is very attractive. It is comparable to any phone w/ SD625. We are living in the days where phones are going for 1,000+. A phone like this for average users and those who don't want to spend on the latest and greatest is a good deal. Reply
  • Wwhat - Thursday, February 08, 2018 - link

    It's cheap. it has a good resolution screen, it has 4 cameras enabling DoF and maybe stereoscopic view.
    Those are some things set it apart from others, some others are cheap but have a low res screen, or only one camera et cetera.

    Now if you are bored with the whole phone thing like many rightfully are you have the option to scroll to the next articles and save yourself the trouble of writing a comment stating the obvious, i.e.. that many people like you are bored with phones
    Reply
  • Hurr Durr - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - link

    I find the "for the brave" slogan to be counterproductive when it is applied to the consumer mobile phone thing. Last thing I need from my communication device is to somehow challenge me. Reply
  • peevee - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - link

    Well, if you phone makes your eyes pop, you need to be very brave... Reply
  • Holliday75 - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - link

    Now I am worried about the glowing cheeks part. Reply
  • xype - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - link

    I’m always amazed how companies with billions of dollars in cash can’t afford a designer who knows not to put ultra thin white type on a bright turquoise background, or that it the same background might not be very helpful when trying to present new product colors like a bright grey and a shade of blue. Reply
  • Zingam - Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - link

    You should see that presentation live first before commenting and not on some poorly shot, highly compressed fotos made with a mobile phone. Reply

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