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Review: HONOR 90 Lite 5G (8GB+256GB)
Review: HONOR 90 Lite 5G (8GB+256GB)

Review: HONOR 90 Lite 5G (8GB+256GB)

The HONOR 90 Lite 5G was officially unveiled last September 26 along with three new devices – HONOR X6a, HONOR X5 Plus, and HONOR Pad X9.

Priced at PHP12,990, the HONOR 90 Lite is a stylish all-round smartphone boasting an incredible camera system, immersive display, and a range of smart features powered by MagicOS 7.1, offering excellent value for consumers who want a reliable and affordable device.

Here’s our review of the new HONOR 90 Lite 5G.

Design 

You can choose from two shimmering colorways available on the HONOR 90 Lite 5G – Cyan Lake and Midnight Black. 

We got the classic Midnight Black color for our review unit. This colorway has a solid base color with a nanocrystal top layer that offers a shimmering effect when you tilt the phone sideways. 

The phone has a slim form factor at just 7.48mm thick with a weight of 179 grams making it comfortable to hold and easy to operate even with just one hand.

The rear panel is made of durable polycarbonate plastic material with a nice matte finish that effectively minimizes fingerprint smudges.

One notable design element that stands out on this phone is its camera module. HONOR uses its dual ring camera design inspired by fine jewelry to make it elegant and unique. Instead of the usual circular camera lens, it’s more of a rounded hexagon-shaped design that looks like it’s splitting into two halves or overlapping each other. The top houses your main camera while the ultrawide and macro lens at the bottom. The base of the camera module is smooth and glossy.

The LED flash is placed separately from the module. With a protruding camera lens, the phone wobbles a bit when laid flat on a table.

There’s a HONOR logo and certification marks placed at the bottom of the back cover panel.

The frame of the phone is also made of polycarbonate plastic material with great structural integrity. 

On the right-hand side of the phone, you have the volume rocker and a power/sleep button with an integrated fingerprint sensor.

There’s nothing on the left side edge except for the SIM card tray. 

At the base edge of the phone holds the speaker grille, microphone, and USB-C port.

Another microphone is found on the top edge. 

The front bezels all around the phone are extremely thin except for its chin which is slightly raised. The front camera has a tiny punch hole notch design which does not hinder my viewing experience.

Display

Moving on to the display, the HONOR 90 Lite 5G comes with a large 6.7-inch Full HD+ Edgeless display with a resolution of 1080 x 2388 pixels, and it has a 90Hz refresh rate.

The display uses an LTPS LCD panel that provides better picture quality and is also lower on power consumption. 

With a 93.6% screen-to-body ratio users can comfortably enjoy entertainment content on this spacious display.

Just like the HONOR 90 5G, this phone is also equipped with eye care features with a Circadian Night Display, Dynamic Dimming technology, and a TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification. There’s an eBook mode that turns your screen into black and white to make it easier for your eyes while enjoying a comfortable reading in a dark room. 

With these set of eye care features it aids users in promoting better sleep and reducing eye fatigue, making it ideal for individuals who spend extended periods in front of their screens.

A new additional feature offered on the HONOR 90 Lite 5G is a special screen cushioning technology. It uses a unique adhesive material to boost the phone’s durability to better isolate the water, dust, and dirt in the air or fingers safeguarding both the inner and outside of the screens. 

The colors are vibrant on the screen thanks to HONOR’s Display Color Calibration technology which fine-tunes the color temperature frame by frame. It further enhances the user’s viewing experience with vivid, true-to-life colors as you enjoy watching videos or playing your best-loved mobile games on the phone.

Hardware

The performance of the HONOR 90 Lite 5G during our test went remarkably smoothly.

It is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 6020 5G octa-core processor with maximum clock speeds running at 2.2GHz paired with an ARM Mali-G57 MC2 for its GPU.

Powering together with the chipset is a large 256GB internal storage with no option for a microSD card to extend more storage space. You also get 8GB of RAM which you can increase up to 13GB with the HONOR RAM Turbo feature.

Here’s our benchmark scores on the HONOR 90 Lite 5G:

  • GeekBench 6 CPU: 730 Single-core Score / 1913 Multi-core Score
  • GeekBench 6 GPU: 1261 GPU OpenCL Score
  • PCMark: 0 Work 3.0 Performance Score
  • 3DMark Wild Life: 0 (Average frame rate 0.0 fps)
  • CPDT: 271.48 MB/s Sequential Write (4MB) / 985.74 MB/s Sequential Read (4MB)

The phone performed very well in whatever task we could do on it. It’s smooth and we experience no lags at all, opening several apps that we use as it runs simultaneously.

Calls are able to receive with a clear voice output and good signal connection.

For biometrics, it includes a fingerprint scanner and face unlock which is a very responsive, accurate, and fast unlock system. You may set a 6-digit lock screen PIN for additional security for the phone.

There’s also a smart lock option that keeps your phone unlocked in some situations in cases when you place it in your pocket or you’re near home.

The device is 5G ready with support for two nano sim cards offering faster speed and a more reliable internet connection.

For gamers, you have a game manager sidebar to optimize your gameplay to take a screenshot, screen recording, or adjust the brightness of your display. You can choose your performance optimization between balanced or game. You may view the performance of your CPU, RAM, and FPS to check its status.

Camera 

Going through the cameras of the HONOR 90 Lite 5G, aside from bestowing a great camera design, it offers a triple camera setup at the back comprising of a 100MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.9, 5MP wide/depth camera, and 2MP macro camera.

Your selfies are captured by a 16MP front-facing camera with an aperture of f/2.45.

On the camera app, everything is laid out nicely, and easy to access the things you need to set before taking the shot. 

You’ll have six shooting modes ready with the aperture, night, portrait, photo, video, and multi-video. Click the more option will have more additional shooting modes like pro, slow-mo, panorama, hdr photo, time-lapse, stickers, super macro, high-res, story and scan document. 

The zoom switch lets you select three zoom options at 0.6x, 1x, and 2x. You have up to a maximum of 10x digital zoom on the phone. 

On top of the viewfinder, you have the QR code scanner, AI, flash modes, color filter, and settings.

Here are some sample photos of the HONOR 90 Lite 5G.

0.6x (Ultra-wide), Photo mode, Outdoor, Cloudy Weather

0.6x (Ultra-wide), Photo mode, Outdoor, Sunny Weather

1x, Photo mode, Outdoor, Sunny Weather

2x, Photo mode, Outdoor, Sunny Weather

10x, Photo mode, Outdoor, Sunny Weather

Selfie, Outdoor, Sunny Weather

Portrait mode, Outdoor, Sunny Weather

Night mode, Outdoor, Low Lighting

Photo mode, Indoor, Ambient Lighting

For videos, it can shoot resolutions of 1080p and 720p at a default frame rate of 30fps. 

To create additional storage space for your files, you can activate the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) format. This format efficiently compresses videos while preserving their quality, resulting in a 35% reduction in video file size.

Sound Quality

Audio on the HONOR 90 Lite 5G is pretty much decent as mostly all sound are coming from its bottom-firing speakers. The vocals are clear, mid tones are good but lack more presence of bass. 

It offers dual Hi-Res certification making the sound quality good.

The device has an Extra Volume Mode feature that allows you to increase the volume of your device’s audio output beyond the standard maximum volume level. It helps hear the other person well during calls, especially during noisy outdoor environments or if you want to turn the volume up more when listening to music or watching videos.

Software

The HONOR 90 Lite 5G ships with MagicOS 7.1 based on the latest version of Android 13. 

There were a few bloatware apps installed on our review unit with Netflix and Tiktok while some are those we don’t usually use like Booking.com and Trip.com. Some gaming apps are also present on this phone as well as HONOR’s very own proprietary applications. We could easily uninstall them and install some of the apps that we want. 

Google services and applications such as Chrome, Drive, Gmail, and more are already available on this phone which ensures a familiar and feature-rich Android experience for users.

The MagicOS 7.1 offers a range of customization options for your home screen such as themes, wallpapers, icons, fonts, and magazine unlock that showcase different images on the lock screen each time the screen is turned on.

So far, everything on the software experience was pretty good.

Battery

The HONOR 90 Lite 5G is equipped with a 4500mAh battery with support of a 22.5W HONOR SuperCharge

If you’re a moderate user the phone can last a full day with tasks like updating your social media, web browsing, checking emails, a few YouTube videos, and an hour of gaming.

With the 22.5W charger, 15 minutes gives you a 23 percent charge after 45 minutes fills the phone up by around 85 percent. It took us around 1 hour and 21 minutes to get a full charge on the phone from 0 to 100%.

HONOR claims that on a single charge, the phone will ensure that users stay connected online and entertained at all times delivering up to 15 hours of music streaming, 14.4 hours of video playback, 20.5 hours of short clip browsing, or 16 hours of exploring your social media posts.

What We Like

  • Slim and Lightweight
  • Dual Ring Camera Design
  • 7-inch Display
  • Eye Comfort Features
  • 8GB RAM With HONOR RAM Turbo Expansion
  • 100MP Triple Camera Setup
  • Large 256GB Storage
  • 5G Ready
  • Price

What We Want

  • 5000mAh Battery
  • 1080p@60fps
  • Expandable Storage

Conclusion

In general, the HONOR 90 Lite 5G is a great phone at its price point. For just PHP12,990, you get awesome wise specs of features like a large 256GB storage, performance of the cameras, large vibrant display, 5G ready, battery life, and an elegant form factor.

Like the HONOR 90 5G, this phone also offers eye comfort features as the brand continues to prioritize the visual well-being of its users.

If you love streaming and watching videos, casual gaming, and taking lots of photos the HONOR 90 Lite 5G would be the ideal device to bring along.

HONOR 90 Lite 5G Full Specifications

  • PHP12,990
  • Cyan Lake, Midnight Black
  • 9 x 74.5 x 7.48 mm
  • 179g (including the battery)
  • 7 inches LTPS LCD, FHD+ Display
  • 6% Screen-to-body Ratio
  • 90Hz Refresh Rate
  • 1080 x 2388 pixels
  • Dynamic Dimming
  • Circadian Night Display Technology
  • TU?V Rheinland Low Blue Light Certified
  • Eye Protection
  • MediaTek Dimensity 6020 5G (7nm)
  • 2x ARM Cortex-A76 up to 2.2GHz; 6x ARM Cortex-A55 up to 2GHz
  • ARM Mali-G57 MC2
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Storage
  • 100MP (f/1.9) Main Camera,
  • 5MP (f/2.2) Wide & Depth Camera
  • 2MP (f/2.4) Macro Camera
  • 16MP Selfie Camera
  • Multi-video Recording AI Instant Movie
  • 4500mAh Super Battery
  • Side-mounted Fingerprint
  • Facial Recognition
  • MagicOS 7.1, based on Android 13
  • Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G)
  • Dual 5G SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • NR/ LTE TDD/LTE FDD/WCDMA/HSPA+/HSPA /EDGE/GPRS

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About The Author

Raymund Ravanera is an accomplished and experienced graphic designer with almost 20 years of creative expertise working in the graphic design industry. He loves the latest gadgets, food and movies. Currently, he owns and manages megabites.com.ph, an online technology and lifestyle blog since 2015.

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